Therapeutic Cannabis and Arthritis

Therapeutic cannabis

Arthritis affects both sexes, as well as children. The stereotypical image of a patient with arthritis is an older person, but it is not always true. This disease affects 1 on 5 adults globally.

Medical cannabis is beginning to be recognized as an effective drug, and today there is hope that cannabinoids may also be the first treatment for arthritis.


Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Almost two thirds of those suffering from this condition are still in working age. It is also very common as a comorbid condition. In other words, it is very likely that people with other chronic conditions also suffer from this disease. For example, 49% of adults with heart disease have arthritis. And even the 47% of diabetes sufferers experience joint pain caused by this condition. The 31% of obese adults also has arthritis. 64% of patients with arthritis are under the 65 years of age.

There are about 100 different forms of this condition. The most common form is called osteoarthritis. It can affect any joint. It is more common in knees, hips, back and neck. Even the fingers and toes and the bases of the thumbs are generally affected. The condition is debilitating because it literally attacks and destroys the connection between bones and joints.

In healthy joints, cartilage acts as a cushion between moving bones. When arthritis breaks the cartilage, the bones begin to deteriorate and even "float" inside the body.

The main feature of this disease? It attacks the joints and connective tissues of the body, and also begins to deform the bone structure itself.

This makes everyday life very demanding, whatever a person has to do.


The rupture of the cartilage causes pain and swelling, as well as problems of movement of the joint. When the bones begin to disintegrate or develop humps and irregularities, movement problems increase. It also develops an inflammatory process that further destroys cartilage.

Among the other symptoms we find lesions that do not heal properly. Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common condition. Naturally, persistent physical pain is inevitable as the joints are blocked.


The physical limits imposed by this condition are often more psychologically devastating than the disease itself. The inability to work is one of these limits, as well as the inability to move. Adults with arthritis have difficulty climbing stairs, walking a few hundred meters or climbing stairs. Worse, inactivity itself becomes a health hazard. About half of people with arthritis do not report any physical activity during their free time. This behavior becomes in itself a risk factor for other conditions.

Being chronically ill with a disease is bad enough. Having two is even worse. It is important to maintain a positive mental vision, even if it is often difficult. Depression is a very common comorbid psychological condition that further reduces the difficulty of managing diseases.


Unfortunately, most of the current therapies fail to heal this condition. Conventional therapies include pain management, proper nutrition and regular exercise. Therapies are often also followed for other comorbid conditions, such as depression. One of the reasons why medical cannabis is considered effective for patients of this disease is its ability to reduce the main and most disabling symptoms. Among these is the harmful inflammation that characterizes arthritis throughout its progression.


Cannabis is now considered as one of the best tools for long-term management of this clinical condition. This happens for example in Canada, where a special one government task force it has already been established to specifically examine the topic. In its final report, the Cannabis Research Roundtable has called on the federal government to invest 25 million dollars in clinical trials on cannabis, which include research on arthritis and pain management.

In a study published by the journal Rheumatology, Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of Second Chinese Military University found something even more fascinating. THE CB2 receptors they are found on unusually high levels in the tissue of the joints of patients with arthritis.

In an even more in-depth research now underway in Canada, researchers are examining something even more astonishing. In fact, we could discover that cannabinoids are actually able to contribute to riparazione of damaged joints and nerves. Even more amazing? This effect is exerted by non-psychoactive components of the plant. In other words, locally applied CBD molecules may be able to repair compromised nerves and tissues.

This is an extraordinary discovery. Although we are still talking about results obtained in the laboratory, it seems that the disease is potentially treatable, as well as manageable in its symptoms. The damage that arthritis can cause could also be reduced or eliminated. And of course this is the best news that arthritis sufferers can hear.

Some US states, such as Illinois, New Mexico, Hawaii, Connecticut, California and Arkansas, have already included arthritis as a qualifying condition to obtain therapeutic cannabis and we hope that many others will follow the example


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