Arthritis Joint

Yet another health benefit of cannabis

Even luscious Suada has arthritis. Photo: Walter

Even luscious Suada has arthritis. Photo: Walter

Arthritis is badbadbad. It affects eight million people in the United Kingdom, occurring when the cartilage at the ends of bones erodes, causing pain and stiffness in joints. It most commonly affects the hands, hips, knees and spine. It drastically impinges upon quality of life.

Cannabis is good for arthritis

Anecdotes telling of how cannabis soothes chronic pain conditions such as arthritis have been around as long as the drug itself. A questionnaire aimed at medicinal cannabis patients in the United Kingdom found that 20 percent used cannabinoids to treat arthritis. In Strylia, the figure was 25 percent. And there’s more than just tales of people who have a joint in response to arthritis: during the first study of its nature, by the British Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Disease, arthritis was successfully treated with cannabis extracts, lessening inflammation and reducing pain with no significant adverse effects. The side effects of conventional medicine kill as many as 16,000 people a year in the United States.

There is no cure for arthritis. Nor is there a drug that slows its progression, but that exact thing was accomplished in vitro and animals, too, at the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology in London with cannabidiol, which amounts to 40 percent of cannabis extract.

Cannabis without the stone, detestable as that is

But if you have a joint, you are using a Class B illegal drug with side effects such as depression (when it doesn’t cure it). Boring bastards would of course wish to take advantage of the properties of cannabis without getting stoned. Boo! They should meet JWH133, a laboratory-made chemical that adheres to and stimulates the cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptor. Receptors are proteins that occur on the surface of cells which, when activated, cause cells to respond. CB2 receptors are set off by our old pal, THC, the good bit of cannabis, so, many believe, relieving pain and inflammation. CB1 receptors are what makes you stoned and JWH133 leaves these alone.

Well, it worked on rats. They were given an injection of monosodium acetate to their left, rear leg, triggering the same kind of damage as arthritis. Pain was evaluated by gauging the change in weight distribution between limbs and testing the rats’ sensitivity to touch. JWH133 helped, alleviating pain. It made it to the Telegraph and Express. This drug could revolutionise the treatment of arthritis. The Chinese recognised cannabis as a treatment for arthritis 5,000 years ago, so it would be about time.

According to Professor David Walsh, director of the University of Nottingham’s Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre, this drug can’t happen soon enough, given that folk in their millions must tolerate crippling pain, making better relief “urgently needed.” He further commented, “For a lot of patients, the drugs we have at present are just not good enough.” It was left to Professor Alan Silman, the organisation’s medical director, to trot out the customary warning that people should not have a joint: “This research does not support the use of recreational cannabis use.” Well, it does, it just shows it to perhaps be unnecessary.

So you could wait five to 10 years for this drug to come along or you could have a joint.

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