Study shows how cannabis can treat fibromyalgia

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The latest results confirm previous research on how medical marijuana relieves the painful disease

It was already well known that marijuana has played a medicinal role for thousands of years. Some studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that marijuana or its extracts may help with pain symptoms, including the pain that occurs with fibromyalgia. People suffering from fibromyalgia may experience pain, headaches, and nausea, among other symptoms. Recent studies in Israel have shown that the active components of marijuana can improve these symptoms in some people. The data comes to confirm what previous research has said.

Living with fibromyalgia is not at all pleasant and presents a round of challenges for sufferers. This disease makes symptoms of fatigue and cognitive difficulties much higher. Fortunately for many (especially women who are more prone), cannabis has proven to be an effective treatment.

Recently published in Pain Practice, a study found that marijuana has a short-term beneficial effect on the lives of people with fibromyalgia whose treatment does not seem to be having a solid effect. The findings are based on Israeli research showing that fibromyalgia patients using marijuana were able to demonstrate a marked reduction in pain.

“As the worldwide use of cannabis rises, investigators question its role in treating fibromyalgia as one of the most common pain syndromes nowadays,” the researchers explained. “Modern medicine found the endocannabinoid system’s role in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain. Previous studies showed that cannabis is efficacious in promoting sleep, deepening and lengthening the sleep cycle. Other advantages of cannabis treatment include good pain relief without significant side effects.”