Cannabinoids For Fibromyalgia: An Updated Systematic Review
Jean Claude Scicluna, Giuseppe Di Giovanni
Giuseppe Di Giovanni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
fibromyalgia, chronic pain, cannabis, cannabinoids, pharmacotherapy
Fibromyalgia is an increasingly prevalent condition resulting in high morbidity and economic burden for sufferers. Minimal to modest benefit has been achieved by pharmacotherapies, creating a strong rationale for novel therapies. Substantial evidence has implicated the endocannabinoid system in the modulation of fibromyalgia symptoms. However, the therapeutic potential and potential adverse effects of cannabis-based therapy in fibromyalgia are still under-reported, leading to clinicians’ hesitation to opt for such therapy. This systematic review examined the literature and provided a critical review of the safety and efficacy of cannabis-based therapy in fibromyalgia. It resulted that medical cannabis is a safe and effective treatment option for fibromyalgia, whilst further research in this area is needed.