A recent study at the University of Manitoba Rehabilitation Hospital has revealed that nabilone, a synthetic form of marijuana may aid in reducing pain and anxiety among fibromyalgia patients.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes fatigue, pain in the muscles and ligaments (the bands of tissue that connect bone to bone), and tender areas in certain points of the body.
Although the tissues involved do not suffer long-lasting damage, the symptoms may continue for months or even years.
As many as 3 per cent of the population have fibromyalgia, with 10 times more women affected than men.
The researchers at the University of Manitoba Rehabilitation Hospital conducted the trail on 40 participants and divided them into two groups, nabilone and placebo, and treated them for four weeks.
The findings revealed that the nabilone group showed significant drop in pain and anxiety along with functional improvement in fibromyalgia patients.
Although a small number of patients have short-lasting complaints the majority may continue to suffer from the symptoms for months or even years. However, most patients learn to control their condition. Some help can be sought from fellow suffers and support groups.