Experimenting with Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug”, Willie Nelson

Well, here I am in  the second month of experimenting with this wondrous herb. It isn’t easy trying to find the right mixture of THC to CBD that fits  me! Medical marijuana is not to be considered as one size fits all. In fact, I am not sure I have the right times of day with the right amounts of each of the ingredients completely suited to me even now after two months. It has been trial and error. But I have been aided by my family physician and the very well informed members of the National Access Cannabis clinic. The choices are mine and it involves reading, understanding and recording how each process is helping (or not). It is winter, cold and depressing as I struggle with hip and back pains combined with fibromyalgia and sleep issues. My brain seems frozen in this ice block.

But I have a new kind of cannabis to use! My physiotherapist gave me a free sample of a topical cream of cannabis PANAG Topical A OTC which will be marketed this spring. I have just begun using it on various painful spots. It is too soon to tell if it will be helpful. The times they are a’changin’… time to lobby for universal acceptance in Western society of an herb that can help with chronic pain and  multiple other symptoms. We need to reduce taking many chemicals whose long term usage is dangerous to our kidneys and liver. Prohibition of cannabis is senseless, it is a safe herb, non addictive and often effective for many conditions like fibromyalgia.

In the words of a famous, highly influential and significant astronomer Carl Sagan:

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.


  1. Nancy says:

    Your articles on medical marijuana are very interesting. I do have my card. I won’t smoke it due to my COPD but I have tried some edibles. They taste terrible! I tried making a tea and after doctoring it, it was palatable. I’m checking into making a tincture currently. Do share how well the cream works! I use a Lidocaine cream now and I use that in combination with Bio-Freeze. I’m currently seeing a Rheumatologist to help treat my fibromyalgia. She thinks I may have polymyalgia rheumatica, sjogrens and possibly lupus. I’m waiting for test results. She says I definitely have something more than just fibromyalgia going on, I have something that’s causing inflammation. Unfortunately, my doctors don’t want me taking NSAIDS due to the results of some kidney tests. Ugh! So, keep us posted on how things go! Good luck!

  2. Barbara Keddy
    Barbara Keddy says:

    Dear Nancy:
    Thank you for your comments. I heartily endorse the cannabis lotion Panag Topical A and will definitely be using it when it becomes available OTC. I will also use the patches or any other tincture that has the weed as a base. Unfortunately the sample of Panag was very small and I had to use it sparingly but it does hold much promise.
    I am using marijuana as an oil. Have you tried that? I take a relatively small dose in the morning under my tongue and another before bedtime. It is almost like taking half a teaspoonful of olive oil. The delightful result of the bedtime dose is the absence of night terrors and nightmares which cannabis is noted for! I will admit that the cost factor may be prohibitive for many as smoking or vaping is much cheaper. Like you I don’t smoke as I never have done and anyway I had a heart attack four years ago and would be hesitant to smoke or inhale.
    I am looking forward to the legalization of marijuana in Canada this spring as there seems to be hesitation on the part of many physicians to authorize it in spite of its legalities. Living with pain is not an easy life and if cannabis can help make life easier I am appalled that more physicians are not advocates. My own family physician was the one who suggested it! I have definitely seen an improvement with fibromyalgia but less so for my extreme arthritis in my lumbar spine. However, taking cannabis requires experimentation as one size does not fit all and perhaps I am not taking the exact amount for my pain level. Most of us with fibromyalgia have other conditions that have been affected by central sensitization (which is my alternate term for fibro). Yours is a typical story that occurs after we have lived with a hyper-aroused central nervous system these many years. I hope your diagnosis does not include lupus. Please keep in touch.
    Like you I cannot take NSAIDS, but I do take Gabapentin and hoping one day to decrease gradually from it. I am acutely sensitive to any change and weather issues can exacerbate a flare up, even minor changes from day to day. Living in a volatile world these past few weeks is problematic for those of us witnessing such chaos, so trying to avoid the news. Moderate exercise, in fact, very, very light movements, taking my oil, meditating and avoiding as much stress as possible, while surrounding myself with loving people helps decrease flare ups.
    Very best wishes,

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