For states who have not made medical cannabis legal, they do not understand the significant pain endured by fibromyalgia patients. Many patients are shamed and labeled as hypochondriacs, but their pain is real, yet the level of medical response is not. The pain echoing in the muscles can cripple someone’s life, and yet in the nation of the free, millions of people suffer from a condition, where a viable treatment resides. More than five million Americans suffer from this condition, and more than 80 percent of those sufferers are women. Currently, only 23 states, and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana.
Others are afflicted with pain, fighting a silent and unbearable demon that keeps them awake at night, hoping if not for a cure, for relief from the compounded pain.
In the midst of healing factors, study after study has shown the positive effects of cannabis for fibromyalgia patients. A 2004 study published and titled Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD): can this concept explain therapeutic benefits of cannabis in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and other treatment-resistant conditions? was published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. The study, which can be read here, reviewed patients who reported a significant reduction in pain following the use of cannabinoids.