Does Cannabis for Rheumatoid Arthritis work?
What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
According to the arthritis foundation, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints. About 1.5 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 30 and 60 suffer from RA. Additionally; it’s nearly three times as common in women than men.
Medical Cannabis for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
The medical consensus among RA experts is that conventional treatment with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs is the best course of action to decrease the risk of long-term joint damage and complications from RA. Preliminary studies, however, point to the possible efficacy of cannabis-based medicine (CBM) as a complement to conventional treatment.
Effects of Medical Marijuana on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many years of anecdotal evidence point to cannabis as having the potential to be a powerful analgesic. Medical studies that have been conducted, have led to medical marijuana programs in the United States (including The Commonwealth) to list chronic pain and degenerative arthritis as qualifying symptoms. Along with helping to manage pain, medical marijuana may offer RA patients relief in several ways:
- Anti-inflammatory – Unusually high levels of CB2 receptors are found in RA patients. Cannabis (particularly CBD) can fight inflammation by activating the pathways of these receptors.
- Immunomodulatory – Preliminary evidence shows that cannabis may enhance the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines leading to a strengthened immune system and, potentially, relief for those suffering from MS, allergies and RA.
- Sleep – Sleep is necessary for health and recovery. The chronic pain of RA can make sleep extremely difficult. Medicating with cannabis (especially Indica strains) at night can encourage heavy sleep.
Visit Revolutionary Clinics for All of Your Medical Marijuana Needs
At Revolutionary Clinics, we’re always on top of the latest breakthroughs in medical marijuana research. Come in to register as an MMJ patient with us. While you’re here, don’t forget to chat with our staff about the latest news relating to medical cannabis in Massachusetts.