I got diagnosed with RA about a month back now, my mom has been contemplating wether or not cannabis oil would be able to help me. I've personally never touched any kind of drugs before. Thoughts and opinions and facts greatly appreciated
Cannabis oil is a phenomenal pain reliever. I would recommend it highly, but like any medication start low and work way up to effective dosage. As well it has an a cumulative effect so is more noticeable after a week or so.
Cannabis has amazing antinflammatory properties. Do not over due it in the beginning or you will probably hate it. It can make some people very paranoid. I use edibles, tinctures and occasionally vape. I have not tried any of the oils or creams. Notice I put vaping last it is much less harsh than smoking a pipe or bong, I do not like smoking of any type. Vaping is different. If you go to a quality shop the bud tenders are very helpful. Tell them your medical issues and they can usually get you set up with a good variety or mixture.
I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and I've taken the cannabis oil for the severe pain that I get and the spasms that I used to get after taking medication for the pain. it does work very well but you need to think how much work do you want to do while you take it, because sometimes will leave you so relaxed off pain that you will be unable to do much, just lie down and you might find it difficult to keep focus. My rheumatologist was surprised of how much my pain reduced and of course the inflamation. I warn you that it gives you a side effect: your will be experiencing hunger pains from time to time after having taken the oil either a night or during the day, it lowers your sugar blood levels, apart from that the oil is very helpful for the pain and inflammation, helps you to sleep. I hope this little information has helped you decide or if you're taking it already that is working well for you. Keep your information posted so we know how you doing. Depending on the type of rheumatoid arthritis the very first three years are the most important to find the right treatment because that can reduce the amount of inflammation and damage in your joints. I was diagnosed 3 years later and the amount of damage in my joints was so severe that I needed bilateral knee replacement bilateral hip replacement cervical arthrodesis it is important that you mention everything that you feel it is painful even if it doesn't matter to you or to your doctor because inflammation can cover up a great amount of damage on your joints that when it is gone you'll b left suffering with PAIN huge pain and the possibility of having surgery. I hope this works well for you and I apologize if I made it sound too bad, always depending on the rheumatologist the disease has different outcomes. I do hope you were diagnosed on time. Greetungs 🤗
I have always been put off by marijuana but my sister works in a dispensary and I have had the worst time juggling my pain meds and keeping down my dependence to oxy. I’m no longer handcuffed to my pill bottle. Edibles are awesome:) but like almost everyone has said start off low. It saved my life and my relationship with my family because my pain killer addiction I picked up from the oxy, I also realized my pain was not as bad as it was when i was on a steady diet of oxy.... pain killers CREATE pain after a period of time, it’s called hyperanalgesia but it doesn’t do that when I take cannabis:) buena suerte!
CBD's are the part of cannabis that are beneficial. They don't get you high bit do provide the anti-inflammatory benefits. There are a number of places where you can obtain CBD's .. sent through the postal service.
I use it too. I have tried the CBD... Didn't really work for me. I would have been better for work. I use the oil, just put it in your mouth ,nothing to clean up. But , it takes about an hour or to to kick in and you have about 10 relief. For those 10 hours everything is funny to you and you will get the munchies. Chocolate is my favorite. Don't drive when you take it. Also one other thing, if you are nervous or have any other problems( Mentally) you should check with a Doctor and make sure that you can handle it.
Excellent point on the Dr. Unfortunately it seems like alot of people don't tell their docs about their recreactional use. Having gone through my teens in the 60/70's I've had "several" years exposure to pot and to get the amount of CBD's out of pot that would be needed would make it tough to work. But look at Snoop dog... you do build a tolerance to the effects. Plus there are two types.. Sativa and Indica. Indica is good for relaxing, watch a movie etc. while Sativa goes good with physical activity, socializing etc.
I've used various topical cannabis products to treat my RA pain and it's amazing. It works better than anything else I've tried and provides instantaneous relief. Like you, when I started using cannabis products I had never touched any kind of drugs before so I completely understand your hesitation. I had it too. I debated it for months before trying anything. I don't know if you're in a legalized state or what your availability to cannabis products is, but if you're in an area where you can go to a dispensary, I highly recommend it. I've found the staff in any dispensary I've visited to be extraordinarily helpful in helping be choose the right products for the effects I'm looking for. My biggest thing was not wanting anything that would make me high. Before going to my first dispensary I didn't even know topical products existed. And one of their greatest advantages for me is that topicals do not get you high. They're not designed to. If you're looking purely for pain relief, look for things with a high CBD content and low THC content. I hope this helps! I know it's not exactly what you asked, but I know I've found it incredibly helpful for my RA pain. :)