Could Cannabis Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? New Study Says It May
A new study published by the National Institute of Health has found thatcannabinoid receptor activation – something done naturally by cannabis – may provide a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that causes inflammation of the joints and tissues.
“Recent studies have suggested immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2R) activation”, states the study’s abstract.
Despite these recent studies, researchers say that the connection between these cannabinoid receptors and rheumatoid arthritis has been much less observed, leading them to conduct this study.
According to their researchers, data suggests that “CB2R may be a potential therapeutic target of RA [rheumatoid arthritis].”
The study will appear in this month’s issue of the Oxford journal Rheumatology. and was conducted by researchers at Changhai Hospital, the Second Military Medical University and Shanghai Guanghua Hospital, all in China.
Patrick J. Shaughnessy
Hello I have a form of rumeumatoid arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis and have been smoking cannabis for 32 years and think that it has helped stop the progestin of my condition. I have seen people with this condition and are in wheel chairs at 35 years old and I will be 46 on Feb. 24. I am lucky enough To live in NM and have my medical cannabis card. Can I have more info on who does this study and some contact info maybe I could help there study?