Scientists have been doing a thorough research on cannabis for quite some time, and the latest findings have brought some relief to those dealing with fibromyalgia.
The healing power of cannabis
Cannabis is a plant with over 86 important canabinoids or compounds.
The human body is designed to produce some of these cannabinoids. The endocannabinoid receptors in your digestive and nervous system help you sleep, develop emotions, appetite, agility and many other functions.
Terpenes in cannabis relieve pain. They have strong anti-inflammatory effect and provide an analgesic power. Cannabis has long been considered as dangerous plant, and people were worried about its psychoactivity. This comes as a result of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in cannabis. THC is a form of cannabinoid, and you should probably know that not all cannabinoids are psychoactive. Moreover, they offer strong health-related potential.
Cannabidiol or CBD is the second major compound in cannabis. It is used therapeutically, and comes from plants with low THC content.
The soothing effect of cannabis
The peripheral nerves of your nervous system absorb the effect of cannabinoids. Once it gets to the bloodstream, CBD hits the nerve receptors and blocks the pain signals.
Beta-caryphyllene is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that soothes inflammation and relieves pain. It is also found in cinnamon, oregano, black pepper and basil.
Is cannabis safe?
Here’s what experts at the University of Michigan say:
‘Patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications…[patients] also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45-percent improvement in the quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain…We are learning that the higher the dose of opioids people are taking, the higher the risk of death from overdose… patients in this study rated cannabis to be equally effective [as opioids] for those with different pain severity.’
The difference between cannabis and opioids
The Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine found alternatives to addictive opioids. Unlike cannabis plant, opioids are addictive and dangerous.
‘Opioid use and addiction has become an epidemic in the United States due to doctors over-prescribing opioid medications to treat chronic pain…’emerging data indicate that drugs that target the endocannabinoid system might produce analgesia with fewer side effects compared to opioids,’” states United Press International.
Do you know that ibuprofen is more dangerous than cannabis? A study conducted at the Universite de Montreal involved 215 participants who used cannabis to relieve pain.
‘Medical cannabis use over one year was associated with improvements in pain, function, quality of life and cognitive function.’
Medical cannabis as treatment for fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes muskuloskeletal pain. Some of the symptoms include fatigue, memory issues, and mood swings. The usual treatment of fibromyalgia is based on painkillers and antidepressants. The good news is that you can also use medical cannabis.
According to a 2014 study, cannabis can treat fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis.
Medical cannabis can be used through vapors and smoking. Now it is also available in patches. Cannabis patches can help the body absorb cannabis faster.
In 2016, Cannabis Science in California released the “pain patch” used for numerous health conditions. ‘…the patch provides a controlled release of the medication into the patient, usually through either a porous membrane covering a reservoir of medication or through body heat melting thin layers of medication embedded in the adhesive which will be containing high potency cannabinoid (CBD) extract that slowly enters into the bloodstream and then penetrates the central nervous system,” read the official statement.
Transdermal medical cannabis patches and pens can also be used in therapies. These are available in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.