Arthritis is a painful, inflammatory joint condition that an estimated 22.7% (54.4 million) of U.S. adults are diagnosed with. There are different types of arthritis that may occur due to natural wear and tear, infections or autoimmune diseases. No matter what form of arthritis you are diagnosed with, finding a treatment that can address your pain is of the utmost importance. Medical marijuana for arthritis may be one of the most beneficial treatments that does not require pills or reliance on alternative home remedies that may or may not work consistently.
Symptoms and Causes of Arthritis
Every joint in our body is cushioned and protected by cartilage. This cartilage may wear down with use and age, known as osteoarthritis, one of the most common forms of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is another type of arthritis that occurs when the body’s immune system eats away at the cartilage, causing severe pain and swelling. Both forms of arthritis are painful and can worsen with time.
Symptoms of arthritis may be described as:
- Painful or stiff joints
- Swelling of the joints
- Limited range of motion
- Bone spurs
- Popping or cracking of the joints
Does Medical Marijuana Treat Arthritis?
Research has shown a direct link between the body’s endocannabinoid system during the development of arthritis as well as its role as a therapeutic target. The CB2 receptor, which has an anti-inflammatory effect when activated, is believed to play a critical role. Medical marijuana activates that receptor, leading to a reduction in joint pain.
According to research, 57% of arthritis patients have tried marijuana or CBD for their condition and more than 90% have said that it helped. Not only is medical marijuana capable of alleviating the pain associated with arthritis, but it can also address some of the other side effects of living with this condition, such as the inability to sleep or relax.
In the past, arthritis treatment was limited to over-the-counter pain medications or home remedies such as ice packs, heat therapy or exercise. Medical marijuana provides another alternative treatment method that can decrease the reliance on pain medication and allow patients to dose as needed for their condition.
How to Get Medical Marijuana for Arthritis
If you suffer from arthritis in Florida, MMTCFL can determine if you are eligible for medical marijuana and help you get your medical marijuana registration card. Patients may begin by taking our online eligibility survey.