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Medical Marijuana strains for Fibromyalgia

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Medical marijuana has been shown to ease the pain of those who suffer with fibromyalgia or chronic pain. At Sensible Seeds we have embarked on a project of research to look into the cannabis strains and treatments that will most benefit fibromyalgia and chronic pain sufferers. Sensible Seeds is committed to bringing useful cannabis strains and associated medical marijuana information to you, and we are updating our website as new discoveries come to light. Sensible Seeds have sourced information from a variety of well-established medical marijuana websites and a summary of this information is laid out for you below.

 What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome which is characterized by muscle and joint pain. Fibromyalgia may also be referred to as Fibromyositis or Fibrositis or fibromyalgia syndrome. Unfortunately it is very difficult to treat and impossible to cure.  As the pain from fibromyalgia is so debilitating, many patients have considered whether to try medical marijuana to ease their symptoms. Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition (chronic) which causes widespread pain all over the body and extreme fatigue and tiredness. It is estimated that fibromyalgia can affect nearly 1 in 20 people. Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, although it mostly affects women and develops in people between the ages of 30 and 60 years of age. Around 1.7 million people suffer with the condition in England and Wales and six million Americans.  

There is no specific test for fibromyalgia. Diagnosis is usually based on your symptoms and tests which may then rule out other conditions. 

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is a level of discomfort that increases over a period of time becoming consistent. It is usually unaffected by medical treatment. Acute pain comes from an accident or injury and is treatable. There are different causes of chronic pain including back injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, scoliosis and multiple sclerosis.   

Symptoms of fibromyalgia

  • ·         pain which is usually continuous, although it can be an ache, a burning sensation or a sharp stabbing pain

  • ·         difficulty sleeping

  • ·         sensitivity all over your body

  • ·         headaches or ‘fibro-fog’

  • ·         irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

  • ·         muscle stiffness

  • ·         feeling too hot or too cold

  • ·         restless legs syndrome

  • ·         tingling, numbness, prickling, or burning sensations in your hands and feet (paraesthesia)

  • ·         tinnitus (the perception of a noise in one or both ears that comes from inside your body)

  • ·         unusually painful periods (in women)

  • ·         anxiety or depression 

What causes fibromyalgia?

The exact causes are not known, but research has identified a number of changes in the way that the body functions. However, what causes these changes, and how these lead to fibromyalgia, is not clear. These changes include: disturbed pain messages that seem to be caused by problems in the way messages are carried and received by the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves); lower levels of hormones than normal, particularly serotonin (which is good for regulating mood and sleep and appetite), noradrenaline (also known as norepinephrine which controls our response in stressful situations) and dopamine (which controls mood and behaviour and how we learn; and problems sleeping.

It is possible that disturbed sleep patterns may actually be a cause of fibromyalgia, rather than just a symptom. Fibromyalgia can prevent you from sleeping deeply, leading to extreme tiredness. Fibromyalgia sufferers who sleep badly seem to experience more pain, suggesting sleep problems contribute to other symptoms of fibromyalgia. 

Certain risk factors act as a trigger for fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome including: physical trauma, psychological trauma, viral infections or being depressed. There may also be a genetic link to fibromyalgia, with some sufferers more likely to develop the condition if their family have a history of the condition. The diagnosis criteria is that the patient suffers diffuse pain in 3 or more quadrants of the body, and displays a minimum of 11 out of 18 tender points in the body. 

How fibromyalgia is conventionally treated

There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Symptoms are usually permanent, although they can be eased and do vary in severity. You may be prescribed medicines such as antidepressants and painkillers, or talking therapies, which is counselling or CBT. Some fibromyalgia sufferers prefer to make lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, sleeping habits and relaxation.  

Fibromyalgia and medical marijuana

Many of the symptoms of chronic pain syndrome can be reduced by using medical marijuana.  Medical marijuana for Fibromyalgia patients works well due to natural pain relieving properties of THC and other cannabinoids found in cannabis.  Scientific studies in the US have demonstrated that THC may help to ease chronic pain in MMJ patients with Fibromyalgia. Anecdotal evidence from medical marijuana patients with fibromyalgia have shown medical marijuana is effective and has few side effects. A 2006 study found that THC reduced chronic pain by approximately 50% in all MMJ patients who completed a THC therapy trial.  A similar clinical trial discovered that Nabilone, a synthetic medical marijuana pill, reduced pain and anxiety significantly in Fibromyalgia patients.

Nabilone is a useful option for sufferers who live in states where medical marijuana is not yet legal. Otherwise medical marijuana may prove to be more cost-effective and more effective in relieving the symptoms of MMJ patients. 

Views about cannabis and medical marijuana are slowly beginning to change. It had been considered a dangerous drug with no medical value but medical marijuana is being recognised as beneficial in the treatment of chronic pain. It has analgesic effects and anti-inflammatory properties. It can work alongside other medications. People can become addicted or they can develop a tolerance to conventional medicine meaning they have to increase their dosage whereas research has demonstrated that except for potential damage to lungs, cannabis is safer than many legal drugs with less likelihood of overdose. Unlike synthetic THC, inhaled marijuana offers immediate relief as it is absorbed straight into the bloodstream. In 1999 the Institute of Medicine found that THC produced dose-related analgesia peaking at around 5 hours, out-lasting codeine. Side effects were minimal and dose-related.

Commonly used synthetic analgesics such as aspirin, Tylenol, and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can have serious toxic side effects including gastric bleeding or ulcers, with a risk of liver or kidney disease.  

Why opt for medical marijuana for chronic pain syndrome or fibromyalgia?

MMJ is a safer and more effective way to treat chronic pain. Cannabis receptors are located in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system and when cannabis is inhaled it binds to the nerves that regulate pain throughout the body blocking a response to pain. Medical marijuana for chronic pain can reduce medical marijuana patients pain and improve their quality of life, without serious side effects commonly associated with some pharmaceutical pain relievers.

Pain relief is one of medical marijuana's most well-known benefits and has been endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Public Health Association, the American Nurses Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine.

If you would like to be a MMJ patient or use medical marijuana for fibromyalgia or medical marijuana for chronic pain syndrome you should research your local medical marijuana laws and talk to a medical marijuana doctor about obtaining any license or recommendations that you need so that you can use cannabis legally for your chronic pain.  

Medical marijuana for fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome – Sensible Seeds

We are constantly updating the list of the marijuana seeds available for fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome patients. Keep checking the Sensible Seeds websites for updates.

Spliff Seeds - Cheese - FEM -
Spliff Seeds - Blue Berry - REG -
Spliff Seeds  - Blue Berry - FEM -
Vision Seeds - Super Skunk - AUTO FEM -
Vision Seeds - NY Diesel - FEM -
Vision Seeds - Bubble Yum - FEM -
Vision Seeds - AK49 - FEM -
Spliff Seeds - Strawberry - FEM -
Spliff Seeds - Mega Power Plant - FEM -
Spliff Seeds - BubbleGun - FEM -
Ministry of Cannabis - Zensation - FEM -
Jordan of the Islands -Blue God - REG
Feminised Seeds - Chronic - FEM -
Emerald Triangle -Lost Coast OG  - REG -
Emerald Triangle -Lost Coast OG - FEM -
Dutch Passion - Twilight - FEM -
Dr. Undergound - Pain Killer - FEM -
Delicious Seeds - Fruity Chronic Juice - FEM -

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