Fibromyalgia is a chronic debilitating condition that often results in constant pain of the muscles and nerves. Many conventional treatments for Fibromyalgia don’t work for all sufferers, so some researchers have looked into the area of using cannabis to help manage the symptoms that sufferers experience.So, how can cannabis help with Fibromyalgia?
Anecdotal evidence from numerous medicinal cannabis users seem to suggest that using cannabis has far better results than using more conventional pain killers. The condition is often characterized with all over body pain, aswell as fatigue and sensitivity. Whilst the direct cause of Fibromyalgia is indeed poorly understood, it is thought that there will be some sort of disturbance or interference with the CNS (central nervous system) in the way it sends and receives messages from other areas of the human body.
Cannabis is able to help the estimated 12 million sufferers of Fibromyalgia in the USA by being used as an effective pain killer. It is able to do this by tapping into the CNS of the patient by interacting with the numerous cannabinoid receptors that the body has. A study that triggered this research said that these cannabinoid receptors are the receptors that help to regulate pain, appetite and relieve vomiting.
Numerous trials were then conducted that provided evidence to suggest that medicinal cannabis was able to reduce the pain that Fibromyalgia suffers experienced, including the reduction of the stiffness of the muscles of the body.
What Strains of Cannabis are Effective at Treating Fibromyalgia?
Selecting the right cannabis strain for the treatment of Fibromyalgia is crucial for the overall success of this treatment option. One particular strain that we would recommend is ACDC, which has been proven by many to be effective at targeting and reducing generalized pain experienced by Fibromyalgia patients. ACDC contains high levels of THC, aswell as CBD. This means that the effects that THC can be lessened by the CBD.
Others believe that Indica strains are the best for Fibromyalgia. Strains to consider include:
- Afghan Kush
- Mazar I Sharif
- White Widow
- Blackberry Kush
Many medicinal marijuana experts suggest strains that are high in THC produce the most pain relief. Some of these strains include THC rich strains such as Cannatonic, which is my personal favorite. These strains not only aid the pain experienced, they also have anxiolytic effect (reduction of anxiety) and an anti-depressant, which can be useful, as many patients will experience anxiety and depression because of the condition. The sleep patterns that you have can also be regulated and brought under control by using these strains, which can make you feel more rested, and as a result, reduce anxiety and depression.It certainly appears that cannabis for fibromyalgia pain management is a real possibility, but more research and evidence is required in order to back up the anecdotal evidence that we have.