One in six Australians suffers from arthritis. That is about 3.9 million people. While most of those people are aged 65+, arthritis also affects young adults, teens, and even children. What’s more, nearly two million people arthritis sufferers are of working age (15-65 years), some of which (about 52,000 people) are not able to work due to this chronic condition.
In Australia, arthritis is the 2nd most common reason for ill-health pension, i.e. early retirement due to sickness. It’s projected that about 5.4 million people in Australia will have arthritis by 2030.
With that said, it is of national importance to find a way to manage arthritis. While the quality of life of people living with arthritis can be improved to a certain extent through different programs and education, it is necessary to find a better way to prevent and treat this disease. This is where medical cannabis comes into play.
Arthritis means inflammation of body joints and it is accompanied by pain. This painful condition can affect just about any body part. However, it typically develops in knees, hips, wrists, spine, fingers, and feet. Arthritis makes cartilage break down over time. In case of Rheumatoid arthritis, the body tissue that surrounds joints is attacked by the immune system.
This condition affects people differently. Some people suffer from arthritis all their life, while in others, it comes and goes on a weekly or monthly basis. Arthritis pain usually occurs progressively, but it can come suddenly in some cases. Whatever the case, this condition will make it more difficult for you to do the tasks and activities you used to carry out with ease. For example, you may find yourself struggling to walk down the stairs, open a jar, bend over to pick things up, take your puppy for a walk, and more.
There are over a hundred different forms of arthritis, each of which has specific symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common kinds of arthritis. Listed below are the most common symptoms of arthritis:
There are a number of medications for arthritis. However, they can make you feel sluggish and drowsy rather than treating your symptoms. If the drugs simply do not work, think about switching to natural solutions like medical marijuana. It can help you reduce inflammation and get relief from pain naturally. So, how medical cannabis can ease pain and arthritis symptoms?
Cannabinoids, compounds found in marijuana, affect cannabinoid receptors in our body that play an important role in joints inflammation. This way, medical cannabis causes inflammation feelings to recede.
Additionally, it can reduce swelling and chronic pain associated with arthritis, thereby making it easier for arthritis patients to live with this condition. Medical cannabis can also help you get a good night’s sleep by relaxing your mind and body.
At Medical Cannabis Services (MCS), we will help you choose the most effective treatment plan and determine the right dosage.