What do you know about arthritis?
Are you aware that the word arthritis is itself an umbrella term used to describe more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints in the human body? Have you heard that no matter what type of arthritis a person is diagnosed with, the most common symptom is chronic pain?
Do you know that 1 in 6 Canadians live with arthritis? That’s more than 4.6 million children and adults who carry a daily burden of pain and disability. Do you know that contrary to what you may believe it’s not a disease limited to the elderly? In fact, 56% of Canadians with the condition are under the age of 65.
Bearing the above in mind, you might be aware that arthritis is a disease that, one way or another, touches all of our lives.
With National Arthritis Awareness Month coming to an end and World Arthritis Day around the corner, on October 12, we thought it was a good time to look at how cannabis can be an option to help those with arthritis.
Both international and Canadian-led research has shown that medical cannabis can reduce the symptoms of chronic pain when used by itself or in combination with conventional pain medications. In fact, pain is one of the most common symptoms physicians and patients look to alleviate with medical cannabis and patients share their anecdotal reports with us often.
However, for physicians, and us, anecdotal evidence isn’t enough, which is why we are proud to support ongoing clinical research.
The Health Canada approved CAPRI Trial (Cannabinoid Profile Investigation of Vaporized Cannabis in Patients with Osteoarthritis of the Knee) is currently recruiting patients at McGill and Dalhousie Universities. This trial, using all seven varieties of CanniMed herbal medical cannabis along with a placebo, will study which ratio of THC to CBD works best to control the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
It is research like this that will provide the data physicians need to increase their comfort in prescribing cannabis as a treatment option, with standardized doses and predictable responses. In doing so more and more patients can find the relief they are looking for, regaining the quality of life that their arthritis may have taken from them.
If you or someone you know lives with arthritis pain, consider speaking to your physician about using medical cannabis a part of a treatment plan. If you have questions about this please contact us at your convenience, we are here to help.