Arthritis Society of Canada Funds Medical Marijuana Research for Fibromyalgia Pain

Arthritis Society of Canada Funds Medical Marijuana Research for Fibromyalgia Pain
The Arthritis Society of Canada is awarding a three-year research grant to Dr. Mark Ware to study the use of medical marijuana (cannabis) for fibromyalgia pain. Ware is the director of clinical research at the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He also serves as executive director of the nonprofit Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. Understanding the role that medical cannabis can play in mediating pain management is critical for patients and clinicians. Although many pain patients report that medical marijuana can ease their symptoms, there is not much scientific data to support these claims. And there are no large-scale clinical trials on the use of cannabinoids to treat fibromyalgia pain. The Arthritis Society hopes to help fill this gap. "These investments are about leading by example," Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society, said in a press release. "Patients and physicians both need to be able to make informed decisions about whether cannabis has a place in the individual's treatment plan." The pain that patients with fibromyalgia experience can be quite broad. It varies not only in intensity but also in location and frequency. These symptoms are often associated with broader ailments, ranging from sleep disorders to gastrointestinal problems. As a result, the pain can be debilitating to patients. "This disease has a tremendous impact on a person's life, but to date we haven't really had any good treatment options to offer," Ware said. "Opioids a
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  1. Denise Bault says:

    I’m happy to see the Canadians doing research in this area. Hello Americans…WHERE IS YOUR FUNDING AND RESEARCH??????????

  2. Lois Flett says:

    I’m definitely interested in the research that Dr. Mark Ware will be conducting for medical cannibas in relation to fibromyalgia pain. I’ve been living with Fibro since 1995…been seeing a pain specialist since 2004. After trying just about everything on the market for conventional medicine with basically no relief to my pain (6-8 daily), my doctor put me on medical cannibas in May/16. Finally I’ve found relief from my pain!! It’s short lived, since I vape the relief is instant & amazing! Although I have to vape about every 2 hours or less, it’s well worth it ????‼ I used to suffer from miagraines almost daily in addition to intense back & knee pain. In the past 7 months that I’ve been vaping, I’ve only had a few headaches – amazing! My knees feel like footballs before I vape & within 5 minutes I’m walking perfectly normal! The worst pain in my lower back is stubborn & seems to be the hardest to treat, but I do get some relief from vaping. Could be that I haven’t found the perfect combination of THC/CBD just yet. I’m still working on that. I’m also using butrans 20 patches to reduce my baseline pain. There’s no doubt that medical cannabis is the way to go for treating Fibromyalgia! I’ve got over 30 years of experience living with Fibro, & thanks to medical cannabis, the last 7 months have been almost bearable!

    • Don says:

      I too use marijuana for pain and sleep.I never believed in marijuana and never thought I would be using it in my fifties.I was taking five different prescriptions for at least fifteen years and was addicted to one. I was always warning my kids on how bad marijuana was and now its the best thing for me. I am a firm believer that if they study it for fibromyalgia that they will find it the best and safest drug to use.I only wish I would have discovered it back in my thirties and would have enjoyed my life without all the side effects of the different drugs I took. I have one drug that makes me happy relaxed and takes my pain away. This was a last resort decision for my wife and I and it was the right one for us.

    • Michael says:

      smoking or vaping is not the answer, try ingestion, its absorption rate is 40% and last 8 plus hours. Try ingestion in raw form, as it is an anti-inflammatory without getting high, Also look for Passion 1 an old cannabis strain, grind 0.3 grams into a fine powder, and put into boiling hot apple cider mix with one shot of Captain Morgans spiced rum, and drink, DO NOT DRINK ANY MORE THEN THIS, it will take about 2 to 3 hours for it to get into your system. It will tranquilize your body for about 12 hours, no pain, no movement. If it doesn’t wait 24 hours, then increase by 0,1 grams, do not increase more, it only takes a little bit to much to make you really sick, so be careful, with edibles always start of with small amounts and wist at least 3 hours, since it that long for it to pass through your liver and into the blood stream.

  3. Rebecca Hoffman says:

    I wish They would fund it here and see so we can get help here, I have fibromyalgia over 10 years , I want relief in this pain.. So I don’t have to keep taking pills all the time, it doesn’t get rid of all the pain..

  4. Jill Konen says:

    I get so tired of Drs saying that opiates DO NOT help with fibro pain!!
    Yes they do!!! I go to a Pain Management Clinic and that’s what they do is manage my pain!! They saved my life!! I could go on and on!! Sooo get busy!!!! And at least legalize the medical in all 50 states!! Nebraska WILL NOT do it. But what’s funny is the county that the troopers pickup all the people coming from Colorado is going broke cause there’s soooo many court cases. It’s only a misdemeanor to have 3/4 of an ounce. So now they just give you a ticket and they let you go!! Anyway if you can’t help my generation hopefully it will be the next!!

    • Micheal says:

      Unfortunately Jill almost all medical benefits from cannabis must have all 12 types of THC in it. but try ingesting it raw, as it does not have the High, also, smoking isn’t the best form of absorption as only 15% goes into the blood stream, try ingestion, in baked goods, and if you fear the high, take it about an hour before going to bed, DO NOT DRINK anything with caffeine in it as cannabis magnifies the effects of what ever you ingest with it up to 7 times. Also if you decide to ingest, start off slow with very little, no more the 0.3 grams, and increase every 24 hours by 0.1 gram. if you increase quicker you might end up extremely sick, so be careful, use it as medication

  5. Regina says:

    In Australia we are even further behind and it is only going to be made possible for the treatment of children with severe seizures later this year. If there is a trial I would like to participate as my whole intestinal system is now not working properly!

  6. Trina jeanneault says:

    I would be interested in the study I am 57 years old and have had fibromyalgia diabetes and chronic fatigue as well as fatty liver non alcohol type and leaky gut as well as high cholesterol , depression and anxiety disorder I am on my fourth year with fibromyalgia and 3rd year with diabetes type 2 and first year with high cholesterol everything followed shortly after I got sick

  7. Tammie says:

    It is Absolutly Necessary that medicinal marijuana becomes covered ASAP for ODSP licenced medicinal users ! I have fibromialga. No pills help me that are recommended such as Lyrics T3 Perkeset or any others. Marijuana is my only salvation and because of it not being covered I have acquired encured thousands of dollars of debt on my credit card. As ordering online at 19% interest for 1200 of mess per month and only making 1095 per month. What is one to do? I have sold everything I own just to survive and get by. I was vertualy homeless for a year Trying to live anymore is rediculous. I’m embarrassed to call myself a Canadian . It’s our government causing such depths of poverty today. It’s discraceful . We use to be one of the riches countries in the world Why do we have 40 thousand people starving and unable to afford to survive? Dispicable!

  8. susan fisher says:

    Been there done that, doing it still… I work now in the industry, for many reasons, but I must say for the Fibromyalgia, cannabis really helps especially in an edible or oil form. And yes the thc/cbd mixture is the best.

    • N. LISA says:

      As a 28 year FM sufferer I am elated to see any serious research being done to better understand and possibly real treatment of this disease/syndrome. I have been looking into the potential benefits of Cannabis (CBD/specifically) but find it very hard to navigate. I look forward to the insight that this study may potentially offer those of us who “suffer” this disease… those of us whose lives have become one of merely “existing” leading sad lives of isolation and despair.
      If there was ever a study conducted that I could participate in I would welcome the opportunity to help (to pàrticipate). I realize that these studies may only offer answers to future patients but it would give me solace/comfort to know that I played a part (no matter how minute) in the R&D, the progress of answers that we search for to have some level of quality of life.

  9. Linda says:

    I, also, have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia plus have anxiety and depression. I’m now on medical cannabis oil but struggling with dosage and what species to use. Most oils do not say what plant is being used. Mine do say if it is indica or stavia and what amount is THC or CBD. I find I’m extremely sensitive to THC so at this point use much higher CBD. I’m not seeing the results other friends are having with cannabis especially ones with higher THC. Very frustrating and looking forward to seeing the result of the research

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