What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. There are many different types of arthritis, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wear and tear of joint cartilage, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack its own joint tissue. No matter what type of arthritis you have, the symptoms are often the same: pain, stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion.
How Does Marijuana Work?
Marijuana works by binding to cannabinoid receptors found in all mammals, including humans. The two most common cannabinoids are THC and CBD. THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana, while CBD is not psychoactive but has many medical benefits. When THC binds to cannabinoid receptors, it reduces pain and inflammation.
CBD works by binding to receptors located outside of the endocannabinoid system, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
Cannabinoids are just one of the many compounds found in marijuana that have medicinal benefits. Other compounds include terpenes, flavonoids, and essential oils. All of these compounds work together to create what is known as the “entourage effect”, which is when these chemical compounds work together to increase each other’s efficacy.
How does marijuana help?
Another study published in the European Journal of Pain found that marijuana was effective in reducing osteoarthritis-related pain and improving sleep quality. There are many other studies that have shown similar results.