Since we still don’t have enough research and evidence to explain exactly how cannabis works on fibromyalgia, doctors and scientists assume it all has to do with marijuana’s effects on balancing out our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
In fact, there are speculations that fibromyalgia is caused by Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD). To make this a bit more digestible, CECD happens when our system does not produce enough endocannabinoids (our own natural cannabinoids). So by supplementing those substances with cannabinoids from marijuana, we help our body maintain homeostasis — the cellular balance we all need to function normally.
When our ECS is out of balance that’s when health problems are more likely to occur, such as gastrointestinal issues, sleeping disorders, chronic pain, mood changes, muscle spasm, and stiffness.
Fibromyalgia might be caused by endocannabinoid deficiency, so when cannabinoids from marijuana get into our system, they help regain the balance.
Fibromyalgia is still relatively new in medical circles. Therefore, there is no specific medication for it. The condition is usually treated with painkillers, antidepressants and anti-seizure medications.
There are three drugs commonly being used for treating fibromyalgia:
The effectiveness of these drugs was explored in a survey done in 2014 by the Global Pain Initiative, which interviewed more than 1,300 fibro patients:
Unfortunately, only 8 to 10 percent of fibromyalgia patients claimed they found some relief with prescription drugs, while 60 to 68 percent of patients did not see any improvements in their symptoms at all.
In the same survey, however, 30 percent of respondents tried using medical marijuana for managing their fibromyalgia symptoms:
Believe it or not, 60% of them found cannabis to be highly effective and 33% said that it helps a little.
Let me put that into perspective — out of 450 fibromyalgia patients who tried medical cannabis, 405 said that cannabis helped them in some way. 270 of those said that it helped them A LOT.
As a matter of fact, here is what the survey concluded:
Medical marijuana is far more effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia than any of the three prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder.
The key to finding the best strain for your symptoms is to learn and experiment. To help you find your footing, I made a short list of the best strains for fibromyalgia which will take you on the path of discovering the best one for you. The method of consumption is up to you.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to smoke cannabis to feel its therapeutic effects. You can always consume it in the form of edibles, tinctures or oils.
This powerful Indica, named after the infamous Star Trek species, is one of the best strains for treating nerve damage. Great for muscle spasms and even better for relieving pain, Romulan has a strong sedative effect which is why it’s great for nighttime relaxation.
This is an Indica dominant hybrid with very high THC levels. Scooby Snacks starts with heavy cerebral buzz and body relaxation, but when it starts to wear off it brings forth a feeling of happiness. Since it’s a very potent strain, novice users should take it slow with this one.
Dynamite is an Indica strain which contains slightly more THC than CBD, so you’ll get both high and pain-free. Also, you’ll feel relaxed, it will calm your nerves, and reduce stress and depression. If you are having trouble falling asleep at night due to your fibromyalgia, this is a strain for you.
Fibromyalgia patients like using Cannatonic because of its high CBD and low THC levels. Cannatonic is a good choice for both beginners and veteran users since it produces just a slight psychoactive effect that does not last too long. This strain supposedly crushes the pain in minutes after using it.
It’s highly recommended to use this strain when you are at your comfy house, ready to chill, and not when you have to run your errands. Tahoe OG is strong, so if you are suffering from severe pain, as well as depression, this might be just the right strain for you.
A very popular medical strain for daytime experience, it provides relief from fibromyalgia symptoms without too much sedation. It’s a very popular strain for treating pain and depression. If you need a break from everything that’s going on in your life, get some Blue Dream and you should be good for a few hours at least.
The ultimate strain for every medical condition — Charlotte’s Web is the strain with almost no THC content but is very high in CBD. That’s why patients don’t feel high and buzzed, but rather relaxed and pain-free. Prepare yourself to be happy and without stress for a while.
Critical Mass is a strain that you should use before going to bed, especially if you have a sleeping disorder, depression or anxiety. Because of its high THC content, this strain provides intense “body high” feeling but without heavy sedative effect. It wears off after about three hours.
Its name says it all. Harmonia gets you into balance, with a feeling of harmony and pleasure in your entire body. This Indica strain has slightly higher levels of CBD than THC, which makes it perfect for daytime use since it provides almost no psychoactive effects.
Key Lime Pie
Beginners should be careful with Key Lime Pie since users report it to be quite overwhelming. Its high THC levels help to relax the muscles and introduce that much-needed sleep after a long day of fighting fibromyalgia symptoms.