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The Benefits of Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Patients


Over 3.5 million United States residents have their medical marijuana card and are reaping the benefits of the natural remedy that cannabis provides. However, this is only an estimation.


The actual number of people using cannabis for medicine could be much higher, since many states have already legalized recreational marijuana. In these states, you don’t need a medical card to buy from a dispensary.


There are hundreds of conditions and symptoms that marijuana can help to alleviate, including arthritis.


What Is Arthritis?

Over 24% of all adults have arthritis, which equates to roughly 59 million people across the U.S. It is the leading cause of work disability, and it can quickly affect many people’s quality of life due to the painful symptoms.


There are more than 100 different types of arthritis known to the medical community. When someone says they have arthritis, it just means they have joint pain or a joint disease.


Arthritis affects people of all ages and races, but disproportionately affects women of older ages.


The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


Effects and Symptoms of Arthritis

Some of the most common effects of arthritis can include swelling, stiffness, pain, and a diminished range of motion in joints.


These symptoms can range anywhere from mild to severe, and they are not always constant. Many arthritis patients report the pain gets worse over time but comes and goes.


Severe arthritis can mean chronic pain for prolonged periods of time for patients. This can make completing daily activities very painful and unrealistic for many people.


Arthritis can also cause the body’s joints to change permanently, and sometimes visibly, such as knobby finger joints. Usually these can only be seen using an X-ray.


Some types of arthritis can even affect the body’s most important organs including the heart. kidneys, lungs, eyes, and skin.


Can Cannabis Help?

Cannabis can absolutely help patients who have arthritis! The use of cannabis as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis has been becoming increasingly popular.


Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means the body is tricked into attacking its own healthy cells. This causes damage and inflammation, causing joint pain among patients.


In a 2021 study, scientists reviewed the effects of cannabis on 319 RA patients. They used standard questionnaires to establish how the marijuana was affecting the participants’ pain and quality of sleep.


The results of the study showed that cannabis had a very favorable effect on the RA patients involved in the study, concerning both sleep quality and pain levels.


As shown by many reviews and studies, medical marijuana can reduce the amount of pain experienced by arthritis patients in general.


Medical marijuana can also help boost the mental health of arthritis patients. When a person is in constant pain, it can really take a toll on their mood. Can you blame them?


When the pain subsides, medical marijuana patients are able to complete their daily activities without straining themselves or becoming exhausted. And the improved quality of life they experience will boost their mental health on its own.


Get Relief for Your Qualifying Condition Today

Whether you have arthritis or any of Ohio’s qualifying conditions, it’s worth considering adding medical marijuana to your treatment plan.


If you think marijuana may be right for you, now is the best time to get started! Medical dispensaries are home to many great, safe products for natural relief.


Better yet, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to see if you qualify!


If you don’t qualify, we will refund the total cost of your appointment! What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose!


 

Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.


Here at Ohio Marijuana Card, our goal is to help everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


If you have any questions, call us at (866) 457-5559, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


Check out Ohio Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Ohio.

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