Treating Fibroymalgia with Marijuana

This website says that Fibromyalgia patients may benefit from use of Marijuana due to it's analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.

"As far as Fibromyalgia is concerned, no specific clinical data exists on cannabis' ability to combat the symptoms of the condition. However, some patients report anecdotally that the drug benefits them. In Iowa, USA, a court judge has allowed a Fibromyalgia patient to use cannabis while on probation to effectively treat his chronic pain.

It does seem likely that cannabis alleviates some symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Cannabis' potential as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory have been documented by the Institute of Medicine, National Institute of Health, and others.

Additionally, cannabis has a long history as a sleep-inducing drug. One study of fifteen insomniac patients reported that over a five-week period "sleep quality was significantly influenced by 160 mg of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabinoid) as two-thirds of the subjects slept more than seven hours and … most subjects had few interruptions of sleep." An Italian research team reported that subjects who had inhaled cannabis within the last half-hour had significantly higher melatonin levels than those who abstained. Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland, is widely used to treat insomnia."

This website has a question and answer type setup. Someone asks "Is Marijuana ever prescribe for Fibromyalgia?" and a variety of people from around the world respond with their own experiences.


Becca said...

I would be interested to see more clinical trials done on how fibromyalgia patients are affected by marijuana use.