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Could Cannabis Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? New Study Says It May


arthritis cannabis marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

A study published by the National Institute of Health has found that cannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues.

“Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract.

Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study.

According to their researchers, data suggests that “CB2R may be a potential therapeutic target of RA [rheumatoid arthritis].”

The study will appear in this month’s issue of the Oxford journal Rheumatology. and was conducted by researchers at Changhai Hospital, the Second Military Medical University and Shanghai Guanghua Hospital, all in China.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com


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  1. @sarijuana how often do you smoke and how much? I’m only 27 yr old and I feel hopeless. I don’t have a social life anymore because I’m always in pain and I wake up every day super stiff. I’ve never smoke but at this point, I’m willing to try anything!! All info is much appreciated. Thanks!

  2. I have been making the oil for about. 6 months now for my aunt whom has cancer, it has worked wonderful for her, I am going to try the oil myself also. Would also be interested in the salve. I figure I have nothing to lose. I will continue on the meds the dr gives me for now as I really need to get past this flare as they call it.

  3. I really can’t speak for others, only myself. I would just suggest trying it and see if it works for you. It can never, and I emphasize NEVER, hurt you. There is a high likelyhood it will help. I mostly only vape/smoke, with occasional tincture and topical use. I plan on making my own oil sometime this year and hope I will be off all RX by year’s end. Also, many DOMs work wonders with RA.

  4. Can you please contact me or message me, I would really like more info on using mm for RA issues, I have been recently diagnosed and on sAme meds nothing is helping, I am in constant pain and swollen. I have tinkered with making the oil for cancer person, now I am in need for myself as I’m only 50, I can’t imagine life like this or worse. Thank you.

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  6. Lovely Melissa on

    my mom has both too and its so bad that she can not even walk most the time ,and doctors just push her off to the next dr ,give her pills do not do much, reading this helps me a little to know it can help her ty, i hope they pass the medical laws here in ohio cus there is a lot people that are sick and need the help. ty sm for posting :)

  7. Some Internet Girl on

    Go to YouTube and look at some of the testimonials for Rick Simpson Oil. It’s easy to make, non-psychoactive and meant to be taken internally.

  8. Lovely Melissa on

    be great if it did my mother has it really bad to point she barley can walk anymore ,pills do not work and doctors just pass u to dr to dr cus they dont know what to do ., shes never smoked in her life not even a cigarette ,maybe if they made it to pills or something .i hate seeing my mom in so much pain everyday . i have it in my hands she has it worse her hips and back n legs ,shes young to she needs a cure or something that will help..

  9. I also need to add that although my immune system is supposed to be compromised with this illness, and the drugs I take, I don’t get sick. I have grand kids that bring me every snottty virus that comes around, and my friends get sick, but I rarely do. Hmmmm. Seems my cb2 receptors are quite stimulated and working well.

  10. Yes. I have been on the starting dose of methotrexate (15mg 1X per week) for three years. Most of my friends with RA (who do not use medical marijuana) have had to add on biotic drugs like humira or embrel as well as upping the dose of methotrexate to much higher than 15 per week. Additionally, I only take hydrocodone a few times per month, when I have to be away from home and on my feet for more than an hour, like shopping or events like concerts. I will be speaking with my Rheumatologist on my next visit about getting off the methotrexate all together for a few month just to see what happens. If I could take NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen sodium I may not even need the hydrocodone, but I can’t because of gastric issues. My blood tests are all very stable.

    I also take a low dose of lyrica because I have fibromyalsia. My dose is 200mg per day. If I don’t take it I am unable make my daily workouts at the pool effective, because of muscle/connective tissue nerve pain. I have to keep moving. I cut my dose back by half and that was ok if all I did was sit around the house, but I can’t do that.

  11. Hey sarijuana, can you elaborate more on that you “have been on the absolute minimum medication”?

  12. firetheliberals on

    As an ankylosing spondylitis sufferer, weed does help keep the immune system suppressed and the anti-inflammatory characteristics keeps me off of NSIDs. It isnt perfect but weed gives me mobility

  13. Stop Reefer Madness Canada on

    As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, I can tell you without any doubt that marijuana will give relief from pain in joints and tissues. Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis are very similar in that way – hence the need for Rheumatologist’s diagnosis for fibro. Besides pain relief, the other benefits are many including appetite which is difficult while in constant pain, relaxation for sleep or mood enhancer for depression.

  14. This report is confirming what I know for fact,. As an RA patient I have been on the absolute minimum medication and have not had to move up, ever. My Doc is very ok with my using weed and is amazed with my condition. Weed is not only helping with pain, but also keeping the flare ups and progression of the disease at bay.

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