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Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Relief

March 20, 2010

The three most well-known types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious arthritis) are characterized by a variety of different symptoms, but all have one thing in common: pain.

Conventional medical treatments for arthritis, and the pain associated with it, include non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), stronger corticosteroids, and, more recently, low-dose chemotherapy in severe cases. While patients see varying degrees of success with these treatments, many are reluctant to use high-powered drugs consistently over long periods of time, and are concerned about side effects, which can be very pronounced.

Increasingly, researchers are evaluating marijuana and its assorted derivatives for the treatment of arthritis. Interestingly, while Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component of marijuana most frequently considered as medicinal, some studies are showing that other compounds found in marijuana can relieve pain as well as suppress further joint destruction.

As a result, in 1996, California passed Proposition 215, also known as the California Compassionate Use Act, which allows arthritis patients to use marijuana for medical purposes with a recommendation from a licensed California physician.

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  1. March 29, 2010 2:50 am

    An excellent natures products that can bring realistic healing to arthritis without side effects. You might add anti-inflammatory enzymes which can go a long way to relieve pain and repair damage. A few well known ones are Bromelain from pineapple, Papain from papaya, Serrapeptase Serratia peptidase. Also a cream or oil that has cayenne in it shuts down pain receptors and is one of the only herbs known through scientific research to actually reverse arthritis.

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