Medicinal Marijuana As a Treatment for Fibromyalgia


Fibromyalgia is a painful muscle disorder that can affect the muscles all over the body, as well as the tendons, ligaments and joints. Symptoms include muscle spasms, cramping, tingling and burning sensations, chronic fatigue, headaches, insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression.

The symptoms are difficult to treat, as multiple drugs are given, and they often have negative side effects that can aggravate the symptoms even more. So what is medicinal marijuana and how can it help?

Medicinal Marijuana

Medicinal marijuana is obtained from the cannabis plant, which is a natural herb that has been used for over 5,000 years for medical purposes. Even though possession of marijuana is illegal in many parts of the world, it has been shown to relieve pain, reduce anxiety, lift the moods, boost confidence, help with sleeping, and prevent muscle spasms.

As a result new laws are being implemented in certain parts of the world that allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Patients are given a license to purchase and possess the herb, and as with pharmaceutical drugs the marijuana is prescribed to the patients in certain dosages .

Using Marijuana for Fibromyalgia

Since fibromyalgia patients have many so many divers symptoms, they are required to take just as many drugs, as each drug is designed to only treat one particular symptom. Drugs are toxic and can have negative side effects which often add to the pain and frustration that fibromyalgia sufferers face.

Medicinal marijuana on the other hand is able to relieve multiple symptoms with one dosage, and with less side effects. There are still chemicals that are inhaled when smoking the herb, but some patients find that it does not cause fatigue, and is more effective than other prescribed medications. They claim that it helps to numb the pain and the burning sensations of fibromyalgia.

The active ingredient in marijuana that helps to relieve the pain and other symptoms is known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This compound is put into a drug called Nabilone (Cesamet), which helps with sleeping, numbs pain and eases depression. Studies show that it is more effective than amitriptyline, which is a drug that is often prescribed to fibromyalgia patients to help with depression, pain and sleeplessness.

Why Marijuana?

The human body naturally produces endorphins, which help to relieve pain. Marijuana contains cannabinoids that are very much like the endorphins that the body produces. Thus it can be considered to be a natural herbal treatment.

Marijuana can be taken in several different ways such as smoking, which is the most common method. But it can also be taken through vaporization, eating or drinking. Vaporization is a method where the herb is heated, but not to the degree that it smokes, and then the vapors are inhaled.