New Study Suggests Cannabis May Be Effective For Rheumatoid Arthritis, And Why It May Not Matter

A recently published review, “Joints for Joints – cannabinoids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis,” cautiously concludes that “cannabinoids could be a suitable treatment for RA.” The authors also suggest a series of molecular approaches that merit future clinical studies.

But while scientists continue to debate the potential suitability of cannabis for RA, outside the ivory tower, countless millions are already using cannabis to treat their aching joints and muscles, as people have been doing for millennia. This reversal of the typical drug-development process is characteristic of the peculiar evolution of cannabis medicine, which is now legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia, while still prohibited by federal law.

As a plant-based medicine with a high safety profile and a molecular complexity that defies big pharma economics, cannabis is increasingly living up to its potential as a medicine of the people, for the

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