Research into the causes and treatment of fibromyalgia is an incredibly active scientific endeavor.
With so many fibromyalgia suffers within the United States and across the world, researchers are scrambling to find solutions to this invisible illness. Some of the research is concentrating on a substance called cannabis sativa, which is more commonly known as marijuana.
Fibromyalgia has typically been treated by dietary and lifestyle changes, by avoiding stressful situations, and through the use of certain pharmaceutical drugs. Part of the dilemma of fibromyalgia treatment is that the symptoms that sufferers display are so diverse. That is why broader lifestyle changes that address the full symptom spectrum are common prescriptions. That said, lifestyle changes take a tremendous amount of energy to initiate and maintain, and energy is something that fibromyalgia suffers explicitly lack.
While each symptom that a fibromyalgia sufferer evidences may require its own pharmacological intervention, the benefit of marijuana is that it can have a broad effect on a variety of common issues including pain relief, mood enhancement, anxiety reduction and sleep improvement.
A 2008 study determined that single doses of Nabilone administered daily significantly decreased symptoms of fibromyalgia. Nabilone contains the same main ingredients as regular marijuana.
A more recent 2011 study claims that fibromyalgia sufferers who self-administered medical marijuana also displayed statistically significant reductions in pain, stiffness, stress, in combination with a boosted sense of personal well-being. Anecdotally, many people who suffer from fibromyalgia attest to the helpful benefits of self-administered medical marijuana.
There are many people who say that smoking marijuana provides them enough pain and insomnia relief that they actually can become more active. Either way, this is an interesting debate, and much medical research is still required to truly identify the best way to integrate marijuana into a comprehensive treatment plan for fibromyalgia sufferers.