New study - Cannabis could be a treatment option for fibromyalgia
Cannabis could be a treatment option for fibromyalgia, a condition characterised by widespread Painsmusculoskeletal, fatigue, poor sleep quality and cognitive difficulties, which to date does not seem to have specific causes and has no effective cure.
But hope could come from cannabis, after an observational study lasted 6 months that involved 367 patients experienced a significant improvement in the intensity of pain and related symptoms.
"It is commonly accepted that chronic pain can be treated with cannabis, but there has been less evidence to support the role it plays in the specific treatment of fibromyalgia," said Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, one of the lead authors of the study and lead researcher at Tikun Olam's research department in Tel Aviv, Israel, where it was conducted.
"Our data indicate that medical cannabis could be a promising therapeutic option for the treatment of fibromyalgia, particularly for those who have failed standard drug therapies. We show that medical cannabis is effective and safe title slowly and gradually," concluded the study, published in June 2019 in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.
81.1% reported the overall success of the treatment; 73.4% reported an improvement in Sleep; 80.8% reported an improvement in symptoms related to Depression; 61.9% reported improved components of the "quality of life" including appetite and sexual activity. 88% of participants reported a moderate improvement no side effects Negative.
Bar-Lev Schleider noted that 59.7% of participants were taking opioids for pain at the start of the study. A follow-up survey of participants after six months found that 22% stopped or reduced opioid and benzodiazepine consumption. "There are patients who will stop or take drugs in the future and their only treatment will be medicinal cannabis," said Bar-Lev Schleider.