Discover how cannabis treats fibromyalgia and its debilitating symptoms compared to prescription drugs.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (Fy-Bro-My-Al-Gia) is a common and chronic debilitating disorder that affects millions of people each year. Conditions of severe muscle pain and tender areas on the body are reported from patients who undergo these symptoms. Depression, headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, fatigue, and relentless muscle pain are a few complaints. Chronic conditions of fibromyalgia include tenderness throughout the entire body, making it difficult to complete daily tasks.
There are prescription medications that exists to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. However, the use of the prescription medication is known for causing serious side effects. The causes of fibromyalgia remain unknown for this disorder. Those who deal with fibromyalgia may use medicinal cannabis to treat their aching muscles.
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Case Studies for Treatment of Fibromyalgia with Prescription Drugs
The National Pain Foundation ran a National Pain Report through an online survey to determine whether cannabis for fibromyalgia was a practicable form of treatment.
One of the prescription drugs used in this study includes duloxetine. Duloxetine is a medication mostly used for depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain. According to a research at the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, there is convincing clinical evidence that duloxetine is a potent and balanced reuptake inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine in the body, which help functions the brain and body as a hormone and neurotransmitter helping overall emotional wellness.
After researching over 1300 patients with fibromyalgia, participants were surveyed for the effectiveness of cannabis. The National Pain Foundation discovered that 60% of participants reported that Duloxetine did not work for the treatment of fibromyalgia. 8% of participants reported that the treatment of Duloxetine was very effective. The remaining 29% of participants said Duloxetine helped their symptoms a little.
Milnacipran is another prescription drug used in the same study. It is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor used in the clinical treatment of fibromyalgia. The National Pain Foundation reported that Milnacipran did not work in treating fibromyalgia for 61% of the participants. 10% of participants rated Milnacipran to be very effective. The remaining 29% of participants claimed Milnacipran helped a little with their symptoms.
Case Studies on How Cannabis is Effective for Fibromyalgia
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The National Pain Foundation conducted a study response in using cannabis for fibromyalgia. 70% of the participants reporting to never had tried medicinal cannabis for treatments. 62% of participants reported using cannabis to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia was very effective. 33% of participants reported that cannabis helped a little bit. Only 5% of people said that cannabis did not work in the treatments at all.
Medical cannabis is proven to effectively treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia without the unenjoyable side effects that most prescribed drugs carry. Cannabis users turn to medical cannabis to treat emotional and physical problems. Stress, fatigue, back pain, muscle pains, headaches, insomnia, eating disorders, and digestive issues are some of those problems.
Studies have shown using cannabis for fibromyalgia has positive results:
A study conducted by Germany’s University of Heidelberg (published in the journey Current Medical Research and Opinion) reported that 9 people with fibromyalgia were given daily doses of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that ranged from 2.5-15 mg for over a three month period. Ultimately, the participants in this study reported a decrease in daily discomfort as well as electronically induced pain.
The Journal of Pain conducted a helpful study that illuminated the benefits of cannabis for fibromyalgia. A test with a double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the use of a synthetic cannabinoid called nabilone. Testing on 40 participants who were currently dealing with fibromyalgia. All of the participants found improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Even a small amount of nabilone was helpful at improving sleep in patients with fibromyalgia, a study published at McGill University in Montreal reports.
How is Cannabis Effective?
Cannabis is known for its anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are known to be very effective at treating pain.
Cannabis has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is designed in the body to support homeostasis. This support leads to better sleep, improvement in appetite regulates mood, immunity, as well as the nervous system. ECS is made up of CB1 and CB2 (Cannabinoid) receptors that are located throughout the organs, muscles and entire body.
This is important as the activated CB1 and CB2 receptors are essential to restoring and regulating health in the body. Our body currently produces the chemicals we need to restore our health, already. Due to age, illness, stress, and other factors in life, it may prevent the body from producing the chemicals that are essential to keep the body rejuvenated. THC and CBD chemicals in medicinal cannabis activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors that restores health to the body where necessary.
In order to know more details about how cannabis treats fibromyalgia, more studies are needed to confirm exactly what compounds, strains, and doses are most effective at treating fibromyalgia. Many of the studies explained in this post conducted a point to distinct factors that prove the ability of cannabis to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Further facts we have about how the compounds in the cannabis plant work, the better the resources we have in finding and creating the most effective treatment for fibromyalgia.