Illegal Marijuana Used by 10 Per Cent of Fibromyalgia Patients: Study

People who suffer from a medical disorder that causes chronic pain are buying marijuana on the street for relief, a new study has revealed.
The study, led by Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a rheumatologist at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, appears in the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

It shows that 13% cent of patients living with fibromyalgia (FM) use cannabinoids for relief from symptoms such as widespread pain, fatigue, and insomnia, and 10% buy cannabis illegally for these reasons. It says these people tend to have poorer mental health, and are often on additional prescribed medications that could result in negative drug interactions. Cannabinoids are a type of chemical in marijuana that causes drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system.

“Fibromyalgia affects up to three per cent of the population and is more common in women,” says Dr. Fitzcharles, who is also a professor of medicine at McGill University. “Unfortunately, FM pharmacologic treatments for pain have modest results, prompting some patients to self-medicate with more non-traditional therapies, such as marijuana.”

Dr. Fitzcharles says she and her colleagues assessed cannabinoid use in 457 FM patients being treated at the MUHC Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit. They determined that 13% of participants used cannabinoids to help manage pain, fatigue, and insomnia, and 10% cent bought cannabis illegally.

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  1. Paul Pot on

    “It says these people tend to have poorer mental health, and are often on additional prescribed medications……….and marijuana users were more likely to have an unstable mental illness and display opioid drug-seeking behaviour. Additionally, marijuana users had a 77% unemployment rate, which researchers believe may be a result of ineffective pain control or a more serious functional disability.”
    Was it that people with poorer mental health understood that cannabis was an aid to them?
    And does the stress of the fear of arrest and conviction play on the mental health of someone who has problems?
    Have their ever been studies done on the psychological effects of prohibition on the community particularly in relation to people who have mental, emotional, intellectual disabilities? These people have no barriers, they love pot and there is no way you can stop them from smoking.
    Have you ever tried to convince a person with an intellectual disability that the should quit smoking? Never gunna happen. And the police know it.
    I assure you the police really like to search and arrest these people, they are often rewarding and highly entertaining targets for the police.
    I have lived with disabled people and was astonished at how often the police visited and how badly the police treated us.
    And this might also explain the high unemployment rate. Once you are convicted it’s basically impossible to get a job.
    The police have no place in health care, their brand of intervention can only turn introverts into suicides and killers.
    Prohibition is assault and abuse and a crime against humanity.