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Study Shows Cannabis Oil Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Saturday 21 November 2020


From Pain News Network:


Pain News Network

Study Shows Cannabis Oil Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Pat Anson, PNN Editor
November 7, 2020
Copyright © 2020 Pain News Network.

A small placebo-controlled trial shows that daily doses of cannabis oil rich in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) significantly improves pain, fatigue and quality of life in people with fibromyalgia.

The study findings, recently published in the journal Pain Medicine involved 17 women with fibromyalgia living in Florianopolis, Brazil. Participants were given drops of cannabis oil or a placebo for eight weeks, starting with an initial dose of one drop a day orally and then titrating to an average of 3-4 drops a day.

The cannabis oil used in the study contained 1.22 mg of THC and 0.02 mg of CBD (cannabidiol) per drop. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The women self-reported their symptoms on a questionnaire every 10 days. Few changes were noted in the placebo group, but the women receiving cannabis oil reported significant improvement on a wide range of symptoms, including pain, depression, anxiety and fatigue. They were also more likely to “feel good” and not miss work compared to the placebo group.

“To our knowledge, this is the first randomized controlled trial to demonstrate the benefit of cannabis oil -- a THC-rich whole plant extract -- on symptoms and on quality of life of people with fibromyalgia,” researchers said. “During the intervention, the impact of the intervention on quality of life in the cannabis group participants was evident, resulting in reports of well-being and more energy for activities of daily living. Pain attacks were also reduced, albeit subjectively, in frequency and intensity.”


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