Osteoarthritis? Cannabis may help, study says.

A man suffering from Osteoarthritis

Exploring the impact of cannabis-based treatments on osteoarthritis

Recent findings from the UK Medical Cannabis Registry have provided valuable insights into the potential benefits of cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) for patients suffering from osteoarthritis.

This cohort study, conducted by British researchers and published in the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy, offers a compelling overview of patient-reported outcomes over a one-year period since the legal prescription of CBMPs started in 2018.

Findings from the study

The study focuses on a specific group of osteoarthritis patients who have not responded to traditional medications and were subsequently treated with CBMPs, either in the form of flower or oil extracts.

These patients reported noticeable improvements in pain management at various intervals—after one month, three months, six months, and a year of starting the treatment. Interestingly, these improvements were accompanied by enhanced sleep quality, although the reduction in opioid usage, contrary to other studies, was not significant.

Aside from the primary benefits, the research also highlighted the tolerability of cannabis-based treatments, noting that most adverse events were either mild or moderate, with fatigue being the most commonly reported side effect.

Implications for future research

The outcomes of this observational study not only highlight the potential of CBMPs in managing osteoarthritis symptoms but also underscore the necessity for further research.

The authors of the study advocate for the initiation of randomized clinical trials to comprehensively assess the efficacy and safety of CBMPs in osteoarthritis treatment, which could pave the way for more targeted and effective therapeutic options.

Personal insights on the evolving role of cannabis in medical treatment

Considering these findings, it becomes evident that the landscape of medical treatment for chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis is evolving. My personal view, shaped by extensive reporting in this field, suggests that integrating cannabis-based medicinal products (CBMPs) into treatment protocols could offer a supplementary avenue for patients who have limited relief from conventional therapies.

The growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of cannabis-based products in managing various symptoms encourages a broader acceptance and integration into mainstream medical practice, albeit cautiously and within the framework of rigorous clinical governance.

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Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen

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