Unlocking Relief: How Medical Cannabis and Joint Pain

What are the benefits of using medical cannabis to treat joint pain?

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We know how exhausting living with joint pain can be and how much it can impact daily life. But did you know that medical cannabis may be able to help? We want to help you make confident and informed decisions about your treatment journey, free from preconceived fears about medical cannabis.

Let’s take a look at the potential benefits of medical cannabis for joint pain relief, including the science behind the treatment. 

What is Joint Pain and How is it Caused?

Joint pain refers to soreness and discomfort in any of the body’s joints. It is a common complaint, but doesn’t often need hospital attention. However, joint pain that persists despite treatment can be debilitating and can seriously affect quality of life. 

As we get older, joint pain becomes more common. There are a number of symptoms associated with joint pain, including: 

  • Swelling
  • Stiff or enlarged joint
  • Numbness
  • Painful movement
  • Noisy joints

Each of these symptoms may point to a different cause, such as arthritis, sprains, strains etc. 

We know how stressful it can be to go about daily life with persistent joint pain, but medical cannabis may be able to help. 

The Science Behind Medical Cannabis and Joint Pain Relief

Cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), are one of the key components within medical cannabis. Cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in regulating pain perception, inflammation and immune response. 

Research suggests that cannabinoids, particularly CBD, possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce joint inflammation and alleviate pain associated with conditions such as arthritis. 

Medical cannabis may also aid in reducing joint pain by promoting muscle relaxation and improving sleep quality which helps to enhance overall wellbeing. 

Evidence for Medical Cannabis as a Treatment for Joint Pain

Emerging evidence points towards medical cannabis as an effective treatment for joint pain:

  • A 2016 study published in the European Journal of Pain found that CBD significantly reduced joint swelling and pain in animal models of arthritis.
  • In a 2018 review published in the Journal of Headache and Pain, researchers highlighted the potential of cannabinoids, in reducing pain and inflammation associated with various conditions, including arthritis. 
  • In 2020, a study published in Pain Medicine concluded that there is substantial evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain conditions, including joint pain.

Furthermore, The Arthritis Foundation acknowledges that medical cannabis may provide pain relief for patients, citing anecdotal evidence and early research studies. 

Choosing Medical Cannabis Treatments for Joint Pain

Making a confident and informed choice about medical cannabis treatment for joint pain requires an open dialogue with our Treat It specialists. They can assess your condition, discuss potential benefits and provide guidance on dosage, administration and potential interactions with other medications. 

It’s important to remember that medical cannabis is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each individual may respond differently to their medication. Therefore, finding the right strain, dosage and mode of consumption may require some experimentation. 

Medical cannabis may offer a natural solution for patients seeking relief from joint pain. Through their interactions with the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids such as CBD show promise in reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. If you’re considering trying medical cannabis treatment for your joint pain why not book a 30-minute consultation with one of our Treat It specialists? The process is quick and easy and appointments are available straight away!

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