Why Cannabis Helps With Arthritis
Up to 36% of medical cannabis is used to treat arthritis, but its actions have not been understood well. Recent findings shed light on how exactly cannabis works to relieve pain caused by arthritis.
The study, conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Nottingham, UK, was conducted to monitor and outline how CB2 receptors (one of the cannabinoid receptors within the body), reacted to synthetic cannabinoids in osteoarthritis patients. CB2 receptors have already been observed as having anti-inflammatory properties by other studies.
What they found was very interesting, and quite significant. It was discovered that when cannabinoids activated CB2 receptors, there was a significant change in the expression of cannabinoid pathways in tissue samples collected from both rats and humans. What this suggests is that the body naturally accepts and integrates cannabinoids found within cannabis – acting as a natural way to facilitate pain relief.
This evidence has led them to conclude that activating CB2 receptors using cannabinoids has implications into the future treatment of osteoarthritis patients, especially in the early phases of the disease.
Many anecdotal reports of relief for arthritis
Cannabis has been considered as a bastion of relief by arthritis suffers for a long time, with many anecdotal reports affirming its use. In fact, cannabis use for arthritis is so popular, it makes up 36% of medical cannabis use in Canada, where it is possible to get a legal prescription for it.
It is worth noting that this particular study focused on the use of synthetically created cannabinoids – possibly due to legal restriction within the UK. However, prominent scientists, such as Professor Jason McDougall have commented on how natural cannabis also needs to be seriously considered as a method on managing pain relief.