Medical Marijuana Could Be An Effective Weapon Against Fibromyalgia Pain

It’s estimated that between five and 12 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia, and most of them will be trying to ease the pain using a mixture of over-the-counter medications and prescriptions drugs. However, many fibromyalgia patients are turning to cannabis (medical marijuana) to help ease some of the symptoms associated with the condition.

The Arthritis Society of Canada funds research of medical marijuana for fibromyalgia pain.

Medical marijuana is legal in some states for registered patients, and its health benefits and pain-easing properties have been used for centuries in traditional medicine.

According to a report on, cannabinoids present in medical marijuana help to ease pain, as well as increase appetite and relieve the feeling of nausea.

There have been many studies on the benefits of cannabis for fibromyalgia patients including a 2011 clinical trial in Barcelona, Spain, which found that medical marijuana was useful in the treatment of many fibromyalgia symptoms including pain and stiff joints.

Growing support for medical marijuana in U.S. spurs development of new chronic pain therapies.

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  1. Baba says:

    Sure hope MM works for my FMS pain and stiffness. I’ve had it since 1992 and as I’m aging (65) that coupled with arthritis and disk problems, my pain levels can be pretty nasty. It just became legal in MD but a dispensary is not up and running yet. Do you know where I could get it until then? I understand there are various strains that I need to learn about for FMS and I don’t want to get the wrong thing. Any assistance you can be with info on this, I sure would appreciate it.

    • Katherine A Johnson says:

      I don’t know where to get it in MD, but I can tell you the most effective strain for pain in Indica. Sativa can be better for daytime use, but I always use Indica when the pain is really bad.

  2. Suzy Mapes says:

    I have tried CBD oil and it sure does help with pain ! And when I 1st tried it I went on a hike with family thinking i would just turn around and go back and wait for everyone to finish..But I made it all the way ,maybe not as fast as I use to be but I DID IT ! I now use it when I know I need to reduce
    pain level and get things done. Not yet legal on the MM yet here but a few steps closer and I am sure it will pass this time threw ..

  3. Kathleen Austin says:

    Ain’t no could about it! My rheumatologist would prescribe it if he could; but until TX changes the law he can’t. If you are a TX resident please write your state representative to vote yes on HB81..if it makes it to the passed out of committee but now needs to be added to the calendar for a vote. Get more information @

  4. Sandi says:

    My pain specialist is cutting me way back and she’s now going to a different hospital. The doctor she referred me to does not prescribe opioids for any reason! I I’ll start using Marijuana if I can’t get a doctor to prescribe me for pain meds. I have had knee joints replaced and now a shoulder needs replacing. Even tho the replacement keeps my body working the pain is still there. Joint replacements do not get rid of Fibro pain! Drug Abusers have caused us to lose our right to get pain medication. Instead of going by a case by case situation they will punish us all. My state will be the last ones to make medical marijuana legal if ever. Maybe I need to move!

    • Tammy says:

      Boy do I agree with you. My doctor started making me do a urine test before getting my hydrocodone prescription. Because I had finished my prescription a week earlier it did not show up in my urine. He immediately thought I was either giving it to someone else or selling it! No way! The amount he prescribed if divided by 30 days would be like taking a 81 mg aspirin and expecting it to help a migraine!
      Legal in Oregon now, but 3x the cost of a hydrocodone prescription! Thank you drug abusers for killing those who really need it legitimately.

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