What is Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. This lining, known as the synovial membrane, becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint. Learn more

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January 26, 2015

Study: Cannabinoid Use in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis Pain
What is Osteoarthritis? Arthritis is the inflammation and swelling of joints, the area where bones connect, which provide support to the body and assist in maintaining mobility. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis and is caused by “wear and tear,” or long-term use (the other type of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, is caused by an overactive immune response in the body). In some cases, it may have a genetic basis. This long-term use results in destruction of hyaline cartilage, a firm connective tissue found in joints that prevents bones from …
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February 11, 2014

Study: Cannabinoid Treatment May Help Manage Pain From Osteoarthritis
Recognized as the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is typically caused by aging joints, obesity, or injury. It is a degenerative condition that often becomes more problematic as time goes on. As we know, past studies have suggested a link between cannabis and rheumatoid arthritis. A group of researchers from China recently published a study that suggests cannabinoid treatment may help inhibit the growth of cells involved in inflammatory processes. Research Suggests Relationship Between Osteoarthritis & Cannabis Following suit, another …
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January 27, 2014

Study: Cannabis May Help Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a type of chronic arthritis that affects joints on each side of the body. It is characterized by joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and fatigue. Cannabis has been used to help treat the inflammatory symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis for years. Despite anecdotal success, past research offers little insight into the mechanism involved in treating the condition with cannabis. A recent study to be published in Rheumatology does just that, suggesting that the benefits could be attributed to activation …