What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition that results in widespread pain felt throughout the entire body. Oftentimes, fibromyalgia occurs with no direct cause, which makes treating it difficult. Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia experience amplified sensations of pain, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping at night, and fatigue throughout the day.
How can marijuana help?
Considered by many to be the best treatment available, medical cannabis can help alleviate symptoms of pain, depression, trouble sleeping, and a lack of focus associated with fibromyalgia by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body. Fibromyalgia patients experience negative side effects and pain on a daily basis. For those seeking a source of relief other than opioids, medical marijuana has proven to be an effective pain reliever for fibromyalgia patients. One study that helps validate these claims, titled, Cannabis Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia: Effect on Symptoms Relief and Health-Related Quality of Life, surveyed 56 fibromyalgia patients, 28 of which were cannabis users and 28 who were not. “After 2 hours of cannabis use, VAS scores showed a statistically significant reduction of pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation, and an increase in somnolence and feeling of well being,” the study found. “The mental health component summary score of the SF-36 was significantly higher in cannabis users than in non-users.” Another randomized, double-blind study strengthens these findings by definitively showing that Nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid used to mimic THC, was significantly effective at reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients. Because marijuana is effective at mitigating a number of symptoms that fibromyalgia patients experience — especially pain — it should be considered as an effective alternative treatment method to pharmaceutical drugs.