Our joints play a major factor in how we move on a daily basis. Without healthy, functioning joints, even the simplest of tasks can feel painful and frustrating. Unfortunately, those with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from this chronic inflammatory disorder that not only affects your joints, but other body systems like skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which your immune system attacks your own body’s tissues. Unlike regular arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints that results in painful swelling, bone erosion and joint deformity.
If you experience joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity as well as symptoms such as fatigue, fever, weight loss, and warm, swollen joints, you may have rheumatoid arthritis. RA tends to attack your smaller joints in your fingers and toes before moving to bigger joints such as your knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. About 40 percent of RA sufferers also feel the effects in their skin, eyes, heart, lungs, kidneys, bone marrow, blood vessels, salivary glands, and nerve tissues. Those with RA may experience a period of remission followed by a period of flare-ups.
Women are more likely to develop RA than men and it usually begins between the ages of 40-60. Smoking increases the risk of developing RA and environmental factors such as exposure to asbestos or silica may play a role in the development as well. Obesity also increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Can Medical Marijuana Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Treating chronic pain is one of the main benefits of medical cannabis. Medical marijuana has at least 80 different cannabinoids in it; specifically, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is effective in relieving pain related to RA. Medical marijuana is also helpful in relieving inflammation, a key factor in RA sufferer’s pain. Although research is still being conducted, it may also influence immune cells, which is helpful in treating any collateral damage rheumatoid arthritis has on other parts of the body.
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The first step in finding relief is obtaining your registry identification card. Once you have done so, stop by one of our locations to talk to a friendly professional who is ready and willing to help you find the best products for your specific symptoms.