Fibromyalgia Patients Find Cannabis the Most Effective Treatment, According to Survey

A 2014 survey conducted by the National Pain Foundation in the United States revealed that cannabis was the most effective treatment for patients with Fibromyalgia.

With an estimated 14 million people in Europe and 5 million people in the USA suffering from Fibromyalgia, research into alternative and/or additional treatment is necessary.

WebMD classifies Fibromyalgia as “a chronic condition that characteristically causes pain all over the body, including muscle and joint pain, and fatigue as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation“.

The  symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia are vast and potentially dangerous. With no universally accepted cure, symptom management is currently the only treatment available.

The online survey was completed by over 1,300 patients. The respondents were asked to rate the effectiveness of cannabis as a treatment for their symptoms, as well as the effectiveness of the three FDA approved drugs that are prescribed to Fibromyalgia patients – Cymbalta, Lyrica and Savella.

Only 8% of respondents said Cymbalta was ‘Very effective’ in treating their symptoms, whilst 60% of respondents said that the drug ‘Does not help at all’. Cymbalta is used primarily to help general anxiety and major depressive disorders.

Lyrica, a painkilling and anti-convulsant drug, had slightly more positive results, with 10% claiming it is ‘Very effective’. However, 61% claimed that Lyrica ‘Does not help at all’.

Savella, a controversial drug used to modulate neurotransmitters, received damning results, with 10% claiming its effectiveness and 68% claiming, once again, that it ‘Does not help at all’.

However, an incredible 95% of survey respondents admitted that cannabis is “Very effective” or “Slightly effective” in treating their symptoms. The results below display these results, which are overwhelmingly in favour of cannabis as treatment.


This survey is a vital piece of research into the relationship between cannabis and Fibromyalgia, in part because of the lack of other studies available. Only one other official research study has ever been conducted on the subject. That study, conducted by the American College of Rheumatology deduced that cannabis offered some therapeutic benefit but also questioned its negative effect on psychosocial parameters.

Perhaps the most telling result to come from the National Pain Foundation survey were the 43% of respondents who felt that their physician was not knowledgeable about the disorder and the 35% of respondents who felt that their physician did not take their Fibromyalgia seriously. Results like this highlight the need for further research into the disorder and how to manage its treatment, whether that be with cannabis or through other effective treatment.

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  1. jim says:

    How about poly myalgia? will it work for this?

    1. MedicalMarijuanaMedicalMarijuana says:

      Hi Jim, while there have been no early-stage research studies on the relationship between Polymyalgia and Cannabis, there are many anecdotal reports that suggest cannabis can help with pain and stiffness in rheumatic disorders.

      1. jim says:

        Thank You! and I’d bet it could help. Similar symptoms to fibromyalgia. My eighty two year old mother suffers from poly. Jim

  2. MedicalMarijuana AdminMedicalMarijuana Admin says:

    What country are you in? Is she able to try it legally?

  3. Jack Mearton says:

    There is another blog here about Fibromyalgia and CBD oils, well worth a read

    1. MedicalMarijuana AdminMedicalMarijuana Admin says:

      Hi Jack, thanks for sharing that.

  4. Marie says:

    I have FM and I use Cannabis all the time. I wasn’t impressed with the results until I stopped taking it. Too expensive and hard to acquire I’d actually forgotten how bad it is and after a week went back on it. It lifted my mood and gave me the determination to fight and not just sleep all the time. Why isn’t it legal? Why? It’s helping us and also significantly I’m off all my meds yes all of them

    1. TomTom says:

      Pleased to hear that it is helping. Would you be willing to do give us more info on how you treat yourself on our personal story section? And also complete our survey? It will all help others learn.

  5. Marie says:

    I too suffer from FM and in the past have needed morphine. I had hypertension, asthma, inflammation and insomnia due to the continuous pain so I was prescribed numerous medications, many of these which caused their own side effects requiring more medication. I have now been on my cannabis ‘medication’ for six months and have not taken regular meds in all this time. I feel like a new person and my friends and family have spoken of my new lease of life. I just wish we could do more to get the law makers to understand how many people, young and old who would benefit so much from this medication without any side effects. I would gladly speak to them if I thought it might help.

  6. Mette thordsen. says:

    Må.man køre bil når man får cNabi?

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