There are two main types of arthritis: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Both affect the joints, causing pain and swelling, and limiting movement.

More than 50 million adults suffer from arthritis. Pharmaceutical medicines don't always work and/or aren't always desirable by patients, and as a result, patients have been turning more and more to cannabis for relief. I am one of those people.

Like many Americans, I try to maintain an active lifestyle despite the arthritis pain that I experience. That is hard to do when my foot hurts so badly that I cannot walk.

Cannabis has helped me immensely since the pain started, and I couldn't imagine life without it.

Chances are if you are reading this article, you or someone you know suffers from arthritis and you are hoping that cannabis can help.

While the Green Flower team can't guarantee that cannabis will help, we are confident in suggesting that you or your loved one try cannabis because there is a good chance that it will provide some relief.

Below is more information as to why we feel that way.

Why many chose to treat arthritis with cannabis

Cannabis and cannabinoids represent a promising treatment which can reduce arthritic pain and inflammation and positively modulate bone growth and maintenance.

The biggest reason why people chooes to treat their arthritis with cannabis is quite simple - it works.

People may be able to develop workarounds to certain injuries during their day-to-day activities, but arthritis is tough because it can flare up and become debilitating.

It doesn't take long to find personal testimonies of people successfully treating their arthritis with cannabis. Not only is it effective, it's also safer than alternative forms of treatment.

The two medications that doctors often offer up are anti-inflammatory pills and cortisone shots. Neither of those options sound appealing and for many people they are not options because of how their bodies interact with pills and shots.

For some people cannabis is not effective, or the risks of using cannabis are too great from a legality standpoint, which is understandable.

But for many, cannabis works, which is why everyone should at least consider it as an option if they have arthritis.

What forms of cannabis help treat arthritis

Finding the most suitable form of consumption for yourself takes a bit of trial and error, as each method of consumption has it's own potential drawbacks and benefits.

There are basically two reasons that I personally use cannabis for arthritis. The first is pain. My foot is in constant pain, and consuming cannabis helps me manage that pain.

Forms of cannabis that help include:

  • Edibles
  • Vapor
  • Tincture

The pain doesn't go away entirely after consuming an edible, vaporizing or using a cannabis tincture, but I'm able to deal with it much easier.

The second thing I have to deal with, is inflammation. There are days when I walk more than others, and my first metatarsophalangeal joint swells up.

On these days I use:

  • Topical rub
  • Soaking salts

Incorporating these forms of cannabis consumption into your regimen will potentially do wonders to help provide relief.

Should you consider using cannabis to treat arthritis?

Almost 50 percent of Americans will develop some type of arthritis by age 84, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2040, an estimated 78 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

My story is far from unique. Once I was diagnosed with arthritis, I started reaching out to others that had arthritis to encourage them to use cannabis too. Without exception, every person has benefited from trying cannabis.

Many patients have found cannabis to be a very effective form of treatment for arthritis. So effective that they don't use anything else.

Using cannabis as a medicine is a personal choice, and one that should be made with the guidance of a doctor. If you're interested in talking to a cannabis doctor, and discovering how to get your medical marijuana license discreetly, check out this: "How to get your medical marijuana recommendation online."

If you are not happy with your current form of treatment, give cannabis a try. If your experience is anything like mine, and countless others, you will be glad you did!

Americans for Safe Access has a great resource page dedicated to arthritis, with all kinds of testimonials from both patients and doctors in order to educate yourself more on the topic.

Do you, or someone that you know, suffer from arthritis? Do you use cannabis to treat it? If so, would you say it works? If not, what is stopping you from giving it a try?

Would you consider using cannabis to treat arthritis?

Would you consider using cannabis to treat arthritis?