According to Dr. Fernando Sepulveda, of the Foundation of Sciences for Cannabis, says that there is an important relationship between the cannabinoids of the cannabis plant with our endocannabinoid system (mainly with receptors CB1 and CB2) whose main function is to regulate cellular homeostasis or cell balance, and that in the case of patients with fibromyalgia, it would play a very important role in the perception of pain.
In another study, conducted by the Pharmacology and Neuroscience Unit, a total of 28 patients with fibromyalgia and those who also used medicinal cannabis reported that the main benefits were: significant pain reduction, decreased anxiety and improvement in their quality of sleep and general perception.
Nowadays, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes continues to be a grey area for many medical professionals. According to Dr. Julie Desroches “To tell patients that there isn’tenough convincing information would be, in the best of cases, a hypocrisy and, at worst, adenial of the medical responsibility”. (Desroches, 2014)
On the other hand, there are other studies that emphasize in the importance of the endocannabinoid system. According to Jimena Fiz, the participation of the endocannabinoid system in multiple psychological functions such as pain, responds to a stimulus of stress and other cognitive functions which could be an important piece in understanding the benefits we obtain from cannabis.
However, it is also important to understand the pros and cons of each medical procedure.
In this case, Dr. Julie Desroches explains; in the beginning of the treatment with the cannabis plant, it should begin with very small doses and, as far as possible, not imply the need to smoke. Products with quality control have a lower level of THC which is recommended to avoid adverse side effects. It is also essential to have treatment with medical assistance, if after a certain amount of time the desired positive results are not being obtained the suspension of the therapy should be considered. (Desroches, 2014)
There are different opinions about using CBD like a natural alternative. However, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor and family before initiating any kind of treatment.
Desroches, J & Ware M, (2014) Medicinal cannabis and pain. International Association for the study of pain,
Fizz J, Durán M, (2011) Cannabis use in patients with fibromyalgia: Effects on symptoms relief and health-related quality of life, Journal list Plos one. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080...