Arthritis is actually not a single disease, but rather an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. More than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions have been classified. Arthritis affects more than 50 million adults and at least 300,000 children have some type of arthritis-related symptoms.
Arthritis affects all peoples regardless of age, sex, or race, however, women are more commonly affected, as well as the elderly. The most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis, a degeneration of the protective cartilage covering bones, and Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder that affects the synovium, or joint lining.
Osteoarthritis results when the synovial membrane, the hard and slick coating on the ends of bones that provides cushioning and support, becomes worn, torn and damaged. When the synovium degrades to the point of the adjacent bones touching or grinding, the result is pain, inflammation, and the common stiffness and restriction of movement associated with arthritis.
Rheumatoid, or inflammatory arthritis, occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions, attacking the synovial membrane resulting in inflammation, pain, and stiffness. While not fully understood, researchers believe that genetic and environmental factors can trigger autoimmunity.
· Infectious arthritis - caused by bacterium, virus, or fungus infecting joints.
· Metabolic Arthritis – caused by uric acid crystal build up.
Normal treatments for those who suffer arthritic symptoms aim to focus on symptom relief and improving joint function. However, while helpful in relieving symptoms for a short-time period, traditional medications have been proven to cause dangerous and harmful side effects that can be worse than arthritis itself.
Traditional medications for joint pain associated with arthritis include acetaminophen (Tylenol), tramadol, and narcotics containing oxycodone (Oxycontin) or hydrocodone, among various other types of [analgesics]. Other medications used for treating chronic pain associated with arthritis include [NSAIDs], which are known to increase the risk of heart failure by 19% and have been linked with Reye’s syndrome causing brain and liver damage in children and teens.
In drastic measures, when opioids, opiates, NSAIDs, counterirritants, DMARDs, biological response modifiers, or corticosteroids don’t work, doctors will even recommend surgery. In surgery, doctors will repair the damaged joints, or replace them, or even fuse smaller joints together completely, causing rigid formations of the body.
The harmful side effects of traditional medications used to treat pain and inflammation associated with arthritic conditions are well known but often ignored. For example, NSAIDs may be responsible for up to 50% of bleeding ulcers. The FDA has also warned multiple times of the increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and liver damage connected with the long-term use of NSAIDs.
Patients diagnosed with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis can be frightened by the thought of having to take harmful medications all of their lives in order to cope with debilitating chronic pain and inflammation. Nowadays, there are safer alternatives for relief.
The body’s [endocannabinoid system] helps to regulate pain management and [nociception]. [Phytocannabinoids], such as [CBD] and [THC], found in cannabis bind with the CB1, CB2, and the more recently discovered pituitary GPR55 [receptors], and help to modulate perceptual sensitivity in the joints.
It’s postulated that the CBD’s affinity for stimulating CB2 receptors in the peripheral nervous system produce anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects. This is great news for arthritis suffers! It also means that, beyond smoking or [vaporizing] medical marijuana, arthritis patients may also find relief by using high-CBD infused topical creams, roll-ons, or lotions.
Marijuana will affect individuals uniquely depending on a variety of factors. When experimenting with medical marijuana it’s advised to begin with low doses and increase as needed. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis. Find linked below strains that have been reported to alleviate arthritis for others.
· [[CBD Kush]]
· [[Dr. Who]]
· [[Mad Scientist]]
· [[Pit Bull]]
· [[24k Gold]]
· [[707 Headband]]
· [[8 Ball Kush]]
· [[Afternoon Delight]]
· [[9 Pound Hammer]]
· [[Abusive OG]]
· [[Acapulco Gold]]
· [[Afghan Big Bud]]
· [[Afghan Diesel]]
· [[Alien Candy]]