Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana

For those who suffer from the chronic pain syndrome fibromyalgia, it seems there is little hope. There is no cure for the disease, and it's hard to treat because the root cause is unknown.  "In fact, only 35-40 percent of sufferers gain any relief whatsoever from mainstream drugs" - that is, until now.

New evidence suggests cannabis can relieve the pain, insomnia, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, depression, and anxiety associated with fibromyalgia. Even though the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, it is understood that the disease interrupts the way the central nervous system sends and receives messages, and it affects more women than men. Some researchers believe diseases like fibromyalgia may stem from something called endocannabinoid deficiency, in which the body's endocannabinoids are not being produced in the right quantities or ratio. The body's nervous system is full of cannabinoid receptors, so cannabis' ability to treat pain in this area would be extremely effective. 

In an online survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients conducted by the National Pain Foundation in 2014, the majority of those who reported trying marijuana to treat their condition said it helped significantly. The survey revealed 62% of those who tried cannabis for relief reported it as "very effective." In contrast, for each pharmaceutical drug that was surveyed, never more than 10% found it "very effective."

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