Can Cannabis Oil be Used as Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
If it is proven true that fibromyalgia is created by an unbalanced Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD), it could mean greater research funding for cannabis oil for Fibromyalgia. Balancing the endocannabinoid system means better communication between the brain, immune cells, glands, organs and connective tissues—all areas that are affected in varying degrees by fibromyalgia—through homeostasis. When any endocannabinoid system is out of whack, not just that of a fibromyalgia sufferer, all health gets put in jeopardy.
It could be that legal restrictions on cannabis have been holding fibromyalgia patients from seeing the benefits of using the plant for its pain management and endocannabinoid system balancing effects.
Management, a matter of your medication choice
There is is no definitive cure but treatment with cannabis could be a workable solution with fewer side effects than the medications currently used to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. When the National Pain Report conducted in 2014 of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients they found that one-third of them were using medical cannabis to manage their symptoms. Of the more than 390 survey participants who had used cannabis, 62 percent deemed it “very effective” for managing symptoms. Another 33 percent said it “helped a little” and five percent said it did not help at all.
In contrast, the study found that FDA-approved medications (Cymbalta, Lyrica, or Savella) were “very effective” for only 10 percent of respondents, while 68 percent said they “[did] not help at all”. Considering the safety profile of cannabis and absence of adverse side effects compared to the FDA-approved medications, the data begs for further studies to be conducted.