How to Get Medical
Marijuana for Arthritis
Arthritis and Medical Cannabis
Arthritis consists of over 100 different types, characterized by inflammation in and around the body’s joints. Symptoms such as pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion limit everyday tasks that require movement. With a gradual or sudden onset, arthritis can be mild, moderate or severe, and may progress or worsen over time.
Whether it’s the use of traditional medicine or hot and cold therapy, numerous remedies have been produced over the years to treat arthritis. As a disorder having existed in humans dating as far back as prehistoric times, one can only imagine a long list of every medicine or practice ever used from all corners of the world – one culture’s methods more complex and unconventional than the next. However, the use of medical marijuana has proven to be effective in pain relief in more ways than one and has continued to steadily gain legitimacy in its health benefits in recent years.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Arthritis?
Dr. Jason McDougall, a pharmacology and anaesthesia professor from Dalhousie University, has conducted a new study to find the correlation between arthritic joints and pain relief. His research is focused on non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and have demonstrated that cannabis molecules can latch themselves on to nerve receptors and control the pain signals in the joint.
Several varieties of medical marijuana products can be prescribed by a doctor to alleviate chronic pain. Available in the form of capsules, oils, topical creams, edibles and many others, these products contain cannabinoids that are responsible for relieving symptom-related ailments. Consisting of phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD), another major component of the plant, both these compounds affect the body differently – CBD is non-psychoactive, while THC is responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects. Depending on the method of use, both CBD and THC have different uses and purposes for certain ailments.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mark Ware of McGill University studied 431 patients that had chronic pain. An associate professor of Family Medicine and Anesthesia and a scientist in the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC), he has reviewed the use, safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis for over a decade. For the 431 patients, his team of researches followed 215 adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain who used medical cannabis, comparing them to a control group of 216 chronic pain sufferers who were not cannabis users. It was concluded that there was “no evidence of harmful effects on cognitive function or blood tests among cannabis consumers” and that they “observed a significant improvement in their levels of pain, symptom distress, mood and quality of life compared to controls.”
How to Get Medical Cannabis for Arthritis
If you would like to get assessed for medical marijuana for arthritis, you can have a virtual or a clinic appointment – whichever feels right for you. Our virtual care service is currently available in all provinces and territories except Alberta and Quebec.
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