An estimated 1.5% of adults of the household population of Canada suffers from Fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder that includes symptoms like widespread joint and muscle pain, fatigue and cognitive difficulties. Also consider, that more than 3.4 million Canadians have diabetes, and more than half of them will have some form of nerve damage as a result. These illnesses are described as invisible diseases because their painful effects are not seen by the naked eye. For many diagnosed with these painful chronic illnesses, the medication prescribed has more negative effects than positive.
There's a new treatment worth considering - Cannabis. With its decriminalization, we are now seeing it become more of a key player in the medical community. Cannabis is now the new medicinal hope for many suffering from chronic ailments.
What is the Cannabis Patch?
The Cannabis Patch has been developed by Cannabis Science, Inc. There are 2 patches targeted at managing Fibromyalgia, and Diabetic Nerve Pain. The patches applied to the surface of the skin, provide a slow, controlled dose of the cannabinoid best known as CBD. While the same technology, each patch is designed to best treat the effects of the specific disease they target. The interesting fact to note here is that patch opts to use CBD and not its more popular sister THC.
Mary's Medicinals was first to market with the Cannabis patch, but not as a treatment for specific illnesses. They simply offer controlled doses of CBD, THC, or THC & CBD combined for any particular use.
So What Exactly is CBD?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the most prevalent cannabinoids found in Cannabis. Only second to THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). It packs many amazing health benefits. It’s most attractive being that it does not contain the psychoactive component that THC does. In other words, you can reap many of the amazing health benefits of Cannabis minus the high.
Known benefits of CBD include;
- It works as an anti-inflammatory.
- Reduces pain.
- May reduce seizures and other neurological disorders.
- Reduces the effects of anxiety disorder.
- Promotes a feeling of calm and relaxation
What does this have to do with Fibromyalgia and Diabetic Nerve Pain?
The controlled release of CBD from the Cannabis patch is considered an amazing treatment for the diseases as it reduces the inflammation associated with the illnesses. By reducing the inflammation the CBD also minimizes the pain as it is usually one of the main causes of the pain. CBD is also a natural pain reliever and can reduce any other forms of pain associated with these diseases.
Research is already proving Cannabis to be a more effective treatment method for Fibromyalgia symptoms. In a 2014 survey conducted by The Global Pain Foundation & The National Pain Report, 62% of Fibromyalgia patients who tried cannabis said it was very effective at treating their symptoms. Another 33% said it helped a little and only 5% said it did not help at all. Compare this to the fact that over 60% of respondents admitted the medication prescribed to them (Cymbalta, Lyrica, Savella) did not work at all! To be fair, please note that research on Cannabis and its health benefits is somewhat limited due to its prolonged illegal status.
We can only expect that as legalization becomes widespread that more research will be conducted. As a result, this has the potential to become a more popular form of treatment for chronic illnesses. This will be a game changer for the medical industry, as it will provide patients with a better solution for symptoms of their chronic illness.
It is important to note, that the laws for purchase and consumption methods of cannabis, including CBD, vary per country and state/province. Always ensure you know and respect the law and others.
Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any type of wellness treatment.
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