Cannabis Use Beneficial for Fibromyalgia Patients – Study

Patients suffering from fibromyalgia frequently use cannabis to treat the disease’s symptoms, and most find success doing so, according to a study published in the journal Pain Research and Treatment.

In this peer-reviewed study researchers surveyed over 2,700 fibromyalgia patients, and 84% reported consuming cannabis, and found that “Pain relief was reported by 94 percent of cannabis consumers, while 93 percent reported improved sleep quality, 87 percent reported improvement in depression, and 62 percent reported improvement in anxiety”.

In addition, “nearly 85 percent of the patients either completely stopped taking any other pain medications or reduced the dosage of other meds. This reflects the advantage of cannabis over other meds in alleviating pain in addition to its favorable effects on sleep and mood.”

The full text of the study, “The consumption of cannabis by fibromyalgia patients in Israel,” appears in the recent issue of the journal Pain Research and Treatment.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

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