Monday, January 26, 2015

Cannabis Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis


Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints. The symptoms are pain, inflammation and stiffness. Doctors treat RA by reducing pain, inflammation and slowing down joint damage.(Source)

A study in 1998-2002 found that illicit cannabis in the U.K. greatly reduced rheumatoid arthritis pain. The survey found that 100% of the RA sufferers found cannabis reduced symptoms “much better” (72%) or “a little better” (28%).(Source) A study in 2006 with the Cannabis Medicine Savitex showed significant improvement in pain and reduced disease activity.(Source) A 2005 survey of medical cannabis patients in Australia showed that 25% used it to treat rheumatoid arthritis.(Source)

Cannabis helps treat rheumatoid arthritis because of it's ability to reduce joint pain, inflammation and increase immunity. The endocannabinoid system affects receptors in the nervous that target joint tissue and immune cells.(Source) Cannabinoids affect the activity of the COX-2 enzymes which contribute to inflammation from arthritis.(Source) Cannabinoids also have immunosupressive properties which curtail inflammatory molecules called cytokines.(Source)

Souce:
http://www.cannabis-med.org/data/pdf/2001-03-04-5.pdf

2 comments:

  1. I would be interested in their lab results, like the before and after of the anti ccp test how much cannabis is taken at one time and how many times, and the type of cannabis plant, along with how they took the medication

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  2. I would be interested in their lab results, like the before and after of the anti ccp test how much cannabis is taken at one time and how many times, and the type of cannabis plant, along with how they took the medication

    ReplyDelete