Arthritis & Cannabis- How to Relieve your Pain Naturally
Those who suffer from arthritis daily often depend frequently on over the counter medications to help give them some relief. But did you know that all-natural cannabis can provide adequate relief without all the potential side effects?
Arthritis currently affects an estimated 31 million Americans [arthritis.org] and is only expected to increase with time. Signs and symptoms associated with arthritis include:
- Stiff Joints
- Mobility Issues
- Inability/Difficulty doing everyday tasks
While many over-the-counter and prescription medications can help alleviate the pain momentarily, they are sometime accompanied with unwanted side-effects, and are not necessarily good to take long-term.
Cannabis on the other hand contains potent compounds that can help alleviate both pain and inflammation and can provide relief at very low doses. Cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD, contain pain relieving qualities that can also help reduce inflammation.
In an article in the Journal of Rheumatology, studies have shown that those who suffer from arthritis have an increased level of CB2 receptors in their joint tissue, and since cannabis interacts with these receptors, it can help reduce inflammation and even help repair the joint.
While cannabinoids have been shown to provide an array of benefits, terpenes (the plants aromatic oils) also provide their own unique benefits. Terpenes such as Humulene and Caryophyllene contain anti-inflammatory and pain reducing benefits, and provide antioxidants as well.
A huge benefit of cannabis is that they contain all these different compounds (acidic cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other minor constituents) that produce an entourage effect; meaning they provide high medical value and affect a wide array of symptoms.
For those who need quick pain relief, inhalation provides the fastest onset of about 5 minutes. For those in need of long-lasting relief, using a tincture can provide relief up to 2-8 hours but takes a little longer to kick in (~1 hour). There are also a variety of topical products that are great for localized pain and do not cause any psychoactive effects.
There are a variety of cannabis products on the market now for every type of patient. Patients are no longer required to rely on inhalation as their only method of consumption. Products like tablets, tinctures and elixirs are now available, as well as topicals and high CBD products that provide little to no psychoactivity. Come by Trilogy Wellness and talk with our Wellness Advisors to learn about the different products and strains that can help alleviate your pain.