Cannabis as a Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Also known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia has been confounding the medial profession for decades. It combines physical pain and stiffness throughout the body, with headaches, disturbed sleep, fatigue and depression as well as irritable bowel syndrome.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

Although the exact cause of Fibromyalgia has yet to be determined, research suggests that it may be a manifestation of Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) plays a key role in many processes relating to pain-sensation, appetite, mood, and memory. Consequently a deficiency in the cannabinoids needed to run these processes efficiently could feasibly lead to the sort of symptoms experienced by Fibromyalgia sufferers. The initial research into this theory was published by Dr. Ethan Russo back in 2003. He then expanded on the initial study in 2008, while researchers from California picked up on his work in 2013. Each of these studies came to essentially the same conclusion. There were clear indications that cannabinoid deficiency played a pivotal role in various “inexplicable” conditions, including Fibromyalgia and also migraine and IBS.

What evidence is there that cannabinoids help with Fibromyalgia?

Marijuana FibromyalgiaAt the same time as Dr. Russo was carrying out his second study, researchers from the University of Manitoba Rehabilitation Hospital were carrying out a study into the effectiveness of nabilone (a synthetic cannabinoid) on Fibromyalgia. The study found that nabilone was hugely effective even when a suffer experienced significantly-impaired function.

How can medical marijuana help with Fibromyalgia

In terms of self-medication, the symptom or symptoms are generally the best guide to which strain or strains to use. For example, sleep deprivation is a common symptom of Fibromyalgia and can be the source of additional fatigue. The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well known as are the problems of lack of it so reach for a heavy-duty Indica like Northern Lights to get that all-important rest.

There are a number of strains, which can help with pain relief. Sour Diesel is a particularly good choice and if you really can’t stand the taste, try making it into cannabutter and disguising it as something more pleasant, such as baked goods. You can also make or buy cannabis-infused skin preparations to apply onto specific pain spots. For muscle spasms try One to One as it also does an effective job at helping with the depression, which often comes along with chronic conditions such as Fibromyalgia.

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