Medical Marijuana For Severe Arthritis Patients In Arkansas
Does Severe Arthritis Quality for Medical Marijuana in Arkansas?
As of 2016, an estimated 31.6% of people in Arkansas suffer from arthritis. With a population of roughly 3 million, this is over 300,000 people in Arkansas alone experiencing arthritic pain and stiffness. In the Unites States, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis, and it is most common among women and occurs more frequently as people get older.
Medical marijuana is an approved therapy for those with arthritis in Arkansas. By using cannabis, patients may experience symptomatic relief for a wide range of arthritis types.
How Does Medical Marijuana Help Severe Arthritis?
There is no cure for arthritis. Those with this condition turn to medications and lifestyle changes to help manage their symptoms. Unfortunately, the traditional treatment options for arthritic pain do not work for everyone, and some come with long-term health risks; take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). While they can help to relieve some arthritis inflammation and pain, long-term or heavy use can harm our heart, kidneys, and stomach.
Medical marijuana may help relieve the swelling, stiffness, and pain associated with arthritis. While more research is needed to determine exactly how, and to what extent, medical marijuana might help, early research is promising. This research suggests that cannabinoids found in marijuana might offer relief for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the two most common forms of this disease.
Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC found in medical marijuana might help arthritis sufferers through their anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. Research has shown that medical cannabis can act as an effective pain relief while also finding that THC lacked the toxic side effects found in many traditional medicines and prescriptions.
THC and CBD exhibit these properties largely through their interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in our inflammatory and pain responses. The ECS has receptors throughout the body that interact with THC and CBD to give full body relief, allowing patients to choose cannabis products for both full body relief and specific problem-areas.
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Arkansas Marijuana Card has doctor offices throughout the state of Arkansas that specialize in helping qualified patients access medical marijuana. If you’re interested in discussing whether medical marijuana is right for you, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online for more information. You can also check out our frequently asked questions page.
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What is Severe Arthritis?
While arthritis is quite common it is not a single disease, but rather a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease, with more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. Arthritis can affect individuals from all age groups, sexes, and races, which might explain why arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Common arthritis symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms can come and go, and they can range from mild to severe. Severe arthritis results in chronic pain, the inability to conduct daily activities, and can make it difficult to walk or climb stairs severely limiting mobility for some patients.
There are a few primary types of arthritis:
Degenerative Arthritis: osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and occurs when the cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone.
Inflammatory Arthritis: a bacterium, virus or fungi that enters the joint and triggers inflammation. Examples include salmonella and shigella, chlamydia and gonorrhea and hepatitis C.
Metabolic Arthritis: uric acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, and in some people the uric acid builds up and forms needle-like crystals in the joint causing extreme pain or a gout attack.
If you experience any of these types of arthritis, or another arthritis type that was not discussed, you may be eligible for medical cannabis treatment in Arkansas. Our team at Arkansas Marijuana Card can help answer any questions you may have, and schedule an appointment with a certified medical marijuana doctor!