A new Israeli study shows medical marijuana could be an effective treatment for pain related to fibromyalgia, writes Calvin Hughes.
For the study, researchers from the Rabin Medical Center and the Cannabis Clinical Research Institute at Soroka University surveyed nearly 240 fibromyalgia patients enrolled in Israel’s medical marijuana program between 2015 and 2017, to find out how much of an impact cannabis had on their symptoms.
The patients were asked to rate their pain on a scale of one to ten both before starting to use medical marijuana, and after six months of medical marijuana use. Over that period the vast majority (over 80 percent) reported that they had experienced «at least moderate improvements in their condition» without severe side effects. The median pain level for patients at the beginning of the study was rated at a nine, while after six months of medical marijuana use the median pain level dropped to five.
Not only did medical marijuana appear to significantly reduce the pain experienced by these patients, but it also seemed to improve their mental health. Half of the patients reported experiencing depression before the trial period, but after the six months of medical cannabis more than 80 percent of those individuals said their depression symptoms were reduced.
These findings lead the researchers to conclude that «medical cannabis appears to be a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.»