Marijuana for Joint Pain Relief in Bradenton, Florida
Severe joint pain can be debilitating. Depending on which areas of the body are affected, joint pain can limit mobility, impair the function and dexterity of the hands, restrict flexibility, and cause intense discomfort. These effects can make it extremely difficult or impossible for the joint pain patient to participate in jobs, hobbies, or leisure activities he or she used to enjoy. Marijuana’s official designation in the US as a Schedule 1 drug— something with “no currently accepted medical use” — means it has been pretty tough to study. When overexcited by drugs, the reward system creates feelings of euphoria. This is also why some studies have suggested that excessive marijuana use can be a problem for some people — the more often you trigger that euphoria, the less you may feel during other rewarding experiences.
If you are a Florida resident aged 18 or older, and you are unhappy with the degree of pain relief your current medication is providing, you should speak with a Florida medical marijuana doctor about reducing your pain and increasing your comfort through a monitored, personalized Cannabis care plan. Peer-reviewed medical studies have conclusively shown that Cannabis is able to safely and significantly reduce joint pain with minimal, temporary side effects. Further, multiple conditions that cause joint pain can qualify the patient for Cannabis treatment under the Florida medical marijuana law.
You don’t have to suffer with disabling joint pain in silence. If you or someone you love is struggling to cope with severe, chronic joint pain, contact All Natural Medical Solutions today at our Bradenton Clinic location (800) 250-6737 to talk about whether Medical Cannabis is right for you.
In August, a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology appeared to suggest that marijuana smokers face a threefold higher risk of dying from high blood pressure than people who have never smoked — but the study came with an important caveat: it defined a “marijuana user” as anyone who’d ever tried the drug.
How Does Medical Marijuana Relieve Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Wrist, or Hand Pain?
One of the first questions people often ask is how medical marijuana relieves pain. The answer lies in a seldom-discussed body system known as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.
Let’s look at each half of this word. In medical terminology, the prefix “endo-” means “within.” As you might have suspected from its similarity to the word “Cannabis,” a “cannabinoid” is a chemical compound in Cannabis.
Stated simply, cannabinoids are the “active ingredient” in marijuana, much the way acetaminophen is the active ingredient in Tylenol. The most famous cannabinoid is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), but scientists have actually identified approximately 85 cannabinoids, all of which work in concert to create a synergistic effect colloquially dubbed the “entourage effect.”
While your body doesn’t produce THC, it does makes several of its own cannabinoids, such as 2-Arachidonoylglycerol(2-AG) and N–arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide). Because they are produced within your body, they are known as endocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system features two types of receptors: CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors. Cannabinoids (such as THC) stimulate these receptors, which temporarily changes the way your endocannabinoid system functions. In turn, this temporarily changes the functions that are regulated by the endocannabinoid system – including pain perception. In short, marijuana reduces your perception of pain, making discomfort more tolerable and easier to manage.
Consider, for instance, findings from a 2016 study published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, which cited the results of a Canadian study conducted two years earlier. As the Gastroenterology study pointed out, nearly half of the 319 patients (48.2%, or roughly 154 individuals) who participated in the Canadian study “had improved joint pain” after using Cannabis.
Contact All Natural Medical Solutions today (800) 250-6737 to talk about whether Medical Cannabis is right for you or your family.