World Arthritis Day 2018

Approximately 1 in 5 Canadians live with a disease that causes pain, restricts mobility and diminishes their quality of life – for which there is no found cure.

Chances are, you know someone with arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Society, arthritis is a term that encompasses more than 100 diseases characterized by inflammation in the joints or other areas of the body, causing pain and stiffness. Although arthritis can affect almost any part of the body, it’s most common in the hip, knee and spine, as well as the fingers.

On World Arthritis Day 2018, people with symptoms of arthritis are urged to get diagnosed, as early diagnosis and timely access to treatment can help prevent further damage to the body.

An estimated two thirds of Canadians who use cannabis for medical purposes do so to help manage arthritis symptoms. Researchers in Canada are further investigating the potential of medical cannabis as an effective treatment for arthritis.

A research paper from Dr. Jason McDougall, professor from Dalhousie University in Halifax and chairman of the scientific advisory committee for the Arthritis Society, and colleagues looked at cannabidiol (CBD) effect on early phase inflammation. Read more.

Tilray’s Philippe Lucas, vice-president of global research and patient access, and Dr. Joshua Eades, Tilray’s chief science officer, collaborated on a paper asking Tilray patients about cannabis use related to arthritis, headache and chronic pain. Read more.

If you are living with arthritis and would like to better understand medical cannabis and its place among the potential treatment options for management of arthritis symptoms, please visit arthritis.ca/treatment/medication/medical-cannabis.