Marijuana and arthritis

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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A number of studies have shown that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)- key components of the cannabis plan- have anti-inflammatory properties.

A compelling study was reported by the Rheumatology department at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease at the University of Bath in England. The study was published in the journal Rheumatology. It compared a total of fifty-eight patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Thirty-one patients took the active drug versus 27 patients who received placebo.

The drug, Sativex, was administered as an oral spray in the evening. Dosing started at one dose then gradually built up to six doses. The trial lasted 49 days and patients were seen seven to ten days after treatment completion.

The drug was shown to improve pain with movement, pain at rest, quality of sleep, and inflammatory markers.

These results confirmed previous findings from other studies.

While THC is not a conventional drug by any means, it may have a role in pain control. Further studies are required.

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