Canadian Guideline That Arose from Fibromyalgia Study Urges Medical Cannabis Caution

Canadian Guideline That Arose from Fibromyalgia Study Urges Medical Cannabis Caution
A study weighing the risks and benefits of cannabis-based therapies for fibromyalgia has led to University of Alberta researchers developing a guideline to help primary care doctors decide whether to recommend such treatments to their patients. The team that did the fibromyalgia review concluded that the risk of cannabinoids might outweight the benefits that patients with the disease would receive. At the moment, the guideline is a proposal. Its creators are seeking feedback on it before coming up with a final version. They published the "Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care" in Canadian Family Physician. The guideline recommends that, in general, doctors limit their patients' medical cannabinoid use. But it does suggest that physicians consider the treatment for certain conditions when standard therapies fail. These include lingering nerve pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and spasticity from multiple sclerosis or a spinal cord injury. Another use would be to address lingering pain in palliative care, or treatments that relieve symptoms rather than improve a disease. "While enthusiasm for medical marijuana is very strong among some people, good-quality research has not caught up," Mike Allan, who led the guideline creation process, said in a press release. The four uses of medical cannabis that the group reviewed before writing the guideline were relieving pain, nausea and vomiting, spasticity, and treatment side effects. The pain
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6 comments

  1. Deb Smith says:

    Poor, very poor studies.. I wouldn’t trust these studies at all. A person would have to have existing mental health issues to become a nightmare smoking or partaking of it. OR possibly using and abusing it morning, noon and night, breakfast, lunch and tea, and hours in-between would possibly induce mental health issues, SO???
    I think there are a whole raft of legal medications that do similar to! Well using Cannabis should be done carefully and under guidelines by those ‘who know’ the products and the varieties and how they should be used. NOT these so called researchers who do very poorly at even their research but are very happy to take the big $$$’s for the poorly done research. Where does it leave those sufferers who know it works for them!!!! hmmmm
    tsk tsk

  2. michelle jadaa says:

    what an absolutely useless post.it makes statements then tells all the reasons the statement isn’t based on recognised facts.from my personal experience cannabis has amazing results helping sleep which we know is central to severity of fibro symptoms .it has helped my pain as much as the gabapentin I was on before.i have stopped my multiple prescriptions as cannabis has helped as much without the side effects.ami cured ? no of course not but cannabis does help.

  3. Bonnie Wine says:

    I agree this is a waste of space when research is done and then follows up with it wasn’t done well. Why bother? My experience with cannibis was for 3 months and it did nothing for me. I had no side effects. I’m happy for those it does help.

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