The Role of Cannabis in Arthritis
One of the important moments championing the medical use of marijuana for arthritis pain relief came in 2004. Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles took to the stage at an annual arthritis conference to talk about the benefits of using medical marijuana.
Her speech contained some interesting and far-reaching conclusions. Her talk at the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism annual congress noted that cannabinoid use was extremely useful in almost all the arthritis pain models tested on animals.
There are also a good number of advocates who point to the fact that chronic pain is helped by cannabis. In particular one advocacy group, Americans for Safe Access, says over 9000 people who suffer from the chronic pain caused by arthritis have found relief by using this natural remedy
Not only do cannabinoids stop pain from being transmitted, they have also been proven to reduce inflammation. The drug Sativex is conclusive proof that medical marijuana is finding a home treating the pain and inflammation from arthritis. This drug is a pharmaceutical version of marijuana. Many patients who use this drug report a vast improvement that includes better sleep patterns.
Using medical marijuana to treat arthritis is a not new concept. In fact in Canada, science reports that as far back as 2001, 65% of Canadians who are authorized to use medical marijuana did so because of their arthritis with good results.
If you’re suffering from arthritis and looking to use marijuana to alleviate the symptoms, you’ll need to talk to your doctor first. There are series of questions that will help your physician to decide if medical marijuana is the right treatment option for you.
It’s important to consider the advantages of using medical marijuana to treat arthritis as the population ages. Today, just a little over 52 million adults are affected by arthritis. Of course those numbers are poised to go up as the population ages. Estimates put that number at 67,000,000 by 2030.
Dr. Jason McDougall, is a Canadian researcher that has taken up the cause of medical marijuana to be used in this particular situation. His study is currently being supported by the Arthritis Association of Canada. Of particular interest is finding out whether cannabis dulls the pain and gets rid of inflammation at the same time.
So far his research has shown that cannabis molecules can actually attach themselves to the nerve centers of the joint and reduce pain messages.