Researchers caution they need more studies before making a commitment to the benefits of medical marijuana in treating rheumatoid arthritis, but patients suffering from the painful disease are not waiting around. Large-scale surveys of the United Kingdom and Australia indicated that roughly one third of the people who use medical marijuana, do so for rheumatoid arthritis.
Although the US medical profession acknowledges that medical marijuana can alleviate the pain for cancer and AIDS, increase appetite and reduce vomiting and nausea, it is unsure if rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that can benefit from medical marijuana. Unlike other pain-causing conditions, rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition that attacks the joints, causing multiple health problems. It is associated with increased risk for lung disease and heart attacks. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, smoking marijuana raises the heart rate. They are still noncommittal about whether the active ingredients in marijuana can be taken in a spray or a pill for rheumatoid arthritis, stating the research is incomplete.
Preliminary studies by the D.R. Blake with the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatoid Disease indicated the cannabis based medicine, Sativex, which is taken as an oromucosal spray, statistically produced improved movement and reduced pain when compared to a control group using a placebo. The conclusion was that the Sativex treatment represented benefits of clinical relevance and demonstrated the need for more detailed investigation.
Cannabinoids also seem to have a positive effect when used with other pain medicines. Clinical Phamacology and Therapeutics found in 2011 that chronic pain patients using long-acting Oxycodone or long-acting morphine experienced a significant decrease in pain when they combined their medication with vaporized herbal cannabis; far more than what they experienced by taking the opiods alone. Donald I. Abrams, professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, claims the study “suggests that cannabis has the potential to relieve pain and decrease use of opiods, which unlike cannabis, are associated with major side effects.”
I’m 54 and have arthritis in my back shoulders fingers feet neck knees hips ankles and I can still get up in morning and go to work I do construction work the past couple of years has been very painful I live in Illinois I wish I could get medical marijuana what can I do?
chronic pain, degenerative bone disorder,arthritis in neck wrists knee and p.t.s.d anxiety agoraphobia, social anxiety, major depression and inheriated disc bulging discks and bone sours touching my spine numerous bone surs against my spine as well as glaucoma.
please help me dr I care about Dixie my dog. she is why I choose to live with pain. walking her only makes me wanna scream from my pain. and have broke a bone from my unconfirmed degenerative bone disorder, mypain level on a 10 scale is 20. I take kratam which helps but of course this anti oxidant will be banned or prohibition of by big money phamaciticals. do I kid. no I weep, I’m on opana gabapentin valium and others ect etc. I get400 dollars a month and did 7 years in prison for less than a gram of psylicybn. so I wanna eat dog food at this point. I wish I could afford a dr to allow me a card without money. it makes the world go round yeah? I live in Missouri on the border and when dixiegoes I wanna go. please a dr with a bit of kindness help me? 573 587 4733 I don’t get many minutes so text me if you can help god bless and I hope to see joey dee dee johnny tommy and aurtura vega when my time comes. god bless and have a wonderful day