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Fibromyalgia & Marijuana

Fibromyalgia is a common musculoskeletal condition that includes symptoms such as pinpoint muscle and joint pain, incapacitation fatigue, anxiety, depression, or a decreased pain threshold. The three FDA approved drugs to treat fibromyalgia (Lyrica, Savella and Cymbalta), have been found to be ineffective in treating this disease in over 60% of the patients polled. A study conducted with over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients, by the National Pain Foundation, showed that 62% of the patients, instead, found that medical marijuana was effective in relieving their fibromyalgia symptoms. It is believed that the endocannabinoid system in the body is responsible for the chronic pain that results from fibromyalgia and that the cannabinoids in medical marijuana affect this system in a way that results in pain relief. The effects of medical marijuana, a recent study found, was significant relief of pain and stiffness, increased feelings of relaxation, and a positive perception of well being. Since oral cannabis delivers more longer-lasting relief, compared to some other delivery methods, it is popular with fibromyalgia patients.

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