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Fibromyalgia medical cannabis treatment

Fibromyalgia, also known as FMS, is a chronic, long-lasting condition that alters the way the central nervous system processes pain messages. Recently, medical cannabis fibromyalgia treatments have demonstrated great potential in decreasing the severity of FMS symptoms because of their interaction with the central nervous system.

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1 in 20

people have fibromyalgia in the UK

77%

reduction in fibromyalgia pain report patients taking medical cannabis

78%

improvement in sleep quality scores when fibromyalgia is treated with medical cannabis

Over 35%

of patients say cannabis treatments have made a real, worthwhile difference

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my medical cannabis treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Articles on Fibromyalgia

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03. 07. 2023

The ultimate guide to cannabis for fibromyalgia relief

Fibromyalgia is a type of chronic pain condition that is thought to affect 1 in 20 individuals and is more commonly seen in women than men. Symptoms can be widespread throughout the body and can vary from person to person. Individuals may report differing symptoms so it can, at times, make diagnosis very difficult.

17. 10. 2023

The pros and cons of medical cannabis

testAfter decades of lobbying by patient advocates and healthcare professionals, on the 1st of November 2018 here in the UK, medical cannabis became legally available to patients suffering from a huge range of conditions including (but nowhere near limited to) chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, epilepsy, mental health concerns, and cancer treatment-related nausea. But with this new availability comes many questions, and these are necessary for the safe application of medical cannabis. In this article, we'll have a closer look at the pros and cons of taking medical cannabis as a complementary treatment option.

13. 09. 2023

The Medical Benefits of THC explained

THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is the most prominent cannabinoid in most cannabis sativa L. strains, and the compound that produces the psychoactive, intoxicating effects associated with cannabis. But, along with the recreational effects of THC, research is showing that it offers a range of potential therapeutic, wellness, and medicinal benefits for those suffering from a surprisingly wide extent of conditions.

Symptoms

Muscle stiffness

Fatigue

Increased pain sensitivity

Headaches

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Anxiety

Depression

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have fibromyalgia. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

Currently, there is still no cure for fibromyalgia. There are a number of medications including painkillers and antidepressants, talking therapies, and lifestyle adaptations that are traditionally recommended as the first line of treatment when trying to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fluoxetine

Amitriptyline

Sertraline

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acupuncture

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments for fibromyalgia, medical cannabis treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"Many conditions that lead to chronic pain often respond poorly to conventional pharmaceutical medications. More and more is being understood about how the endocannabinoid system interacts with the more well known pain pathways to work synergistically with these conventional medications. Chronic pain comes with a variety of associated symptoms such as poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog and reduced appetite – all of which treatment with medical cannabis can improve."

Dr David Tang

Chronic Pain Specialist

Can medical cannabis treatments help symptoms of the fibromyalgia?

Medical cannabis treatments have demonstrated ability in relieving pain, spasticity, anxiety and irritable bowl syndrome - all of which are symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Cannabis is able to influence these responses because its chemical contents are able to mimic, or boost, the natural chemical messengers our body produces to initiate these responses (often, around the central nervous system). 

Because fibromyalgia can have such an extensive range of symptoms, it usually has a large impact on a person’s quality of life, as well as their health. Research shows those with treatment-resistant fibromyalgia often experience a decrease in their symptom severity with cannabis-based treatments, and also, report an improvement in their overall quality of life.

Cannabis-based treatments were only legalised in the UK in 2018, and so, unfortunately, a many are unaware that medical cannabis fibromyalgia treatments are available, and accessible.

At Releaf, our specialist doctors can prescribe fibromyalgia cannabis treatments to those who have been unable to find successful relief with conventionally prescribed options, and so, we may be able to help you. Find out if you’re eligible here. 

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