Ed. Note: There are a lot of people who are claiming health benefits for cannabis. While this is subjective and not objective, I have to wonder how much of this is placebo effect or really works, remains to be discovered objectively. In some ways, this is a nostrum, but if arthritis patients are happy, then who are we to say otherwise?.
Arthritis develops in many different forms, from inflammatory arthritis to metabolic arthritis (commonly known as gout). Each type contributes to ongoing pain and constant bodily stress that can potentially lead to a dependence on pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical drugs.
Thankfully, cannabis has been shown to alleviate symptoms of arthritis in patients who regularly incorporate it into their routine. It’s even a qualifying condition for medical cannabis in a number of legalized states. When used, the cannabinoids in cannabis bind to CB2 receptors, controlling the pain signals firing from the joint to the brain—ultimately relieving arthritic pain.
Arthritis is not an uncommon affliction, so we took to our Leafly userbase on Instagram and asked you which products have help arthritis symptoms. Here’s what you had to say:
CBC Transdermal Compound by Mary’s Medicinals
Chock full of cannabinoids including THC, CBD, and CBC, Mary’s Medicinals’ soothing CBC Transdermal Compound is the perfect spot treatment for pesky flare-ups. CBC—or, cannabichromene—binds to certain pain receptors in the body such as TRPV1 and TRPA1, offering much needed relief after a long day of movement.
Available in: Arizona, Colorado, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington
Strain: Strawberry Cheesecake
Chronic pain is no match against the very berry delicious Strawberry Cheesecake. Complete with a touch of CBD mixed into its typical 20% THC content, it’s a strain made for pain management and relief. Not only will you drift off to strawberry fields with this creamy delight, you’ll also get a jolt of cerebral, creative energy at the end of every toke.
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Charolette’s Web Disposable Vape Pen by Discreetly Baked
Charlotte’s Web isn’t just famous for epilepsy relief, it’s also a full-stop pain relieving strain. Discreetly Baked crafted the Charlotte’s Web Disposable Vape Pen with a whopping 250mg THC:250mg CBD. Pure and softening, puff on this little number whenever you feel stiffness or soreness in your joints.
Available in: Nationwide
Mota Green Balm by MOTA
Cannabinoid receptors aren’t just present deep within the body, they have also been found on human skin. MOTA’s Green Balm homes in on this fact, creating an extra-rich balm that soaks into skin layers and delivers 250mg THC:15mg CD in every jar. Use it on arthritic joints, inflamed skin, and sore muscles.
Available in: Canada
Strain: Amnesia Haze
Amnesia Haze will hit you with an energizing buzz that will lift you out of arthritic-induced pain. According to Leafly user octavedoctor, Amnesia Haze seemed to sweep away gout and arthritis symptoms following a smoke session.
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Maintenance & Repair Salve by Ricky Williams
Chock full of soothing essential oils and 350mg CBD, Ricky Williams’ Maintenance & Repair Salve permeates the skin to relax joints and ease your senses with lavender, menthol, and calendula.
Available in: Nationwide
Soothing Cream by Double Delicious Topicals
You’ll notice this isn’t listed anywhere on the Leafly Instagram post, however, I couldn’t keep this product to myself. I was recommended Soothing Cream by Double Delicious for my mom’s arthritic pain in her toes. I gifted her a jar and she reports stunning results, adding that the 80mg THC cream works almost instantly in relieving her pain.
Available in: Washington