A painful condition where the immune system produces antibodies that attack the lining of the joint capsules. Inflammation causes pain, swelling, and redness leading to permanent damage. Treatment begins with Ibuprofen, but progresses to heavier painkillers, steroids, and DMARDs, or disease-modifying anti-drugs.
Musculoskeletal diseases affect 1 in 2 adults and result from trauma, athletics, back pain, and arthritis. Costs of musculoskeletal diseases treatment exceeds other health conditions and includes long-term pain control and disability care.
How Cannabis Can Help
CBD suppresses cell-mediated autoimmune joint destruction in animal models of arthritis. CBD & THC have anti-inflammatory properties and are immunosuppressive which may slow progression. THC and CBD lessen inflammation by reducing the number of cytokines recruited in an area. CBD showed anti-inflammatory benefits by suppressing TNF-a in mice. THC helps clear out debris cells by activating CB2 triggering apoptosis or cell death.