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Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

What Is Arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis; the two major types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Common symptoms include: joint pain, joint swelling, reduced ability to move the joint, redness of the skin around a joint, stiffness, especially in the morning, and warmth around a joint.

Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, the most common cause of disability in America. And as the baby boomer generation ages, the prevalence of arthritis will continue to climb.

Arthritis is a joint disorder featuring inflammation, and is frequently accompanied by joint pain. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The types range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage, such as osteoarthritis, to those associated with inflammation resulting from an overactive immune system, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States, which costs patients billions of dollars. For example, according to a Stanford University study titled "The economic impact of arthritis," patients with arthritis collectively incur over $56 billion in medical expenditures and work loss every year.

Currently, more than 100 medications and drugs are used in the treatment of arthritis. Many of these drugs, however, can cause serious side effects. Many patients who suffer from arthritis have opted instead to use medical marijuana, which is an affordable, natural alternative that lacks the side effects found in the medicines traditionally used to treat arthritis. These patients have seen excellent results with medical marijuana, with improved movement, less pain, and less use of other medications.

Recent research has shown that medicinal marijuana can be an effective alternative arthritis treatment. For example, the Journal of Neuroimmunology stated in a 2005 article titled "Cannabinoids and the Immune System: Potential For the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases?" by J. Ludovic and Takashi Yamamura, that cannabinoids may be considered for treatment of inflammatory disease such as arthritis.

Additionally, Ethan Russo, MD, Senior Medical Advisor at the Cannabinoid Research Institute, stated in a 2005 Americans for Safe Access brochure titled "Arthritis and Medical Marijuana":

Science has now demonstrated that the THC component of cannabis is a very effective analgesic (pain killer), and that the CBD (cannabidiol) component has unique immunomodulatory benefits as an antagonist of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, supporting benefits in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

If you suffer from arthritis and would like to learn how medical marijuana can help your condition, book an appointment with a local, qualified physician through today.  Let us help improve your quality of life!



This information is not provided by medical professionals and is intended only to complement, and not to replace or contradict, any health or medical advice or information provided by healthcare professionals.  If you have any questions, please contact your doctor or other healthcare professional.

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