Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that standard pain medications have largely shown to be ineffective at treating. It causes widespread pain throughout the body but the exact cause is still unknown. Sufferers of fibromyalgia also experience fatigue and tender points along the spin, in the shoulders and in the hips.
The aim of this study was to find out if the use of cannabis would both help relieve the symptoms of those suffering from fibromyalgia, as well as improve their quality of life. They found the participants who used cannabis reported a significant reduction in pain and stiffness, an enhancement to relaxation and an increased feeling of wellbeing. There was also a reported increase in the users’ mental health state when compared to a control group who were not using cannabis. Published in the US National Library of Medicine.