Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition in which widespread pain permeates the body. There are no known cures for fibromyalgia, and there are few treatment options. The best that most patients can hope for is to manage their symptoms. Opioids have been used frequently manage this pain, but with the opioid epidemic and subsequent regulations, these medications are no longer viable options for many people.
Cannabis is a great option for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Full spectrum cannabis has been proven to decrease fibromyalgia pain, even if only temporarily. For many patients, a temporary reprieve two or three times a day is preferable to 24 hours a day of constant and consistent pain.
Recently, a human clinical trial was conducted in which different strains of cannabis were given to fibromyalgia patients. The study concluded that cannabis with high amounts of both THC and CBD were best for erasing fibromyalgia pain. The psychotropic effects of the THC relieve pain, while the CBD helps reduce inflammation.
While CBD is promoted as an alternative to full spectrum cannabis in the treatment of fibromyalgia, the recent study suggests that CBD alone will not provide the same results. A high amount of THC is also required for the pain of fibromyalgia to be relieved.
It is important to note that the study found that once the high of the THC was gone, the pain of fibromyalgia returned. This means that while full spectrum cannabis can give some relief, it may not help the patient to function normally.
If you have fibromyalgia and are looking for a better way to manage your pain, contact us for more information about how medical cannabis can help you.