For states who have not made medical cannabis legal, they do not understand the significant pain endured by fibromyalgia patients. Many patients are shamed and labeled as hypochondriacs, but their pain is real, yet the level of medical response is not. The pain echoing in the muscles can cripple someone’s life, and yet in the nation of the free, millions of people suffer from a condition, where a viable treatment resides. More than five million Americans suffer from this condition, and more than 80 percent of those sufferers are women. Currently, only 23 states, and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana.
Others are afflicted with pain, fighting a silent and unbearable demon that keeps them awake at night, hoping if not for a cure, for relief from the compounded pain.
In the midst of healing factors, study after study has shown the positive effects of cannabis for fibromyalgia patients. A 2004 study published and titled Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD): can this concept explain therapeutic benefits of cannabis in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions? was published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. The study, which can be read here, reviewed patients who reported a significant reduction in pain following the use of cannabinoids.
In 2011, another study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, titled Cannabis use in patients with fibromyalgia: effect on symptoms relief and health-related quality of life, reviewed 25 patients who were cannabis users.
The study, which can be read here, showed that after two hours of cannabis use, patients not only reported a significant reduction in pain, but also an increase in their well-being. This is a significant entry as 20 percent of fibromyalgia patients also suffer from depression or anxiety disorders, as reported by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
Another study, monitored by the National Pain Foundation and the National Pain Report, shared that marijuana is the most “effective” for treating the condition, over the three prescriptions drugs that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The prescription drug companies make billions annually churning out these medications, states the National Pain Foundation, but patients report more times than not, the medication does not work. The study, review here, encompassed 1,300 patients. Many who participated in the study advised they had taken one or at times, all three, of the prescription medications.