I suffer from arthritis pain in many of my joints. I am not alone in this situation, since over fifty million Americans deal with the pain plus limitations of arthritis. In really drastic cases, surgery is requested. I was trying to avoid this with physical therapy plus medications. Unfortunately, long-term use of analgesics, corticosteroids, NSAIDs plus DMARDs result in some bad side effects. I was looking at an increased risk of heart attack plus strokes, ulcers plus cataracts, plus potential weight gain. I worried about blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and problems with my liver, kidneys, lungs plus heart. Also the medication often caused nausea plus headaches. As the complications worsened, I started feeling depressed. My quality of life was not fantastic at all. About two years ago, I came across this article that totally changed everything for me. The article was talking about THC, a cannabinoid, plus its ability to influence how pain is perceived by the brain. It acts on CB1 receptors. It produces anti-inflammatory effects. I was ready to try cannabinoids to relieve my pain but was a bit worried about the ‘high’ that would come with it. But then after some further research I saw that CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, stimulates receptors in the brain in charge of pain. And it does this while deactivating the enzyme that metabolizes THC. In other words, combining CBD with THC would give me benefits without any downsides. I have seen an amazing reduction in pain plus stiffness since switching over from conventional medication to cannabis. I take an oral spray at night and one in the morning. I now sleep better plus have started exercising.