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Rheumatoid Arthritis in the hands.  Medical Marijuana can help alleviate pain.The fight is on in this country over the widespread use of medical marijuana. There are many doctors and studies that have concluded that marijuana can help people overcome many common and uncommon ailments. Certain conditions like depression, insomnia and chronic pain. These are some of the less serious conditions that people are using cannabis for. Some of the more serious conditions include cataracts, cancer and arthritis. One specific type of arthritis that marijuana has been especially helpful in treating is the recurring and ever-worsening rheumatoid arthritis. Patients who have been unable to find any sort of relief are finally able to ease the pain using medical marijuana.

Despite the studies, there are still many people that will fight marijuana use for medical reasons tooth and nail because of moral objections. You see, marijuana has been branded, unreasonably, as a gateway drug meaning if someone starts using it, they will soon begin to try other types of drugs. However, there is no scientific evidence that proves that fact at all. On the other hand, there is extensive scientific evidence that proves that marijuana can be immensely helpful with rheumatoid arthritis. People suffering from this condition can find relief through the use of medical cannabis if their state permits.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe type of arthritis where a person's immune system literally begins eating away at all of a person's joints. It can start with minor pain in the pinky or forefinger and spread quickly throughout the body to the knees, shoulders, elbows and hips. There are people with this type of arthritis that on some days are unable to get out of bed because the pain is so severe. Up to now, only pain killers and anit-inflammatory medications were able to make that terrible pain subside. However, both of those drugs, when taken over a long period of time, have many health consequences. On the other hand, medical marijuana has been proven to help this condition the way no other medication has been able to do. This is because it lowers the body's response to the disease and naturally reduces the painful inflammation.

People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis can only use medical cannabis if their state has permitted such use. There are many states where this is still not permissible and no matter if you were given the prescription by a doctor, you are still not able to use it in an area where it is considered a narcotic.

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Monday, 22 March 2010 15:47

Medical Marijuana and Arthritis

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.

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