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SAFETY AND EFFICACY OF MEDICAL CANNABIS IN FIBROMYALGIA
Journal of Clinical Medicine, 2019

Iftach Sagy MD PhDa,b, Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider MAb,c , Mahmoud Abu-Shakra MDd and Victor Novack MD PhDb

1 Department of Rheumatology, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva Israel; 2 Cannabis Clinical Research Institute, Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva, Israel; 3 Research Department, Tikun Olam LTD; 4 Department of Rheumatology, Soroka University Medical Center and Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be’er-Sheva, Israel

367 Fibromyalgia patients participated in a prospective observational study with 6 months follow-up period. The aim of the study was to investigate the characteristics, safety, and effectiveness of medical cannabis therapy for fibromyalgia. Medical cannabis appears to be a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms.

STUDY POPULATION: 367 fibromyalgia patients.

STRAIN: Alaska, Erez and Avidakel

RESULTS:

81.1% of patients reported overall treatment success – defined as experiencing at least moderate improvement in their condition without serious adverse effects.

Overall pain intensity reduced from a median of 9.0 at baseline to 5.0 after six months.

73.4% of patients reported improved sleep; 13.2% reported their sleep problems were fully relieved.

80.8% of patients reported improved depression‐related symptoms.

61.9% of patients reported their quality of life (QOL) to be “good or very good,” whereas only 2.7% of patients rated their QOL at this level prior to beginning treatment.

22.2% of patients stopped or reduced their dosage of opioids; 20.3% reduced their dosage of benzodiazepines.

FULL STUDY

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