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Can delta-8 cannabis help with arthritis? UConn researchers say it appears to work for mice

Delta-8 cannabis may help people with arthritis, research from a UConn lab shows, but there’s still legal hurdles. Federal funds for further study is difficult to come by as cannabis is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. And the state Attorney General is cracking down on illegal sales of delta-8 in unlicensed facilities, such as some of the thousands shown here of recently-seized products that were displayed during a press conference at the Stamford Police Department on April 11, 2023 after local shops were raided for delta-8 THC products. Arthritic mice don’t climb much. University of Connecticut professor Steve Kinsey determined this with what he called a “super low-tech test.”

“You just give them some wire mesh like you’d use out in the garden … and just make a little coil of the stuff and let them climb on it and they love to climb, unless they have arthritis. Then they don’t climb so much,” he said.

That is, at least, until you give them cannabis, in this case delta-8 .

“Then they would climb at the same rate as the non-arthritic mice,” Kinsey said.

Kinsey’s study, recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, looks at the effect of delta-8 cannabis on arthritis in mice.

Mice, he said, experience inflammatory arthritis in a similar way that humans do. They also experience cannabis in a similar way.

So while preliminary results show the substance might help some people with what’s often a debilitating disease, it’s […]

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