Citing data from a National Pain Foundation survey (which was conducted by National Pain Report), Genfo noted that 62% of fibromyalgia sufferers reported cannabis as “very effective” in treating their symptoms.
Although cannabis remains illegal on a federal level in the United States, many states have legalized cannabis for valid medical purposes. With the recommendation of a local physician, a qualified patient (through a qualifying condition or qualifying symptom) can obtain a medical marijuana card or authorization to visit dispensaries and purchase medical marijuana products.
As of March 2018, four states (and a fifth pending) list Fibromyalgia as a qualified condition. An additional 23 states who don’t list Fibromyalgia as a qualifying condition specifically, list chronic pain as a qualifying symptom that may very well align with Fibromyalgia.
“The growing number of states that qualify fibromyalgia or its symptoms for the medical use of Cannabis is great news for patients”, says Neer Ziskind, CEO of GeneFo, a singular platform of free fibromyalgia resources and clinical trial matching,
“The process of getting a card approval is not smooth in most states, and requires gathering information and documents, clinical certifications, and administrative forms, Ziskind continued. “To assist patients and caregivers that don’t always have the time or energy, we put together a comprehensive state-by-state guide, updated to March 2018, with
- relevant information on patient rights,
- application checklist,
- crucial links and forms to download,
- important tips on how you should prepare for your doctor’s visit,
- and lists of MMJ doctor near you.
“In States where Fibromyalgia is not considered a qualifying condition, the guide also reviews best practices on basing your application on qualifying symptoms such as pain. We trust that this free resource will help more Fibromyalgia patients secure an additional therapeutic avenue and improve their daily living.”