Living with fibromyalgia is living a life of pain. Day in and day out, fibromyalgia patients have to endure excruciating pain and pressure on tender points throughout the body. Other symptoms include difficulty sleeping, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, morning stiffness, painful menstrual periods, restless leg syndrome, numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, and many more.
To date, there is still no known cure for fibromyalgia. Since this condition was only discovered recently, many in the medical and scientific community still understand very little about it. But there is hope with cannabis: fibromyalgia is one of the several conditions that cannabis has been proven to treat effectively and without the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
In 2014, the National Pain Foundation conducted a survey of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients. Almost a third of the respondents admitted to having used medical cannabis to treat their pain. Sixty-two percent of the participants reported that cannabis was “very effective” in alleviating their symptoms, 33% said that it “helped a little”, and only 5% that it didn’t help at all.
Now there’s new hope for fibromyalgia patients in the form of cannabis gum.
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