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Why are cannabis medicines helpful for fibromyalgia?

Dr Anthony Ordman explains why cannabis medicines are so useful in the treatment of fibromyalgia



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Leading UK pain consultant, Dr Anthony Ordman, explains why cannabis medicines are so useful in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Over the years at his ground-breaking pain medicine clinic at the Royal Free Hospital, Dr Ordman has treated countless fibromyalgia patients.

He is a former president of the pain division of the Royal Society of Medicine and is now hon. medical director at Integro Clinics, where he prescribes cannabis based medicines (CMBP’s). He explains why patients living with the condition might wish to explore medical cannabis.

Whilst here is no one conventional medicine to treat fibromyalgia, often, anti-depressants and nerve pain medicine are tried.

Although these medicines can sometimes help, they often have nasty side effects, which can leave patients suffering more. Cannabis medicines can offer a potentially extremely effective treatment as they re-balance and regulate the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) without leaving a patient with debilitating side effects.

Dr Anthony Ordman

I have observed that many fibromyalgia patients are extremely emotionally alert and simply cannot allow themselves to relax at night. This can be a result of persistent stress or traumatic life events. The conventional drugs that are available do not penetrate the bodies spinal cord and central nervous system, which cannabis medicines can.

It is much better to use CMBP’s because they can reduce muscle tension mechanisms in the central nervous system which allows the patient to sleep better and recharge emotionally. If you have had a better night’s sleep, pain is likely to be less the next day.

Many of my patients have been self-medicating for years before coming to see me. I cannot stress enough how big a difference there is between medicinal cannabis and street cannabis. The effectiveness of medicinal cannabis compared to black market product is immeasurable.  The production of medicinal cannabis is done under very strict conditions and measure precisely to find the most suitable dosage for each condition.

If you are really suffering from your fibromyalgia symptoms and the conventional medicines you have been prescribed are not helping you, I would seriously advise you to consider trying medical cannabis.

I am increasingly aware that we are only just starting to understand the significant effects that cannabis medicines can have on people’s pain.

The team at Integro Clinics, where I practice, is completely patient centric and we are heavily focussed on finding the right dose foe each patient which we monitor regularly and adapt if necessary. We also have a specialist practise nurse, Sophie, who is available for any advice you may need.

If you would like further information or to speak to Dr Anthony Ordman or specialist nurse, Sophie Hayes, please contact Integro Clinics via email or at

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Integro Medical Clinics Ltd always recommend remaining under the care and treatment of your GP and specialist for your condition, while using cannabis-based medicines, and the Integro clinical team would always prefer to work in collaboration with them.


Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister title and Psychedelic Health. Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained. She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa. Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag


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