A fascinating 2019 study is getting the attention of both the cannabis community and people suffering from arthritis.
CreakyJoints a worldwide, digital community for millions of arthritis sufferers and caregivers conducted the study. The organization, founded in 2009, addresses all forms of arthritis and offers:
Creaky Joints presented the findings of the study in June 2019 at the annual European Congress of Rheumatology in Madrid. Titled “Patients’ Perception and Use of Medical Marijuana,” the study involved 1,059 participants living in the United States who had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or musculoskeletal diseases.
Several surprising findings emerged:
Study participants stated they took THC or CBD-rich cannabis to help with:
Despite the overwhelming responses indicating their symptoms lessened during the study:
“Anecdotally, and via this survey data, we know that there are many people with arthritis who benefit from marijuana and CBD products. However, we have to temper our potential excitement about adding these products to an arthritis management strategy because there is so much yet to learn about how these supplements interact with people’s prescribed and over-the-counter medicines and if, in fact, they can be proven to positively impact a person’s experience of disease and symptoms,” says W. Benjamin Nowell, Ph.D, Director of Patient-Centered Research at CreakyJoints.
The study authors concluded that:
Because arthritis is an inflammatory condition, and because cannabis is widely known to have anti-inflammatory properties, doctors like Dr. Benjamin Caplan of the Center for Educational Documentation (CED) Foundation in Boston are prescribing cannabis to people with arthritis.
And unlike traditional arthritis medications, the numerous routes of administration for cannabis enables folks to build a flexible cannabis medication regimen, which results in a person feeling more empowered and engaged in their treatment.
Endocannabinoids are involved in the body’s inflammatory response, and arthritic patients often have elevated endocannabinoid levels in the synovial fluid surrounding joints. Some research points to the possibility that THC and CBD relieve pain because they make up for an imbalance in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
For years, rheumatoid arthritis has been among one of the qualifying conditions that states allow when legislating medical marijuana. A Chinese text dating back to 2000 B.C. even cites cannabis use as way to “undo rheumatism.”
Research shows that CBD suppresses the immune response in animals that results in arthritis-like illnesses, and [human studies](https://www.safeaccessnow.org/arthritis - arthritis) show that cannabis consumption:
Another study published in the British Society for Rheumatology’s journal Rheumatology found that the use of Sativex—a cannabis-based pharmaceutical—resulted in “statistically significant improvements in pain on movement, pain at rest and quality of sleep,” with few adverse side effects noted.
The low-risk side effects of cannabis are a primary reason that many medical marijuana consumers are motivated to reduce their use of potentially dangerous pharmaceutical drugs by incorporating cannabis into their health care plan.
Before you begin any new health regime, you should first consult with your doctor. If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, seek out further consultation with a doctor or health care provider familiar with cannabis.
Dispensaries often employ a particular staff person with expertise in specific health conditions. Don’t be afraid to ask for the expert in the room, and never stop using your prescribed medications without working hand-in-hand with your doctor.
Here are a few tips to get you started if you’re thinking about incorporating cannabis into your arthritis care plan:
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