While the use of medical marijuana is controversial, there is a lot of research that suggests it can be very beneficial for patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia. To understand how medical cannabis can positively affect those living with fibromyalgia, we need to take a look at the endocannabinoid system.
What is the Endocannabinoid System?
The endocannabinoid system can be understood by breaking it down into its components: “Endogenous” is used to refer to things within your body, and “cannabinoid,” which comes from the word cannabis and is used to refer to the parts of your body that react to cannabis. Our bodies contain natural cannabinoids, and some studies suggest that deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system can play a role in Fibromyalgia. The endocannabinoid system is involved in numerous processes that are impaired in fibromyalgia, including:
- Immune Function
- Pain Processing
- Stress Response
- Temperature Regulation
- The Autonomic Nervous System
How Medical Cannabis Can Benefit Fibromyalgia Patients
Studies done of medical marijuana users suggest that using cannabis can reduce pain, including the nociceptive pain that affects people living with fibromyalgia. It can also minimize stiffness, lower inflammation, enhance relaxation, and improve sleep. It can also improve the mental health of fibromyalgia suffers.
If you have fibromyalgia and are curious if medical marijuana in St. Augustine, FL, can work for you; make an appointment at First Coast Pain. You can reach our office at 904.800.7246 or schedule your appointment conveniently online.