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Medical Marijuana for Rheumatoid Arthritis: What the Government Doesn't Want You to Know

By    |   Monday, 09 May 2016 06:20 PM

Medical marijuana has been promoted to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain. Research continues on marijuana’s promising effects in pain relief, but the federal government has shown little public interest in promoting scientific study of medical marijuana for potential health benefits for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis.

Although several states have legalized or taken steps to allow the use of medical marijuana, a federal ban on the use for medical reasons is still in place, Forbes reports. Bills have been passed that prohibit the Justice Department from using particular funds to prevent states from implementing their medical marijuana laws.

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However, the Drug Enforcement Agency has remained opposed to marijuana in any form, despite that "the Food and Drug Administration has approved medicinal use for isolated components of the marijuana plant and related synthetic compounds," according to the White House.

Some researchers have said there is not enough data to show the effectiveness of medical marijuana for rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases, says Everyday Health. Marijuana may cause psychiatric side effects and heart problems.

Alan Brewington, an arthritis patient in Boise, Idaho, told Everyday Health that medications for arthritis could carry serious side effects. He recommends that patients work with doctors and care teams to find the best treatment and not deny the use of a drug that may help.

Kim Miller, a mother of two children with juvenile arthritis, said the risks involved with marijuana are not serious enough to prevent parents from considering its use for their chronically ill children, according to Everyday Health.

A study published in the January 2006 issue of Rheumatology concluded that cannabis-based medicine produced significant improvements in the treatment of pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

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Some doctors believe medical marijuana can be used to reduce reliance on prescribed medication, including Dr. Harvey Rose, a medical doctor for 40 years who taught at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine.

But profiteering from a reliance on prescription medications has been an accusation lobbed at the federal government over its perceived intransigence on the issue of medical marijuana.

Health Impact News claimed the federal government has profited from a medical marijuana patent. "Why would the [United States] government obtain a patent on cannabidiol, a substance in cannabis, when it claims that cannabis has no therapeutic value?" it asked.

"The FDA obtained the patent on cannabidiol and now it is licensing it for use by drug companies," reported Health Impact News.

CNN Head Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta echoed a similar bewilderment at this perceived hypocrisy from the federal government.

"How can the government deny the benefits of medical marijuana even as it holds a patent for those very same benefits? Members of the Food and Drug Administration declined my repeated requests for an interview," Gupta wrote.

Despite emerging evidence that medical marijuana may benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the federal government appears to remain unwilling to advance scientific research on rheumatoid arthritis while profiting from its own patent.

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