The most common use for medical marijuana in the United States is for pain control. Marijuana probably isn’t strong enough for severe pain (ie; post-surgical pain or broken bones), yet it is ingenious for the epidemic of chronic pain that millions of Americans endure especially as they age. Part of its allure is that it is clearly safer than opiates (it is impossible to overdose on and far less addictive) and it can replace NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve, which may cause other issues such as kidney or liver problems. Along these lines, marijuana is said to be a fantastic muscle relaxant. I have also heard of its use quite successfully for fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and most other conditions where the final common pathway is chronic pain.

‘Arthritis’ is an umbrella term that refers to the inflammation of a joint. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, with some of the more common types including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. 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.