Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes Chronic inflammation in joints, the tissue surrounding joints and even the skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels. RA usually affects the hands and feet and can sometimes cause swelling that may result in bone erosion and joint deformities. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Symptoms include tender, warm, and swollen joints, stiffness and rigidity, fatigue and cramping. Many patients with RA will struggle with basic tasks like gripping, squeezing even picking up or holding objects. RA can be extremely painful resulting in insomnia and mood swings.
Medical Cannabis and Rheumatoid Arthritis –
Studies have shown that cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The core symptoms of arthritis are inflammation and pain, making cannabis an extremely practical treatment option. Cannabis does not produce many of the unwanted side effects of traditional medicines and in some instances can be cheaper. Cannabis infused topical lotions are very common method of treatment for joint pain. It allows patients to target the areas in need of the most relief.