Arthritis affects 1 in 5 Canadians everyday. The two most common kind of arthritis are:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): a disease where a persons body attacks their joints, causing inflammation. it commonly affects the hands and feet amd leads to painful, swollen and stiff joints
Osteoarthritis (OA): a degenerative disease that affects joint, cartilage and bones causing paint and stiffness, most commonly in the hips, knees and thumb joints.
CBD affects your immune system, which naturally makes it helpful for an autoimmune conditions like RA. Studies published in the Journal Rheumatology from DR. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that CB2 receptors are found in unusually high levels in the joint tissue or arthritis patients. The use of cannabis is shown to fight inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of the CB2 receptors.
But it’s not just CBD that can lend a helping hand. “Chronic pain is a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, and when it comes to chronic pain, we have 9,000 patient years of data showing that THC [the active ingredient in cannabis] effectively treats it,” says Jahan Marcu, PhD, the Chief Scientific Officer for Americans for Safe Access, an organization devoted to the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic use. “Cannabinoids stop the transmission of pain and decrease inflammation, and that’s very important for people with joint issues.” On a basic level, THC is anti-inflammatory and analgesic (it kills pain), and it’s also known to reduce the anxiety and depression that goes with diseases (especially ailments that are cause a loss of mobility like rheumatoid arthritis). Have you ever read about how smoking weed can cause seizure patients to relax? Based on similar physiological principles, people with chronic pain and stiff joints may find that their body naturally loosens when using marijuana.
Essentially, all of these scientific studies support one of the key principles of medicinal marijuana: that both non-psychoactive CBD and psychoactive THC work wonders for those suffering from joint pain.
People have been using marijuana as a source of pain relief for thousands of years. Gooey Rabinski, an aptly named author considering he writes about that sweet Mary-Jane, writes, “Until the dawn of the 20th century, pot—albeit in tincture form, not smoked—was the primary form of pain killer in the United States. One hundred years ago, if a young girl skinned her knee, she was given a marijuana tincture, not an orange and white Bayer aspirin.”
THC is omnipresent, but CBD has been historically more difficult to come across. However, in the contemporary golden age of cannabis culture, CBD is readily available to be vaped, smoked, applied topically, or taken as a tincture.
One thing’s for sure: for those suffering from chronic pain in their joints, a little bit of chronic can go a long way. Give CBD a shot, you might love the effects. We rely on CBD after every ski day, backpacking trip, and workout—there’s just nothing better from a natural pain relief and relaxation standpoint.