Medical Cannabis May Be Safe, Effective Treatment Option to Manage Symptoms, Study Says

Medical Cannabis May Be Safe, Effective Treatment Option to Manage Symptoms, Study Says
Medical cannabis appears to be a safe and effective treatment option to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia, a study says. The findings of the study, "Safety and Efficacy of Medical Cannabis in Fibromyalgia," were published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Fibromyalgia is a complex condition characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and memory and mood issues. Treatment for fibromyalgia is challenging, and normally consists of a combination of pharmacological therapies — antidepressants and anticonvulsants — and non-pharmacological approaches, such as aerobic exercise, cognitive‐behavioral therapy, and rehabilitation programs. "Medical cannabis represents a promising therapeutic option for fibromyalgia patients due to its effectiveness and relatively low rate of serious adverse effects. Although the identification of cannabinoid receptors and their endogenous [natural] ligands has triggered a large body of studies, there is a paucity of large‐scale and prospective clinical trials regarding their role in fibromyalgia," the investigators said. To learn more, a group of researchers from Tikun Olam, one of the largest producers of medical cannabis worldwide, collaborated with investigators from the Ben‐Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. The team set out to examine the safety and effectiveness of Tikun's medical
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