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Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia and Pain

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register:   Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain   I have been doing a lot of research lately on medical marijuana & cannabinoids for chronic pain. Here’s a summary of the blog series with links to all of the posts. OR, if you’d like a nicely put together summary of the last 5 years (2010-2015) of medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here:   Fibromyalgia – Marijuana and Medications – What information can help you the most? Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Treatments Medical Marijuana and Cannabinoids (and hemp seed recipes) Two profound things I learned from people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Does marijuana help with pain? What does science know so far? Side effects of marijuana and cannabinoids   To grab your medical marijuana and cannabinoid approvals chart, sign up here. 🙂 Oh, if you get an error, just update your profile.   If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here: Leesa Klich is a science-based holistic nutritionist living at the intersection of science and holistic health (it’s really, really interesting here!) 🙂 At NutritionInteractions she helps holistic-minded people taking medications maximize the benefits of good nutrition. She also helps holistic health professionals find and understand science-based health information. She has a MSc in Toxicology and Nutrition, over a decade experience in
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Side effects of marijuana and cannabinoids

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register: If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here:     Common side effects associated with use of marijuana and cannabinoids   Here are some of the side effects discussed (with references) in this post.  Note that they’re associated with cannabinoid use, which means that more people who use cannabinoids tend to experience them.  It does not mean that cannabis use clearly causes these effects. Common effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, and poor attention(1) Addiction Motor vehicle accidents Effects on maternal and child health Cognition and other neurological effects Psychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, amotivational state) Sleep Cardiovascular effects Respiratory effects Cancers Most adverse effects tend to be mild to moderate, and they don’t cause permanent damage. Yes, cannabis can be addictive   In a previous post, I discuss a theory of how addictive behaviours develop; in that the experiences required for survival create a sense of pleasure by stimulating the brain’s “reward centre”.  However, it is possible that other things not required for survival (such as drugs) can also cause pleasure in that same reward centre and therefore keep us going back for more. At least one study shows that 9-10% of people who use cannabis will become addicted. That number increases to 16–17 % for people who start using cannabis as teens, and up to 25–50% for daily users. The risk for addiction seems to reduce with age, so that someone who doesn’t
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Does marijuana help with pain? What does science know so far?

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register: Does Marijuana help with pain?  What does science know so far?   Here is the video from “One Minute Medical School” that inspired me to dig into the research on the use of cannabinoids for fibromyalgia and chronic pain (see 0:58): And by “cannabinoids”, I’m not ONLY talking about the medications Cesamet/Nabilone (tetrahydrocannabinol – THC), Marinol/Dronabinol (cannabidiol – CBD), and Sativex (nabiximols – THC & CBD); but also the use of marijuana for medical purposes, as well as the body’s naturally occurring “endocannabinoids” that affect the cannabinoid receptors in the body. I discussed these different types of cannabinoids in a previous blog post called “Medical Marijuana and Cannabinoids (and hemp seed recipes)” (Sorry, I’m not diving into the legalities or politics, just the science…) In terms of pain: Currently available agents (e.g. antidepressant and anticonvulsant analgesics, opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are inadequate to control all pain or are associated with limiting side effects (e.g. most problematic being sedation with the antidepressant and anticonvulsant group, constipation with the opioids and gastrointestinal and cardiovascular effects with the NSAIDs). There is a critical need for new treatments. In this context, many people with chronic pain are turning to other therapies including cannabinoids. Due to patient demand, several nations (or states within countries) have developed programs to allow people with serious health conditions to access cannabis (marijuana) for medicinal purposes. Most of these programs (e.g., Canada, Israel, Netherlands, several US States) require physician or nurse practitioner support for the individual patient to be approved for access. Medical professionals have called for more research regarding both potential therapeutic and adverse
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Two profound things I learned from people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register:     Two profound things I learned from people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain   Here’s the video: Two profound things I learned from people with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain 0:36 Fibromyalgia Summit May 12-14 2016 (free online) Sign up here for details 2:19 Profound thing #1 4:05 Profound thing #2 6:34 Story of how this all “came together” for me last week   Here are a bunch of quotes I’ve seen used to represent what it’s like to have Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain: If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here: The lady who is tirelessly organizing the free online Fibromyalgia Summit (May 2016) wrote this book about using prayer for her pain: (affiliate link is image above) Non-affiliate link is here.   The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register:     Leesa Klich is a science-based holistic nutritionist living at the intersection of science and holistic health (it’s really, really interesting here!) 🙂  At NutritionInteractions she helps holistic-minded people taking medications maximize the benefits of good nutrition.  She also helps holistic health professionals find and understand science-based health information.  She has a MSc in Toxicology and Nutrition, over a decade experience in drug/supplement safety, and is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. For a list of free health resources, click here. If you liked this post, then you might want to
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Medical Marijuana and Cannabinoids (and hemp seed recipes)

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register: If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here: Medical Marijuana and Cannabinoids (and hemp seed recipes)   Marijuana and Cannabis   Cannabis sativa and cannabis indica are very versatile plants.  They have been used for thousands of years, not only for medicinal, religious or “euphoric” reasons, but also to make fabrics and eat the seeds (I love hemp seeds – see recipes at the bottom!).  The ancient cultures most known for cannabis use are Chinese and Hindu (the plant is indigenous to Central and South Asia); as well as Greek and Middle Eastern.  Within the last few hundred years, it reached the rest of Europe, as well as North America.(1) Use of the cannabis plant has been recommended by physicians and medical texts throughout the ages.  A few of the traditional medicinal uses have been for chronic pain, seizures, spasticity, and nausea.(1) Cannabinoids (the active compounds) from the plant were identified in the 1960s, particularly delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the psychoactive compound in the plant (no psychoactive or medicinal properties in the delicious and nutritious hemp seeds, sorry…).(1) In the following years, concerns grew about addiction and other side effects, and cannabis’ medicinal value was questioned; which lead to legal issues.  However, there were always anecdotal reports of marijuana’s ability to help with many health concerns such as glaucoma and nausea/vomiting of chemotherapy.(1) Note that from a strictly scientific perspective, anecdotes are interesting and can be a reason to begin researching something, but are not considered
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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, and Treatments

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register: If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, and Treatments Fibromyalgia   According to the National Institute of Health Library of Medicine(1): Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term pain, spread throughout the body. The pain is most often linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety. People with fibromyalgia may also have tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is also described as(2): chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, and tenderness to palpation at specific TPs. There are 18 specific “tender points” (TPs) common to many people who have fibromyalgia.  Those tender points, along with 3 months of widespread pain, sleep issues, fatigue, as well as thinking/memory problems (“fibro fog”) are commonly used for diagnosis.(1,2) Fibromyalgia is often experienced along with depression, anxiety, headache/migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosis, and/or rheumatoid arthritis.(2) It seems that fibromyalgia is a neurological condition, specifically in the central nervous system.  Fibromyalgia includes an increased sensitivity to pain.  So, things that would normally hurt a little bit, or not at all, tend to hurt A LOT.(3) FMS can affect anyone, however, it’s most commonly diagnosed in women between the ages 40 – 60.  In Canada, it is thought to affect 1.1% of the population, with 6 women affected for every man.(2) Fibromyalgia is also associated with significant disability, as the pain can lead to lowered ability to do
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Fibromyalgia – Marijuana and Medications – What do you want to know?

  I’m very happy to be contributing to the Fibromyalgia Summit Wellness Bundle.  The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register: If you’d like a nicely put together summary of the medical research on marijuana for pain, you can check out my e-book here: Find out more about the book here, or you can buy it for CAD$7.00 right here: Fibromyalgia – Marijuana and Medications – What do you want to know?   Hi, I’ve created two special reports as part of the Wellness Bundle for the Fibromyalgia Summit.  They are: An update of the medical research on marijuana, its derivatives and other substances that affect cannabinoid receptors. A chart of commonly prescribed medications for fibromyalgia and known interactions with foods, nutrients and supplements. The summit will be online for free May 12-14 2016; and available for purchase until May 25.  Click here to register:     Here’s a bit of the research about marijuana and medications: Marijuana, its derivatives and other substances that affect cannabinoid receptors   This 2014 review article on the Recent advances in the pharmacological management of acute and chronic pain (1) recommends: A thorough and holistic approach is encouraged in order to explore the multiple factors affecting patients experiencing pain, whether this be acute, chronic, or in many situations, both. There is some efficacy shown for cannabinoids for some neurological disorders including spasticity and neuropathic pain. There is limited data, although there are some trials currently underway with cannabinoid receptor medications. In this 2014 review of the medical literature Care and Feeding of the Endocannabinoid System: A Systematic Review of Potential Clinical Interventions that Upregulate the Endocannabinoid System(2) discusses the new evidence of a “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency syndrome” (CEDS).  This syndrome may be
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Doctor recommending an x-ray, mammogram, bone density test, or CT scan? Here’s what you need to know (and do).

                What made me even care about x-ray exposure anyway?   My 6 year old daughter broke her elbow a few weeks ago.  Ouch! She’s an avid climber.  She loves climbing rocks, trees, snow banks, etc.  She’s had wall climbing lessons. After she learned about Mt. Everest, she wanted to practice.  So, when we’d walk home from school in the winter she’d climb every snowbank on every front lawn (up the bank, down the shoveled driveway, up the next bank, etc.).  All. The. Way. Home. Every. Day. A few weeks before she broke her elbow, she was up so high in our neighbour’s maple tree that we couldn’t see her between the leaves. I reminded her of that yellow-painted line 8 feet up in the climbing class.  That’s the line where you’re not allowed to go above unless you’re properly harnessed and have a belayer.     “Don’t go higher than the 3rd branch” I said; and she got down just fine. She loves climbing! And she’s good at it. We have a tree on our front lawn that is on a slope, so the ground on one side of the tree is higher than the other.  She always gets on and off the side with the higher ground (see the little wooden “step”?).     Except a few weeks ago when she lost her balance.  🙁 We were all getting ready to go out for dinner and ended up at the Emergency Department of the children’s hospital instead. Of course, they needed to take x-rays to see if there was a break, where the break was, and what kind of break it was.  Of course, diagnostic x-rays are low dose, and rarely have side effects.  Of course in the vast majority of
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