Are you using opioids for fibromyalgia?
Get ready for these new finding how marijuana is effective as opioids.
Cannabis has been known as effective substance for treating chronic pain. It is one of the substances that can be used to fight opioids crisis. Since opioids main job is to fight pain, Cannabis can help alleviate pain without the addictive substances the opioids carry. Cannabis helps to eliminate the pain that comes with opioid withdrawal. In states that have eased the marijuana laws, deaths rising from opioid overdose have really started to decrease dramatically.
The potential medicinal properties of marijuana and its components have been the subject of research and heated debate for decades. THC itself has proven medical benefits in particular formulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved THC-based medications, dronabinol (Marinol®) and nabilone (Cesamet®), prescribed in pill form for the treatment of nausea in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and to stimulate appetite in patients with wasting syndrome due to AIDS. The FDA also approved a CBD-based liquid medication called Epidiolex® for the treatment of two forms of severe childhood epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It’s being delivered to patients in a reliable dosage form and through a reproducible route of delivery to ensure that patients derive the anticipated benefits. CBD does not have the rewarding properties of THC.
To date, research into the effects of cannabis on opioids use in patients with fibromyalgia is mixed. Some data suggests that medical cannabis treatment may reduce the dose of opioids required for fibromyalgia relief. While another study found that cannabis use appear to increase the risk of developing non medical prescription opioid use disorder.
Though no single study is definitive, they cumulatively suggest that medical marijuana products may play a role in reducing the needs of opioids needed to control fibromyalgia but all these products have certain risk. More research is required investigate the potential therapeutic role of marijuana including its role as a treatment option for opioid use disorder and its ability to reduce specific types of pain.
Little is known about the long term effects of “Medicinal Marijuana” for example in older adults with cancer , AIDS, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, or other neurodegenerative diseases. Further studies will be needed in patients with cancer who are on chemotherapy for the adverse outcomes from marijuana use.