Arthritis is an illness that causes pain in the joints of the body. This pain can be severe or mild. Arthritis refers to an inflammatory condition of the cartilage in the joints. Arthritis, contrary to popular belief, can affect people of all ages, even children. What's more, it might be particularly surprising that arthritis is not a single illness. Far from it, it is the collective term for all conditions that relate to the joints. Some of these conditions are rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis (OA) and so many others.
There has been a recent rise in the number of arthritis patients. Studies have established that this is due to the insane rate at which the body is tasked in this modern world. This has of course led to research on the subject matter, and in this process, the two major cannabinoids of cannabis, CBD and THC, have been found to be useful.
Symptoms Of Arthritis
Having known that arthritis encompasses many other conditions, it is very imperative to know the symptoms of these conditions too. This is to help identify the illness as soon as it begins. It must be mentioned here that the safest bet to diagnose any condition is a medical test.
The early symptoms of arthritis include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion in the affected joint. These symptoms may be intermittent and vary between individuals. They can be mild, moderate or severe. The effects may be static, progressing or worsening. Severe arthritis can cause chronic pain, the inability to carry out daily, ordinary activities, such as walking or climbing a staircase. Arthritis can be permanent or temporary. These changes may be visible, such as knobby finger joints, but often the damage can only be seen via a X-ray check. Some types of arthritis also affect the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys as well as the skin.
How Does Cannabis Work For Arthritis?
Cannabis is a potent cure for many illnesses. As mentioned earlier, arthritis is a swelling condition of the joints. Cannabis, on its part, contains anti-inflammatory properties in the forms of cannabinoids. As you might have known already, these cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been found by scientists to be very effective in the treatment of all inflammatory conditions. Several studies, quite notably the recent one conducted by the University of Kentucky, has firmly established that the topical use of cannabidiol, can help in therapeutic treatment of arthritis and other related conditions. Aside from its ability to reduce the visible condition of the joints, cannabidiol also provides relief without any side-effects.
What Are The Right Strains For Arthritis?
The strains for treating arthritis vary according to types. Choosing one depends on your lifestyle and what you would like to get from the treatment. When do your symptoms normally occur? Are your symptoms severe, moderate or mild? Which would you rather treat - the inflammation or the pain? Do you experience difficulties with sleeping or resting? All of these factors should be considered so as to choose the right strain for your condition. Some of these strains are energizing, some are sedative, some are high in CBD contents and some are higher in THC. We will be highlighting certain strains that may just be right for your arthritis but always consult with your doctor.
Cannatonic: This is a very popular medically approved strain. It is very high in CBD and low in THC. It’s mainly used for treating all sorts of pain as well as muscle spasms, which makes it one of the favorites among arthritis patients. It’s great for relaxing during the day. Cannatonic is categorized as a mild sedative.
Anesthesia: As the name suggests, this strain "kills" the pain of your arthritis. It is an indica strain and is highly recommended for use in the night because of its very effective relaxing effects. Anesthesia is a strong sedative.
Harmonia: This is also an indica strain, but against your expectations, it will not knock you out as other indica strains will do. This is because it has a higher level of CBD than THC, thereby reducing its psychoactive effects. Using Harmonia will keep your head and mind clear and sound.
GSC: This is also called Girl Scout Cookies. It is a crossbreed but is however more on the THC side. Usually, it's for dealing with acute and severe pains. GSC also has psychological effects that are useful to combat stress and depression.
Other strains are Harlequin, Remedy, ACDC, Pennywise, Death Star, Power Plant and many others.
Without doubt, it has been established that cannabis is effective for the treatment of arthritis. Further studies are still ongoing to find out more about the connection between the both. Start your Medicinal Marijuana journey by making an appointment with a cannabis medical doctor.