Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease that affects millions of Americans each year. In fact, between 3 and 6 million have been affected, and most are women. It is a mysterious condition, and there was a time when he teamed with “hysterical women”, even if today it is taken seriously and many seek cures or treatments at least.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by muscle aches and sensitive areas of the body. Those affected may suffer from depression, headaches, insomnia, digestive problems and fatigue and many other symptoms such as muscle pain and tenderness relentless. For those who suffer from it can be difficult to perform daily tasks and activities, and some may even have trouble getting out of bed No one knows what causes this disorder and there is no official cure, but there are certain types of prescription drugs to treat the symptoms. These drugs are strong with serious side effects, according to recent studies, most people find that they are not effective in the treatment of pain.
Comparisons with treatments currently on the market
The National Foundation of pain and pain created an online national survey report to determine whether cannabis for fibromyalgia is a viable form of treatment. More than 1,300 participants were interviewed to get an idea of the effectiveness of treatments currently on the market compared to cannabis.
Cymbalta (duloxetine) Eli Lilly is one of the drugs prescribed for fibromyalgia. Of those surveyed, 60 percent reported that the drug does not work for them. 8 percent said it was “very effective” and 32 percent said it helped a little. 3 results were very similar prescription drugs. In the case of Lyrica (pregabalin), Pfizer, 61 percent said they were not working, 10 percent called it “very effective” and 29 percent said it helped a little. Finally, there Savella (milnacipran) Forest Laboratories, with 68 percent of those who reported this does not work, 10 percent said it was “very effective” and 22 percent said it had a little.
Response to the survey on the use of cannabis for fibromyalgia
While 70 percent of respondents said they had never tried medical marijuana, the few people who had used the factory shared interesting results when analyzing the effectiveness of cannabis for fibromyalgia. 62 percent said it was “very effective” for treating your fibromyalgia symptoms, 33 percent said it was a little and only 5 percent said they did not help at all. These results are quite encouraging factor that these patients may not have used cannabis designed specifically for fibromyalgia and most of the respondents were still new to the idea of using cannabis for fibromyalgia.
Other studies of marijuana for fibromyalgia
This is not the only study showing the efficacy of cannabis for fibromyalgia. A study by the University of Heidelberg in Germany and published in the journal Current Medical Research and notice also yielded significant results. 9 people suffering from fibromyalgia were treated with daily doses of THC, ranging from 2.5 to 15 mg over a period of 3 months. All subjects participating in the study reported a reduction in daily pain and pain induced electronically.
A study published in the Journal of Pain was also useful to clarify the benefits of cannabis for fibromyalgia. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated using a synthetic cannabinoid called nabilone with 40 patients with fibromyalgia. It has also been found to improve symptoms in all patients. A 2010 study at McGill University in Montreal also said that small amounts of nabilone were useful for improving sleep in patients with fibromyalgia.
A 2011 study by researchers at the Hospital del Mar Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, found that cannabis for fibromyalgia is an extremely effective form of treatment. Not only muscle stiffness and improved pain and greatly facilitated, but all the symptoms of fibromyalgia were treated in some way by cannabis, including improving sleep quality, improved mood, appetite and digestion. The study found no worsening of symptoms after cannabis use. Mental health was significantly better among those who received cannabis compared to those who do not. The study noted that “significant relief of pain, stiffness, relaxation, drowsiness and perception of being observed,
Why cannabis may be useful to treat fibromyalgia
There are many theories about why cannabis treatments were as effective in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Cannabis is known for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Cannabis and both the compounds THC and CBD are known to be very effective in the treatment of pain. However, there may be another factor involved. It could be the effect of cannabis on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which makes all the difference. ECS is a system designed to support the homeostasis of the body. This means that regulates mood, appetite, sleep, immunity, nervous system and more. The ECS consists of CB1 and CB2 receptors found throughout the body, organs and muscles. When the receptors are activated, they are able to regulate health in the body. Normally this would be done with chemicals produced in the body but age, illness, stress and other factors of life can prevent the body to produce chemicals that produce activators ECS health receivers . Both THC and CBD activate the CB1 and CB2 receptors, restore the health of the body when needed.
Further studies are needed to determine details of the compounds, strains and doses are most effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Many existing studies indicate several factors that demonstrate the ability of cannabis to treat symptoms of the disease and the more data we have on how the compounds work in the field, better the resources we need to find and create as possible effective treatment. Meanwhile, for those who live in states where medical marijuana is legal, the news is more than good. Treatment is available and symptoms of fibromyalgia will not have to wreak havoc in the life of a person.