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?

To see the answer and more questions about cannabis and arthritis please see here: CannabisMD

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.

To continue reading please see here: CannabisMD

Cannabis Massage 101 Education Classes

Become a pioneer and absorb knowledge you can bring back to your patients, families, and friends in this one day class that will instruct you how to provide the very best cannabis massage care possible.

What you will learn in Cannabis Massage 101:

  • the endocannabinoid system
  • the differences between THC, CBD and other cannabinoids
  • the entourage effect
  • what terpenes are
  • contraindications
  • the benefits of cannabis massage
  • best practices for the best form of massage therapy there is
  • legal issues
  • how to monetize your new skill
  • practical application to “feel the difference”
  • how to make infused topicals at home
  • and so much more…

If you are interested in taking an education class with us please feel free to fill out this form and someone will be in contact with you to discuss your class needs: Cannabis Massage 101 Form

We are excited to have the opportunity to teach you soon! If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to reach out: primaltherapeutics@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you curious if cannabis infused massage therapy is right for you? Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cannabis infused massage therapy. If the answers you seek are not listed here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Q- Will I fail a drug test after a cannabis infused massage?
  • A. No, to date no one has failed a drug test from the topical absorption of cannabis.
  • Q- How is marijuana actually a part of the treatment?
  • A- The lotions, salves and oils we use are infused with organic cannabis. The topicals all contain the cannabinoids THC, CBD, and CBN for the most therapeutics effects.
  • Q-Will I get high?
  • A-No, there are no psychoactive effects from the use of topicals. Patients do report a deeper induced sense of relaxation then what is felt with standard massage therapy.
  • Q- Will cannabis infused massage help my pain, arthritis or other condition?
  • A- Yes, we have had incredible success with many types of diseases and disorders. Pain is one of the many symptoms we have seen relieved. If there is a specific condition you are concerned about please don’t hesitate to contact us.