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Can Medical Marijuana Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Steve is a horticulturist of sorts. He raises orchids, Japanese maples, and other plants at his southern Rhode Island home. Tending the plants helps ease his gt;rheumatoid arthritis (RA)gt; pain, he says. But the garden offers more than Zen; he grows one plant—marijuana—specifically to relieve RA pain and discomfort.gt;gt; “If my pain is at a 10, it will take it down to a 6 or 6.5,” he says. “I'm an old-man weight lifter. After I smoke I am able to work my shoulders and arms to keep my joints healthy. It gives me the desire and ability to get through a workout.”gt;gt;Steve has had permission to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes since 2006. He smokes it and cooks it in butter (for baking) and makes THC-containing solutions called tinctures (which can be added to foods and drinks) for himself and five other patients with various medical conditions. His home state is 1 of 16, along with the District of Columbia, gt;where marijuana is permitted for medicinal usegt;. gt;gt; Cannabis may be useful for people with RA and other gt;chronic paingt; conditions because it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote sleep. But unlike other pain-causing conditions, such as osteoarthritis, RA is associated with a higher risk of lung problems and heart attacks. (RA is an autoimmune condition that attacks the joints and causes multiple health problems.)gt;gt;It's not clear if smoking marijuana is a relatively safe pain reliever for people with RA, or if it could increase the risk of RA-associated conditions. And if cannabis is safe, it's still debatable whether it's safer to take it as a pill or mouth spray rather than smoking it. Smoking marijuana raises the heart rate and one study found that heart-attack risk rises fivefold in the hour after lighting up, according …read more

Source: Health.com

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More  often than not, even though marijuana or Cannabis sativa has been deemed a very popular party drug that can be very addictive if not taken carefully. In most states, marijuana has not yet been legalized as of this moment but many doctors prescribe medical-grade marijuana for patients who are struggling from cancer. The pain which cancer inflicts on a person is excruciating most of the time and since marijuana is known to numb the senses temporarily, it is preferred by many physicians as a painkiller for cancer patients over other narcotics such as Nubain and Morphine. As for marijuana's significance to rheumatoid arthritis, well, it can definitely help to ease a patient's level of comfort especially because the condition can also inflict a lot of pain on a person's joints. Marijuana will help to numb the senses and thereby reduce the discomfort caused by swelling of the joints. Medical-grade marijuana wouldn't do wonders to treat rheumatoid arthritis but it is very effective in easing away the symptoms and discomforts caused about by the problem.  Of course  pot should be used with extra caution since it is not yet widely legalized in most states all over the country. If used in the right way without abusing it, pot, maryjane, or Cannabis sativa has many benefits.

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