The Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis & Medicinal Cannabis

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By JeffreyThurber

Can it Help You Complete Your Workout without Pain?

Arthritis is a relatively common condition here in the states. It is thought by the year 2030, up to 67 million US citizens will be suffering from the condition. Whilst joint pain is one of the main side effects of Arthritis, there are also other symptoms such as inflammation and stiffness, as well as chronic pain. So, how can cannabis help?

It was back in 2011 in a study completed by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology who identified that it is possible to use cannabinoids as a potential treatment option for the neuropathic pain. This was accompanied with evidence to suggest that there was efficacy with regards to other types of pain, such as fibromyalgia and Arthritis as well.

These claims were further back up in a separate 2013 study, which was published in in the American Pain Society’s Journal of Pain. In this study, the researchers found that cannabis may be an effective treatment option for joint pain. What made this particularly interesting was the fact that the patients didn’t exhibit any side effects.


So, what strains are suitable for the treatment of Arthritis? Here are five strains that we find potentially useful for use in a treatment program. 


Pennywise is one of the most widely recommended strains for Arthritis, especially for joint pain. It is a cross between Jack the Ripper and Harlequin, making it an Indica. While it does have a psychoactive effect, the effects are quite mild compared to some of the other strains are available. 


If you are looking for a strain that produces a pain-relieving effect without sedating, Harlequin is a strain that we certainly would consider. Users of Harlequin have also commented positively on the reduction of anxiety that they experienced because of using this strain.  



Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that is ideal to use if you want a strain that has a low concentration of THC. Users of Cannatonic have said that the strain offers a short lived high that relaxes the user and targets the pain associated with Arthritis. 

White Berry

White Berry is a hybrid strain that is used for a lot of conditions – not just Arthritis. When used in larger quantities, you will notice a “sativa head effect” with a unique body sensation, leaving you relaxed and pain free. 


Lastly, we would recommend ACDC. This particular strain is sativa-dominant with no psychoactive effects. This is great if you don’t want to alter your mood or perception. Therefore, Arthritis sufferers tend to use this strain to eliminate pain.

Here are more strains that come recommended

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