THC-rich cannabis oil helped fibromyalgia patients feel better and have less fatigue: study

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Brazilian researchers have found that using THC-rich cannabis oil can help to ease the symptoms and enhance the quality of life of fibromyalgia patients. Being one of the most common chronic pain syndromes, fibromyalgia affects more women than men and is characterized by musculoskeletal pain, extreme fatigue and sleep and/or mood disorders. In Brazil, the condition affects about three per cent of the population, mostly women aged 30 to 55. “Phytocannabinoids can be a low-cost and well-tolerated therapy to reduce symptoms and increase the quality of life of patients with fibromyalgia,” notes the study , published last month in Pain Medicine . THC and CBD are just two of the 100-plus types of phytocannabinoids, chemical compounds that interact with the cannabinoid receptors in the body, contained in marijuana plants. Study: Exercise can offset depressive symptoms that may accompany frequent weed use Study suggests cannabis use in young adults is a risk factor for violence Using alcohol and bud simultaneously not associated with engaging in certain risky activities: study The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial involved 17 women with fibromyalgia from a neighbourhood with a low socioeconomic profile. Some women received the a THC-rich whole plant extract containing 24.44 mg/ml of THC and 0.51 mg/ml of CBD over eight weeks. The initial dose was one drop (about 1.22 mg of THC and 0.02 mg of CBD) daily, with subsequent doses increasing in line with symptoms. The cannabis variety used “is recognized for its terpenoids: myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene.” Following the intervention, the cannabis group showed a significant decrease in Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) score compared to the placebo group, notes the study abstract. The FIQ is composed of 10 items: physical function, feel good, work missed, job ability, pain, fatigue, morning tiredness, stiffness, anxiety, and depression, each with a maximum possible score of…

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