Pot helps fibromyalgia sufferers: Study

Source: Toronto Sun / The study was published Friday in online journal PLoS One

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Published: April 23, 2011

Fibromyalgia sufferers reported fewer headaches and improved sleep after using pot for an average of two hours a day, a new study shows.

Spanish researchers followed 28 patients who were cannabis users, and 28 non-users.

For the users, 11% smoked it, 46% ate it, and 43% did both. Study participants were given health questionnaires to rate things such as physical function, body pain and mental health.

Researchers found 81% of patients who used marijuana got relief from sleep disorders, while 14% said it helped with headaches.

However, the researchers said 96% of the participants who used pot had side effects, ranging from dry mouth, sedation, dizziness and feeling high.

Results also showed users scored "slightly but significantly higher" on the mental health section of the health questionnaire than non-users.

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes long-termpain and tender joints andmuscles.

The study was published Friday in online journal PLoS One.