Marijuana has been used for many centuries as a medicinal plant, and is now being rediscovered as a potential remedy for gout pain.
Marijuana (latin name: cannabis) has over 80 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, which affect the central nervous system and potentially offer pain relief.
The two most prominent cannabinoids are:
- THC (tetrahydocannabinol) – the primary psychoactive compound that gives cannabis its recreational use, and is believed to have medicinal value as well.
- CBD (cannabidiol) – the primary medicinal compound that gives cannabis its beneficial application in many medical conditions including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cancer and inflammation.
Cannabis for Gout
Although scientific research has been limited due to legal obstacles, certain strains of cannabis are considered to be useful in mediating inflammation and arthritis, which indicates potential as a gout treatment:
- CBD-rich strains – Certain cannabis plants contain higher levels of CBD than THC, making them MMJ (medical marijuana) strains of choice. Examples of CBD-rich strains include R4, Harlequin, Jamaican Lion, and Omrita Rx.
- Indica-dominant strains – Marijuana plants can have a botanical classification of either Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica, or both as a hybrid. Sativa is uplifting and energizing, while Indica is relaxing and relieving. Indica-dominant strains are preferred by many people seeking pain relief.
Legality of Medical Marijuana
Prior to the mid-1930’s cannabis was mostly unregulated in the United States, and thus was readily available either by purchasing or by growing the herb. After that it became regulated as a drug – until recently.
- In 1996 California became the first state to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for medical purposes, and by early 2014 nineteen U.S states allowed cannabis for medical purposes.
- In 2013 Colorado became the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
However, U.S. federal laws still prohibit the sales and possession of all marijuana, medical or not.
If you live in Colorado, just take your photo ID to an MJ dispensary and bring your credit card. You’ll be on your way!
If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, you will need to obtain a doctor’s prescription before heading down to the dispensary.
☆ Bottom Line: Many people have experienced profound pain relief through the use of cannabis, including pain from inflammation and arthritis which are associated with gout pain.
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