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Arthritis and Medicinal Cannabis

Arthritis is an informal term that captures hundreds of types of joint pain and joint diseases

Because there are so many different types of arthritis, each with different causes and levels of severity, arthritis is very common and can effect people of all ages, genders and ethnicities. 

Most of the time, arthritis can only be detected via x-rays, but there are instances where permanent joint damage can be identified visually, eg. having knobby finger joints. Some types of arthritis can also impact areas of the body that aren't the joints, including the heart, eyes, kidneys or lungs.

Generally there are four types of arthritis:

  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Metabolic Arthritis

What are the symptoms of Arthritis?

Arthritis is a physical illness and has a range of symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Arthritis:

  • Family history of arthritis
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Previous joint injury
  • Obesity

How can medicinal cannabis help with Arthritis?

Cannabis, specifically the cannabidiol (CBD) component, has long been used for its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, and recent studies have supported the scientific validity of this claim. Anecdotal evidence, however, has long supported cannabis as a medicine with people suffering from arthritis reporting significant reductions in pain, improved sleep and a reduction in overall anxiety.

For arthritis or arthritis adjacent conditions, a CBD isolate - usually consumed orally - is generally recommended as it does not result in a 'high'. If CBD alone isn't working to manage pain, consult your doctor and they may recommend a low dose THC product. 

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Arthritis sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Cannabis Indica

They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.

If you or a loved one are suffering from Arthritis and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.