New Study Finds Cannabinoids May Treat Osteoarthritis

A study published in this month’s issue of the European Journal of Neuroscience has found that cannabinoids may be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis.

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An example of Osteoarthritis.

According to the study; “Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease associated with articular cartilage degradation. The major clinical outcome of osteoarthritis is a complex pain state that includes both nociceptive and neuropathic mechanisms.”

It continues; “Currently, the therapeutic approaches for osteoarthritis are limited as no drugs are available to control the disease progression and the analgesic treatment has restricted efficacy. Increasing evidence from preclinical studies supports the interest of the endocannabinoid system as an emerging therapeutic target for osteoarthritis pain. Indeed, pharmacological studies have shown the anti-nociceptive effects of cannabinoids in different rodent models of osteoarthritis, and compelling evidence suggests an active participation of the endocannabinoid system in the pathophysiology of this disease.”

“The ubiquitous distribution of cannabinoid receptors, together with the physiological role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of pain, inflammation and even joint function further support the therapeutic interest of cannabinoids for osteoarthritis.”

Researchers for the study conclude that; “This review summarizes the promising results that have been recently obtained in support of the therapeutic value of cannabinoids for osteoarthritis management.”

The study can be found by clicking here.

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    • kat on July 2, 2014 at 12:35 pm
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    I have been dx with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia & a fractured spine. I was becoming immobilized due to the pain. Both my knees need to be replaced, they also have bone spurs. I was put on a heavy pain Med & a antidepressant. I was groggy on the pain Med & the AD caused restless legs & tremors in my let hand after 3 days. So took myself to a referral of my Dr to obtain a medical marijuana license, log story short. Started edibles program & within 2 days I didn’t need the pain meds. Stopped AD Med after 3 days. I am more mobile, my pain went from a 10 to a 3 sometimes less. My anxiety is gone, & I sleep more peacefully at night. I will never go back to Pharmaceuticals ever again. Medical Marijuana is my pain reliever from now on!

    • Ireland on February 8, 2014 at 7:43 am
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    watch over the course of the next 5 years as more and more are starting to consume this not just smoke it and note how many of these diseases we have no known cures for suddenly start to precipitously wane!! This is the natural activity of a nutrient laden diet and in this case over 100 we are ALL missing

    • Ireland on February 8, 2014 at 7:41 am
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    is no body else getting this, that this isnt even a drug. These are ALL VITAL NUTRIENTS WHOSE ABSENCE FROM OUR FOOD CHAIN AND DIETS HAS CAUSED THE VERY ILLNESSES IT SO MIRACULOUSLY AFFECTS US TO HAVE! Even the hiigh of delta-9 THC has a valid purpose for the human mind and body, DUH!! VITAL NUTRIENTS!!! over 100 of them alone and more than all the known nutrients combined!!!

    • Michelle on February 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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    I had reconstructive knee surgery 3 years ago. The only pain reliever is marijuana( through smoking or pain relieving rubs they offer). I took Vicodin and Norco for 3 months after my surgery and stop taking them due to the complications both medicines caused me. The use of medicinal marijuanna is very affective and I like that it doesn’t cause me bodily harm. I’m able to perform my daily functions with this use of medicine, over the heavy sedatives the pill caused. 14 years of use and hasn’t done any harm to me physically or mentally.

      • Robert on February 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm
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      Michelle are you invested in The MJ sector, if you’re not I would jump in feet first ASAP!

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