There are plenty of reasons to consider marijuana to treat arthritis
The name rheumatic diseases group together a series of multiple diseases of diverse origin and variable severity that affect the osteoarticular and musculotendinous system and are manifested by pain, progressive deformation, and functional limitation. Arthritis is one of the most common, and although there is no perfect medicine for its solution, cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) seem to be playing an important role in fulfilling that.
Beyond the definition, what characterizes arthritis is its chronicity, the presence of pain, and the inflammatory component. It is common knowledge that cannabinoids, and particularly CBD, have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, hence their application in all recovery processes.
In addition, cannabinoids have actions in the modulation of immunity and as it is known, arthritis has an autoimmune cause. In this sense, CBD, unlike conventional immunosuppressants, is capable of reducing the immune response against the body itself (autoimmunity) without affecting the response to infections or tumor processes.
Cannabinoids such as CBD can inhibit or stimulate the release of chemicals from the brain and control the body’s natural inflammatory response, both of which are of concern when it comes to arthritis. CBD is thought to work with pain in two parts of the body; the site of pain (such as the joints) and the central nervous system, which sends pain signals to the brain when it detects certain stimulation or damage to nerves and cells.
CBD’s ability to calm that response is one reason why the compound could be a pain remedy for people with arthritis. In addition to pain relief and reduction of inflammation, cannabis and CBD in rheumatic diseases can provide other benefits to the patient’s overall condition by improving sleep quality, appetite, mood, in short, quality of life.