12.19.2017

Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia and how to use them

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.

The best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia and how to use them | Fed Up with Fatigue

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

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.

Blueberry

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.

Headband

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.

Harlequin

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.

Critical Mass

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.

 Tahoe OG

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!

Cannatonic

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.

Amanda SobczakIf 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? 

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Comments

  1. I live in the middle of nowhere in the UK and would pay whatever necessary to get medical marijuana, unless you have the right contacts over here, you get whatever you can.

    • Nicola says:

      I am the same. I live in ghe uk and i have severe fibro and epilepsy. I dont know how to get medical marijuana 😔.

  2. Maureen says:

    Hi Donna, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!
    And, I thank you for being there for me this past year! I have learned so much from you!
    Thank you for this awesome MJ info! While my state of Florida has made it legal…it is still very slow starting with Pain Management doc’s coming on board with acknowledging it, obtaining licenses and prescribing it.
    Hopefully soon enough I will be permitted to legally buy and try it and get off my meds!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      Hi Maureen, let’s hope those doctors get on board soon. I faced the same issue here in Delaware. Most of the doctors here will not sign the necessary paperwork for medical cannabis b/c it is still illegal at the federal level. I ended up having to pay out of pocket to see a doctor who specializes in cannabis through Canna Care Docs. Looks like they have a couple of Florida offices, too. Here’s a link: https://cannacaredocs.com/
      I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s!

  3. I have to say, most of these do very little for my pain, while others such as Gorilla Glue, Grape Ape, Blood Orange and Platinum OG do very well. It is important to experiment to see what works best for you as an individual. I like to look up the strains available at my local dispensary on leafly.com and see how each ranks in pain relief (found at the bottom of the strain’s page under the medical tab.) and then try the smallest available amount, usually a gram to see if it works. If it does, I buy more, if not, I use it to make cannacaps. But be aware that the compounds in MMJ, like THC, CBD and terpene levels differ between grows so even within a strain you like, there will be variations in effect.

  4. Hopeandme says:

    I have been extremely excited about Medical Marijuana becoming legal in my state because there is an oil you can make that is supposed to give you restorative sleep and might be an alternative to Xyrem which is the world’s best treatment to me but could be taken away any time because it’s not covered by insurance. I just found out today though that MM is $480-680 an ounce depending on supply. Who can afford that? I’m so disappointed, angry and scared now. How can they expect people on disability or even the middle class to afford that?

    • Hopeandme says:

      I should just note that it’s $480-680 an ounce in my state of Maryland and not in all states.

      • Maureenbrannon says:

        That is expensive, but an ounce is a lot of marijuana, especially if you are new to smoking it. One or two hits is all you’d need. Definitely start with a gram and ask the dispensary for advice on how to consume it. The budtenders are usually very knowledgeable, patient and helpful. Good luck!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says:

      That is expensive but you don’t need to buy an ounce at the time. I buy 1 gram at the time and it lasts for a long time (weeks) if you’re just using a little at night to help w/ sleep. If you’re wanting to use oil, it’s more cost effective to buy it from your dispensary than to try to buy the plant material and make it yourself. My dispensary here in Delaware sells Rick Simpson Oil for $100 a container. The dosing is around the size of a grain of rice, so a container lasts at least a couple of months.

    • Penney says:

      That isounds why I am experimenting with canna butter and oils by making my own. A lot of growers will sell trim cheaply then I can make butter or oil and eating it because it lasts all day. I am making keto fat bombs, gummed and banana bread

  5. the article mentioned it being an inexpensive option. anyone know anything about this? in MN we have to complete (an annual) application & pay the annual application fee of $50.00 up to $200.00. i can understand re-applying on paper, to verify that you still qualify; but the fee every year? wow! and from what i understand the product itself isn’t budget-friendly either. help?!

  6. Cheryl says:

    There are sites online where you can obtain licenses for $45.00 a yr. Vaporizing is the the most effective I find. Better for your lungs and 1-2 puffs every 4 hrs or so. A concentrate lasts a month or so. Compared to Pharmaceuticals that is quite reseasonable. I find Sativas work the best for pain management. I have Fibro & back issues

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