Lack of research in arthritis limits potential of medical cannabis for pain, review article finds

Lack of research in arthritis limits potential of medical cannabis for pain, review article finds
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A recently published review article from CreakyJoints finds that a lack of research is preventing a wider uptake of evidence-based prescribing of medical cannabis for pain associated with rheumatic conditions A new review article finds that there has been limited progress in understanding the potential of cannabis-based therapies for the treatment of pain associated with rheumatic conditions in the past five years. The article concluded that this is primarily due to a lack of standardisation of clinical research and barriers to conducting research due to existing federal and state regulations. The review found that the legalisation and decriminalisation of cannabis at a state level in the US reflects changing attitudes about cannabis as use of the drug increases across a broad range of conditions, including rheumatic diseases. Unfortunately, while there is strong preclinical evidence showing that cannabis-based products play a role in alleviating pain and reducing inflammation, the highly variable state and federal statutes have limited patient-centred prospective research, education of clinicians and comfort of patients in disclosing their cannabis use to clinicians. The article, “Cannabis for rheumatic disease pain: A review of current literature,” was produced by CreakyJoints, an international digital community for arthritis patients and caregivers and was published in the latest issue of Current Rheumatology Reports. “In 2019, CreakyJoints presented data from our ArthritisPower Research Registry study showing more than half of arthritis patients reported wanting information on or actually had tried marijuana and/or cannabidiol products for a purpose they perceived as medical – often for pain relief and help sleeping,” said W. Benjamin Nowell, PhD, director of Patient-Centered Research at CreakyJoints. “Yet, three years later, there’s been virtually no advancement in the research necessary to provide clinical evidence that rheumatologists and patients need to make decisions about cannabis use for symptom relief in combination with approved…

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