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Study: 100% Of Those with Migraines, Fibromyalgia and IBS Find Reduction Of Pain with Marijuana

By The National Pain Report

migrainesOne-hundred percent (100%) of people with migraine headache, fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome who use medical marijuana for a minimum of 30 days report a reduction in pain and discomfort, a 6-month study conducted by Care By Design found.

People included in the survey suffer from a range of different conditions, and some suffer from multiple conditions, including:

  • Psychiatric disorders (24%)
    • Anxiety, PTSD, depression, autism, addiction
  • Inflammatory conditions (19%)
    • Arthritis, rheumatism, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Pain (14%)
    • Neuropathic pain, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia
  • Central nervous system disorders (12%)
    • Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cancer-related symptoms (12%)

Cannabis and Well-Being

“A majority of patients (88.2%) reported that cannabis therapy improved their overall sense of wellbeing,” the study found. “Patients with fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, PTSD and anxiety reported the greatest improvement in general wellbeing (as compared to other patient groups).”

Cannabis and Pain

Cannibis Pain Chart

“A majority of all patients (72.6%) reported a decrease in pain or discomfort. All patients (100%) with headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and spinal cord injury reported a decrease in pain or discomfort. Less than 1% of patients reported an increase in pain or discomfort after CBD-rich cannabis therapy. (All patients reporting an increase in pain reported using CBD for ALS.)”

Cannabis and Mood

“A majority of all patients (64.2%) reported an improvement in mood.  All patients (100%) with PTSD and spinal cord injuries reported an improvement in mood. Some patients with sleep problems (8%) and cancer (3%) reported a worsening of mood. While a majority of patients taking CBD-rich cannabis for “general wellbeing” rather than for a specific medical condition reported improved mood (66.7%), this group was also the most likely to report a worsening of mood (16.7%).”

Cannabis and Energy Levels

Half of all patients (50.4%) reported no change in energy level. The patients most likely to report increased energy levels were those with inflammation (64.0%), fibromyalgia (57.1%), and PTSD (55.6%).  Patients with headaches or migraines were the most likely to report reduced energy levels (37.5%).

The survey was conducted by Care by Design, which sells CBD cannabis sprays, oils and vape cartridges, so the survey has some weaknesses.  A high percentage of survey participants (42%) reported that they did not know the ratio of CBD-to-THC they were taking.

“This report represents preliminary data based on less than one thousand patients. It is not meant to provide patients with guidance on dosing or medical treatment. Rather, it is meant to suggest possible areas for additional research.”

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. j-s

    Really true!! I just stopped smoking weed and after a week I wasn’t able to sleep anymore, and this for some months; taking legal sleeping pills 2 fix that problem; after seven hours of trying 2 sleep, every nights, without success… I was suffering from insomnia and extreme intenses headaches when I was young; all these problems were gone the first day I started smoking weed. Now, I don’t smoke weed anymore; all these problems are back now. The biggest one is; I can’t even buy it somewhere because people around here in Québec are not selling their weed anymore, not even for good friends who helped them before, and a lot; they are so junky, so radins, so jews; they can’t even sell you some anymore, everybody is keeping the shit for themselves because they are smoking too much and they don’t give a fuck about the other people who needs some too. All I needed was a night of sleep; so a gram or two,,,… But even for 50$ a gram, these jews doens’t even wan’t to sell me some. So hope me a nice fucking shitty white night everybody!!

  2. Calicorock

    Polio hasn’t been around for three generations in the US and Canada. However, there are many like myself who contracted the Polio virus as a young child have had to then deal with a sudden onset of “Post Polio Syndrome” ( a legal disability in America). PPS is devastating. Severe leg and back pain, muscle spasms, fatigue that is debilitating. Cannabis saved my life. I was able to stop taking opiate prescription medication. I prefer edibles personally. So I do have to take quite a bit and keep it in my system. But I can tell you it’s night and day compared to opiates.

  3. Jason

    Id loke to participate ive been diagnoses with depression adhd ptsd and ill have the occasional migraine here and there along with bi polar and anxiety

  4. robert

    hi how can I participate in this study. I been suffering from irritable bowel for over 30 years and nothing seems to work.

  5. Kimber Verlaan

    I just want to know how to participate in this study. I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since 1999.

  6. Annette

    Been self medicating for years fibro gets really bad sometimes it helps tremendously

  7. Ronnie

    How can I participate in this study?

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