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Medical Marijuana and Tenosynovitis

Medical Marijuana, Tenosynovitis and Inflammation Research

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is producing pre-clinical trials of medical marijuana’s effects on inflammation. Their research appears to be exceeding research done in the United States on the same topic by leaps and bounds. It is very important research, as it is demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effects of marijuana and how it increases intestinal motility in individuals with digestive disorders. How this relates to tenosynovitis is that tenosynovitis is characterized by inflammation. Much of the pain, swelling and decreased mobility of thus injured joints is caused by inflammation.

One of the most interesting aspects of the research conducted in various departments of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on medical marijuana is that many of the derivatives used are not psychoactive. This means that the mind-altering effect so feared by many and which makes blind trials so difficult is a non-issue with these drugs. Medical marijuana with no psychoactive effects can be and is used as an alternative to that which is psychoactive. However, there are several components to medical marijuana. A doctor may determine that the best components for an individual patient’s tenosynovitis are those that produce a “high.”

Medical Marijuana and Pain Research

Tenosynovitis causes pain and medical marijuana can relieve pain. The research in that area is overwhelming. Unlike other uses for marijuana, the studies for marijuana use for pain have been extensive. That is because medical marijuana is a treatment for cancer and AIDS, which are very painful conditions in most cases. This is the only area of medicine for which medical marijuana is allowed by the federal government of the United States of America. Very few types of medical marijuana are allowed for this treatment, though it is undeniable that the components of these medications are found in the marijuana plant and can be used to treat many kinds of pain.

Research on medical marijuana and pain was sufficient for FDA approval of a synthetic THC known as Marinol. Research is ongoing but it is already clear that medical marijuana can reduce chronic pain and has several other benefits. Researchers have noted that medical marijuana has a very helpful quality. There is no known limit to how much marijuana an individual can ingest without long-lasting or fatal effects. That is in stark contrast to other pain relievers that may be used for tenosynovitis. Even over-the-counter pain relievers can be fatal if taken irresponsibly. Pain relievers can also cause nausea. Medical marijuana does the opposite.

Some research has shown limits in the treatment of pain with marijuana. The most important of these limits is that it does not work for everyone. Nonetheless, that is the case with all pain relievers. For not always known reasons, medications can be inconsistent among sufferers. There is also a problem with dosage. In some studies, those individuals who had higher doses actually felt an increase in pain. It is important to find the right dosage and stick to it. Once a tolerance builds up, higher doses may work better and will still have less alarming side effects than opiates.

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