According to the Mayo Clinic, joint pain can be discomfort, pain or inflammation arising from any part of a joint – including cartilage, bone, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Most commonly, joint pain is associated with conditions such as arthritis or arthralgia, which arises from the joint itself.
Symptoms of Joint Pain vary from mild to severe, and may stay the same for years, or get worse over time. It can arise mildly after performing certain activities or sports, but it can also arise from illnesses and medical conditions. It can be severe, limiting movement and affecting daily activities and quality of life.
Joint pain is often associated with arthritis. Arthritis is actually not a single disease, but an informal way of referring to more than 100 different types of joint pain or joint disease. Symptoms of joint pain can include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased the range of motion.
Joint pain can be caused by a variety of factors. It arises as a result of broken bones or dislocated joints. It can also be caused by various illnesses and diseases such as different types of arthritis and cancer, bone disease, tendinitis, gout, Lyme disease, complex regional pain syndrome, avascular necrosis, etc.
If you are experiencing any joint deformity, are unable to use a joint, or have intense pain or sudden swelling, it’s recommended to seek immediate medical treatment from a health care provider.
Treating joint pain can be difficult to manage. When joints are swollen and stiff it can be difficult to accomplish the most basic of tasks. Non-drug treatments that address joint pain include exercise, weight loss, acupuncture, balneotherapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and assistive devices like knee braces and sleeves.
[NSAIDs] and prescription painkillers such as [opioids] and narcotic analgesics are the most common medications used to treat joint pain. Also, many who suffer from chronic joint pain even go through complicated surgeries. Some studies show that these surgeries may work to relieve short-term pain, but do not improve pain compared to a placebo surgery.
There are many known dangers associated with NSAIDs and prescription opioids, however, they are often ignored. NSAIDs have been associated with increased risk of heart failure, kidney failure, GI ulcers, and Reye’s syndrome.
The FDA classifies opioids as a schedule II drug and warns that habitual use over time can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and liver damage. According to a 2017 report by the [CDC], between 1999 and 2015 more than 183,000 people have died in the US from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that [CB2 receptors] in the [endocannabinoid system] are concentrated in high levels in the joint tissue of people with arthritis. [Cannabinoids] have been shown to reduce inflammation and swelling associated with joint pain by activating CB2 receptor pathways.
A new comprehensive three-year study supported by the Arthritis Society investigated the efficacy of cannabis treatment in reducing pain and inflammation. They hope to find out if cannabis is doing more than just helping to modulate [nociception] and opioid production in the body and are studying how It may be actually activating repair processes within joints themselves.
Dalhousie University researcher, Dr. Jason McDougall, is studying how active compounds found in cannabis are able to relieve the pain and damaging inflammation in the joints caused by conditions like arthritis. Dr. McDougall is quoted by CBC news saying that “The Arthritis Society has taken a bold and pioneering move…OK, there’s maybe something in this.” ... “There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence associated with the use of cannabis and alleviation of joint pain…”
Smoke a joint for joint pain? Perhaps. Cannabis can be used in a variety of methods and it will affect individuals uniquely depending on their tolerance, genetics, dosage, and administration method.
Sufferers of joint pain, acute pain, chronic pain, back pain, etc. report the most relief from [Indica dominant strains] compared to [Sativa dominant strains]. It’s recommended to start in low doses with cannabis to find what works best to alleviate symptoms being experienced. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis and find below a list of strains reported to alleviate joint pain in others.
· [[Cherry Pie]]
· [[Acapulco Gold]]
· [[Afghan Kush]]
· [[BC Sweet Tooth]]
· [[Berry OG]]
· [[Big Bud]]
· [[Big Wreck]]
· [[Black Diamond]]
· [[Hell’s Angel OG]]
· [[Inferno Haze]]
· [[Mother of Berries]]
· [[Banana Kush]]
· [[Betty Boo]]
· [[Big White]]
· [[Black Jack]]