Can you imagine what it would feel like to wake up in the morning with the stiffness of a Michaelangelo marble sculpture in the joints of your body? This is the reality that nearly 52.5 million adults face on a daily basis—in the U.S. alone. The relentless pain these people go through is unfortunately incurable when arthritis strikes in any form, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t options for treatment to help manage the intense discomfort.

Contrary to popular belief, pharmaceutical meds may not be the long-term answer to effectively keeping the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) at bay. Who would have thought there could be an effective, completely natural medicine right under our noses all along? Ever hear of an exotic little plant called cannabis? Well, you may be shocked to learn that this magical botanical has been used by the Chinese to treat arthritis for over 4,000 years.

Here’s another fun fact

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The Chinese weren’t the only ones privy to the genius of cannabis. It grows on every continent. And, not long ago, it was commonly found in American medicine chests. According to freelance author Gooey Robinski, “In the U.S., medical cannabis became common in the mid-19th century. Doctors in the 1800s literally understood the benefits of cannabis better than contemporary physicians, publishing more than 100 papers on the topic. In 1854, cannabis was listed in the United States Dispensatory (an unofficial listing of medical drugs), and commercial remedies based on cannabis were readily available in drugstores and pharmacies in every community.” Dentists, too, knew of the healing factors of cannabis and openly practiced dentistry with it as an anesthetic during the late 1870s.

With that said, it’s no surprise that cannabis comes to the rescue in many areas, including in the realm of arthritis. In RA, where the body literally attacks itself because of a malfunction of the immune system, cannabidiol (CBD) oil has proven effective in calming the painful symptoms. Pure CBD helps relieve the inflammation of the chronically inflamed joints of RA patients without the slightest trace of a “high” for the consumer. The absence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the oil proves that one need not be “under the influence” of cannabis to benefit from its medicinal properties.

Widespread benefit

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However, THC is believed to enhance the effects of CBD and may help those experiencing great stress, anxiety, depression, or pain from their arthritis symptoms. Rather than gulping down handfuls of pain pills, cannabis may be added to one’s treatment protocol to help maintain a quality of life free from the bondage of arthritis pain and the drugs prescribed for it.

Katie Marsh of Madawaska, Maine, was suffering daily from swollen joints and excruciating pain. Eventually, it got to the point where pharmaceutical meds weren’t working, and a more natural way to address the symptoms seemed like the way to go. According to Leafly, she “began juicing raw cannabis, blending it into a smoothie and consuming the whole, raw plant. She began to see results almost immediately—within days, Katie was off the [powerful prescription steroid] prednisone and even painkillers. After 11 months of regular cannabis juicing, her condition is in remission.”

One of the major upsides of becoming more comfortable with incorporating cannabis into one’s life and treatment regimen lies in the overall health benefits. Not only do people commonly begin to see the results they are seeking treatment for, but other improvements are also noted, and without the nasty side effects of pharmaceuticals. Depending on the drug, many undesired side effects can be worse than the condition itself—a lot worse, when the side effects include addiction and death. So, if there’s an option to go the natural route, why not?

The best medicine in the joint

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The spectacular and and far-reaching health benefits of cannabis are starting to become more and more apparent as time progresses. With 24 states plus the District of Columbia currently supporting at least medical cannabis, and our cousins in Canada looking to legalize it shortly, it’s safe to say that our knowledge of cannabis and all it has to offer will only be expanding in the years to come.

In the near future it’s likely the world will be a much deeper “green” than today. If it’s possible to obtain arthritis pain relief and leave behind the problems that come with pharmaceutical meds, then that option should be available to all. (Plus, as any aficionado can attest, cannabis has a way of inspiring the body to replenish itself with what it needs to be happy and healthy—especially food and water.) But what’s the best way to reap the benefits?

Thousands of sufferers seeking escape from a wide range of ailments have discovered that ingesting the extracted essence of herb in food avoids the hazards of smoking. The effects are also much more potent and last up to five times longer. Thanks to the Botanical Extractor from MagicalButter.com, cooking with cannabis has never been simpler, safer, or more convenient. The world’s first countertop herbal infusion device lets you create your own cannabis-infused recipes in the comfort of your home at the touch of a button, so you can easily “Eat to Treat”.

We look forward to the day when doctors in hospitals and clinics the world over will agree: In many cases, cannabis is the best medicine in the joint!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com. His company makes the Botanical Extractor, the appliance he invented for infusing cannabis into foods and lotions. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.