Marijuana for Joint Pain

Believe it or not, many medical marijuana patients are Baby Boomers. Marijuana in general is often associated with youthfulness, but truth be told, those who are older than 55 are seeing amazing benefits from using medical marijuana. More and more scientific evidence is suggesting that marijuana works wonders for joint and chronic pain, a major symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. 

According to Medical News Today, chronic pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined, accounting for the most common cause of long-term disability in the US. While many doctors are often accustomed to prescribing traditional pain relievers, more and more patients are looking for alternative, more natural products to help ease their pain. Some studies on the effectiveness of cannabis as a form of pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis, noted that a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was undoubtedly suppressed.

While medical marijuana is not typically a solution for post-surgical pain, it can be an option for long-term chronic pain. If you think you might be a candidate for medical marijuana for joint pain, contact your primary care physician and discuss your pain relief options. 

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A Quick Understanding of CBD & THC

The cannabis plant is quite complex. While many of us are familiar with marijuana, in recent years CBD has been becoming increasingly more popular, especially within the last year. The truth is, there’s a complex grey area defining all of these things. In short, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  is the defining factor for understanding which is right for you. Both CBD and marijuana contain amazing health benefits, but it may be hard to determine the best product for your needs.

Cannabidiol, most popularly known as CBD, can be extracted from a hemp or marijuana plant. Hemp is a plant in the cannabis family that contains less than .3% THC. THC is associated with the feeling of “getting high.” Any CBD extracted from the marijuana plant has much higher concentrations of THC, therefore is more likely to “get you high.” Hemp-derived CBD contains all the benefits of the cannabis plant, but with less than .3% THC, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. 

More and more products are hitting the market that are infused with CBD. They range of topicals, such as lotions, creams or salves to edibles, such as gummies, cookies, candies and even beverages. There are also tinctures, vapes, capsules and a variety of CBD extracts for consumption as well. 

Before purchasing and trying any CBD products, it’s very important to do your research. Make sure you are purchasing from a company where you can see where the hemp was grown and manufactured. This way you are able to examine the quality, purity and type of CBD you are purchasing. Please check your state’s regulations on hemp products, marijuana and CBD before purchasing. Currently, marijuana and CBD are still listed on the federal list of controlled substances.

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