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Treating Osteoarthritis with Medical Marijuana

What is Osteoarthritis?

Believe it or not, Osteoarthritis is actually the single greatest cause of disability in older adults. Osteoarthritis is often debilitating as it leads to significant pain and reduced mobility. These symptoms have psychological fallout, with patients often suffering from anxiety and depression in addition to the discomfort. Fortunately, osteoarthritis has been listed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Florida. Over 350 million individuals suffer from osteoarthritis around the world. When the joints are damaged by regular use, this is defined as osteoarthritis. The joints you rely on the most throughout your life are often the most impacted and the condition often favors weight-bearing joints. The condition is extremely common in hips, hands, knees, and the spine. If you are interested in obtaining a Florida medical marijuana card to treat your neuropathy, take our qualifying survey today!

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Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis can include, but are not limited to:

  • Stiff Joints
  • Limited flexibility
  • Pain
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Osteoarthritis and Medical Marijuana

Similar to other forms of arthritis and inflammation, medical marijuana has shown potential in treating osteoarthritis. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29635215) The compounds of cannabis, including THC and CBD, have been shown to have some benefits in treating the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, as well as the psychological side-effects such as anxiety and depression. In fact, the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD have been shown to cause a potential improvement in pain from osteoarthritis.


Side Effects of Cannabis for Osteoarthritis

Side effects of marijuana use can include changes in:

  • Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Memory
  • Appetite
  • Mood
  • Reaction Time
  • Paranoia

Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and Osteoarthritis

T.M., 53, St. Petersburg

T.M., 53
St. Petersburg Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 5 months on medical cannabis
– Neuropathy‎, blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes
– Previously treated with opiates

I sought pain relief from opiates for more 12 years, per my neurologist. They were doing no good for my pain nor my health, more habit than relief. I have multiple disorders and am completely disabled, unable to work. I began to realize the pain killers were killing me, not the pain, and slowing me down.

I have long believed in the medical uses of marijuana. If only our state government and federal government would just stay out of it. I learned to listen to body and it tells me what works for what hurts, and pills only kill people, it only delays the pain and harms the body where natural herbal treatment has helped from day ONE! No side effects, I am still working on finding the right levels for me, but that will come in time, for now it is working better than any pill ever did.

I found it disheartening to have lost my younger brother in 2001 to opiates at his age of 31, after his abuse and overdose I began to wonder if Florida was ever going to see the truth of natural remedies for pain are much better and effective at controlling the pain. I haven’t ever heard of overdosing on pot. In my opinion it’s more than just good for pain, but does not affect the bodily functions as do many other drugs. It has only helped through and through, finally relief I can believe in.

Thank you. No more opiates. I have a blood disorder, panic disorder, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. My day starts with pain and my activity is limited, yet I’m lucky to still be here, at least I’ve found something good in natural medicine rather than poppy seed derivatives or worse. I worked in field service for 16 years after five years of communications electronics working on the bench to component level design and test. I needed movement in my day! Now I’m lucky to to still be able to walk. I do have diabetes, and the neuropathy came from massive blood clot pulmonary, COPD, etc. Cannabis is certainly been the best treatment for my condition so far without a doubt.


R.G., 67, Summerfield

R.G., 67
Summerfield Medical Marijuana Doctor

– 1 1/2 months on medical cannabis
– Neuropathy, Severe Osteoarthritis
– Previously treated with OTC pain relievers

Severe osteoarthritis is the reason I have had a partial knee replacement, a total hip replacement and a lumbar laminectomy and fusion to relieve a pinched nerve. The nerve has not regenerated so I have neuropathy and drop foot in both feet. As a result I have pain in all three areas so I was taking an OTC pain reliever for relief. I didn’t feel that OTC pain relievers were a good long term solution so I started to search online for other options. Needless to say medical marijuana has worked very well for me and I have really cut back on the pain relievers.