In May 2019 researchers from Germany published their review on the use of cannabis in inflammation. They stated that cannabinoids show anti-inflammatory effects by activating cannabinoid type 2 receptors which decrease cytokine production and immune cell mobilization. It has also been observed that cannabidiol demonstrates anti-arthritic effects which are independent of cannabinoid receptors. In addition to controlling inflammation, cannabinoids can also reduce pain. The researchers concluded by stating that cannabinoids may be beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis.
Lowin T et al. Joints for joints: cannabinoids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2019 May;31(3):271-278
Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2019 May;31(3):271-278