Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a disorder which causes pain in muscle and soft tissue. This disorder can also lead to general and muscular fatigue, headaches, inflammation, numbness in extremities, insomnia and memory loss/confusion. Presently, there is no known cause for fibromyalgia, but it has been linked with other autoimmune diseases. The disorder is primarily afflicts women as they make up 90% of all cases of FMS.
Unfortunately many with FMS have a sensitivity to medication which can make treatment a difficult endeavor. Treatment generally includes serotonin, norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and exercise. These treatments tend to help with some side effects, but not all. With all SNRIs, there are potential negative side effects.
While there is no cure for FMS, some studies have shown that cannabis can assist with symptoms of FMS. A major upside of cannabis treatment for FMS is that it doesn’t cause the negative reactions that patients tend to see with other medications.
Studies have shown a potential link between FMS patients and a deficiency in endocannabinoids (called clinical endocannabinoid deficiency or CECD). Likewise, other studies have shown that use of cannabis results in overall relief of FMS symptoms and improved quality of life!
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