Can medical marijuana help with fibromyalgia pain?
By June 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm 6,442 12 4
Only a handful of states allow the use of prescription marijuana for the management of fibromyalgia pain and other chronic pain conditions. Medical marijuana is not a new thing. In fact, it was prescribed to patients until 1942 when it was taken off the list of commonly available drugs in the United States. Despite this, medical marijuana is still available and prescribed in its pill form, Marinol. Most research has found it effective in relieving pain, increasing appetite and relieving nausea and vomiting. Further, Marinol only contains one cannabinoid of the 60 to 70 found in the marijuana plant. That ingredient is called delta-9 THC when isolated in its pill form.
Research finds that THC can help decrease pain in fibromyalgia patients. Additionally, most patients have also reported a reduction in other symptoms such as depression and insomnia and very few side effects.
In the United States, the legality of medical marijuana is determined state-by-state. It has been reported that about 10 percent of fibromyalgia patients use marijuana to relieve their pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms, this according to a new study. (http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay...). Unfortunately, that number also includes illegal marijuana.
Do you think that it would be a benefit to fibromyalgia patients if medical marijuana became legal in all states? Would you try it if it becomes available in your state to manage fibromyalgia symptoms?