Review Article
Volume 11 Issue 3 - 2020
Endocannabinoids in Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine: Is it Time for a Green Standard?
Austin Yeargan III1*, Brittany Larussa1, Brandy Wians1, Bailey E Montgomery2 and William Montgomery Jr1
1Regenerative Medicine Clinic, Wilmington, NC, USA
2Center for Genomic Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
*Corresponding Author: Austin Yeargan III, Regenerative Medicine Clinic, Wilmington, NC, USA.
Received: January 04, 2020; Published: February 19, 2020




Abstract

Cannabis and endocannabinoid agonists have been safely used for decades by a large segment of the United States population for both recreational and medicinal purposes [1]. The medical use of cannabis products has been legislatively restricted for decades in the United States [2]. Due to widespread enthusiasm for cannabis in American Society, no authority can deny the wide margin of safety that exists, even for chronic use [3,4]. Newly enacted legislation over the last several years has decriminalized cannabis consumption and even legalized its use in some states for both recreation and medicinal purposes [5]. Most recently, clinicians’ guides to cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp oils have moved to the front seat of many prestigious clinical publications [6]. The translation of cannabinoids from herbal preparations into highly regulated prescription drugs is progressing very rapidly and healthcare practitioners must become familiar with its mechanisms and possible clinical applications [7]. These drugs and supplements may provide an unmet need in the management of patients with osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal ailments. It may be time for a new gold standard in our approach to the clinical condition of arthritis where these pharmaceuticals play an important role.

Keywords: Endocannabinoids; Orthopedic Surgery; Musculoskeletal Medicine; Cannabis

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Citation: Austin Yeargan III., et al. “Endocannabinoids in Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine: Is it Time for a Green Standard?”. EC Orthopaedics 11.3 (2020): 01-09.

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