Marijuana as a Treatment for Arthritis

Arthritis is a medical condition that we’ve all heard about at some point, and we’ve probably even known several people that suffer from it. Arthritis is actually a blanket term for over 100 different kinds of arthritis, but in each case the cartilage is worn away from the bones, leaving them raw and exposed. This makes even the smallest movement extremely painful for the patient, as every time they move the affected part of their body, they feel extreme pain. Currently there is no cure for arthritis – at least none that will be found in Western medicine.

Recent studies have found marijuana to be a very effective treatment for arthritis. And because it treats more than the pain associated with the condition, it might even be better than the pharmaceutical treatments currently being prescribed for arthritis. The findings aren’t really “new”, as the Chinese were calling marijuana a treatment that reverses arthritis as early as 2,000 B.C. But to back up that claim, more recent testing and studies have been done.

Canadian researcher and professor of pharmacology and anesthesia at Dalhousie University in
Halifax, Dr. Jason McDougall, recently conducted a study, with the support of the Arthritis how does cbd work marijuana arthritisSociety, and found that, when cannabis can be applied directly at the site of arthritis, the cannabis molecules can actually attach themselves onto the CB2 receptors – receptors that are found in high numbers in the joints of arthritis patients. When the cannabis activates the CB2 receptors, inflammation is reduced. This is big news, as before this study, it was thought that cannabis could only be used to treat the pain of arthritis, just as other medications do. But Dr. McDougall’s findings show that cannabis might be able to actually treat and reverse the condition, rather than simply treating the resulting pain.

Of course, there are a multitude of strains available, and some will work better for arthritis than others. The best marijuana strains to treat arthritis are:
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• Canna Tsu
• Death Bubba
• Girl Scout Cookies
• Burmese Kush
• White Berry
• Cannatonic
• Acapulco Gold
• Double Dream
• Harlequin

Currently there is no pharmaceutical cure for arthritis, and when patients see their doctor about the condition, they’re typically just given pain medication that can bring many unpleasant side effects. This latest research shows that cannabis might just be the best possible treatment for arthritis, and will be the most beneficial for patients, treating not only the pain, but the actual inflammation that’s the root of the problem.

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