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Medical Marijuana and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Medical Marijuana

Cannabis can serve as an effective treatment measure for the chronic autoimmune disease, called rheumatoid arthritis.

Whatever opinion you might be having about medical marijuana, but in America it is considered to have potential for the treatment of various debilitating conditions. According to a popular opinion, cannabis can be used to treat the conditions, like pain, nausea and loss of appetite. Though the US federal law still considers marijuana to be an illicit substance, over two dozen states have already legalized its medical use while others are trying to do so and the process seems to go on with success.

It has presently been revealed by Healthline, a provider of health information and technology solutions, that medical marijuana has potential to cure rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. Indeed, you would be having your own opinion about the usage of cannabis as a pot drug, but at the same time you must be interested to stay updated about the latest developments, in this regard, in the country.

The State Control

It has been observed that even the staunch supporters of the medical marijuana program in the US want proper measures to be taken by the states for the regulation of the drug. Past some years witnessed conflict between the laws of the federal governments and those of states on the cannabis policy. In this context, it becomes essential for the local governments to determine the ailments and disorders that can effectively be treated with marijuana. As reported by WQAD, an affiliate of Tribune, on 1st September, 2014 it was the first time in Illinois when both the patients and doctors were legally permitted for the medicinal use of the drug.

In this form of regulatory mechanism, the interested people are required to explain the reasons for the need of the substance through an online platform. They are then judged against the Illinois’ legal framework for the provision of the substance. The current cannabis laws in Illinois make debilitating medical conditions as primary criteria for the qualification of the drug use. Such debilitating conditions may be characterized by chronic pain and include rheumatoid arthritis, AIDS, HIV, cancer, glaucoma, and so on.

Possible Adverse Effects

The excessive use of the substance may also lead to some illnesses, such as heart and lung disorders. However, studies have also revealed that such adverse effects are minor as compared with those of other conventional medicines. The Daily Caller has brought to light that there has been a considerable increase in the death rate resulting from the unchecked intake of pain relieving drugs derived from opium. Shockingly, since the late 1990s, the death rate has risen by over 400 percent. Meanwhile, it is also worth mentioning that the improper consumption of anti-inflammatory and non-steroidal drugs leads to more than 100,000 deaths on yearly basis.

The individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis most often make use of the medications, like Tylenol and Aleve. But the excessive usage of these medicines has serious adverse effects and may even result in the failure of liver. On the basis of these findings, many people give preference to the use of cannabis as painkiller.

The Trend of Cannabis Usage

Before cannabis attains the status of mainstream healthcare product, there are a number of factors that need due consideration. As reported by Time, marijuana growers are on the way to get legal permission from the federal government to acquire 12 acres of land to cultivate and carry out research work on cannabis. The increased use of marijuana as a painkiller won’t be something surprising for you as 18 US states have already legalized its use while in 23 more states its use is permissible in certain medical conditions.

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