This headline popped out at me the other day…“While self-medicating with cannabinoids may provide some pain relief to fibromyalgia patients, we caution against general use of illicit drugs;“ the journal of Arthritis Care & Research. As a general rule of thumb, I tend to take those types of warnings with a grain of salt. Instead – my primary thought process headed in another direction. Rather than warning the already supportive masses, against a plant we all know to be helpful, I was led to wonder…what would be the right strain of medical marijuana for such an ailment.
In a world loaded with over the counter prescription drugs, a new study has found approximately 10 % of fibromyalgia patients choose to medicate with medicinal marijuana as a means of relieving their related discomforts such as insomnia, fatigue, and pain.
Standard drug treatments for fibromyalgia-related pain provide only modest relief, and some patients self-medicate with marijuana and other traditional therapies, said Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a professor of medicine at McGill University and consulting rheumatologist at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.
She and her colleagues looked at the use of marijuana or prescription cannabinoids such as nabilone and dronabinol among 302 patients with fibromyalgia and 155 patients with another chronic pain condition.
About 13 percent of all 457 patients used cannabinoids, with 80 percent using marijuana. Smaller numbers used prescription cannabinoids, according to the study findings published online June 21 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. [source]
The report then goes on to point out that of the fibromyalgia patients who consumed medical marijuana in the fight for a reduced level of pain in their life, 72% claimed to only need about one gram of weed or less per day (about $15). When compared to the soul crushing prices that big pharmaceutical business charge for their opioids, its no surprise they fear this wonder plant.
After doing a little digging this morning. I came up these magnificent seven medical marijuana strains that represent a wide spectrum of cannabinoids available to help with pain reduction in fibromyalgia patients. These cannabinoids have several well-documented beneficial effects for many aliments.
BLACK JACK: This cross of Jack Horror and Black Domina is an excellent sativa dominate strain. great for depression and nausea. Δ 9-THC 16.64% CBC .07% CBD .24% CBG 1.69% CBN .19%
CHEM 4: This Chemdog phenotype is an indica dominate strain great for severe pain. Starts off cerebral but quickly turns into couch lock. Δ 9-THC 18.97% CBC .0% CBD .27% CBG 0% CBN .61%
SILVER PEARL: Northern Lights #5 x Skunk x Early Pearl. This sativa is great for migraines and productivity while being highly medicated Δ 9-THC 22.18% CBC .08% CBD .30% CBG 0% CBN .94%
GRAPE APE Pure indica strain. Grape like smell and taste with a hint of skunk. Works for stress relief, nervousness, and chronic pain. Δ 9-THC 16.64% CBC .07% CBD .24% CBG 1.69% CBN .19%
AK BERRY Sweet flavored cross of AK-47 and Blueberry. This hybrid has the sativa punch of AK with the pain relieving qualities of Blueberry Δ 9-THC 15.69% CBC .02% CBD .36% CBG 0% CBN .54%
BLUE DREAM The name says it all. this hybrid is great for relaxing and daytime pain relief. light smooth blueberry and spice taste. Δ 9-THC 18.46% CBC .04% CBD .31% CBG 0% CBN .28%
PERMAFROST Trainwreck and White Widow cross is a hybrid best for stress and anxiety. Smooth smoke that leaves you feeling energetic Δ 9-THC 18.46% CBC .04% CBD .31% CBG 0% CBN .28%[nggallery id=325]