Medical Marijuana for Arthritis

Arthritis is an umbrella term describing any disorder that affects joints and bones. Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth & redness, a decreased range of motion and sometimes even affecting muscles and other organs.

Osteoarthritis (degenerative bone disease) is the most common form of arthritis, and usually occurs with age or is a side-effect of certain medications (e.g. steroid-based ones). Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder mostly affecting the hands and/or feet. Gout, lupus, fibromyalgia and septic arthritis are other types of autoimmune disorder that are termed “rheumatic disorders”, and could be said to be types of arthritis.

A study by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that there are unusually high concentrations of CB2 receptors in the joint tissues of arthritic patients. CBD could well help activate the pathway of these CB2 receptors and decrease inflammation. Other studies, like those undertaken by Dr. Jason McDougall, show that cannabinoids may help repair the joint tissue itself. There are lots of anecdotal experiences showing that this may indeed be the case.

Check out the positives and negatives below and if you’d like to speak to Doctor Frank about your condition or getting a medical marijuana card, get in touch!

Value of Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana potentially acts as a painkiller, lubricant, anti-inflammatory and potentially even help repair bones! CB2 receptors seems to be found in high concentrations around the join tissue of arthritic patients, suggesting that using CBD may be used to activate these pathways in order to fight inflammation. CBD may also potentially help by helping provide “protection” around nerves that have been stripped of their natural coating.




Arthritis sufferers are usually given a mixture of antibiotics, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, steroids such as prednisone, and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as azathioprine (purine synthesis inhibitor) and chloroquine (IL-1 receptor suppressor an anti-malarial).

If a combination of two or more of the above doesn’t work, then cannabinoid treatment may certainly be an option. CBD-rich strains and products may be of particular use, but some amount of THC to help beat pain may be useful.

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