Fibromyalgia and the benefits of medical cannabis
Fibromyalgia is a disease that causes musculoskeletal pain all over the body, resulting in tiredness, sleeplessness, and mental and emotional issues. Fibromyalgia’s faulty pain sensation processing makes sufferers more sensitive to pain than others, making them feel greater suffering. According to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, ten million Americans are afflicted with fibromyalgia, which causes digestive issues, facial pain, migraines, and other symptoms.
There are many different treatment options for this debilitating condition. According to a 2011 clinical trial published in the journal PLoS One, cannabis usage improved the quality of life for fibromyalgia patients. “Further research on the efficacy of cannabinoids in FM patients and cannabinoid system involvement in the disease process is required,” according to the research.
Symptoms and Causes of Fibromyalgia
While fibromyalgia affects adolescents, it is more common among middle-aged and elderly individuals. It affects people with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis far more than others. Fibromyalgia has several risk factors, including family history, obesity, frequent injuries, or a traumatic event. Females are also more prone to develop fibromyalgia than males.
The CDC claims that individuals with fibromyalgia face several difficulties, including longer hospital stays, poorer quality of life, and increased rates of depression and suicide. Various treatments for fibromyalgia include pharmacological therapy as the first line of defense. Aerobic exercise, stress management, and cognitive behavioral therapy are additional treatments.
Cannabinoids’ Effect on Fibromyalgia
While cannabinoids have been shown to help with neuropathic pain, they may also be effective in the treatment of headache problems, according to a 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. The journal reports that while cannabinoids have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, they can also assist with headaches. Headaches are one of the most common symptoms.
Physicians in California reported headaches and migraines as a reason for issuing a medical marijuana ID card in 2.7% of cases, according to research. There is also further study indicating that medical cannabis helps with headache occurrence. According to a study, one retrospective survey of 121 migraine patients who used cannabis revealed that 85.1 percent of them reported a decrease in the frequency of their headaches.
According to a study published in Pain in 2018, medical cannabis relieved symptoms in 20 chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia. “Cannabis types containing THC increased the pressure pain threshold relative to placebo,” the researchers wrote. This preliminary study investigated the complex behavior of inhaled cannabis in chronic pain patients with only modest analgesic effects after a single puff.
With yet more research, study, and trials verifying that medical marijuana relieves chronic pain, particularly fibromyalgia and headaches, the diseases will continue to qualify patients for medical cannabis cards as previously stated, offering hope to those who have just been diagnosed.