I suffer from arthritis pain in my joints. I am not alone in this situation. Over fifty million Americans deal with the pain and limitations of arthritis. In very severe cases, surgery is recommended. I was trying to avoid this and get by with physical therapy and mediations. Unfortunately, long-term use of analgesics, corticosteroids, NSAIDs and DMARDs result in some really awful side effects,. I was looking at an increased risk of heart attack and strokes, the possibility of ulcers and cataracts, and potenional weight gain. I worried about increased blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and damage to my liver, kidneys, eyes, lungs and heart. Plus, the medication often caused nausea and headaches. As the problems and pain worsened, I started feeling depressed. My quality of life was not good at all. About two years ago, I came across an article that totally changed everything. The article was talking about THC, the most common cannabinoid, and its ability to influence how pain is perceived by the brain. It acts on CB1 receptors and produces anti-inflammatory effects. I was anxious to try cannabinoids to relieve my pain but was a bit worried about the ‘high’ associated with it. After some further research I learned that CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, stimulates the receptors in the bran in charge of pain and inflammation, while also deactivating the enzyme that metabolizes THC. In other words, combining CBD with THC would give me all the benefits without any drawbacks. I have seen an amazing reduction in pain and stiffness since switching from conventional medication to cannabis. I take an oral spray at night and each morning. I now sleep better and have started exercising regularly.