Study Confirms Marijuana Can Help In Arthritis

New findings confirm marijuana could be helpful for patients suffering from arthritis.

English: "Marijuana Cigarette"

Published last month in the journal Rheumatology, the study reveals more evidence of how marijuana fights inflammation of the joints.

It seems to do this by activating pathways known as CB2 receptors, which are present at abnormally high levels in the joint tissues of arthritis patients.

CB2 receptors are one of the two types of pathways activated by chemicals in marijuana. However, only CB1 receptors are responsible for the high.

“Historically, therapy with marijuana was used to ease the symptoms of a broad spectrum of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis,” explained study co-author Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University in a recent interview with Nature.

But a major barrier to the widespread use of marijuana-based treatments is their psychoactive effect, he notes. As a result, scientists have been searching for ways to achieve the same benefits without the high.

via Study Confirms Marijuana Can Help In Arthritis – Leaf Science.

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One thought on “Study Confirms Marijuana Can Help In Arthritis

  1. 1wanderingtruthseeker February 12, 2014 / 9:23 AM

    Why Oh Why does it bother people that you might get a little high? High is not a bad thing. Senior Citizens of The United States Revolt. They would rather you be in pain, replace your joints with metal joints and fill you full of potentially deadly chemicals than allow you to smoke a joint and chance getting you to feel good.

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