Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome that is difficult to treat and has no cure, is no exception. Affecting an estimated 5 to 12 million Americans, the condition is relatively untreatable with conventional pharmaceutical medications. In fact, only 35-40 percent of sufferers gain any relief whatsoever from mainstream drugs. Cannabis treats not only the pain associated with fibromyalgia, but other symptoms of the condition as well, including insomnia, fatigue, restless legs syndrome, depression, and anxiety. While the root cause of fibromyalgia remains a mystery, it is understood that it involves a disturbance in how the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, sends and receives messages. It is estimated that the disease afflicts four to seven times as many women as men.
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