Does Medical Marijuana Help Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

Fibromyalgia affects almost 2% of adult Americans or around 4 million people. While the cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, its symptoms are well documented, including:

  • Widespread pain
  • Stiffness all over the body
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Cognitive problems
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches, possibly migraines
  • Tingling or numbness in the extremities
  • Jaw pain
  • Digestive problems

A physician can diagnose fibromyalgia with a physical examination, health history, bloodwork, and x-rays, although they may order other diagnostic testing just to rule out conditions with similar symptoms. Fibromyalgia often occurs in conjunction with other arthritic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Traditional Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia cannot be fully cured, and its exact cause is unknown. Traditional treatments include:

  • Medications, including antidepressants, anticonvulsants, painkillers, and muscle relaxers
  • Exercise
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counseling

While these treatments may offer some relief from symptoms, they rarely provide full relief. Most patients still complain of diffuse, widespread pain, sleep disturbances, and more…even when taking these treatments as prescribed.

Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia Symptoms

One of the newest and most exciting treatments for fibromyalgia is medical marijuana. While traditional treatments often leave patients in pain, medical marijuana has demonstrated superb pain-fighting abilities. Several studies have proven that marijuana is a safe, effective treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms, especially pain and sleep problems. These studies include:

  • 2017 National Academies Press review which confirmed marijuana’s benefit for both pain and sleep issues for fibromyalgia patients
  • 2007 study showing significant pain-relieving effects of the synthetic cannabinoid nabilone in 40 patients
  • A 2010 study also showed that nabilone helped people with fibromyalgia sleep better
  • A 2011 study of 28 patients resulted in 86% reporting some level of pain relief after using marijuana and 81% reported strong relief from sleep issues
  • A 2018 study of 20 patients resulted in higher pain thresholds for patients taking high-level THC

Try Medical Marijuana for Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms

If you’re dealing with fibromyalgia symptoms that aren’t well controlled with traditional treatments, medical marijuana could be the answer you’ve been searching for. At Hakunah Matata, our qualified physicians will evaluate your fibromyalgia symptoms, and if appropriate, will refer you to receive a Florida Medical Marijuana Use Registry card. This card is the only way to get 100% legal medical marijuana products in the state of Florida. Call us at 239-789-6561 to schedule your consultation today!