It was discovered during a recent survey that cannabis was the most effective treatment against fibromyalgia, with an efficiency exceeding all existing medications.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that is accompanied by chronic fatigue, deep muscle pain, headaches and depression. Although patients with this disorder have a choice of three drugs, the good old cannabis has proven that his action exceeded that of all drugs synthesized in the laboratory. In a recent online survey conducted by the National Pain Foundation, more than 1,300 patients with fibromyalgia were interviewed. The result is that cannabis has been designated as the most effective in treating the symptoms.
Most patients with fibromyalgia who participated in the survey reported that they had tried all three drugs available, including Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella, but none of these drugs were as effective as cannabis to eliminate or relieve the debilitating and troublesome symptoms. It is estimated that the US alone, at least 5 million people suffer from fibromyalgia to some degree. Nine out of ten patients are women.
Currently there is no cure for this proven very embarrassing disorder and many patients struggle to maintain their quality of life due to their constant painful condition, and lack of energy. The president of the National Pain Foundation, Dr. Dan Bennett, said he supported patients using what he considers an “outside the box” solution.
The figures are quite impressive: according to the survey, less than one in ten patients using Cymbalta said the drug was effective. Three patients with fibromyalgia and five using Lyrica to their troubles were also reported to have felt any positive effects with the drug. Savella has been described as the least effective of the three drugs approved by the FDA, nearly 7 out of 10 patients reported that the drug was of no help. In contrast, over 60% of patients who responded to the survey reported that cannabis was very effective to reduce or eliminate symptoms.