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I suffer from arthritis pain in all of my joints. I am not alone in this situation, either, since over fifty million Americans deal with the pain and limitations of arthritis pain. In particularly severe cases, surgery is even suggested! I was trying to avoid this and get by with physical therapy and medication. But unfortunately, long-term use of analgesics, corticosteroids, NSAIDs and DMARDs have been shown to result in some absolutely awful side effects, like an increased risk of heart attack and strokes, the option of ulcers and cataracts, and weight gain. I even worried about my increased blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and damage to the liver, kidneys, eyes, lungs and heart. Plus, the medication I was taking often caused nausea and headaches. As my problems and pain worsened, I started feeling depressed. My quality of life was not good, but about 2 years ago, I came across an article that totally changed everything. This article was talking about THC, the cannabinoid, and its ability to influence how pain is perceived by the brain. THC acts on CB1 receptors and produces anti-inflammatory effects. I was nervous to try cannabinoids to relieve the pain because of the ‘high’ associated with it, but after I looked into it more I learned that CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, stimulates the receptors in the brain that are in charge of pain and inflammation. It also deactivates the enzyme that metabolizes THC. In other words, combining CBD with THC would surely supply me with lots of benefits and zero disadvantages. I have seen an amazing reduction in pain and stiffness in my joints since switching from conventional medication to cannabis. I just take an oral spray at night and another one each morning. I now sleep better and I have even started exercising regularly.

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