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How effective are cannabinoids in treating arthritis?

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Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
Effective: Cannabinoids do relieve pain. However, I am unaware of any direct effect on inflammation. However, other drugs can relieve pain without exposing a person to the hazard of smoke or cognitive impairment.
Dr. Stuart Wasser
Addiction Medicine 35 years experience
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Even without smoking, the cognitive effecrs need to be considered.
Jan 15, 2012
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
THC and pain: Cannabinoids do have an effect on pain but no effect on inflammation. They work on the the cb 1 receptor for its effect. Unfortunately the cb 1 receptor is also involved in the reward process in addicts, drug misusers etc... So the risk of becoming addicted is very high. Really not a good idea to use this class.

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