Suffering from gout? Cannabis could be your new best friend!
Cannabis has been proven beneficial either in treating several diseases or managing the symptoms. Marijuana has been used by cancer patients to help them deal with the nausea. Some patients are also relying on marijuana to help them combat the pain they experience along with their diseases. For some, it helps them get seizures under control.
There is now a growing body of evidence that cannabis might just be what you need if you suffer from gout.
What is gout?
Gout, or also known as arthropathy, is a sign that something is wrong with your body’s uric acid metabolism. It is characterized by inflamed joints, usually seen in the hands or feet. Gout usually affects men, but women have also been known to get gout.
Gout usually results in a tender, red and hot joint. It is also usually accompanied by swelling. The main cause of gout is the higher than usual levels of uric acid found in your blood. The uric acide crystalizes and gets deposited in your tendons, joints, and other nearby tissues.
Treatment for gout may include colchicine, NSAIDs, and steroids. But medical marijuana is proving to be a good way to manage the symptoms of gout.
Benefits of cannabis for gout sufferers
Did you know that marijuana has been used for centuries to relieve inflammation and swollen joints? The thing is that not a lot of scientific studies have been done on marijuana, precisely because of its illegal status.
Nevertheless, cannabis is well known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. When gout flares up, you can use marijuana to relieve the pain. However, it is still recommended that you change your diet and lifestyle to ensure that it does not come back again. Cannabis can be administered in different ways, and still be effective against gout. You can apply it directly on the affected area, eat it, or inhale it.
The good news is that medical cannabis can help you deal with the pain that comes with gout. This will lessen your dependence on addictive painkillers.
Strains that are especially effective against gout
There are several CBD strains that give you different types of relief for gout.
Cannabis has several compounds in it. CBD, for one, will help lessen the lymphocites in your body. These white cells amkes the inflammation worse. In a 2008 study, it was shown that cannabis reduced the swelling in rats suffering from rheumatoid arthritis by half. This finding was backed by a 2015 study, this time the experiement was conducted with human subjects.
The trick is to find strains that have high CBD concentrations. If you do not want the high, you should also try strains with low THC content.
Aside from those strains that have high CBD concentration, you might want to check out those with indica-dominant characteristics. There is a difference between indica and sativa, but the main disparity is that sativa is energizing and uplifting, while indica helps you relax and has pain relieving properties. If you want relief from the pain you experience as a result of gout, you need to use a cannabis indica strain or a hybrid strain with more dominant indica characteristics.
What strains are perfect? Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that is very rich in CBD and low on THC. It has an indica-like or body-centered effect on your body. Cannatonic’s high concentration of CBD makes it a great remedy for pain.
Then you have Charlotte’s Web, which is a pretty well-known cannabis strain among medical marijuana users, especially for those who suffer from epileptic seizures. Other strains that you can try out include harlequin, mango kush, and ghost train haze.
Suffering from gout? Cannabis could be your new best friend! Cannabis has been proven beneficial either in treating several diseases or managing the symptoms. Marijuana has been used by cancer
More Patients Turning to Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports.
As many as 1 in 5 patients who consult an orthopedic surgeon for chronic musculoskeletal pain are using a cannabis product to treat them, Canadian researchers found.
“We found 20% had reported past or current use of cannabis with the specific intention to manage pain,” said study author Dr. Timothy Leroux, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Toronto. “Not just recreational users, but patients who said, ‘I’m using cannabis because I want to improve pain with this condition.’ “
There’s also a lot of interest in medical marijuana among arthritis sufferers who haven’t yet tried it, Leroux and his team found.
Two-thirds of nonusers are interested in trying a cannabis product to treat their muscle and joint pain, the researchers reported.
“A lot of patients feel they have a lack of knowledge and are staying on the sidelines while we gather more science,” Leroux said.
For this study, he and his colleagues surveyed more than 600 patients who visited a Toronto orthopedic clinic.
People using cannabis generally had high praise for the products. Nine out of 10 said it was effective in managing their pain, and 4 in 10 said it decreased their reliance on other pain medications. Nearly 6 in 10 said cannabis products were more effective than other drugs.
“This is encouraging in the face of the ongoing opioid epidemic, as we look to find safe alternatives to opioids for pain control,” said Dr. Yili Huang, director of the Pain Management Center at Northwell Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
“Cannabis may help decrease, or in some cases completely replace, the amount of opioid medication necessary to control pain,” said Huang, who wasn’t part of the study. “This may be because cannabis works on many different pain pathways in our body and can even interact with the separate chemical pathways opioids work on.”
Pain patients using medical cannabis in the study were more likely to have multiple conditions, report a greater burden of pain and a greater number of painful areas on their bodies. They were also more likely to have a history of pain clinic visits, a longer time with a painful condition and a higher rate of pain medication use, researchers found. They also were more likely to use or have used pot for recreation.
While people are seeking pain relief, however, they aren’t necessarily looking to get high.
The most common cannabinoid used was cannabidiol, or CBD, a marijuana compound that does not cause intoxication, researchers said.
Only about a quarter of people reported using a product with THC, which gets you high. Distressingly, the remainder of people “had no idea what they were taking,” Leroux said.
The most common way people took a cannabis product was by ingesting an oil, with 60% saying they used a marijuana-derived oil, researchers said.
“We found a general trend toward more edible products and products that were non-hallucinogenic,” Leroux said.
The study did reveal some concerning trends, however. Only a quarter of marijuana users said they’d talked with a physician first.
“Most people were not taking cannabis on the recommendation of a physician or seeking advice from a physician in order to take cannabis,” Leroux said. “They were using it in the way they would use a drug, but without physician oversight.”
That’s a problem because cannabis products can have side effects and might interact with other medications, he said.
While patients might benefit from a doctor’s advice, Leroux said unfortunately, many doctors shy away from conversations about medical marijuana.
“For the time being, I would suggest that you go about this with caution, and if you choose to use the product that you talk to someone more familiar with those products,” he said.
Leroux presented these findings at a virtual exhibition by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Such research is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Lots of people are using medical marijuana to treat their arthritis and other muscle aches and pains, often without consulting their doctor, a new study reports.