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Fibromyalgia and Medicinal Cannabis

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia can physically manifest in a range of ways, including:

  • Pain across the body, usually described as aching, stiffness and tenderness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulties with sleeping
  • Problems with concentration and memory
  • Headaches

Factors that may increase your risk of developing Fibromyalgia:

  • Trauma
  • Problems in Pain Processing
  • Genes
  • Chemical imbalances
  • Sleep problems
  • Genetics
  • Injury
  • Viral infection
  • Giving birth
  • Breakdown of a relationship
  • Being in an abusive relationship
  • Death of a loved one

How can medicinal cannabis help with Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia's symptoms can make living day to day life extremely uncomfortable which as a result can lead do a decline in the sufferer's mental health. Medical cannabis can help make life for people with fibromyalgia more comfortable by enabling better sleep, less pain and less anxiety. 

According to a review published to the National Academies Press in 2017, there is a considerable amount of evidence that suggests cannabis is an effective treatment of chronic pain. A 2018 review from the same publisher concluded that medicinal cannabis products are beneficial to people with Fibromyalgia, particularly in how it can improve sleep and ease pain. 

Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Fibromyalgia sufferers include:

  • Nabiximols
  • Dronbinol
  • THC:CBD extracts
  • CBD extracts
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Cannabis Indica

They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.

If you or a loved one are suffering from Fibromyalgia and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.