Medical marijuana not recommended for arthritis!

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 10:50 am

A new article in the journal Arthritis Care & Research recommends doctors and healthcare providers discourage use of marijuana for treating rheumatic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.

Medical marijuana is often used to self-treat the severe pain associated with rheumatic conditions, but the study authors argue the treatment has dosing, administration, and efficacy issues. For example, levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which provides the pain relief and psychoactive effects in marijuana, can vary between plants by up to 33 percent, and absorption rates can vary between 2 and 56 percent.

"With the public outcry for herbal cannabis therapy, governments around the world are considering its legalization for medicinal use," lead investigator Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a researcher and rheumatologist at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Research Institute of the MUHC in Quebec, Canada, was quoted as saying. "Physicians caring for patients who are self-medicating with marijuana need to understand the health implications of using this drug. Our study aims to provide health care professionals with that medical evidence related to medical marijuana use in patients with rheumatic conditions."

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  • chiefsfan37 posted at 9:28 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    chiefsfan37 Posts: 1

    Has anyone here looked into topical pain management to fight arthritis pain? These prescription pain gels provide relief when and where you need it with no side effects or pills. I highly suggest looking into it. If you want to know more, please ask or look up A&R Pharmacy. They answered all my questions and got me on the path to living normally again.

  • david grant posted at 7:56 pm on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    david grant Posts: 1

    okay i would just like to say that it is impossible for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to fluctuate 33% considering there are no plants with 33% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

  • claygooding posted at 11:20 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    claygooding Posts: 1

    I have used cannabis to prevent having arthritis pains by using it as THCA,,uncarbonalized THC is non-psychoactive and can be administered by "juicing" fresh cannabis leaf in with your favorite fruits and vegetables.

    Another issue that the arthritis orgs has addressed concerns over is a non-issue,,if the "strain" of marijuana has an unknown percentage of THC being smoked there is an old rule of thumb that works,,,and works every time,,,medicate until you feel relief.


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