Medical cannabis linked to reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms in UK first

Medical cannabis linked to reduction in fibromyalgia symptoms in UK first
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Medical cannabis is associated with an improvement in fibromyalgia symptoms and quality of life, according to new UK data.  In what is thought to be a first for the UK, a new study has assessed the effects seen in fibromyalgia patients after being prescribed medical cannabis. The study, which included patients being treated at Sapphire Medical Clinics, comprised of 306 patients enrolled in the UK Medical Cannabis Registry. According to those behind the research, significant reductions in fibromyalgia specific symptoms were observed in patients as early as one month and continued to the end of the six month study period. The patients also reported improvements in pain severity, anxiety symptoms, sleep quality and overall health-related quality of life. In addition to showing a reduction in fibromyalgia symptom severity, the research found a 17 per cent reduction in overall opiate use by patients. The full findings will be presented in full at the forthcoming International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) Symposium, taking place from 25-30 June. Delving deeper into fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia affects around three million people in the UK and is often a cause of ‘invisible’ disability. It affects women more often than men, with a typical onset between 35 and 50 years of age, however it can present earlier. The chronic condition causes pain in the muscles and tissues such as the tendons and ligaments causing tenderness in the upper chest and back, as well as neck, arms, and legs. Symptoms commonly experienced include anxiety, debilitating fatigue, chronic pain, sensitivity to light, sound, temperature and touch, as well as cognitive symptoms relating to short term memory or difficulty finding a word – often called ‘fibro fog’. These can be exacerbated by stress, cold weather and physical activity with patients reporting fatigue and extreme tiredness which is not relieved by rest. Until now,…

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