Study: Cannabis May Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

An example of rheumatoid arthritis. [WebMD]

An example of rheumatoid arthritis. [WebMD]

A new study being published in the upcoming issue of the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and e-published ahead of print by the National Institute of health, has found that a cannabinoid receptor agonist can successfully help against some of the primary symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), indicating that cannabis, which is a natural agonist to the body’s cannabinoid receptors, may provide a treatment option for the condition.

For the study, mice with RA were injected with JWH133, a selective CB2 [cannabinoid receptor type 2] agonist, and it was found that it “reduced the arthritis score, inflammatory cell infiltration, bone destruction, and anti-CII IgG1 production.”

Researchers conclude that; “The present study suggests that a selective CB2 agonist could be a new therapy for RA that inhibits production of inflammatory mediators from FLS, and osteoclastogenesis.”

The study helps to validate the results of a study released in January, which found that activation of the body’s cannabinoid receptors may provide a treatment for RA.

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3 comments

    • CHARLINI FERREIRA REGATIERE on August 19, 2014 at 6:14 am
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    Good morning, I have Lupus Erythematosus, make use of immunosuppressive drugs and suffer with many joint pain, I have read a lot about the use of CBD for treatment, but here in Brazil is prohibited. I would love to travel to any country where it is allowed and consult with a doctor who prescribes this treatment. Could help me somehow? Thank you.

      • Angela on March 17, 2016 at 12:17 pm
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      Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Ohio (I believe all 4 of those) cannabis is legal. I live in Oregon and know that Oregon and Washington for sure are legal.

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