Not to start off the article in a negative tone, but what I am about to say is a hard boiled fact! Chronic or Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the more prevalent issues of our modern era. This is a disease that is reaching nothing short of an epidemic level with 52.5 million adults suffering from it as of today!
With crunched statistics indicating that by the year 2030, the raw numbers might increase to 67 million! Tension is high, yet so far not potent cure has been discovered that might ease the pain of suffering patients.
Why is Arthritis creating such a buzz?
If you are reading this article, you are either already a sufferer of Arthritis or you are simply in for knowing more! Assuming that you are from the latter group, let’s dive in a little bit to spice you up on Arthritis. So, Rheumatoid Arthritis is basically a systemic inflammatory disease which results in painful deterioration of bone cartilages. The term “Rheumatoid” here is added because this is a chronic and progressive disease that just keeps getting worse unless properly looked after.
Symptoms of this disease may range from ordinary to very severe and uncomfortable results such as:
- A total degradation in the body’s natural ability to heal injuries.
- Constant pain in bone joints
- Extreme cases of morning stiffness
And so on. In a nutshell, this is not an ailment with which you are going to want to associate yourself with.
The alternative solution
But that’s not to say that people are just sitting all day long making no effort! The news of hundreds of possible medical benefits of Marijuana is well known now all around and has made some huge advancements in recent days. Particularly amongst a more aged group of individuals who are suffering from this disease, the anti-inflammatory properties of Cannabis are nothing short of a blessing that is helping them to ease their full bodied pain.
Then why the restriction? Well, even though Arthritis has been perfectly established as being a condition that can be treated by using Medicinal Marijuana, lack of significant proof or data is hindering the progress of Cannabis being accepted as a means of alternative treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The science behind the action
Based on a recent study published by Dr. Sheng Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University, it has been thoroughly concluded that the level of CB2 receptors present in the joint tissues of a patient who is affected by Arthritis is extremely high. When cannabis is consumed, it seems to activate the pathway for the CB2 receptor which in turn helps to reduce the inflammation and ease the pain.
But can it also repair arthritic joint?
This has been a long sought after issue. After discovering the potency of Marijuana in helping to reduce arthritic inflammation, the next step for them was to figure out if it might be able to help in tissue regeneration. The most significant result was found from the manuscripts of one Canadian Researcher Dr. Jason McDougall, professor of pharmacology and anesthesia at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
The study he did on focusing on this particular issue was pretty elaborate to say the least and it was also supported by the Arthritis Society. With a 3-year period and a significant grant, Jason carried out this comprehensive test to figure out if cannabis is capable to repairing the joints itself.
Upon asking what’s his reasoning behind his claim, he gave the following statement:
“The nerves are like wires that have been stripped of their coating. They’re all bare. They’re all raw and responsible for feeling a lot of pain. What we hypothesize is that by locally administering these cannabises like molecules to those nerves, we’d actually be able to repair them and reduce the pain of arthritis”
Most of Jason’s researches were done by utilizing non-psychoactive cannabis. The results? Well, its suffice to say that so far they have been really promising. Upon deeper investigate of the subject matter, Jason was indeed able to prove that cannabis molecule are able to combine themselves to the nerve receptor and manipulate or mitigate the flow of pain signals.
This discovery might lead to a major breakthrough in the future and seemingly holds the potential to prove Cannabis as a major player when it comes to both repairing and treating arthritis affected joints.