How to Safely Use THC for Arthritis Pain Relief

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the component in cannabis that can cause consumers to “get high”. It has been gaining ground as a potential treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation and joint pain. CBD oil has also been found to be a promising treatment for arthritis-related pain. When it comes to using THC for RA, the authors of a review recommend keeping total THC intake below 30 mg per day to limit adverse effects.

Many states that have legalized cannabis define 10 mg of THC as a serving. The starting dose for most chronic patients should be 5 mg of CBD per day, which can be increased by 10 mg every two to three days as needed to relieve pain. It is important to note that the analgesic effects of THC on chronic neuropathic pain in humans have been shown to occur at plasma levels well below those associated with euphoria. Unexpectedly, experiencing the psychotropic effects of THC may not be desirable for the patient, and treating physicians should always know the concentration of THC in each product.

In addition, nighttime THC can improve sleep quality and many patients with chronic pain suffer from sleep disorders. A recent crossover study that examined 17 healthy adults who had not used recreational or medical cannabis for at least 60 days, completed four experimental sessions in which they ingested 0, 10, 25 or 50 mg of THC. The starting and adjustment doses of THC differ between conservative and routine dosing and administration protocols, as there may be problems with the psychotropic effects of THC. Therefore, the patient may not need to experience the psychotropic effects of THC to relieve pain. The delay in the effect of the drug when taking THC orally and the duration of the effect are important considerations for patients receiving treatment with medical cannabis.

Although it was agreed that there was no need for an upper age limit for THC consumption, there was debate about the minimum age recommendation for the use of THC, but no consensus was found. If you're interested in CBD treatment for chronic arthritis pain or if you're already taking it, review the advantages, disadvantages and the latest news with your healthcare providers and together you can decide on a reasonable treatment plan.

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