Arthritis is itself an across-the-board term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints in the human body. No matter what type of arthritis a person is diagnosed with, the most common symptom is chronic pain.
There is no cure for most types of rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many kinds of arthritis and there is no cure for most types. The prevalence of chronic pain associated with arthritis, is an ailment that affects over 40 million adults today, and that number is expected to increase to 60+ million by 2030.
Arthritis is an uncomfortable and often unavoidable disease. Depending on the type of arthritis you have, your signs and symptoms may include.
- Persistent pain or joint pain
- Morning stiffness or soreness
- Peripheral neuropathies (tingling or numbness in extremities)
- Decreased range of motion
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Both international and North American research has shown that medical cannabis can reduce the symptoms of chronic pain. When used by itself or in combination with conventional pain medications.
One such study is the CAPRI Trial (Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vaporized Cannabis in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee). Supervised by one of Canada’s most established medical cannabis producers, as well as researchers at McGill University Health Centre and Dalhousie University.
The double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study will examine the safety and analgesic dosage effects of adults over 50 with osteoarthritis of the knee when they vaporize cannabis. The research will consist of several varieties of medical marijuana, with different concentrations of the two major active compounds, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; a mood-altering ingredient) and cannabidiol (CBD; a possible anti-inflammatory).
A large portion of the population 55-65 years old is switching or adding medical cannabis to their pain and inflammation treatment. They are looking ways to control their aches and pains with medications that improve, without decreasing their lifestyles.
What can help?
Marijuana strains that may help treat arthritis symptoms are many and diverse. Indicas, sativas and hybrids are all possibilities, as well as CBD products to even strains with slight levels of THC. It is crucial that you experiment first with small doses, and keep records of your progress.
There are various ways for patients to take cannabis for heir pain and inflammation regimen. We advise you to experiment with various methods until you find the one that best works for you.
Cannabis oil can be taken under your tongue
Cannabis-infused topicals come in many forms, including lotions, patches, creams, balms, sprays and even lubricants.
Edible cannabis infused foods can be made or purchased in many diverse products. Remember it takes longer to feel the effects from cannabis edibles. There’s potential to have a much more psychoactive experience.
All of the above methods may sound rather daunting. Small steps will allow you to make progress, and take control of your health and well being.