Pain is a natural part of our world, and at times a part of our daily lives as well. Prolonged and severe pain or suffering, however, is another monster entirely that carries the potential to disrupt our overall quality of life. Imagine living every single day with excruciating, tormented areas all over your body that scream at the slightest touch—intimacy is no longer enjoyable, and something as simple as a hug can produce intense agony. Fibromyalgia sufferers know this reality. It is estimated that two million Americans, mostly women, are dealing with this chronic condition on their own, with little to take the edge off the pain.
Depression, anxiety, hopelessness
Not much is known about how fibromyalgia is triggered. In some cases it has been traced back to jarring physical events like a car accident or emotional trauma. For others it is entirely a mystery. With no actual cure available for this condition, it is common for destructive thoughts and negative psychological patterns to sink in. Pharmaceutical medications often don’t get the job done; and, if they do happen to relieve some of the pain, they may leave behind a handful of undesirable side effects that serve to worsen the other characteristics of fibromyalgia. Patients with prolonged chronic pain and depression are often times at a high risk for suicide, as it may seem like there’s no other way out.
A helping hand
Some researchers believe the first step to achieving a solution is understanding how chronic pain disorders interface with the human endocannabinoid system. This system is basically a series of receptors and internally generated cannabis molecules that help to regulate cell and tissue function in numerous ways, including how we experience pain. The theory is that an endocannabinoid deficiency or dysfunction could be at the root of fibromyalgia, although more research still needs to be conducted to pinpoint the truth. In the meantime, medical cannabis is gaining prominence as a means to combat the crippling effects of fibromyalgia. According to Marijuana Times:
One study investigated the patterns of cannabis use and associated benefits, including improvement in the quality of life among fibromyalgia patients. When compared to non-users, cannabis users experienced reduction in pain symptoms, stiffness, and somnolence [plus] enhancement of relaxation and sense of well-being. These results suggest the remarkable therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids in fibromyalgia treatment.
Freedom from suffering
Cannabis research is important, and as more is conducted on the endocannabinoid system and fibromyalgia, there could be big breakthroughs coming in the world of medicine. The possibilities are nearly endless as to what this powerful healing herb can do. It’s really all about finding the strain that works for you and your needs.
With many brave souls working tirelessly against the pressure of Big Pharma companies and for the legalization of cannabis, there is hope that, soon, there will be safer and more effective ways to medicate safely—without heinous cost and the fear of dangerous side effects like organ dysfunction, addiction, and death.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, maker of the botanical extractor he invented for infusing cannabis into foods. Firmly committed to needed legal reform, Angel was named to the exclusive CNBC NEXT List of visionary global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees”—mainly veterans and children—who need herbal therapy when traditional treatment options have failed.