Arthritis, whether rheumatoid, osteoarthritic, psoriatic, or fibromyalgia syndrome, is extremely painful. Those who suffer from any form of arthritic condition must suffer in what some may call agony.
Arthritis is defined as inflammation and stiffness of a joint or joints. It is caused by the gradual decay of the cartilage that cushions the joints making movement possible–and comfortable. Cartilage decay has numerous causes; repetitive motion, injury, genetics, and advanced age are the usual culprits.
Anyone who suffers from this insidious disease knows the beauty of healthy cartilage. The absence of healthy cartilage makes something as simple as bending over to ties one’s shoes an act of bravery. Arthritis is a crippling disease. It is the leading cause of disability in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Arthritis does not have to be a recipe for a life of inactivity. If properly managed, arthritis might be a minor nuisance like allergies or acne. Pain management is under addressed in the United States. Doctors fear prescribing narcotics due to the potential for addiction. Patients are often reticent to take narcotics for the same reason. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen can provide significant relief for many arthritis patients, especially those patients in the early stage of the disease. When arthritis becomes moderate to severe no amount of aspirin is going to touch the pain.
A drug that is mostly overlooked for the treatment of arthritis is marijuana. Marijuana was commonly used in medicinal tinctures in the United States before the 1930’s; however, it was known as “cannabis”. After the Mexican Revolution the word “cannabis” morphed into the word “marijuana” and became synonymous with every sort of unseemly activity from violence to gang rape! Thankfully (albeit it slowly) the negative associations regarding “marijuana” have been proven false.
Marijuana is a powerful, natural, non addictive pain reliever. Marijuana is a safe and effective therapy for chronic pain like arthritis. It is also, fortunately, now legal for medicinal use in many states. If you suffer from debilitating arthritis, medicinal marijuana may be the perfect addition to your pain management protocol. It is worth a conversation with your doctor.
Arthritis sufferers may use a variety of products to treat their pain. Cannabis topicals are applied directly to the skin and can treat one specific region of pain. They provide fast relief, but the relief is condensed to that one area. Smoking or consuming high CBD strains can also help with pain relief; many medical marijuana users may use edibles. Edibles offer potent relief, but may also take some time to set it.
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