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Clinical Implications for Cannabinoid Use in the Rheumatic Diseases

Source: Arthritis and Rheumatology

Published: August 8, 2012



Cannabinoids as therapeutic agents in traditional medicine are both lauded and maligned. The ubiquitous use in years gone by once made cannabinoids a mainstay of the physician’s dispensary, yet the understanding of the pharmacology of these drugs is relatively recent. The
physiologic and psychoactive effects of the cannabis, or hemp, plant, cultivated in ancient times for the production of textiles, led to ceremonial, therapeutic, and eventual recreational use, beginning in the Himalayan region of central Asia and with the first recorded medicinal use in China in 2700 BC.