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How effective is medical marijuana for fibromyalgia?

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People with fibromyalgia often wonder if medical marijuana, which can be prescribed by physicians in some states, can help their chronic pain and fatigue. While medical marijuana doesn’t cure diseases, some pain experts say it may work against pain, help people sleep better, and improve mood. Other pain specialists see no role for medical marijuana in pain management and express concern that people don’t know what they’re getting when they buy it.

From: Fibromyalgia Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

SOURCES: Fibromyalgia Network: "Treatment Studies." Arthritis Foundation: "Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Fast Facts about Fibromyalgia." McIlwain, H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2007.



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