Research finds that cannabis beats opioids in those dealing with arthritis and pain
Currently, one of the main discussions within the medical and scientific community focuses on the potential therapeutic effects of cannabis. Many people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other pain, often without the need to include opioids, a new study reports.
Earlier this month, a study was published showing that arthritis patients report marked improvements in symptoms once they include cannabidiol (CBD) in their treatment. The results are congruent since the plant allows the generation of extracts, oils and other derivatives that can help in the treatment of numerous chronic and autoimmune diseases.
According to data published in the Journal of Cannabis Research, patients with this condition were able to reduce their need for prescription drugs. This finding suggests that CBD could become a safe and effective alternative to opioids.
Regarding the efficacy of cannabis for rheumatoid arthritis, being an autoimmune pathology, cannabinoids such as CBD could help in modulating immune responses. This type of disorder is known to be ‘triggered’ and aggravated by an abnormal and exaggerated response of the immune system.
Thus, CBD would have a positive impact by leveling immune activity, which is increased in autoimmune patients. In other words, it generates a mild immunosuppressive effect, which is beneficial in the control of autoimmunity.
Patients are increasingly turning to CBD to help control symptoms. There is no doubt that arthritis remains one of the most common reasons why older generations turn to cannabis-based therapies.