Cannabis Is Helping Arthritis Sufferers
by Dan Larkin.
Cannabis is helping arthritis sufferers. And not just by reducing the pain associated with it. In fact, people diagnosed with arthritis are also turning to cannabis to help deal with depression. The depression is a result of dealing with chronic pain.
That information comes from Creaky Joints, part of the Global Healthy Living Foundation. Creaky Joints is the “go-to source for more than 100,000 arthritis patients and their families seeking education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research.”
They gave 1,059 patients with arthritis a 77-item survey to delve deeper into their usage of marijuana and CBD.
Here’s what else Creaky Joints learned in their survey.
- 57% of arthritis patients have tried cannabis or CBD for medical reasons.
- More than 90% of those who’ve tried it say it helps.
- The average age of patients in their survey was 57.
- The vast majority were female.
Of those surveyed, 77% said they were in fair to poor health. Also, the average length of time since they were diagnosed was 14 years.
As far as types of arthritis, 46% had rheumatoid arthritis. Another 22% suffered from osteoarthritis. Others had psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and ankylosing spondylitis.
How else is cannabis helping arthritis sufferers?
And just to be clear, the survey participants aren’t only using cannabis or CBD for pain. They use it for:
- Inability to sleep.
- Physical Function.
Here’s the really encouraging news. Of those who said they used cannabis, 97% said it improved their symptoms. Among those who used CBD, 93% found improved symptoms.
Talking to your doctor about cannabis/CBD use is tricky for arthritis sufferers.
Two-thirds of arthritis sufferers surveyed have told their doctors about their use of cannabis or CBD. But 58% of those folks said their doctor offered no information or advice about it. That’s despite the fact that 54% wanted their doctors to weigh in on its effectiveness, dosage suggestions and more.
This is significant because 45% of those surveyed are using cannabis or CBD along with other prescribed medications. They aren’t getting any medical advice regarding possible problems with interactions. So there’s room for medical professionals to step up their cannabis information game.
Arthritis is painful, debilitating, and so far, incurable. Cannabis and CBD are working to give many a better quality of life. It’s beyond time for the medical profession to educate themselves about it and to talk to their patients about it. Let’s get beyond the stigma and get to a place where we can appreciate the unique benefits this plant has to offer. It’s time to legalize cannabis federally.
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