In the last couple of years, I’ve struggled with arthritis in my fingers.
At first, I wasn’t exactly sure what was causing the pain and stiffness.
I thought that I’d overworked my hands due to typing on the keyboard. My job has me working at my computer for very long hours. In my spare time, I like to work in the gardens and paint, which are also tough on my hands. However, my fingers eventually swelled up so suddenly and badly that I had to cut the rings off of my right hand. That’s when I finally googled my symptoms and realized that it was arthritis. I started trying home remedies, such as soaking yellow raisins in gin. That actually helped quite a bit. I still needed something stronger and more effective to combat the inflammation and pain. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals. I’ve read up on the long-term and harmful side-effects of prescription medicines. I’d rather deal with arthritis pain than kidney failure. When I was reading up on possible natural remedies, I came across cannabis. Although I’d smoked marijuana a few times in college, I wasn’t all that familiar with the therapeutic properties. I am fortunate to live in a state where medicinal cannabis is legal and arthritis is a qualifying condition. After a visit to the doctor, I was able to get my medical marijuana card and visit a dispensary. I consulted with the budtender about the most beneficial strains for my needs. He recommended a tincture and told me to both take it sublingually and to rub it directly onto my sore and swollen fingers.