Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:
- increased sensitivity to pain
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
Medical Marijuana Efficacy
Medical cannabis works well due to the natural pain relieving properties of THC and other cannabinoids found in cannabis. A study in 2006 found that THC reduced both chronic pain and experimentally induced pain by at least 50 percent in all patients who completed the THC therapy trial. In addition, clinical trials found that Nabilone, a synthetic medical cannabis pill, reduced pain and anxiety significantly in Fibromyalgia patients.
Related Clinical Information to Fibromyalgia and Medical Cannabis
- Cannabis use in patients with fibromyalgia: effect on symptoms relief and health-related quality of life
- The effects of nabilone on sleep in fibromyalgia: results of a randomized controlled trial
- Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD): can this concept explain therapeutic benefits of cannabis in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions?