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Arthritis Patients Can Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Louisiana

2019 Gallup poll showed that 14% of people use CBD products, and the number one reason is pain.

The Arthritis Foundation conducted its own poll and found that 29% reported current use of CBD (mostly in liquid or topical form), and nearly 80% of respondents were either using it, had used it in the past, or were considering it.

Of those using it, most reported improvement in physical function, sleep, and well-being; of note, a minority reported improvement in pain or stiffness.

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis refers to joint pain or joint disease that affects the areas where your bones meet and move. It usually involves inflammation and/or degeneration or breakdown of the joints. Pain is felt when the joint is used.

Types of Arthritis

  1. OsteoarthritisThis is the most common type caused by damage to your joint’s cartilage, the hard, classic coating on the ends of bones where they form a joint.
  2. Rheumatoid ArthritisThe cause of rheumatoid arthritis is the attack of the body’s immune system on the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. When this happens, there is inflammation and swelling.


How Get Medical Marijuana Card in Louisiana

Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana for years, but accessing it hasn’t always been easy. However, in 2016, legislators created a comprehensive medical cannabis program, and new bills in 2018 and 2020 expanded it significantly. Today, Louisiana residents experiencing a wide range of chronic and debilitating conditions can find comfort in medicinal cannabis.


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Arthritis in Louisiana and Medical Marijuana

It was reported that 57% of arthritis patients have tried medical marijuana and more than 90% say it helped.

The Top Symptoms of Arthritis Managed with Medical Marijuana are:

The vast majority of arthritis patients who reported using medical cannabis said it helped their symptoms.

A group of experts believes certain strains of medical marijuana can specifically help those who have arthritis.

Senior medical adviser Ethan Russo from the Cannabinoid Research Institute explained in a 2005 “Arthritis and Medical Marijuana” brochure that CBD is a pain-killing (analgesic) agent.



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Causes of Arthritis

The causes of arthritis can be defined by how the joints are damaged, as well as a number of factors such as family history, repeated stress on the joints due to work, or an autoimmune disease.

Effects of Arthritis

There is no cure for arthritis. Hence, most people need to manage the symptoms of the disease for the rest of their lives because arthritis can impair a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks. This will include changing your routine to make your life living with arthritis easier.

Types of Arthritis Treatments

The standard treatment for arthritis involves non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and paracetamol. For severe pain, opioids are sometimes prescribed.


Other Types of Medication Commonly Used include:
  • Painkillers
  • Counterirritants
  • Disease-modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)
  • Biological Response Modifiers
  • Corticosteroids
  • Opioids

Medical Cannabis for Arthritis

Medical cannabis has been found to help relieve long-term pain, like the pain that arthritis causes. The two compounds in cannabis, THC and CBD, can act separately or synergistically in treating arthritis pain by decreasing inflammatory factors and messengers, which are the key drivers of arthritis.

It has the potential to significantly decrease pain levels in arthritis patients. There are benefits to taking medical cannabis for your joints and muscles to relieve arthritis pain.

The best benefit is that it is considered relatively safe to use because it is impossible to overdose and is far less addictive than opiates, which are used to alleviate arthritis pain.

Recent research has also shown that medicinal marijuana can be an effective alternative arthritis treatment.

For example, in a 2005 article published in the Journal of Neuroimmunology, researchers J. Ludovic and Takashi Yamamura explained cannabinoids (CBD) might be a consideration for patients for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis.

Medical Marijuana as an Alternative Treatment

Although there are many conventional medications to address symptoms, they often come with undesirable side effects. Thankfully, patients with arthritis can qualify for medical marijuana.

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