A guest post by Amanda Sobczak
With no known cure and limited treatment options, living a normal life with fibromyalgia can seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, medical cannabis can help.
Cannabis won’t cure fibromyalgia, but it can make it more manageable. Cannabis is a well-known pain reliever. Additionally, medical cannabis for fibromyalgia patients also helps with insomnia and nausea, further alleviating symptoms associated with the disorder.
What are the best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia?
The key to finding the perfect strain for your symptoms is to experiment. There are hundreds of strains that offer pain relief or improve sleep, and you might have to try a few different strains before you find relief.
Here are some of the most effective strains in combating the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Blue Dream is one of the most popular strains and for good reason. Blue Dream possesses high levels of the relaxing terpene myrcene and CBG, which is a cannabinoid that reduces inflammation and helps sleep. It also works as a powerful mood lifter.
Girl Scout Cookies
Who could resist a strain with such a delicious sounding title? Girl Scout Cookies contains high levels of THC, so you should start slow until you build a tolerance. This strain provides a large amount of pain relief to its users.
Another tasty-sounding strain, Blueberry gets its name from its heavenly berry aroma. It alleviates symptoms of fibromyalgia and provides emotional relief for its users.
Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia also experience painful headaches. Headband not only helps with headaches, but also reduces stress, relaxes the muscles and enhances the mood.
Sometimes the euphoric effect of cannabis can be distracting to users who just want to live a normal, pain-free day. Harlequin’s high CBD concentration minimizes the psychoactive effects of THC. You’ll be able to go through your day without pain and without feeling dizzy or euphoric.
This one is a favorite among fibromyalgia patients. Not only does it provide significant pain relief, but it also helps with insomnia and depression. It also tends to be heavy in CBD, which makes it even more effective in controlling pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
If you really struggle with getting a good night’s sleep, this is the strain for you. Tahoe OG relaxes your muscles and has a heavy sedative effect, making it easy to drift off under its influence. Sweet dreams!
This is another favorite among those suffering from fibromyalgia. It has a high level of CBD, making it only slightly psychoactive. It helps alleviate many symptoms of fibromyalgia, including muscle spasms, anxiety and pain. And you have to love the name, too!
How should I ingest cannabis?
There are many methods of ingesting medical cannabis. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and ease of usage, but certain techniques of ingestion may work better at different times. Here is a breakdown of some of the ways medical cannabis can be taken.
- Vaping: Inhalation brings the vapor into the central nervous system immediately (within 60-90 seconds). This method works best when you are looking for instant relief. However, the effects generally only last up to an hour so if you are looking for longer relief, you might try a different intake method.
- Edibles: Food must go through the digestive tract to be metabolized so this method won’t provide immediate alleviation of symptoms. However, because the cannabis is metabolized in the liver, the effects will be longer lasting. This is a good method if you are using cannabis to treat insomnia. But be careful: There is generally more of a psychotropic effect with edibles so it’s best to start slowly if you aren’t sure what your tolerance level is.
- Oils: Cannabis oils are perfect to use during the day. Oils deliver cannabinoids to the body and mitigate psychoactive symptoms.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, realize that you are not alone. Though you might feel like your options are limited, many states have established cannabis dispensaries. Medical cannabis is an effective and affordable treatment that can help you feel like you again. As medical cannabis becomes more accepted as a treatment, the future looks bright for fibromyalgia patients.
Amanda Sobczak is a writer, editor and professional nerd based in Pittsburgh. She will write and make bad jokes for food. Follow her on LinkedIn.
Now it’s your turn: If you use medical cannabis, what is your favorite strain and/or way to use it?