Fibromyalgia patients experienced a dramatic improvement in symptoms when cannabis was used as treatment, according to a recent study done in Israel.
Comments from patients included:
“I wish I had received this treatment when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia;”
“I returned to the same person as before: and
“This is a miraculous treatment.”
“Very rarely as physicians have we encountered such responses in real-life medicine, except possibly among patients treated with steroids for inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis,” said treating physicians and lead researchers Dr. George Habib and Dr. Suheil Artul.
Published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, this groundbreaking research found that cannabis (mainly smoked) delivered “significant favorable outcomes” in every item evaluated, such as:
- energy levels
- memory problems.
Nearly half of study participants said it improved their capacity to work or to return to work.
The improvement was so remarkable in some cases, that patients “completely ceased” previous treatments or significantly reduced the dose or type of medication they’d been taking prior to cannabis treatment.
Small dose; one gram/day
Symptom control could be maintained on just one gram per day or or less for most patients, the study found.
Additional valuable information will be gleaned from a clinical trial recently announced by Tetra Bio-Pharma. It plans to reduce development costs and time-to-market for its drug and vaporizer for fibromyalgia patients.
Complex chronic-pain condition
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain syndromes, yet it is not clear what causes it and many patients experience continuous pain.
The main symptoms are:
- musculoskeletal pain throughout the body,
- xtreme fatigue
- disturbances in mood and sleep
The impact is so profound that many patients become physically disabled and unable to accomplish various tasks at work and home.
Medications prescribed for the condition include opiates, antidepressants and benzodiazepines (benzos) such as Ativan.