Arthritis affects over 50 million adults in the United States, and the two forms (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) which affect the joints cause pain, swelling, and hinder movement. Now, evidence is mounting in support of the effect certain cannabinoids' have on reducing pain and inflammation, and promoting bone health, all of which would benefit the many sufferers of arthritis. The use of cannabis to treat arthritic pain and inflammation is significant because the current anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications available to patients have the potential to damage the liver. This is not the case with medical marijuana which bypasses the liver.
The Americans for Safe Access report "Arthritis and Medical Cannabis" discusses how marijuana is more than just a tool for symptom management. "Cannabis has also been shown to have powerful immune-modulation and anti-inflammatory properties suggesting that it can play a role not just in symptom management but treatment of arthritis."
For more information on cannabis for arthritis and the research that supports its use, read this article from BlazeNow.