Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when there is inflammation at the joints and this is due to the fact that the immune system has become dysfunctional and thus attacks the body parts leading to inflammation, swelling, pain or damage to affected areas. When prolonged, the damage to cartilage and bones can be permanent leading to disability. Experimentally and in human studies, it has been shown that cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can be used to modulate a dysfunctional immune system and treat rheumatoid arthritis. THC and CBD are two well known cannabinoids. THC and CBD exert anti-inflammatory action although CBD has been shown to be more effective and safer than THC. Studies has shown that using whole plant cannabis with prescription medications may provide the best results in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by suppressing inflammation and preventing further damage to bone joints. But the use of cannabis has been enmeshed in legal controversies although its use is of historical importance. Anti-marijuana activists say that they have not found any relationship between the use of cannabinoids and the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis but they fail to see that it has pain relief properties and induces better sleep quality.
- Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system becomes dysfunctional and then attacks the body leading to inflammation at the joints.
- Although THC and CBD exert anti-inflammatory actions, CBD is more preferred for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis because it is more effective and safer.
- Anti-marijuana activists say they see no relationship between cannabinoids and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis but they fail to note its beneficial effect in pain relief and sleep quality.
“In experimental and human studies, cannabinoids have been shown to modulate a dysfunctional immune system and treat RA symptoms.”
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