Today 6 million Canadians (1 in 5 adults) live with arthritis, with symptoms including joint pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness. Canadians with arthritis are more than 4 times as likely to live with pain that interferes with their daily activities, compared to others who don’t live with this chronic disease. For some people who have tried first- and second-line treatment methods and are still seeking symptom relief, medical cannabis could offer a complimentary option.

The Arthritis Society is a leading advocate for research into the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and for addressing the needs of people who use cannabis for medical purposes. Studies have shown that half of those who used cannabis for medical purposes did so mainly for chronic pain caused by conditions such as arthritis.

Cannabis for medical purposes has been legal in Canada since 2001. While there’s still a lot to learn about the benefits and side effects of medical cannabis, there’s growing evidence that for some people, it has effectively helped to manage a variety of symptoms related to arthritis, such as chronic pain, anxiety and sleeplessness

*Please note: Cannabis should not be used by people under the age of 25, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and people with a history of current or past psychotic illness or substance use disorder. Cannabis should not be smoked due to the toxic products of combustion. Cannabis may interact with other medications – be sure to consult with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Personalized advice on using medical cannabis for stress and anxiety.


Symptom Checker
An easy-to-use tool by the Arthritis Society to help you communicate more effectively with your doctor about your symptoms.


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To find out more about the Arthritis Society, visit www.arthritis.ca