Can Medical Marijuana Treat Arthritis?

Arthritis is a crippling disease that affects the bones and joints.  As we get older, the cartilage that provides padding between our bones’ joints can deteriorate, causing bones to grind together painfully.  This can make movement difficult or nearly impossible.

 

Thankfully, medical marijuana may provide relief for some of these painful symptoms, providing relief similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Medical marijuana has been shown to benefit patients who suffer from both kinds of the disease:  osteoarthritis, and the more dire rheumatoid arthritis.

 

Recent studies on animals induced with arthritis have shown that medical marijuana, when administered either orally or intraperitoneally, can greatly help to reduce the inflammation and pain associated with the disease.  The test showed positive results for both short-term and long-term affects of arthritis and joint damage.

 

Medical marijuana has been shown to be effective in blocking the cytokine tumor necrosis factor (or TNF), improving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.   Several studies have shown that medical marijuana’s anti-inflammatory properties can aide the immune system’s lymphocytes while inhibiting TNF production.

 

While most people think of medical marijuana only in terms of products that can be smoked, these medical trials utilized other forms of medical marijuana, such as oral sprays.  These and other medical marijuana products are available at most dispensaries.

 

Just as medicinal marijuana is used to treat patients with AIDS, cancer and MS, medical marijuana can also help to ease symptoms less specific to arthritis.  Many sufferers of arthritis report a loss of sleep associated with persistent physical discomfort.

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