Treating joint pain with cannabis

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Corticosteroid injections could soon become a thing of the past

Corticosteroid injections are currently the most common treatment for joint pain, arthritis and other problems that mainly affect the joints. Almost 30 million people in the US suffer from osteoarthritis and many now have an alternative to the shots and the side effects associated with cortisone. Studies are proving that cannabis is a healthier, better alternative for combatting joint pain.

One study on the subject was led by Boston University, the results of which were published this month. It found that many patients who are given cortisone injections actually see their symptoms get worse, not better. They were found to experience greater bone loss, joint destruction and additional complications.

As a result, the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are becoming more accepted. The Arthritis Foundation agrees, releasing a guide to cannabidiol (CBD) that includes, “Right now, it (CBD) appears to be fairly safe and might help certain types of pain.”

Despite attempts by some to denigrate cannabis, the science behind the plant is coming to the surface. Arguments that there isn’t enough scientific data to support cannabis legalization are becoming nothing more than simple rhetoric, as the science is now here and is showing why states have been pushing legalization for decades.

No one is trying to legitimately assert that CBD can solve all known health issues. However, science is showing that the body’s own endocannabinoid system (ECS) benefits greatly by the presence of external cannabinoids, such as CBD or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and that these can help regulate the system when it isn’t working properly.