The most common disease for America’s older population is arthritis. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that around 53 million Americans suffer from arthritis. Among these people 60 percent of them are said to be women. What we need to do now is understand what arthritis is and how cannabis can help us with it.
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a rheumatic disease that affects the joints and the tissue around them. Its general symptoms are inflammation and stiffness that develops around one or more joints.
Arthritis is generally common in older persons, but it can affect people of all ages making them unable to work or do their daily routines. It is one of the main causes of disability in the United States, and usually high levels of stress and depression are associated with it.
The disease can be caused by different factors such as genetics, obesity, joint damage, infections and occupations that constantly force your joints. Some forms of arthritis can be caused by a faulty immune system and abnormal metabolism, although rheumatoid diseases are generally caused by multiple factors.
Some of the most common prescription for arthritis patients may include Tylenol, Precocet and Vicodin in order to reduce pain alongside creams that contain menthol or casaicin although they don’t heal joint inflammation. In order to reduce pain and inflammation you could take anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin or Aleve.
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are usually used to treat rheumatoid arthritis so that the immune system stops attacking the inflamed joints.
Exercises can also help you deal with the disease, but just about a quarter of the adults diagnosed with arthritis are physically inactive.
How Can Cannabis Help?
Although cannabis is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government which means that it is considered a highly addictive drug that has no medical value, due to the growing success of preclinical and clinical trials its therapeutic value has begun to be recognized. Many of the studies show that cannabis has anti-inflammatory effects that can aid arthritis patients in order to live a healthier life.
Cannabis can help you deal with pain and reduce swelling without causing any dangerous side-effects like NSAIDs or opiate use all while putting a smile on your face.
A three-year research started in 2015 by Dalhousie University in order to determine if marijuana can help with pain and repair arthritic joints. Pain-detecting nerves contain cannabinoid receptors which control the launching of pain signals from the joint to the brain by attaching themselves to nerve receptors according to researcher Jason McDougall. Another study conducted by the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease in the UK showed how cannabinoids can help with pain on movement, pain at rest and quality of sleep.
Although research is still being made, the information gathered so far shows that cannabis is a great alternative for treating arthritis. It seems that one of the best treatments for your joints is a “joint”.