What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is the broad term for more than 100 conditions that cause swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms are joint pain and stiffness which often gets worse with age. The pain can range from mild to severe and can affect people of all ages. There are several types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

How is it commonly treated?

Treatment for Arthritis depends upon the type of arthritis, the severity of the symptoms and which joints are affected. For many types of arthritis, there are treatments which can help relieve symptoms, improve joint function and prevent damage to the joints. This treatment may involve a combination of medication, self-management techniques such as meditation or relaxation, lifestyle changes such as diet or exercise and possibly surgery, if damaged joints need repair or replacement.

Factsheet: Medical Cannabis and Arthritis

Arthritis factsheet

Arthritis and Medical Cannabis


There is growing evidence that medical cannabis may provide some relief from the symptoms of rheumatic diseases, particularly osteoarthritic pain, but the few published studies report limited benefits and a high risk of adverse events. Further studies with controlled trials and larger study populations are needed to identify specific strains and concentrations of medical cannabis to find which will work best with selected groups.

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Arthritis Australia is dedicated to improving the quality of life for millions of Australians living with arthritis through education, programs and advocacy. They fund world-class research to increase knowledge of arthritis and to find better way to prevent, treat and hopefully cure the condition. Arthritis Australia - Freedom from arthritis


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