Medical cannabis or marijuana is known for its ability to suppress seizures, dulls the pain, and crush anxiety. In our case, fibromyalgia is the main force behind our conversion, but sadly there are a lot of ways to join the lines.
Marijuana a friend in Squashing the Chronic Pain
Cannabis is a very common medical aid and offers soothing powers to all kinds of symptoms through the power of the body-wide endocannabinoid deficiency. We’ll touch on five conditions of chronic pain and how cannabis is said to help treat symptoms.
To the people suffering from lupus their body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues, and organs. It affects many different systems, resulting in many different symptoms. These may include extreme fatigue, headaches, painful and swollen joints, fever, anemia, confusion and memory loss, swelling, pain in the chest with deep breathing, hair loss, light sensitivity, abnormal blood clotting, ulcers, and more—including very serious issues like organ failure.
Science is extremely behind the lines when it comes to studying and researching how cannabis can support in eradicating chronic pain, and the lupus community has not been served in this effort. However, there has been promising results in regard to cannabis aiding other diseases that affect the immune system and inflammatory response. Lupus is nicknamed “The Great Imitator” due to sharing symptoms with other diseases, and science has proven that cannabis aids in many of these shared symptoms. The next disease is one such example.
Cannabis helps ease the pain period. turning cutting shards of glass in my body into warm melty goo. It helps me in lifting my spirit, which helps me push through the exhaustion, then helps me to eat through nausea phase. When I can’t anymore—when I become spoon-less—cannabis helps me emotionally handle the extreme amount of rest dictated by this advanced stage of the disease. And science backs me up here, with one fibromyalgia study showing so much improvement using cannabis that half of the participants quit their other medications, opioids completely.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
Referred to by some as chronic fatigue syndrome, ME causes severe fatigue, a devastating symptom that’s often minimized by culture and, disgracefully, even by the medical community. The cause is simply unknown. Rest and sleep don’t just improve overwhelming ME fatigue, and it worsens with physical and mental commotion. Sufferers also battle headaches, poor memory or memory loss, difficulty in focusing, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, insomnia, and sore throat or glands.
Unfortunately, science has not studied ME much in general, and not at all in relation to cannabis, but it has been recorded as anecdotally helpful by scientists. Another fibromyalgia study also showed enhancement in many overlapping symptoms. Because of the sedative effects of certain cannabis strains, it’s said that using an energizing strain during the day can be crucial factor in improving symptoms of ME. Modest dosing can also prevent feelings of being lethargy.
A woman’s uterus has endometrial tissue that builds up throughout her hormone cycle, then breaks down and sheds during menstruation. In endometriosis, this tissue grows outside of the womb, spreading itself on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other organs. When it’s time for the shedding of blood and other cells, they become painfully trapped in the body.
This problem can result in severe menstrual cramps, chronic lower-back, abdominal, and pelvic pain, painful intercourse, painful urination or bowel movements, IBS symptoms, and infertility. Traditional treatments (including risky surgeries) only try to keep the endometriosis from advancing, but cannabis has actually been shown to stop cell growth in mice as well as helping symptoms, especially pain.