Cannabis has been proven beneficial either in treating several diseases or managing the symptoms. Marijuana has been used by cancer patients to help them deal with the nausea. Some patients are also relying on marijuana to help them combat the pain they experience along with their diseases. For some, it helps them get seizures under control.
There is now a growing body of evidence that cannabis might just be what you need if you suffer from gout.
What is gout?
Gout, or also known as arthropathy, is a sign that something is wrong with your body’s uric acid metabolism. It is characterized by inflamed joints, usually seen in the hands or feet. Gout usually affects men, but women have also been known to get gout.
Gout usually results in a tender, red and hot joint. It is also usually accompanied by swelling. The main cause of gout is the higher than usual levels of uric acid found in your blood. The uric acide crystalizes and gets deposited in your tendons, joints, and other nearby tissues.
Treatment for gout may include colchicine, NSAIDs, and steroids. But medical marijuana is proving to be a good way to manage the symptoms of gout.
Benefits of cannabis for gout sufferers
Did you know that marijuana has been used for centuries to relieve inflammation and swollen joints? The thing is that not a lot of scientific studies have been done on marijuana, precisely because of its illegal status.
Nevertheless, cannabis is well known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. When gout flares up, you can use marijuana to relieve the pain. However, it is still recommended that you change your diet and lifestyle to ensure that it does not come back again. Cannabis can be administered in different ways, and still be effective against gout. You can apply it directly on the affected area, eat it, or inhale it.
The good news is that medical cannabis can help you deal with the pain that comes with gout. This will lessen your dependence on addictive painkillers.
Strains that are especially effective against gout
There are several CBD strains that give you different types of relief for gout.
Cannabis has several compounds in it. CBD, for one, will help lessen the lymphocites in your body. These white cells amkes the inflammation worse. In a 2008 study, it was shown that cannabis reduced the swelling in rats suffering from rheumatoid arthritis by half. This finding was backed by a 2015 study, this time the experiement was conducted with human subjects.
The trick is to find strains that have high CBD concentrations. If you do not want the high, you should also try strains with low THC content.
Aside from those strains that have high CBD concentration, you might want to check out those with indica-dominant characteristics. There is a difference between indica and sativa, but the main disparity is that sativa is energizing and uplifting, while indica helps you relax and has pain relieving properties. If you want relief from the pain you experience as a result of gout, you need to use a cannabis indica strain or a hybrid strain with more dominant indica characteristics.
What strains are perfect? Cannatonic is a hybrid strain that is very rich in CBD and low on THC. It has an indica-like or body-centered effect on your body. Cannatonic’s high concentration of CBD makes it a great remedy for pain.
Then you have Charlotte’s Web, which is a pretty well-known cannabis strain among medical marijuana users, especially for those who suffer from epileptic seizures. Other strains that you can try out include harlequin, mango kush, and ghost train haze.