Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks multiple joints simultaneously. RA is manifested through swelling, pain and stiffness as well as through difficulty in moving large and small joints. Sometimes the joints affected follow a characteristic pattern. People living with RA usually experience general tiredness, slight fever, loss of appetite and weight. In the long run RA can also affect one's skin, heart, eyes, blood and blood vessels. The symptoms can occur at any age, and it is almost three times more common in women than men.
Treatment for RA consists of lifestyle regulations, rest and exercise, combined with pharmacological therapy. Cannabis has soothing properties that can help as well. Cannabinoids can reduce inflammatory pain, promote sleep and lower inflammation in joints, improving the overall quality of everyday life.