Canadian Group Funds More Medical Cannabis Research for Fibromyalgia

Canadian Group Funds More Medical Cannabis Research for Fibromyalgia

By Staff

Canada’s Arthritis Society has offered a grant for the study of medical cannabis and fibromyalgia. McGill University’s Dr. Mark Ware will lead a trial examining the use of oral cannabinoids for fibromyalgia — a disease that inflicts chronic pain on some 520,000 Canadians, most of them women.

This is the second medical cannabis research project the Arthritis Society has funded in recent times.  In 2015, Dr. Jason McDougall was awarded a similar three-year grant to study the impact of medical cannabis on arthritis pain and disease management.

“These investments are about leading by example,” says Arthritis Society president and CEO Janet Yale. “Patients and physicians both need to be able to make informed decisions about whether cannabis has a place in the individual’s treatment plan. With these commitments, the Arthritis Society is doing its part to help fill some of the critical knowledge gaps around medical cannabis, but we can’t do it alone. There’s no reason for the government to wait until new legislation is in place to start addressing the need for research identified by their own task force. That’s why we continue to call on the federal government to make a firm commitment in the 2017 budget to fund $25 million in medical cannabis research over the next five years.”

Many fibromyalgia sufferers have reported that cannabis has positive effects on pain and symptom management, but this has not yet been confirmed in large-scale clinical trials.  This study will be used to help educate patients and health professionals regarding the possible risks and benefits of oral cannabis in fibromyalgia therapy.

“This disease has a tremendous impact on a person’s life,” Dr. Ware explains, “but to date we haven’t really had any good treatment options to offer. Opioids and NSAIDs for pain management are often ineffective for fibromyalgia pain, or can have serious negative side effects — especially when used for prolonged periods. We hope to identify whether oral cannabinoids can offer the person with fibromyalgia hope for relief from their symptoms, and help restore their quality of life. We are grateful for the support of the Arthritis Society for this important project.”

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. candice hull at 11:06 am

    how can i get the patch, i need some releif now

  2. Bo at 9:14 am

    A huge problem with any muscle inflammation, such as Lyme disease and Fibromyalgia, is that anxiety increases normal muscle tone, which in turn leads to pain. When inflammatory illness is present in the muscle, this effect is magnified enormously. Over time, a patient can learn relaxation techniques and work to minimize stress, to reduce this effect, but while learning these psychological skills, the patient absolutely requires medication.

    Likewise, when the patient suffers a pain flare due to other illness or bodily injury.

    A great many drugs can relax the muscles, by making the patient unconscious.

    Cannabinoids and opioids are the few drugs that have a profound impact on anxiety and on pain, while the patient remains conscious. Banning them was the stupidest American idea since Slavery.

    This patriotic American hopes Canada will continue to distance itself from the historic US act of stupid vanity, that is the Drug War. US research agencies knew since 1978 that cannabis had anti-cancer properties, but chose to halt funding of any further research. They chose to do nothing, because our corporate media made an ungodly amount of money by producing Drug War propaganda, and no one wanted to interfere with that industry.

    Hollywood performers made millions acting in violent narrative pictures and TV series, depicting the Drug War in an heroic light. Many of the same actors used prohibited drugs illegally, to cope with the bodily distress of their work.

    This double-standard pervades American culture today. It has turned the US away from the Rule of Law, and has made us into a land ruled by privilege. Equal rights under the law…the idea that brought tens of millions of persecuted people living in Central Europe to emigrate to North America…are being eroded. Class entitlements…the idea that Lord Selkirk defied successfully in Canada by peaceful means, whilst George Washington noisily ended all but one of them in the US by going to war…are now making a resurgence.

    If Canada funds research into cannabis, there almost certainly will be discoveries about why cannabinoid therapy works. Those discoveries may inspire new drugs that are even more effective…and more profitable. Canadian companies will profit from developing those new drugs. The 24 US states that still resist all forms of medical cannabis, will earn the distinction of having driven jobs and revenue out of the US, to Canada, and ultimately we Americans will prevail by realizing how stupid the entire exercise truly was.

    Get rich on our stupidity, Canada, please. We’ll thank you for it one day, when we’re old and sick and need the medicines.

  3. Angel at 7:46 am

    My friend with Fibro has had a reduction in pain using topical cannabis pain cream sold under Mary’s Transdermal Compound. The CBC and THC do not get one high so to speak when using the transdermal cream. Patches do but the cream doesn’t. It’s given her a substantial pain reduction especially in joints and over sensitive skin touch issues. Cannabis products can be very helpful but it’s a great deal of effort to find the correct working delivery method, type of cannabis and amount. More research in these areas would greatly improve cannabis usability.

  4. connie at 6:08 am

    It’s a good thing to hear that an official study will be done in Canada. My question is this: will the US accept anything the Canadiens come up with? I also wonder why they have to spend money and time on studies when there’s years of anecdotal evidence by the tons proving safety and efficacy of cannabis for pain relief!

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