More than 10% of fibromyalgia patients report that they use marijuana to relieve pain, according to a study published online June 21, 2012 in Arthritis Care & Research. Researchers from the McGill University Health Center in Montreal examined factors associated with self-reported marijuana use in 457 fibromyalgia patients. Of the 13% who said they used cannabinoids, 80% used marijuana, 24% used prescription cannabinoids, and 3% were users of both.
The study results revealed that people with fibromyalgia who do use marijuana are more likely to be in poorer mental health, seek out opioid drugs, and be unemployed. Significantly more males than females were marijuana users. While some fibromyalgia patients may experience pain relief by using marijuana, researchers warned against the use of illegal drugs. They also warned that some patients may use fibromyalgia as an excuse to justify marijuana use.
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