A recent study published in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology has revealed that medical cannabis could be helpful for those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia and could help treat pain.
According to Canex, the study took place at the Luigi Sacco University Hospital in Milan, Italy. Researchers examined 102 fibromyalgia patients to see how helpful cannabis oil was in treating their symptoms. Patients received a high-THC cannabis oil and a balanced one and took the oils for a period of six months.
The study also gave patients the option to discontinue the other therapies they were using. Of those initially involved, 66 continued with the trial for the full period. Some dropped out due to adverse effects, lack of benefits or treatment elsewhere, and some side effects were reported, but overall, the results were positive.
The study looked at common issues associated with fibromyalgia including fatigue, sleep quality, anxiety, depression and pain. Forty-four percent of patients treated reported improved sleep and, 42.4 percent reported improvements in anxiety levels. Fifty percent said it helped with depression. Forty-seven percent reported that they stopped using other treatments or cut back.
“MCT [Medical Cannabis Treatment] has proved to be a much safer adjunct than opioid treatment, which is associated with a high risk/benefit ratio and is not effective in treating FM [fibromyalgia] (24); furthermore, MCT does not have any substantial addictive properties in terms of dose escalation or withdrawal syndrome (25-26),” the study explained.
The findings of the study suggest cannabis could be helpful in treating fibromyalgia and associated symptoms. This isn’t’ the first time that a study has looked at how cannabis can treat the condition, and CBD is already being used to treat associated pain. The National Fibromyalgia Association reports that three to six percent of the world’s population (or about 10 million people in the U.S.) suffers from fibromyalgia, so cannabis as a readily available medicine could help many people live a better quality of life.