While there are hundreds of connective tissue diseases, medical marijuana can treat the most common symptoms of these conditions.
An effective pain-reliever and anti-inflammatory, cannabis also improves fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety or depression.
Connective tissue diseases are caused by inflammation of the connective tissue. Connective tissue holds the body together. It is composed of collagen and elastin. Ligaments and skin are made of elastin, while cartilage, bones, tendons, and blood vessels are made of collagen. Inflammed connective tissue damages nearby areas of the body and causes pain and other symptoms. There are more than 200 types of connective tissue diseases. Common conditions include arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis. The use of medical marijuana can treat connective tissue disease symptoms such as inflammation, autoimmune diseases, bone health, chronic pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbances. In medical marijuana products for connective tissue diseases, the cannabinoids you choose will depend on your individual needs and symptoms. CBD and THC can be used separately or together for pain and inflammation relief. THC is good for sleep and depression. CBD is good for fatigue and anxiety. CBD can also be used in conjunction with THC to reduce its intoxicating effects.