Arthritis is a group of painful and degenerative conditions marked by inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, gets worse with age and is caused by wear and tear over the years. It can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. Arthritis is most commonly seen in adults over the age of 65 but can also develop in children, teens and younger adults. It is also more common in women than men and in those who are overweight.
Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the most common symptoms of arthritis. Your range of motion may also decrease adn you may experience redness of the skin around the joint . Many people with arthritis notice their symptoms are worse in the morning.
A common form of arthritis, is an autoimmune disorder, it occurs when your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints. RA is a disease that will invade and destory a joint and can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint. You may feel tired or experience a loss of appetite due to the inflammation in the immune systems activity.
This treatment guideline is to be used for products, cannabis oils, that are only endorsed by MedicalCannabis.Review. It is to be used for pain related ailments, including;
- “General Pain”
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid & Psoriatic)
- Lupus (SLE)
STORAGE OF CANNABIS OILS
Cannabis oils are best kept in the fridge when not being used. If this is not possible, store in a cool dry dark cupboard. The oils have a shelf life of many years.
DIRECTION FOR USE
For dosing using a tincture, do not dilute in water or juice. It’s easiest to accurately dispense the drops from a tincture into a teaspoon and then consume. Otherwise drop directly into your mouth.
CBD is bitter and if you are “uncomfortable” with, dislikes, the taste then you can take with a little honey to sweeten it.
Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil
Cannabidiol (CBD) refers to Cannabis oil with a high content ratio of CBD which promotes general good health and well-being, benefits neurological disorders, and treats various ailments. CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory and effectively treats the pain associated with inflammation. CBD is not psychoactive, doesn’t get you ‘high’, but unlike the nutrient supplement Hemp CBD products sold at health shops, it has THC in it in order to render it effective. Without THC it is useless – also called the entourage effect.
Added Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD cannabis oil, taken alone, effectively treats the following conditions;
- General Health Wellbeing
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Cancer Prevention
- Cancer Remission
- Heart Disease
The medical cannabis CBD strain used in the CBD products MCR endorses is a 20:1 strain (CBD to THC).
Dosage: Start on 5 drops 3x a day. It’s always best to keep CBD in your system. If one is unable to dose 3x a day, twice will have to do.
THC Oil (Delta 9)
If you experience severe pain, you need THC and unfortunately THC can make you ‘high’. However, if you micro-dose using a tincture in drops, it will allow you to build up a tolerance over a short period of time (days). This will enable you to take the necessary dosages to deal with the pain. There is no one-size-fits-all approach with THC cannabis oil dosing – it’s different for everyone. For most people 5 (10mg) drops per dosing achieve sufficient pain relief. Most, if not all people we help, have to get on with day-to-day life and can’t afford to be high.
The medical cannabis THC strain used in the THC products MCR endorses is a 12:1 strain (THC to CBD).
Dosage: Start on lowest recommended dosage, 2 drops, to be safe, and increase as you feel comfortable until the desire effect is reached. If you feel “high” or abnormal, decrease dosage and remain on same dosage for 72 hours before increasing it again. Dosing twice a day, morning and later afternoon, is normally sufficient. If you have trouble sleeping and you’re not using CBN as a sleep aid, then a third dosage before bed is advisable.
Although more convenient, only in extreme cases are higher dosed THC capsules necessary. Capsules start at 25mg (13 drops). Very rarely, only when all else fails, does MCR advocate vaping. Vaping will get you high but in extra-ordinary cases it can offer the much needed pain relief.
Another unfortunate side effect for those who suffer from pain is to have trouble sleeping. CBN in very small dosages will enable you to have a good night’s sleep.
Dosage: Start on 1 drop half hour before bedtime, it’s often sufficient. If the desired effect is not reached you can increase 1 drop at a time. Often less is more with CBN. Please be wary.
MCD’s topical of cannabis infused lotion balm and essential oils that are absorbed through the skin can be applied to painful aching areas. The topical is not always necessary but is optional extra for those wanting to use one.
We recommend using a topical, a starting dosage of:
Apply topical 3 x daily, a light coating to effected areas, allow to air dry before covering.
Their topicals are 1000mg of THC cannabinoid extract base combine with essential oils in a 30ml ointment jar.
We recommend using a tincture, with starting dosage of:
- CBD: 5 – 10 drops : 3 times a day.
- THC: 2 – 5 drops : 2-3x daily. (Start on 2 drops 2-3x a day. Increase every 72 hours by 1 drop per dosing. Most often, depending on how severe the pain is, pain relief is at 5 drops 2-3x a day. You can carry on increasing as need be. This way one avoids getting high.)
- CBN: 1 – 5 drops : half an hour before bed. (Start on 1 drops its often sufficient.)
Tinctures (1:10) are 1000mg of cannabinoid extract in 10ml MCT, 500+ drops per bottle (dropper top bottle). Each drop is 2mg.
MCR is unable to comment on “other” cannabis oils whose origins are unbeknown to us. We recommend reading about cannabis oil in South Africa before making any decisions.
WHAT DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF CANNABIS OIL
MCR endorsed cannabis oils are all made from medical grade organic cannabis (flowers) only. The oils are processed in laboratory conditions using the latest technology similar, if not the same, equipment used in the legal states of America. Co2 based extraction cannabis oil is the latest, cleanest, toxin (solvent) free and most expensive extraction technique requiring specialised machinery. The entire process from soil to oil is controlled, after all what you put in is what you get out. The oils are not lab tested.
Everyone’s tolerance varies, rather be safe than sorry. Start low and increase dosages until desired dosage is reach. This way one avoids getting high altogether. If too much THC, THCA and or CBN oil is consumed too quickly a “high” or “stoned” feeling could be experienced, a general change in perception, euphoria (heightened mood), and an increase in appetite. Short term side effects may include a decrease in short-term memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, red eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. In the event of getting high it’s best to take a nap and sleep it off. The “feeling” will pass.
The information contained herein is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider before starting any new treatment or discontinuing an existing treatment. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained herein is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment.