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Spring 2020 (Volume 30, Number 1)

Medical Cannabis:
New Patient Resources

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Pain management remains one of the most common challenges that people with arthritis face. Many options, such as opioids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), have adverse side effects that make them ineffective or undesirable for long-term use managing symptoms of a chronic condition. This has contributed to growing interest in the use of medical cannabis to help manage pain and other arthritis symptoms.

If patients are asking you about their pain management options, or are curious about medical cannabis, the Arthritis Society’s newly updated medical cannabis resources can be a great way to start an informed discussion.

The resources—found at arthritis.ca/medicalcannabis—were produced in consultation with rheumatologist Dr. Carolina Landolt-Marticorena, and feature content from noted pain researcher Dr. Jason MacDougall.

Incorporating video, infographics and text in an interactive experience, patients can explore the science behind the use of cannabis for medical purposes, potential benefits and risks, how to access the drug, and common questions like the difference between THC and CBD or the variety of delivery modes – including newly legal oils, extracts and edibles. For patients with more in-depth questions, a robust online learning module is also available from this page, or directly on our e-learning platform at arthritis.ca/education.

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The access code to enter this site can be found on page 4 of the most recent issue of The Journal of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRAJ) or at the top of the most recent CRAJ email blast you received. You can also obtain the access code by sending an email to CRAJwebmaster@sta.ca.

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