Arthritis sucks. I know many people that suffer from arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans a year. There are 2.5 times as many women that suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than men. Symptoms usually begin in the finger joints, wrists, and/or ankles. My great grandfather suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and it crippled his hands. It was brutal to watch him try to use his hands. I wish I could go back in time and recommend medical marijuana to my great grandfather, I really think it would have helped alleviate his suffering.
A survey was recently conducted asking rheumatologists if they supported medical marijuana. The survey found encouraging results. Per Leaf Science:
Just over half of rheumatology specialists believe cannabis or cannabis-based medicines can help in the treatment of rheumatic conditions like arthritis, according to a survey by the Canadian Rheumatology Association.
The results were published last month in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.
Of the 128 doctors that responded to the survey, 55% thought there was a role for cannabis or cannabinoids in treating rheumatic conditions. 45% said there was no role.
There has been growing support for medical marijuana in the medical community for awhile now. Marijuana is medicine, and specifically for arthritis, it's a very effective form of medicine. If you suffer from arthritis, make sure to leave your story in the comments to encourage others. If you know someone that suffers from arthritis, make sure to recommend medical marijuana to them. No need to be pushy, just offer it up and if they are open minded, they will give it a try. And if they give it a try, the will also recommend it to others.