Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
Skip to main content
Tags: rheumatoid arthritis | medical marijuana | doctor

Medical Marijuana for Rheumatoid Arthritis: What Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

By    |   Monday, 25 April 2016 07:21 PM EDT

Some rheumatoid arthritis patients say that using forms of medical marijuana eases the pain and inflammation they suffer from their condition.

Yet most doctors specializing in rheumatoid arthritis treatment were unaware that a growing body of research identifies medical marijuana's active ingredient, cannabinoids, as a possible arthritis treatment, according to a 2014 survey in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

The survey found that 3 of 4 rheumatology doctors in the sample group "lacked confidence in their knowledge of cannabinoid molecules," and that nearly half — 45 percent — "believed there was no current role for cannabinoids in rheumatology patient care."

Doctor: Reverse Joint Pain in 5 Days or Less Without Drugs – More Info Here

"With 70 percent never having previously prescribed or recommended any cannabinoid treatment," the study's authors wrote, "uncertainty regarding good prescribing practices was prevalent."

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2015 that patient surveys and preclinical research increasingly point to cannabinoids as a bona fide therapy for rheumatoid arthritis as well as osteoarthritis.

Far earlier, in 2005, researchers found that Savitex, a cannabis-based oral spray developed to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, also showed promise in easing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Savitex, however, was not yet approved for any medical uses in the United States, reported the drug's British manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals.

But a recurring question in the medical marijuana debate is whether smoking pot is the best delivery method for cannabinoids.

Watch Video: Dr. Reveals That Nasty Joint Pain Can Be Stopped

A 2014 study from Canada, published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, cast doubt on the both the safety and effectiveness of herbal marijuana for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

The authors warned rheumatoligists against succumbing to the "societal groundswell" for medical marijuana and against prescribing it on demand for their patients.

Since the study, medical marijuana has become legal in several states plus the District of Columbia.

But the Canadian researchers deemed the clinical evidence scant for marijuana's effectiveness on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, MedPage Today reported.

The researchers also noted the absence of an accepted medical protocol for prescribing and administering medical marijuana, and cautioned that marijuana has well-documented side effects such as slowed reaction times and short-term memory lapses, MedPage Today reported.

Even a leading advocate of medical marijuana, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, agrees that more clinical research would be helpful in buttressing claims for cannabinoids' use against rheumatoid arthritis.

Important: Arthritis and Joint Pain Reduced With New Formula – Click Here

Related Stories:

© 2023 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Some rheumatoid arthritis patients say that using forms of medical marijuana eases the pain and inflammation they suffer. Yet most doctors specializing in rheumatoid arthritis were unaware that a growing body of research identifies medical marijuana as a possible arthritis treatment.
rheumatoid arthritis, medical marijuana, doctor
Monday, 25 April 2016 07:21 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.


Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved