According to new research, the use of marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for those with fibromyalgia.
The study, titled Safety and efficacy of medical cannabis in fibromyalgia, was published by the Journal of Clinical Medicine and was published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health.
Researchers conducted “A prospective observational study with six months follow-up period based on fibromyalgia patients who were willing to answer the questionnaire in a specialized medical cannabis clinic between 2015 and 2017. The study had 367 participants.
It was found that 81% of participants reported “at least moderate improvement in their condition”, and this occurred “without experiencing serious adverse events. 22% “stopped or reduced their dosage of opioids,” and 20% reduced their use of benzodiazepines.
“In the present study, we demonstrated that medical cannabis is an effective and safe option for the treatment of fibromyalgia patients’ symptoms,” states the study. “Considering the low rates of addiction and serious adverse effects (especially compared to opioids), cannabis therapy should be considered to ease the symptom burden among those fibromyalgia patients who are not responding to standard care”. They conclude by stating that “Future studies should aim to compare medical cannabis to the