In states where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes, the debate is on what conditions it helps alleviate pain. Gout is one of those issues. According to forum posts of gout sufferers who use medical marijuana, marijuana does provide temporary relief from the incredibly painful affliction. Yet, the consensus remains that marijuana takes one’s mind off the pain, rather than alleviate the pain. Still, relief is relief and many gout sufferers young and old look to medical marijuana as a pain reliever with the least amount of side effects.
There are currently 14 states that have legalized marijuana for medical use; Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
However, prevention is better than treating symptoms after the fact and there dietary changes and natural alternatives that are safe and effective. The top gout diet recommendation is to limit the amount of red meat you eat and the amount of alcohol you consume. You should also limit foods high in purines such as organ meats, foods baked with yeast, gravies and broths, peas, lentils and dried beans, herring, fish, sardines and mussels.
While removing some foods from the diet, you also want to add certain foods to the diet. Cherries and natural cherry juice are the best time-tested food addition for gout sufferers. Another welcome addition to the gout diet is dark chocolate. Yes, dark chocolate — with the emphasis on “dark.” A Hershey’s milk chocolate bar won’t help gout and it won’t help your waistline either.
While we’re on the subject of waistlines… Obesity increases the risk of gout so if you are overweight, start taking steps to shedding some of those extra pounds. And finally, it is important to drink plenty of water. You should drink between six and eight glasses of water a day. Filtered water is best. Water and other fluids help flush excess uric acid and also helps prevent kidney stones.