According to official statistics for 2014, more than half of the official prescriptions for medical cannabis, issued in Canada, are made for patients with various forms of arthritis. In America, this trend also continues.
There are several forms of arthritis in which marijuana becomes an effective means.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common diseases of the joints. When it occurs, an inflammatory process occurs due to the fact that immune cells begin to attack the cells of the joint and surrounding tissues. As a result, swelling occurs, the joint is sore and damaged. With widespread rheumatoid arthritis affects not only the joints but also the skin, blood vessels, nerves and even the eyes.
Osteoarthritis is another joint disease that causes pain and discomfort. It occurs when the joints are worn out, and the scar and bone tissues begin to grow, and the nerve endings under their influence cause sharp pain.
Osteoarthritis also refers to diseases that significantly impair the quality of life: it affects the bones of the limbs.
All these forms of joint diseases are recommended to be treated with medical cannabis if its use is not prohibited by the law of the country. This is confirmed by research at the University of Nottingham, researchers from which have proven the effectiveness of cannabinoids in the treatment of arthritis, especially its early stages.
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In 2015, Methotrexate, Celebrex, Plaquenil and Prednisolone were recognized as an effective therapy. But the real effect in the treatment of arthritis is still poorly achievable: medicines only reduce pain, without eliminating the causes of arthritis. Also, side effects of the same methotrexate outweigh the benefits of taking the drug – patients using it as a treatment for arthritis complain of dry cough, upset stomach, urinary retention, fever, blood in the urine and faeces, weakness and dizziness.
According to a California state physician survey, only a quarter of them is aware of the benefits of MMJ therapy. Translated into figures, out of 100,000 doctors, only 25,000 know about the benefits of marijuana for medical purposes. Dr Sheng Min, who claims that medical cannabis is suitable for relieving the symptoms of many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, is considered one of these doctors. And his colleague Dr T. Jones claims that cannabis affects the CB2 receptor, which is responsible for the power of pain, and this allows the herb to be used for the treatment of osteoarthritis.
In California, patients with various forms of arthritis can get a legal prescription for buying medical marijuana. To do this, just need to use the service 420 Evaluations Online and submit an application via the Internet. Applications are processed by the licensed doctors of California Medical Cannabis on the day the application is submitted. Our service will also help you obtain a certificate from the official distributor of medical marijuana and a license to grow cannabis.