Canadian cannabis clinic Grow Wise Health published an article on managing Fibromyalgia with cannabis.
It is not easy to treat fibromyalgia, but Cannabis for fibromyalgia manages pain and other symptoms well.
The primary complaint of Fibromyalgia patients is pain. Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are often also diagnosed with comorbid Fibromyalgia. The illness has a long history, and stigma attached as doctors once believed it was all ‘in patient’s heads’. Lately, more and more doctors and patients can affirm it is a very real condition, and quite complex.
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Apart from constant pain, patients experience other symptoms such as muscle cramps, fatigue, morning stiffness, headaches, migraines, cognitive dysfunction, also called ‘fibro-fog’, non-restorative sleep, IBS, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, and myofascial pain.
Most patients use THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) dominant marijuana strains to manage Fibromyalgia symptoms.
By breaking the chronic pain cycle, many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia can be successfully managed. Chronic pain can easily turn into muscle pain and fatigue, or pain and non-restorative sleep. When patients experience chronic pain, all symptoms become worse as they impact on each other.
An improvement in one symptom can often affect other symptoms positively. Exercise, a healthy diet, psychotherapy along with pharmacological treatment included in a holistic plan will help manage symptoms the best.
Breaking chronic pain cycles
Because many pharmacological options result in unwanted side-effects, alternative treatments such as cannabis are becoming a popular option. Cannabis will not only provide pain relief, but will improve quality of sleep. When restorative sleep is increased, it can result in significant reduction of pain, which influence moods positively. The decreasing of inflammation prevents muscle stiffness, myofascial pain and tension headaches. By reducing anxiety, and difficult emotions, IBS can improve. By just alleviating pain, many of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia become more manageable.
How cannabis breaks the pain cycle
Many of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in cannabis are responsible for the decrease of painful stimuli. The best-researched cannabinoids, THC and CBD, are believed to have powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Cannabis products can be used in a combination of oral, edible and topical applications to manage pain and inflammation on different levels. Using a vape can help to break through the pain as the effect is quickly felt. CBD oil and edible cannabis products can be used for long-lasting effects of up to 4-6 hours. Topical preparations can be applied directly to painful areas to provide greater relief.
The anti-inflammatory effect of cannabis will also help increase flexibility, and make exercise more effective. Many patients find relief in cannabis alone, but others use it in conjunction with opioids for enhanced relief.