The Arthritis section contains overviews of research on Cannabis as a treatment. Research as well as a long history of anecdotal reports indicate Cannabis has a pain-relieving effect on Arthritis. Cannabis is also known to be anti-inflammatory and the other primary and effective treatment for Arthritis is NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Sodium Naproxen.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a category of disorder that deals with inflammation of the joints. There’re over 100 different varities of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and often has an onset tied to age and most commonly effects the knees, hips and fingers. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints, typically at the hands and feet. Arthritis is characterized by excessive swelling and pain at the joint.

What is known about Cannabis and Arthritis?

The research shows that the entire endocannabinoid system has a significant interaction with the joints and other aspects of bone, tissue and nerve that are indicated in Arthritis. Receptors for both THC and CBD are found in many areas of the body relating to Arthritis, including independent systems in the hip and knee. Endocannabinoids are responsible for controlling many bone and tissue regrowth operations in the body, as well as altering the perception of non-injury, nerve pain in the brain itself. More research is needed into this area as Cannabis is one of the very few treatments for Arthritis as of now.