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Study: THC Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain

Saturday 5 January 2019


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Study: THC Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain

The study, conducted in the Netherlands, found evidence that THC extract from cannabis is useful as a treatment for fibromyalgia pain. Notably, researchers suggest it is far more effective than purely CBD extract.

By Pat Beggan
December 27, 2018
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A study conducted in the Netherlands has found that THC-rich medical cannabis is an effective treatment for pain caused by fibromyalgia, according to The Growth Op.

The study was conducted by Leiden University Medical Center and pharma company Bedrocan International in the Netherlands. Interestingly, researchers found that cannabis extracts containing purely CBD were not effective; instead, the evidence suggests that cannabis high in THC is most helpful.

The study compared high-THC extracts against placebo as well as CBD products at several times during the progression of fibromyalgia in 20 patients, via vaporizer.

It’s clear in the study that THC specifically is useful for treatment of fibromyalgia, which affects muscles and tendons specifically. Erkelens said the next phase of testing will be comparing THC-containing products to opiates to determine if cannabis can be used to replace use of those addictive painkillers.

Another recent study has shown that opioids are largely ineffective against chronic pain. Paired with the new Netherlands study, it seems hopeful that future studies regarding the issue will find that cannabis can be a successful off-ramp for opioid use.


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