Medical Marijuana for Rheumatoid Arthritis
How Medical Marijuana can help Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affects various body parts, causing pain, inflammation, and other health issues. These symptoms can make a patient’s life challenging as RA is not cured.
However, researchers have found medical marijuana is effective in helping reduce RA symptoms and enhance the patient’s quality of life. Let’s find out how medical marijuana can treat Rheumatoid Arthritis.
How Medical Marijuana Can Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?
A study on animals revealed that cannabis compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), and a combination of CBD and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can reduce proinflammatory cytokines.
Another study on 319 RA patients revealed that medical cannabis has a favorable effect on reducing pain and enhancing sleep quality. This study has extended to Sativex, a cannabis-based medication that contains CBD and THD. The researchers revealed that this drug also helps improve specific pain parameters and sleep quality.
Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Eases Chronic Pain
People with RA experience joint pain; medical marijuana could help reduce inflammation and pain.
A large number of RA patients experience depression and anxiety. Since RA leads to inflammation and pain, it reduces the quality of life of the individuals living with RA. However, medical marijuana might help patients ease the pain and inflammation, improving their mental health and overall well-being.
Using Medical Marijuana for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Patients new to medical marijuana should start with smaller doses and eventually increase the doses as their doctors recommend. Feeling “high” is unnecessary to help relieve the pain and discomfort.
Cannabis with a significant amount (20:1, 2:1, or 1:1) of CBD to THC works significantly better in reducing the inflammation and pain of RA patients.
Are you or your loved one struggling to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Contact Medical Alternatives Clinic to book your appointment to see how we can help you live a pain-free life using medical marijuana.
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