Arthritis is an umbrella term describing any disorder that affects joints and bones. The two main types are osteoarthritis (aka degenerative bone disease) and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis (degenerative bone disease) is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis usually forms as a result of age and/or the use of other medications, especially corticosteroids. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder mostly affecting the hands and/or feet. Symptoms or any type of arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth & redness, a decreased range of motion and sometimes even affecting muscles and other organs.

A study by Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that there are unusually high concentrations of CB2 receptors in the joint tissues of arthritic patients. CBD may help activate the pathway of these CB2 receptors and decrease inflammation. Other studies, like those undertaken by Dr. Jason McDougall and Melissa O’Brien, show that cannabinoids may help repair the joint tissue. Different cannabinoid ratios may be needed for different types of arthritis. Arthritis sufferers are usually given a mixture of antibiotics, NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, steroids such as prednisone, and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as azathioprine (purine synthesis inhibitor) and chloroquine (IL-1 receptor suppressor an anti-malarial). Steroids may actually thin the bones with long-term use, so some of the current treatment methods are certainly a double-edged sword.

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