A new study has found that cannabis could be helpful in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Research was conducted for a study entitled “Safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in fibromyalgia” and published in the Journal of Clinical medicine on June 18. According to researchers findings, there is now more reason for doctors to prescribe cannabis as a treatment for the disorder.
The study examined 376 patients and their normal consumption of cannabis. On average, patients were able to reduce their pain from a nine to a five on a scale of one to 10, and over 81 percent of those who tried the treatment said their condition was improved without any serious side effects. “Chronic pain may be treated by medical cannabis,” the study states. “Yet, there is scarce evidence to support the role of medical cannabis in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The aim of the study was to investigate the characteristics, safety and effectiveness of medical cannabis therapy for fibromyalgia.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4 million adults, or two percent of the population, suffer from fibromyalgia. Many who have this condition already consume cannabis to manage their pain, however there is a major lack of official studies proving how cannabis helpful of a treatment it can be. “Considering the low rates of addiction and serious adverse effects, cannabis therapy should be considered to ease the symptom burden among those fibromyalgia patients who are not responding to standard care,” the authors said, according to NORML.
Of course, for those who rely on cannabis for pain, this info is nothing new. Cannabidiol (CBD) patches for fibromyalgia are already quite popular, and many have been vocal about cannabis helping their condition. This is a huge gain for people with fibromyalgia who are seeking alternative treatments.