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Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

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Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

Arthritis is a medical condition that affects millions of Americans which causes pain and swelling in the joins and limits movement. There are two main types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. A person’s immune system is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis. When the immune system malfunctions, instead of fighting off bacteria or viruses, it actually starts attacking the body and eventually bones start to get eroded. Rheumatoid arthritis is most common among the elderly. The other form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs from use when cartilage wears away and affects hands, hips, knees, neck and lower back. As of now there is no cure, but there treatments, such as medical marijuana, that can help you relieve pain.

Medical marijuana has recently shown to be effective for helping people cope with arthritis. These conditions are typically painful and medical marijuana helps to alleviate the chronic pain brought on by arthritis. The use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, such as to alleviate pain, has been used since the 1700s. Medical marijuana has also recently been shown to possibly directly treat inflammatory diseases. There is evidence that medical marijuana has powerful immune-modulation and anti-inflammatory properties. One of the non-psychoactive components of marijuana is cannabidol. This has been found to suppress an immune response in rats and mice that resembles arthritis. It has been found to lessen damage to the joints of rats and mice. Human studies have also shown medical marijuana to be effective against arthritis. Mobility and stiffness have been shown to increase and decrease respectively. When using medical marijuana, patients have been able to use less non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can be potentially harmful. Another main component of marijuana is THC. When the body metabolizes THC, it produces a number of chemicals including at least one that has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

With the increasing popularity of research in the medical marijuana field, many states are adopting medical marijuana laws and policies. Currently 18 states have some type of medical marijuana law and three more states have pending legislation at the time of this article publishing. Marijuana however is still illegal in the United States. Currently 14 states approve and regulate medical marijuana, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maryland have drug laws the look favorably at medical marijuana users.

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