OA is a degenerative joint disease that results in firm, bony enlargement on a joint, leading to swelling, pain and stiffness. It most often occurs in the fingers, neck, low back, and knees. Mostly this occurs in older age. One in two people develop OA by age 65. Risk factors include age, previous damage from injury, overuse, or excess weight.
Standard medical treatments:
NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs)
Supportive and alternative treatments:
Glucosamine sulfate – well researched anti-inflammatory
Shark cartilage – anti-inflammatory and promotes cartilage repair
Chondroitin Sulfate – promotes cartilage repair
MSM – methylsulfonylmethane – joint support
Bromelain – enzymatic anti-inflammatory
Ginger – anti-inflammatory
Curcumin – anti-inflammatory (from tumeric)
White willow bark – anti-inflammatory salicylate
Cat’s claw – anti-inflammatory, decreases swelling
Devil’s claw – anti-inflammatory, reduces pain
Yucca – anti-inflammatory
Horsetail – has silica to strengthen connective tissue
Boswelia – anti-inflammatory, promotes cartilage growth
Traumeel – combination remedy for inflammation and would healing
Zeel – combination remedy for arthritic joint pain
Hydrotherapy – hot epsom salt soaks, herbal warm packs
Analgesic packs – castor oil, hemp oil, Chinese herbal liniment
Osteoarthritis and Cannabis
Evidence from recent research suggests that cannabis-based therapies are effective in the treatment of arthritis and the other and degenerative back and joint disorders. Since these are frequently extremely painful conditions, the well-documented analgesic properties of cannabis make it useful in treating the pain associated with arthritis, both on its own and as an adjunct therapy that enhances the efficacy of opiates.
In addition, cannabis helps to loosen stiff backs and joints due to its muscle-relaxant properties. Topical applications of cannabis can be applied to the affected area without causing psychoactive effects, and provide a safe, potent method of delivery with few side effects. In addition, medical marijuana patients often find that they can accomplish more movement, more stretching, and get a better work-out while medicated.