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A study conducted by Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Berocan International in the Netherlands found that standardized high-THC cannabis was effective in treating musculoskeletal pain caused by fibromyalgia.

The study found that THC is necessary in the specific pain relief, as “cannabis flos with only cannabidiol (CBD) did not provide the patients with relief.”

The research involved a total of 20 patients treated at four distinct moments, as well as the administration of three different cannabis products provided by Bedrocan and a placebo (cannabis without the main active substances THC and CBD) by a vaporizer.

“The study is the first time that a randomized, placebo-controlled four-way cross-over study is conducted into the therapeutic effects of inhaling Bedrocan’s medicinal cannabis products,” the statement explains. Noting that “fibromyalgia patients experience pressure pain on muscles and tendons especially,” says says Professor Albert Dahan, head of LUMC’s Anaesthesia & Pain Research Unit  “THC is effective in this specific condition.”

He added, “The next study takes place with patients at home,” he says. “I want to investigate whether THC can be used as an opiate-saving drug. Many people use, and abuse opiates, such as oxycodone. We think that you do not have to prescribe much oxycodone if you also allow patients to use THC.

Source: https://leaderpost.com/cannabis-health/cannabis-medical/pharmaceutical-grade-cannabis-with-thc-shown-to-relieve-fibromyalgia-pain

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