Cannabis Can Help Fibromyalgia, Says New Israeli Study, Confirming Previous Research.

Cannabis Can Help Fibromyalgia, Says New Israeli Study, Confirming Previous Research

 

Living with fibromyalgia is challenging and painful. Those suffering from this illness also experience fatigue and cognitive difficulties that can provoke unpleasant ups and downs. A disorder that affects women twice as often as men thankfully can be treated with cannabis.

A recent study published in Pain Practice found that marijuana has a short-term beneficial effect on the quality of life in women with treatment-resistant fibromyalgia. The new findings build on a recent study done in Israel, which showed that fibromyalgia patients who use cannabis saw reduced pain as a result.

“As the worldwide use of cannabis rises, investigators question its role in treating fibromyalgia as one of the most common pain syndromes nowadays,” the researchers explained. “Modern medicine found the endocannabinoid system’s role in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain. Previous studies showed that cannabis is efficacious in promoting sleep, deepening, and lengthening the sleep cycle. Other advantages of cannabis treatment include good pain relief without significant side effects.”

The Study

The investigators used the World Health Organization Quality of Life Bref questionnaire (WhoQoL-bref) to analyze the impact of cannabis treatment in 30 women aged 18-70 years with treatment-resistant fibromyalgia.

The questionnaire considered four domains, including psychological, physical health, social relationships and environment. Participants filled out questionnaires prior to the cannabis use and during the 1-month follow-up.

At the follow-up, participants reported improvements in general quality of life (1.97 out of a 5-point score), as well as activities of daily living, psychological domain, general health and physical health, as well as reductions in pain, discomfort and fatigue.

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