Fibromyalgia and Cannabis

 

 If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, you have probably tried everything you can think of to relieve the pain. While the cause of fibromyalgia is widely debated, Dr. Ethan Russo, a prominent neurologist and pharmacologist who has dedicated much of his professional career studying cannabis and the endocannabinoid system, theorized that fibromyalgia could be related to Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). Hard to treat and impossible to cure, many sufferers are curious about whether cannabis can help treat their discomfort. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2%-8% of the population. Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure.  

Cannabinoids have been used for centuries in traditional healing and there are advocates of medical marijuana for a myriad of health complaints. Many fibromyalgia patients already use marijuana-based products, often reporting excellent results with no side-effects. Some have even been able to stop taking conventional medications, so it’s not surprising the fibromyalgia community is looking forward to being able to legally use these types of products to help them manage their symptoms. 

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is like the internet of the body. The primary goal of the ECS is homeostasis — helping your body maintain a stable internal environment. With scientific evidence suggesting their role in inflammation, insulin sensitivity, and fat and energy metabolism, inhibition of endocannabinoids may be a tool in reducing the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and augmenting the benefits of physical exercise.   

Earlier this year, Cannabis Science announced that they were going to start manufacturing cannabis patches designed to relieve fibromyalgia pain. The patches would be worn on the body and deliver a controlled dose of cannabinoids over a period of time.   

The two new pharmaceutical pain relievers will be marketed as transdermal adhesive patches that deliver a certain dose of medication into the bloodstream by absorption through the patient’s skin. 

Transdermal drug delivery routes have the potential to promote healing of an injured area of the body. This delivery method can be superior to other types of medication delivery, including oral, topical, intravenous, intramuscular, and others, because of the additional control over the dose administered to the patient. The best part of this new medication is it is not addictive and all natural. 

 

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