During the 19th century, marijuana was found effective in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis owing to its sedative, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation or degeneration of muscles, joints or connective tissue results in rheumatism. Common symptoms include severe pain, stiffness and loss of movement. In severe cases, it results in trauma. Aspirin has been in use to relieve pain and inflammation. But it was observed through many types of research that marijuana can reduce the chronic pain connected with rheumatism in the joints. Pain-relieving effects of marijuana work to let go of muscle spasm. It also relieves chronic fatigue and brings about relaxation.
Rheumatoid arthritis, a progressive degenerative disease form of rheumatism that affects the entire human body. It results in distortion of limbs, paralysis and eventually death. Several clinical trials have proven the fact that marijuana relieves severe pain and inflammation and improves the sleep pattern. It also slows the development of Rheumatoid arthritis. Marijuana with its entry into modern day medicine is being used in the treatment of nausea and vomiting. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy that contributes to nausea can be relieved by the use of marijuana. It is also used in the treatment of loss of weight associated with radiation therapy. Thus marijuana can be prescribed for many conditions if it was legal.