Can medical cannabis help with my arthritis symptoms?

Arthritis is a prevalent chronic health condition which results in painful inflammation and stiffness in joints, affecting a person’s daily activity and movement. Although arthritis has no known cure, people living with arthritis have reported that medical cannabis can help in different ways.

Is cannabis right for you? A health practitioner will answer any questions you have, and help you determine if cannabis or CBD might be an appropriate pain-management option for your arthritis symptoms.

 

  • Easy steps
  • Under 30 minutes
  • All online and private
  • Learn about cannabis benefits
  • Free of charge
  • Get a medical document, if appropriate

6 million Canadians today are living with some form of arthritis, with symptoms including joint pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This disease can affect people of all ages, genders and backgrounds, and can affect patients on a recurring basis for a long term. Arthritis mostly affects joints that hold the most weight in the body, like knees, hips and the spine. It can affect other parts as well, causing pain and inflammation.

Depending on the type of arthritis, which primarily involves the body’s joints, the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving

Over time, and if neglected, arthritis can result in irreparable damage causing short- or long- term disability. Weakened joints can cause chronic pain, affecting the daily life of the patient.

So how can medical cannabis help with arthritis?
According to a 2013 report, “severe arthritis” is the most common diagnosis among Canadians registered to use cannabis for medical purposes. Some people with arthritis have found that CBD (Cannabidiol) oil, which is extracted from marijuana, has helped with the chronic pain associated with their condition. In addition, CBD oil may help reduce inflammation and provides an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical approaches to pain management.

Interested in finding out more about medical cannabis options for arthritis pain? We at Massage Addict want to help our patients in Canada manage their arthritis-related conditions by providing treatment options that help address their symptoms. Click here to talk to a medical cannabis practitioner through a one-on-one easy and convenient online consultation. If the licensed health practitioner determines that medical cannabis may be an appropriate pain-management option for you to try, they can recommend a product that might suit your specific needs depending on your case. You will then be issued a medical document to purchase your authorized medical cannabis from a licensed producer.

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