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Arthritis

According to common statistics, there are more than 31 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, which comes in two varieties that both cause pain, swelling, and limited movements to the joints.

The Two Types of Arthritis
The two different types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, which is caused by the malfunctioning of the patient's immune system, and osteoarthritis (arthritis of the bones) which is found mostly in elderly patients whose cartilage has been eroded through use. Both types may Arthritis may also manifest itself in the form of chronic joint inflammation, generally due to injuries.

Cannabis and Arthritis
There has been a lot of research which shows that cannabis and cannabinoid drugs may be effective for arthritis, as well as for other degenerative joint, hip, and connective tissue disorders. Since all of these conditions involve frequent bouts of extreme pain, the ability of cannabis to help fight chronic pain makes it especially useful, either on its own or used in conjuction with opiate painkillers. In fact, the use of marijuana as a treatment for musclo-skeletal pain has been a documented part of western medicine since the 1700s.

In addition to pain-relieving qualities, however, cannabis also has strong anti-inflammatory and immune-modulation properties which mean that it might be a valid form of direct treatment for any number of chronic inflammatory diseases (including arthritis). More than one source shows that a Chinese text dating from around the year 2000 BC mentions cannabis "undoing" rheumatism.
Contemporary research on one of the non-psychoactive components of cannabis, CBD (cannabidiol) has found that, in tests with mice and rats, it suppresses the immune response that triggers a disease which is similar to arthritis, protecting the rodents from severe joint damage, and improving their conditions.

Human studies have backed up the data from the rodent trials, showing that cannabis is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, which is one of the conditions for which medical marijuana is allowed in those parts of the United States where it's use is legal. In addition, patients using cannabis have been able to reduce their use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) , which have potentially harmful side effects.

The bottom line? Medical marijuana may be a benefit to arthritis patients because:

  1. It relieves the pain associated with swollen joints and eroded cartilage.
  2. It attacks the immune response that actually triggers arthritis.
  3. It relieves the inflammation - the actual swelling - of arthritic joints
  4. Unlike NSAIDs, it has no potentially harmful side effects
  5. It has a long track record of being safe; no one has ever died of a marijuana overdose.
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hempoil | Mar 10, 2014
 
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Guest | Apr 28, 2013
 
I HAVE GOT OSTEOARTHRITIS IN MY HANDS NECK BACK KNEES THIGHS AND LEGS I HAVE BEEN TAKING STRONG PAINKILLERS FOR OVER 10 YEARS BUT THEY DONT HELP MUCH MY LIFE IS ON HOLD I CANT DO THE THINGS I WANT TO DO I KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF ARTHRITIS YOU ARE LIMITED AT WHAT YOU CAN DO I AM TIRED LETHARGIC AND VERY DEPRESSED I CRY WITH THE PAIN MY GP CANT GIVE ME ANYTHING ELSE CAUSE I HAVE HAD THE STRONGEST PAINKILLERS I CANT HAVE DICLOFENIC BECAUSE OF MY STOMACK I NEED SOMETHING TO HELP ME WITH THE PAIN I AM AT MY WITS END I CANT GO SWIMMING WHAT I USE TO LOVE CAUSE OF THE PAIN I AM IN THE HOUSE ALL DAY I HAVE TRYED EVERYTHING EVEN CELEBOLIN NOTHING HELPS I CANT GO ON WITH THIS PAIN I DO TRY CHAIR EXERCISES BUT I AM IN TO MUCH PAIN I FEEL SO SORRY FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS IT HAS AFFECTED MY LIFE AND WHAT I USE TO BE.I USE TO BE A ENTERTAINER ON THE CLUBS SINGING AND NOW I CANT EVEN GET OUT TO GO TO THE KAREOKE AND GIVE A SONG PLEASE HELP ME OR CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY ADVICE THANK YOU LYNDA UK
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Guest | Mar 26, 2013
 
Thank you everyone for all the help with the questions I have I also live in Mass. Dont know how I go about getting medicial help. Do I ask my primary dr or find a mmj dr.
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Guest | Mar 14, 2013
 
Rick Simpson was alive as of yesterday. Fred25
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Guest | Jan 9, 2013
 
- - - TO ALL ARTHRITIS & CANCER PATIENTS - - -I am a 44 yr. old woman that still likes to get around like in my early 30's at the least, meaning w/out any aches & pains. I'm a very fast paced gal from the East Coast. I had cancer at 26 yrs. old and have been cancer free since. I have Arthritis in both my hips w/the left hip being the worst. I was hit(my actual body)by a car at 19 yrs. old & then my hubby & I were riding our Harley when I was about 29 yrs, old & our bike is black & a college student "didn't see us" & we were hit w/me being thrown from the bike. That resulted in my hips & back. Hips so bad LITERALLY to the touch it hurts. I also have Arthritis in my hands & knees from other injuries when young. I wear a lot of jewelry and use my hands a lot. I'm ambidexterous (use my left & right almost equally). I do a lot of crafts & I never thought at my age I could have days I simply just can't do things due to the pain. Seriouslly !!!! I'm not an easy gal to let things like pain control my day but as I've gotten older I have no choice on some of my daily have to do's. I keep going - I'm a fighter!! I REFUSE to take the wonderful advertised medications that I'm sure we all have seen advertised that have a million side effects INCLUDING DEATH. Thanks but NO THANKS. I actually love my life - Thank you.. Then comes in the pain pills - yet sometimes needed & help I don't want to become a daily fan of popping pills. I have a girlfriend that is not against pot & if I partake she might also but still will argue w/me over the fact that it helps my pain level to a degree that I hope she will never have to experience! She refuses to believe that it helps Nausea (Chantix)(DO NOT TAKE), helps ease pain so I can get the relief & get back my normal oomph to do daily activities & sometimes just hang around & chill. I just txt her & told her to go on this site & please read for herself. Told her to watch the Documentary of why it was illegalized in the 1st place & please educate herself & not by the 11pm news. It's no joke & NO LIE to anybody w/the question, "does it really work"? YES IT DOES !!! Marijuana NEEDS TO BE FULLY LEAGLIZED IN EVERY STATE!!!! In my state (Massachusetts) I asked my PCP how she feels on the new Law that docs can prescribe it here now etc... She responded that she does believe that it has true benefits but her & all her collegues wish "they" just fully legalized it because FEDERALLY they're putting a strain on doctors getting nervous that FEDERALLY once again their license can be questioned, suspended etc..... I use to live in Colorado - good for you guys!!! If you are someone that is a 1st time consumer my advise is research your symptoms & from someone trustable or a dispensary get your product. Go home - plan on staying in & try a few puffs to start. As drinking & driving I also believe don't smoke & drive!! You will find a whole relief from pain & understand why "they" make it so hard to get legally. My opinion ONLY on the "they" comments but... Best of luck in finding your herbal remidy. Sincerely, Your Fellow Smoker
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Guest | Dec 18, 2012
 
To the conversation above: I am 26 years old. When I was 20 I was diagnosed with RA. It hurts everywhere and has made me a very depressed person. I can not do the things I use to with my friends and get to watch from the sidelines on everything. The doctors treated me like a druggie just looking for a fix, but at one time I was taking extended release morphine in the morning and at night before bed and Oxycodone during the day. The last day I took medicine, I was up to 6 Oxy a day in between my Morphine. This medicine did not make me high. I could still drive and function but my head stayed in a fog all day and I could not focus. It became harder to work and even stay social. I quit going to the doctor about a year ago and do nothing but smoke now. I have improved greatly and I do not take any pills at all. I am not depressed anymore and I have stop seeing my therapist. The pain is much less intense. I am able to do most things again. I danced with a girl a few weeks ago. I have not done that in 5 years. I do have rules that I follow when I smoke. I only smoke at night before I go to bed. The next day my pain is still not bad and it helps me move better during the day. I have even got a better job due to being able to move more that pays better. MM treats people differently. Same as alcohol and any substance out there. Some people can eat bandannas, some cant. You can not overdose or die. why not make this legal for the people who it does help.
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Guest | Dec 8, 2012
 
I have osteoarthritis and syatica and although mmj doesn't completely relieve the pain, it helps alot and quickly. The pain that is left is managable.
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Guest | Oct 30, 2012
 
Sept 9th Guest, I'm sorry that MM is not working for you but, don't discourage others with your comments. MM is like all medications, it works differently for each person. I never smoked before but, at 36 found out I had severe RA. I couldn't work an 8 hour shift, grocery shop, clean my house, care for my children, go for a walk and had to give up my hobbies (hand quilting). My life sucked for 10 years. With the help of a great doctor and a wonderful caregiver, i have much of my life back!! Everyone needs to find their own life path.
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Guest | Sep 19, 2012
 
I was diagnosed with JRA( juvenile rheum atoid arthritis) when i was 3 and took pills a long time. I started smoking marijuana when i was young after awhile i figured i didnt need pills anymore and just kept smoking. My Rheumatism is and has been in remission since.
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Guest | Sep 19, 2012
 
By the way i am 33 and still smoking. Anyone who doesnt believe in medical marijuana really does not have a clue.
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Guest | Sep 9, 2012
 
Hey you guys I've been using Marijuana for my Rhumitiod Arthritis since I got it 45 years ago. I don't know how anyone can say it is that much of a relief. I have had 2 body parts replaced by arthritis' grip. People say Rick Simpson oil will work, but ya know, he died. I get a bit of relief from it though, I can laugh at my pain. To tell people that it 'might' help stop the damage caused by arthritis is totally false. Like I said, I have smoked it prictically every day for 45 years, and it doesn't stop the damage at all. I've ingested it at high doses and have had the Rick Simpson oil too. To the person from Dec. 30th. You need the Canabis Rudialis for your pain. it has no high. Don't know where you can get that, but it's great for rope and such. I say eat it in cookies and food, but only before bedtime. I enjoy smoking it as much as all of you, but the medical bemnifits of pot, well, it aint that much, and it's not a miricle drug. Stop foolong yourselves. Orencia does work wonders for it, though. Stops the damage right now, and I recomend that for anyone with Rhumitiod Arthritis.
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Guest | Sep 9, 2012
 
I've had Rhumitiod Arthritis for 45 years. Have had 2 joint replacements (Knss and ankle) and am looking forward to my other knee also very soon. Pot makes me laugh at the pain, but nothing else. People that think pot is a cure-all for R/A or any other ailment is in for a dissapointing fact. It hasn't done me much good as far as my physical problems, and the woman up there who has heard that pot works and everyone should take their meds away for a month is totally deluding herself. Wait till you get it and then we'll hear what you have to say, lady..
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Guest | Jun 5, 2012
 
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Guest | Mar 28, 2012
 
i have arthritis it hurts alot too
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naturalherb | Mar 28, 2012
 
hello im glad too be a member od good healthy meds
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MamasMeds | Mar 10, 2012
 
Hi Guest! Try rm3.us they have a lot of information from personal and well as scientific sources. There have actually (despite what the government says) been about 1500 scientific studies done throughout the world on the uses and benefits of cannabis. And we could all learn a great deal from the Chinese regarding natural medicines, acupuncture and the use of cannabis. I don't think that includes human sacrifice...
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MamasMeds | Mar 10, 2012
 
Dec. 30th Guest, Definitely stick to a sativa if you don't want to feel so spaced out. I am the caregiver to a patient who can't smoke due to lung disease also and he uses tincture and small amounts of butter to relieve his arthritis pain. A good sativa will promote the thinking process, keep you relaxed without making you into a couch potato, and in general make life a little more comfortable. Good luck
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MamasMeds | Mar 10, 2012
 
Dec. 30th Guest, Definitely stick to a sativa if you don't want to feel so spaced out. I am the caregiver to a patient who can't smoke due to lung disease also and he uses tincture and small amounts of butter to relieve his arthritis pain. A good sativa will promote the thinking process, keep you relaxed without making you into a couch potato, and in general make life a little more comfortable. Good luck
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Guest | Feb 26, 2012
 
"The ancient Chinese cant be wrong?" Seriously? Perhaps human sacrifice would be the next way to go then? Can you please publish any evidence that it works rather than personal testimony
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Guest | Feb 2, 2012
 
I have used pot for pain,I have very bad arthritis,that is the good part,now I need some surgry and my lungs are to weak,last time I had operation on the spine my lungs failed and they couldnt finish the neck operation,I have arthrits for 30 years and I am 50,so I am stopping soking so I can get my neck repaired aybe my lungs can get better
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Guest | Dec 30, 2011
 
I have a question, I suffer from arthritis and I am interested in MMJ. However, I do not want to feel loaded or spaced out. In addition, I have asthma and cannot be around smoke. Can someone tell me what kind of MMJ will help me. I am looking for something that keeps me focused, not parnoid, and that I can eat and get the relief I am looking for.
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Guest | Nov 14, 2011
 
I was born with severe club foot in both of my feet. All of my life I suffered with pain in my ankles. At seventeen years old I started taking NSAID's to cope with daily pain in my legs. I started smoking MMJ a little over a year ago. After trying three different NSAID's, that led to severely undesirable symptoms, I have stopped taking my pills entirely. This is thanks to MMJ of course. I honestly feel like I have less pain even when I am sober now compared to when i was taking only the legal alternative of NSAID's....before i smoked MMJ. the law will not stop me from choosing a medical alternative that won't eventually kill my kidney, liver, or heart. MMJ should be legalized. Can we really continue to be ignorant?
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Herb Lady | Jun 12, 2011
 
Smoking a bit of MMJ helps me relax and relieves chronic pain. It helps with arthritis aches and pains and allows me to work as an artist. It inspires me to keep trying.
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Guest | May 12, 2011
 
I have RA and just started using MMJ in AZ it's now state legal and I can say I smoked KKush and I was able to walk with out my cane for the first time in 5 yrs and I was able to cut down the pain pills by half that day I smoked I can't wait to see what other strains are out there to help with my pain but all I have to say is amazing results and I'm only 38yrs old with a severe case of RA and 2 knee replacements and 2 hip replacements so when the federal goverment say's it has no medical use thats a lie becuase it works I think they make more by policing it then to legalize it or at least reclassife as a S2 drug
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Guest | May 6, 2011
 
Yes I do agree with lindzzz about a real potent treat replaces the pills that's what I do instead of taking a bunch of pills.
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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011
 
I have a cousin who has suffered from crippling arthritis since childhood, and smoking helps to relieve the pain and swelling in her hands. She is now able to go about her life with as much of a normal routine as anyone else. So does it help, YES it does.
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lindzzz | Apr 5, 2011
 
I agree that those are the two most common forms of arthritis exhibited in elderly adults. I think that if these 31 million people were to replace all of their pill medications with cannabis for six months, they wouldn't want to go back. From what I understand, the medicines often have more painful side-effects than the aches and pains caused by arthritis itself. I think that one high-potency edible has the potential to replace a day's worth of pills for the average arthritis patient.
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Guest | Mar 28, 2011
 
These bones in my body have osteoarthritis. Pain pills help some but the pain is still overwhelming. Im a very positive person who needs some relief? Help us sufferers please!!!
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Andy J | Mar 18, 2011
 
One of my best friends is an old hippie guitar player from way back in the day. The poor guy has got some of the worst arthritis i have ever seen, his hands are pretty jacked up, and it really gets to him. He can hardly hold the ax anymore but when he takes a few puffs off of his vaporizer he is back in there jamming and constantly making up new hand positions to cope with his condition. Obviously weed will never cure his arthritis, but I can say without a doubt it has allowed him to cope with his situation.
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Ha-Y-N Boi In CO | Mar 15, 2011
 
i have mild carpal tunnel from years of typing and working with my hands along with other things that i hated dealing with the pain...mmj helped me by easing my pain, and relaxing me so that i can barely feel the pain lol. i dont know what i would have been able to do about the carpel pain if it wasnt for mmj
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Marijuanamama | Mar 15, 2011
 
Anyone who suffers from arthritis pain then you know the need for something to aid in relief is a definite necessary part of just living. Years of writing and typing cause the pain in my hands after a hard day at the computer. It is about time others realize the effect for the relief of pain period that marijuana has.
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CannabisGril | Mar 14, 2011
 
I have extreme pain in my hand. If it wasn't for the medical cannabis I wouldn't be able to write or heck even type on this computer right now. I can say that medical marijuana has changed my life for the better in more ways than one. This read is very interesting and true, if you haven't tried it for pain yet you should.
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Guest | Mar 12, 2011
 
That is some very interesting information right there. I will definitely be trying it out for my pain as well.
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SkillitHits247 | Mar 10, 2011
 
My wife (24yrs) has arthritis in her hands & fingers & knees due to sports injuries and popping her knuckles since she was 13, now she is unable to stop popping her knuckles because it hurts if she doesn't and if she does. Cannabis has helped a lot not just by smoking but we also get the Cannabis Massage Lotion which works great plus you can take it anywhere; different clinics will provide different kind of massage lotions or oils, some make work better than others so be sure to try a different one doesn't seem to work or last. I also use the massage lotion for my back pain and neck injury and sore muscles and was amazed on how well it works, especially the one we got from our local clinic $15, CWCC in Lake Elsinore So Cal.
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Guest | Mar 3, 2011
 
Good start but there definitely more than two types of arthritis
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vinniegumba | Jan 25, 2011
 
Very interesting information. I'd like to know exactly how THC reduced inflammation in joints. There is definitely proof that cannabis is a mind relaxant but Im not certain that it is a muscle relaxant too. It would be interesting to hear more.