Medical Marijuana For Rheumatoid Arthritis?

June 8th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

Steve is a horticulturist of sorts. He raises orchids, Japanese maples, and other plants at his southern Rhode Island home. Tending the plants helps ease his rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pain, he says. But the garden offers more than Zen; he grows one plant — marijuana — specifically to relieve RA pain and discomfort.



“If my pain is at a 10, it will take it down to a 6 or 6.5,” he says. “I’m an old-man weight lifter. After I smoke I am able to work my shoulders and arms to keep my joints healthy. It gives me the desire and ability to get through a workout.”



Steve has had permission to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes since 2006. He smokes it and cooks it in butter (for baking) and makes THC-containing solutions called tinctures (which can be added to foods and drinks) for himself and five other patients with various medical conditions. His home state is 1 of 16, along with the District of Columbia, where marijuana is permitted for medicinal use. 



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10 Drug-Free Ways to Ease RA Pain
State-by-State Guide to Medicinal Marijuana
15 Things Not to Say to Someone With RA

Cannabis may be useful for people with RA and other chronic pain conditions because it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote sleep. But unlike other pain-causing conditions, such as osteoarthritis, RA is associated with a higher risk of lung problems and heart attacks. (RA is an autoimmune condition

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/08/can-medical-marijuana-help-arthritis_n_873189.html

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