Medical Marijuana For Fibromyalgia
Can medical marijuana really help sufferers with Fibromyalgia? With 1.5 million Canadians suffering from Fibromyalgia (most of which are women), there has to be a way to help ease their suffering. And, according to research, medical marijuana just might be the solution they’ve been looking for.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome, the cause of which remains poorly understood. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread tenderness over multiple points in muscles and soft tissue. The pain may be caused by neuro-chemical imbalances including the activation of inflammatory pathways resulting in abnormalities in the way pain is processed.
People with Fibromyalgia experience widespread pain throughout the body. The intensity can change from time to pain and although it mainly affects women, men and even children can be diagnosed with it as well. It’s not really known what causes it but symptoms can start appearing after an injury, surgery, infection or even stress. There is currently no cure, but there are ways to ease the pain and improve your quality of life.
Pain presents as the primary symptom for patients with Fibromyalgia. The condition is also associated with symptoms of fatigue, mood and sleep disorder, and joint stiffness. Other symptoms can be included such as:
- Difficulty focusing/concentrating on tasks
- Trouble remembering
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sensitivity to loud sounds or bright lights
- Difficulty sleeping
The pain and discomfort can greatly affect your day-to-day life and gradually affect your stress levels, depression and anxiety. It’s not a progressive disease, so it will not get worse over time and it does not permanently damage your joints, muscles, bones or organs.
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How Medical Marijuana Can Help People With Fibromyalgia?
Various researches have been done on people with Fibromyalgia and the effectiveness of medical marijuana. Many reported their symptoms lessened and they were able to get back into routines as their quality of life greatly improved. In 2018, a study by Israeli universities were conducted on Fibromyalgia patients using low doses of medical marijuana and they reported their symptoms were much more tolerable and they felt like themselves again.
Various studies have explored the implications of cannabis in the management of pain. Studies have proven that there are valuable analgesic properties with cannabis use. Medical marijuana is ideally suited as a component of a pain management strategy as it does not lead to harmful interactions with conventional pharmaceuticals used in pain management.
With respect to Fibromyalgia patients cannabis has demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in pain and stiffness, as well as enhanced relaxation and increased feelings of well being. The anti-inflammatory properties of certain cannabinoids may be responsible for the down regulation of imbalanced inflammatory pathways associated with the pain of Fibromyalgia.
So How Does Medical Marijuana Ease Pain?
The cannabinoids found in cannabis interact with the receptors in your body that affect your brain, body, how you function and how you feel. Once interacted, it helps your body to regulate and therefore your pain, stress, and anxiety levels can decrease, you can focus better, and get a good night’s sleep. Ultimately, it helps you relax. How long it stays in your body will depend on your metabolism, how often you’re using it, the dosage, and how it’s administered. Through our services, we only provide oral solutions so our patients see the best results.
Why Medical Marijuana May Be A Better Option Than Opioids
Medical marijuana isn’t addictive, it’s strictly therapeutic and some people may only require a low dosage to help relieve symptoms. Opioids on the other hand can become addictive and your body develops a tolerance to the drug, so you’ll have to increase your dosage eventually. They may also have negative side effects like nausea, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, increase your anxiety, and even increase your heart rate.