Credit: Necie Edwards
Within the video we have provided above, Necie Edwards interviews Joseph Freeman, a chief officer for a medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois. Edwards is a fibromyalgia patient, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago. She explains that it is excruciatingly painful. Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition resulting in pain through the entire body. Those that are diagnosed will feel extreme sensitivity to pain, but the reason for this is still unknown.
It is thought that fibromyalgia could be due to abnormal levels of chemicals in the brain, which changes how the central nervous system receives pain receptors that are sent through the body. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that is known to affect the muscles. The symptoms of fibromyalgia are:
Other symptoms included in fibromyalgia that can also co-exist with:
When diagnosed, Edwards states that the treatment for fibromyalgia, recommended by her doctors, were the use of opioids. Edwards turned down opioids because she had heard of people becoming dependent and addicted, so felt that it wasn’t the best course of action for her. She currently believes that there is a better alternative to treating fibromyalgia.
Mr. Joseph Freeman makes a comment on the use of opioid-related deaths and the percentage is staggering:
“In states where medical cannabis is available, opioid-related deaths are down 25%”.
Edwards began using medical cannabis after visiting a dispensary. The effects that she found were beneficial to relieving her overall pain.
Edwards believes that other people with fibromyalgia should seek help in relation to start treatment with medicinal cannabis. She suggests that people should visit dispensaries, where professionals can give you the right amount of CBD and THC on a scientific level. People who are not seeking help in dispensaries are purchasing from the black market, where people have found their cannabis to contain rat poison and other deadly chemicals.
Illinois, according to this video, only has 54 dispensaries available to the public. This shows that using cannabis as treatment for illnesses, is still not being approved as much as it maybe should be.
There are shortages of dispensaries due to a lack of solid research being proven on the affects of cannabis. Therefore, it is always crucial to discuss your options with a doctor in terms of treating fibromyalgia.