Arthritis is a disease which affects a huge population of people, contributing to ongoing pain and stress the body which can eventually lead to people having to resort to pharmaceutical drugs to help with the extreme pain they experience. Fortunately, it has been suggested that cannabis can actually be shown to lessen the symptoms of the illness in those who regularly involve it in their daily routine in some way. When marijuana is used by sufferers, the cannabinoids bind to CB2 receptors, regulating the pain signals firing from the person's joints to their brain which, in turn, relieves some of their pain. 

Strains that relieve pain

There are some specific strains that can aid in relieving arthritic pain, these include the incredibly popular Amnesia Haze and the lesser known Strawberry Cheesecake. The latter is especially good for combating symptoms because it’s a strain made specifically to alleviate pain. Strawberry Cheesecake is an indica, meaning it can help its user to relax, as well as having CBD mixed into its 20% THC content. 

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Alternatives for smoking

There are a variety of other weed-related options out there for those who don’t wish to partake in smoking it. In fact, there are lots of salves and creams out there that utilize CBD and THC to help arthritis patients with their symptoms. Maintenance and Repair Salve by Ricky Williams is a great one, containing 350mg of CBD it helps to relax joints – it smells good too, containing lavender and menthol. Another product out there is Soothing Cream by Double Delicious Topicals, a cream which permeates the skin and is reported to instantly relieve pain with its 80mg of THC content. 

Research has shown that cannabis can and does relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis. 

Research has shown that cannabis can and does relieve some of the symptoms of arthritis, but it is important to remember that it hasn’t been totally proven. Hopefully, there will be more studies done in the future, but in the meantime, I hope these recommendations are able to help some people ease their arthritic pain.