Fibromyalgia was removed as a qualifying condition from Georgia’s low THC medical marijuana law at the last minute by members of the Georgia Senate. It is unknown why this condition was removed, as the scientific research behind treating fibromyalgia with medical marijuana is extensive.
With the appearance of being healthy and fine on the outside, Fibromyalgia is a disorder that can make normal daily life debilitating for many. Chronic pain, fatigue, restlessness, bowel issues, the list can go and on with potential symptoms.
Traditional treatments for these symptoms include cortecosteroids, anti-inflammatory medications, and of course pain treatments. These avenues can often lead to a lessened quality of life and some of the side effects of these drugs have the potential to be as bad as the underlying conditions.
With the proliferation of the availability and acceptance of medicinal cannabis many more patients are exploring the possibility of cannabis as a treatment. Cannabis contains a myriad of cannabinoids that could be beneficial in the treatment of Fibromyalgia.
CBD and Fibromyalgia
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is of the many reactive compounds within cannabis that is proving effective as not only a natural anti-inflammatory but also as a pain reliever. The human brain has receptors that are “turned on” when tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is introduced into the Endocannabinoid System, but CBD does not produce this “high”.
The key to treating fibromyalgia with cannabis is finding the correct balance of cannabinoids. This can be achieved by researching websites like Leafly, or by visiting a medical marijuana dispensary in your area and discussing the different strains and their reactive properties.
With disorders such as Fibromyalgia, which has the potential to produce so many different symptoms, patients may discover that they will need a balance of both Indica and Sativa strains. Indica strains, which tend to be higher in CBD, often offer relief from pain, nausea, and sleep disorders. A quick online search will reveal an extensive list of Indica-based strains, often with CBD levels noted. A solid Kush-derived strain might be ideal.
THC and Fibromyalgia
Sativa strains are also beneficial as the THC content tends to be higher, allowing for mental relief, muscle relaxation, and inflammation issues. The effects of a Sativa strain are more cerebral and uplifting lending themselves more to daytime use where as an indica may be more suited for evenings.
As with any alternative treatment it is highly suggested to be open and honest with your physician if you are considering exploring cannabis treatment for fibromyalgia (or any other serious medical condition). And if you are new to medicating with cannabis you might want to discuss the different delivery methods available for consuming cannabis with your physician, such as smoking, vaporizing, tinctures, oils and edibles, especially if you have any other underlying health issues that would be affected by consuming cannabis.