Ask an Expert: Treating Arthritis With Cannabis Topicals

Cannabis topicals might not sound like the most intuitive treatment for arthritis. However, recent research — and years of my own work as a nurse and massage therapist — show that the plant has much to offer people who are living with this condition.

Arthritis is a disorder of the joints in the body that causes painful inflammation. The neck, shoulders, hands, spinal column, hips, knees, and ankles are some of our most notable joints — and they’re all common sources of pain. Arthritis is neither age nor gender specific. The inflammation caused by arthritis results in joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and the area can often be warm to the touch. 100 types of arthritis have now been identified and over 300 million people worldwide are plagued daily by this type of pain.

Clinical research studies regarding cannabis topicals and arthritis are still in their infancy. Recent findings show cannabinoids exhibit anti-inflammatory effects by activating cannabinoid type 2 receptors (CB2.) These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system. Our endocannabinoid systems’ primary goal is cellular homeostasis, or balance. Our bodies naturally produce chemicals called endocannabinoids (which are nearly identical to chemicals produced in the cannabis plant, called cannabinoids) in an effort to activate these receptors. When a cannabis topical is applied to an inflamed area where CB2 receptors are present, the cannabinoids stimulate an anti-inflammatory response.

This is the science behind using cannabis topicals to treat arthritis, but the anecdotal evidence can be just as compelling. Throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand the ways in which they can transform people’s lives. I’ve also had to answer a lot of questions about how and why they work — here are some of the most common ones.

Frequently Asked Questions About Using Cannabis Topicals for Arthritis

What’s the first question most arthritis patients have about medicinal cannabis topicals?

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How Cannabis Helped Me Quit Prescription Drugs

I have been a nurse for almost 20 years, and this is the story of how cannabis saved my life.

In 2010, I fell seriously ill — for reasons that doctors were unable to understand, I began to experience excruciating pain, which hampered my mobility and caused intense mental distress. Their response was to prescribe a pill for every symptom I exhibited, and it didn’t take long for me to tire of the toll they were taking on me. Soon, I was barely surviving. I became so desperate that I was willing to move 2,000 miles from where I was born in hopes of finding something that would save my life. Today, I’m sharing this journey because I want people who are experiencing similar mental and physical pain to believe a better, healthier future is possible.

My Introduction to Prescription Drugs

I’d been in pain for a long, long time before I had my first surgery. This one was to remove my gallbladder. During the procedure, they found a large tumor on my liver that they deemed inoperable. It was an estrogen- and blood-filled mass, most likely caused by years of taking the birth control pill, which I’d used to regulate my intense menstrual cycle. Needless to say, this was an unexpected side effect.

A few weeks after the operation, I woke up and my entire body was puffy. The pain in my right side had only worsened, and the nausea was more unbearable than ever.

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“Jodie Marsh On… Drugs”

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“Another of the women reveals she has turned her love of the drug into a business with a ‘cannabis infused massage therapy company’.” Read the full article here

Recently our Founder, Jordan Person was on an episode of a popular UK television show called “Jodie Marsh On Drugs” On this episode, Jodie Marsh investigates the new generation of legal highs in Jodie Marsh On…Drugs exclusive to TLC,  it aired on Wednesday 25th March at 10pm. Due to the fact it only aired overseas and throughout the UK we received our copies of the episode via royal mail shortly after the show was released.

“Meeting Jodie Marsh was a true delight, but changing her mind on her views of cannabis and medical marijuana was the highlight of my month”, says Ms. Person. Throughout the filming Jodie Marsh had the experience of joining six cannabusiness professionals  at a “smoking party.” All of the women featured in the segment are owners of successful cannabis businesses. Each of them had the opportunity to educate Ms. Marsh on the benefits of marijuana and how it has improved each of their daily lives. Each of them had very convincing testimony to not only what it has done for their personal lives but how it is now the center of their professional lives as well.

“We smoked at least four joints while being filmed and by the time they shut the cameras off I caught a major case of the giggles, Jodie started laughing at me and noticing my uncontrollable laughter.  All I could say in my own defense was “if this is the only side effect of all of the cannabis I just ingested then so be it.” I remember feeling three shades of red as my body flushed with embarrassment but I also remember feeling full of joy and I really couldn’t stop laughing” said Person.

The end result (in spite of the giggle fit) Jodie Marsh declared that she now believes that cannabis should be legal. Her words were genuine as she announced on international television to all of her viewers new and old that she would use cannabis for a sick relative before she would use the other poisonous alternatives. It’s an amazing thing to watch someones mind actually change. The experience was an unforgettable one  for everyone involved. One down…..one million to go!

In attendance that evening and featured above include:                                       Brittney Driver- Cannabist, Jordan Person- Primal Therapeutics, Jane West- Women Grow, Heidi Keyes- Puff, Pass and Paint, Jessica Catalano “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution” and Goldie Solodar- City Sessions.

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Cannabis Usage From Head to Toe

Cannabis is capable of alleviating an array of symptoms with proper dosing. Being in Colorado as a medical marijuana patient I am able to use it to treat ailments from head to toe. Utilizing cannabis as a holistic form of treatment for my health and well-being has been very successful for me. Any time I experience any type of pain or discomfort I always reach for a form of cannabis as opposed to an OTC medication or pharmaceutical.

Medical Marijuana can be utilized and ingested through various methods. The three basic methods that I use and will discuss here are: edible, topical and inhaled formats. Please note that these methods are what I personally have found to be effective and have not been scientifically tested.

Edible forms include: ethanol based tincture, cannabis butter or olive oil infused foods, full plant extraction cannabis oil (FECO)

Inhaled forms include: smoking cannabis flowers or dry herb by using a vaporizer or other smoking device.

Topical forms include: using salves, oils, body soaks, body scrubs and lotions that have been infused with cannabinoids THC, CBD and CBN.


 

CANNABIS USAGE FOR THE HEAD AND FOR THE MIND

CANNABIS USAGE FOR THE HEAD AND FOR THE MIND

  • Head– Headaches via topicals by applying to the forehead and temples, and inhaling an Indica strain. There are also skin benefits from using topical facial cream for hydration and smoothing of fine lines
  • Mental– Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks and Social Anxiety- relief achieved from inhaling an Indica strain and from the ingestion of edibles at doses above 50mg per my personal tolerance. I recommend all edibles should be dosed in 10mg increments until you know your needed range. Too much is not fun, and too little is ineffective.

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CANNABIS USAGE FOR BETTER BREATHING

  • Lungs– Reduction of brochospasms from Asthma in edible form thanks to the broncho-dialator properties of cannabis. It is not effective for acute or emergent symptoms requiring a rescue inhaler, it works best as preventative medicine.

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CANNABIS USAGE FOR NAUSEA BETTER THAN ANY OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINE

  • Abdomen– Nausea/Vomiting- edible in small doses dependent on the reason for the symptoms, coconut oil capsules of ethanol extracted cannabis oil in doses of 25mg until nausea ceases, and inhaled-generally an Indica strain. If the nausea is due to an alcohol hangover, a Sativa strain may work better.  Surgical scars- topical to reduce scarring. The transdermal absorption of cannabis is excellent for expediting healing and reducing scars.

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CANNABIS USAGE FOR MUSCLE PAIN

  • Muscle/Low Back Pain– from a ruptured disc at L5-S1 causing tight muscles, this was the result of a car accident. I refused surgery and used chiropractic care, massage therapy and cannabis in all of its forms for relief. Both Indicas and Sativas have been effective for my muscle pain. Topicals are my best friend when my back begins to spasm after a long day of healing people and any edible form can be effective, as edibles tend to be felt more in the body then in the mind.

    My symptoms are alleviated with cannabis everyday of my life and I never stop learning. I love discovering new ways for utilizing this miracle plant for health and wellness. My wish is that in time, safe access to this plant will be available to everyone who needs it. The hardest thing for anyone to understand about marijuana is dosing. Every single person has a different endocannabinoid system and needs a different dosage. For some people, smoking may not be their preference, but edibles and topicals may work effectively.  It is much easier for a doctor to be able to say “take two of these and call me in the morning.” When using cannabis for health and treatment trial and error along with documentation is the best way to learn what will work best for you.

~I wish you luck on your journey of searching for truth and healing through cannabis.

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