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In a world loaded with over the counter prescription drugs, some fibromyalgia patients choose to medicate with medicinal marijuana as a means of relieving their related discomforts such as pain, fatigue, and insomnia. Standard drug treatments for fibromyalgia-related ailments provide only modest relief and patients are now looking for alternative therapies. Medical marijuana for Fibromyalgia patients works well due to the natural pain relieving properties of THC and other cannabinoids found in cannabis. A 2006 study found that THC, a primary substance found in marijuana, reduced chronic pain at least 50 percent in all patients who completed the therapy trial. We recommend you discuss the potential benefits of cannabis with your doctor or specialist.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that is characterized by intense muscle and joint pain. In addition to the chronic pain common in Fibromyalgia patients suffer from
additional symptoms that include insomnia, depression, skin conditions, hypoglycemia, a loss of mental acuity, and fatigue. Fibromyalgia is notoriously difficult to treat and only 35 percent – 40 percent of people with the chronic pain condition get relief from traditional medications. Fibromyalgia patients typically experience body-wide pain and they often take multiple drugs for other symptoms, which can include difficulty sleeping, restless legs syndrome, depression, and anxiety. However, cannabis may treat multiple symptoms, and some patients are seeing results.
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Nabilone and Dronabinol, a synthetic medical marijuana medications and provides modest pain and anxiety relief in Fibromyalgia patients. Another is Marinol for treating chemo-related nausea and vomiting which has been informally tested on fibromyalgia patients, although reportedly the effects do not last very long. Another cannabis-based medicine is Sativex, now in clinical trials in the United States for treating cancer pain. The drug is sprayed under the tongue and contains THC and cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that eases inflammation and pain and may also reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. These drugs have side effects, the most typical being drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth. Lyrica is another pain medication and the side effects can be serious.
A recent study found that approximately 10% of fibromyalgia patients choose to medicate with marijuana and other therapies. These studies also found that fibromyalgia patients who consumed marijuana in the fight for a reduced level of pain in their life, 72% claimed to only need about or less than $15 worth per day, compared to more costly pharmaceutical medications. Some specific strains that help with fibromyalgia pain include sativa dominant Black Jack, Silver Pearl, and indica dominant Chem 4 and Grape Ape, and hybrids AK Berry and Blue Dream.
Improvements that many fibromyalgia patients experience:
- Pain relief
- Insomnia relief
- Reduced fatigue
- Depression relief
- Anxiety relief
Why Cannabis Helps
Our bodies naturally make pain relievers called endorphins, but they also make other substances that trigger pain relief in the endocannabinoid system. This system plays a key role in many processes in the body, including modulating how we feel pain. Marijuana contains cannabinoids very similar to those that occur in the body naturally. For some patients with a range of pain syndromes who have failed all other treatments and for whom herbal cannabis has been the only reasonable option to control their symptoms.
Sensi Chews provide relief to fibromyalgia patients and we continue to hear of effective results from patients throughout California:
“I was diagnosed with fibromyalia 6 years ago and the pain was severe. I tried just about everything with only minor improvements. Then I discovered Sensi Chew Sativa. It was a miracle. I had never experienced relief like I did with this product.”
Patients who use Sensi Chews have expressed positive results in addressing fibromyalgia symptoms, and many have replaced pharmaceuticals completely. Sensi Chews are a family of potent cannabis infused chocolate caramels that are lab tested, come in resealable child-proof packaging, and dosed for ease of use. To learn more about Sensi Chews visit www.sensiproducts.com