Musculoskeletal conditions plague thousands of patients in Florida with debilitating pain, decreased mobility and put the patient at risk for anxiety and depression. There are more than 150 disorders that affect the locomotor system, and people who work in labor-intensive careers are most likely to develop them. These can range from sudden and short-lived conditions, such as sprains, strains, and fractures, to chronic disorders associated with disability and ongoing functioning limitations. Musculoskeletal conditions are typically characterized by chronic pain and limitations in movement, dexterity and an overall level of functioning.

Amongst these disorders, Arthritis is one of the most common conditions affecting people of all ages, including children. Arthritis causes swelling and tenderness of one or more joints in the body, and the main symptoms include pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. There are close to 100 different types of Arthritis, but the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The one common cardinal feature in all of them is chronic joint pain, but apart from this, these conditions do not manifest in the same manner; hence treating them becomes a challenge. What regime works for one may not work for the other, posing a challenge for the doctors and a frustrating road of recovery for the patients. Treatment of all types is mostly aimed at reducing pain and stiffness. Still, for certain conditions, such as rheumatoid Arthritis, conventional prescription medications focus on preventing permanent joint damage and worsening disability. Marijuana has been the focus of debate and research as an alternative option for managing symptoms of Arthritis, especially chronic pain. Many surgeons have reported that Medical Marijuana has helped their patients manage pain effectively, with a low risk of side effects. Some patients have also reported that adding Marijuana to their treatment has significantly improved their mobility, and productivity resulting in an overall improvement in their daily lives.

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Arthritis has been added to the qualifying conditions for Marijuana use, allowing qualified patients having a valid Medical Marijuana Card to buy Marijuana products. If you reside in Naples, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Melbourne, you can visit our centers to book a consultation with our experienced Medical Marijuana physicians. Only a Medical Marijuana physician can recommend you for a Florida Marijuana Card, and our physicians are helping new patients complete their Marijuana certification. Our experienced patient advocates will guide you at each step, making the Marijuana certification process a breeze.

What are the different types of Arthritis? 

Arthritis means inflammation of joints, but it can also affect the tissues surrounding the joints, and other connective tissues. The most common Arthritis is Osteoarthritis, while other common rheumatic conditions related to Arthritis include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatic conditions mostly involve muscle ache, stiffness, pain, and swelling in and around the joints. The symptoms may develop gradually or suddenly and can also involve the immune system and various body internal organs.

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Osteoarthritis develops in people in their mid-40s and is more common in women. In the early stages, Osteoarthritis affects the smooth cartilage lining, usually of the hip, knee, and thumb joints, resulting in significant joint pain and body stiffness.    In contrast, Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto-immune condition in which the person’s own immune system attacks their joints. It is a chronic condition resulting in pain, stiffness, and swollen joints of the hands and feet.

Treatment for Arthritis aims to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life. However, it’s difficult to find a treatment that works for everyone, leading to non-compliance. Adding Medical Marijuana to arthritis treatment has helped many patients control their chronic pain and muscle stiffness. To use Marijuana for your Arthritis, you need to see an experienced Marijuana consultant who verifies your condition and recommends a Marijuana treatment most suited for your symptoms. At My Florida Green, we have experienced Marijuana physicians in our network who are helping qualified patients by recommending Marijuana products that give them maximum benefits.

How does Marijuana help manage Arthritis?

Marijuana is a natural healing herb derived from the plant Cannabis Sativa containing many different chemical components, and the most commonly used are delta-9- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), and Cannabinoid (CBN). Amongst these components, CBD has proven to be the most effective as an alternative treatment for Arthritis and its symptoms. Data has shown that traditional pain-relieving medicines are not very effective, and they cause several notable side effects. Hence, an increasing number of people are now choosing the safe and natural option available in the form of CBD oil and CBD-infused topical products.

In recent years, clinical research has made significant advancements and has conclusively gathered data, which provides evidence that Medical Cannabis can be a great alternative treatment for people who have Arthritis. CBD is a major component of Medical Marijuana, most commonly taken in the form of an oil. A major positive is that CBD is not psychoactive, which means that when one takes CBD, in any form, they do not feel high or get intoxicated. There is established evidence that CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system; hence, it can regulate the receptors responsible for the immune system, sleep, mood, pain, and appetite. CBD can also block the endocannabinoid receptors, reducing the levels of anandamide in the body, which in turn helps to be an effective way of reducing the pain associated with different types of Arthritis. CBD oils and topical lotions have demonstrated that they are a great alternative option providing many patients relief from their debilitating symptoms.

Which Marijuana product is most suitable for Arthritis?

CBD oil is generally used to treat numerous types of chronic pain produced by musculoskeletal conditions. CBD oils have also been shown to possess significant anti-inflammatory properties; therefore, they can be used to reduce and lessen inflammation and pain, which are major symptoms of Arthritis. Therefore, CBD oil can potentially be used as an effective treatment for both types of Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It has also been proven that CBD offers indirect benefits for people with Arthritis by improving their quality of sleep, appetite, and mood, leading to an overall improvement in their daily life.

Another popular Medical Marijuana product used by patients with Arthritis is CBS infused topical creams. CBD topicals come in the form of lotion, balms, or cream and are applied directly to the skin or a painful joint, where they get absorbed by the skin receptors. The application of CBD topically has shown great potential in relieving pain and reducing the joint inflammation associated with different types of Arthritis.

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When taking cannabis products, it’s best to consult one of our experienced Marijuana consultants. They will start the patient on a low Marijuana dose and slowly increase it according to the patient’s response to the dose. They continuously monitor their patient’s Marijuana regime, using a secure digital platform, to ensure the success of the treatment.

Contact My Florida Green to Establish Care:

Our experts at My Florida Green will provide you with all the information, latest research, and recommendations on the various Marijuana medications available in Florida. Our experts understand how Marijuana products work and vow to make the process of relief as stress-free as they can. If you are keen on Medical Marijuana treatment, let My Florida Green help you get certified for your Medical Marijuana Card.