Medical Marijuana or Medical Cannabis

Fibromyalgia is an unceasing chronic pain disorder that is extremely difficult to treat and hard to cure. The prescriptions that are often suggested for treatment of fibromyalgia have too many side effects than the possible healing effects. The treatment option of this disorder does not come with good news to most people and the possible outcome is quite disturbing. The sufferers of fibromyalgia often have to live with sleeplessness, fatigue, headaches, complete body pain and depression as well.

Is Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia the Right Choice for You?

Women suffer from fibromyalgia more than men and they feel that the doctors do not take this ailment seriously. The available medications for fibromyalgia often give rise to multiple complications rather than curing it completely. Medical Marijuana or Medical Cannabis can be considered as a sole available treatment for fibromyalgia that comes with very less side effects that any other available medications.

A recent study that was conducted amongst 1,339 fibromyalgia patients showed that through medical marijuana or medical cannabis, the treatment was more successful that the suggested drugs- Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella prescribed to fight fibromyalgia. When the statistics were compared, the rate of success was quite more in the former one as compared to the latter drugs.

These drugs are not only ineffective and expensive, but they come with a host of side effects. Following are the reactions that can be seen on the Lyrica bottle that is available at a drug store:

  • Severe allergic reactions that can be life threatening
  • Thoughts of suicide and fatal actions observed in at least 1% of sufferers
  • Swelling of hands, feet and legs that can cause severe problems to patients with heart problems
  • Blurry vision, trouble concentrating, sleepiness, dizziness, swelling of your feet and hands, weight gain, dry mouth and feeling high.

Out of all these, the observed side effect with medical cannabis is feeling high and strains of cannabis that have lower amount of THC to CBD (a non psychoactive chemical) has been successful in treating the fibromyalgia pain without disturbing cognition.

Cannabis has multiple medical uses and apart from helping with the signs of fibromyalgia it has helped in treating cystic fibrosisglaucomamuscle spasmsemphysema, rheumatism, nerve pain, stress, arthritisinsomnia, herpes, tumors, multiple sclerosis, migraines, back pain, nausea and epilepsy. The topical extractions of this course show antibiotic properties that prove to be helpful in treating various skin ailments as well as boost the appetite. The feelings of nausea that often comes as a side effect of cancer and HIV treatment can be reduced with this method.

The History of Medical Marijuana or Medical Cannabis

The prescription of medical marijuana or medical cannabis was provided by the health practitioners till the year 1942. During the following year, it was taken out from the list of available drugs that could be purchased by the people. Why researching on medical marijuana is necessary when its pill named as Marinol is seen in the market?

The Latin name of Marijuana is cannabis and it has an array of components known as cannabinoids. These are known to have some medicinal properties. Marijuana contains 60 or 70 different cannabinoids while Marinol has only one cannabinoid named delta-9 THC in it. When this cannabinoid is extracted from the plant, all the other positive effects are lost from it and this may give rise to other side effects that are caused due to consumption of THC alone.

When a report was made in comparison with Marijuana and medicine, it showed that cannabinoids helped in relieving pain, vomiting, nausea and increase in appetite.

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