The NFA (National Fibromyalgia Association) states that about 10 million people in America have fibromyalgia. Though it affects both men and women, it is most commonly found in women. Those who suffer from a rheumatic disease are also at a higher risk.
The usual treatment for fibromyalgia includes anti-seizure medication, antidepressants, and pain relievers. Horrible side-effects usually accompany these drugs, and as a result, people with fibromyalgia are turning to CBD.
Although people are starting to use CBD, many still don’t know much about it. Many who do, tend to associate it with the stigma of marijuana, which has stopped them from trying it.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Known as the invisible disease, fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain. It can be accompanied by mood swings, fatigue, sleep and memory problems, and other cognitive issues; as well as increased sensitivity to pressure, bright light, noise, and temperature. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia affects the nerves that carry signals to and from the brain. This may lower a person’s pain tolerance to a point where doing basic tasks causes excruciating pain; which can lead to psychological symptoms of distress.
Because there is no test for fibromyalgia and the symptoms are subjective, it sometimes gets misdiagnosed as another disease. Though there is no exact cause, there are factors that might ultimately cause fibromyalgia. Those factors are: undergoing surgery, physical trauma, psychological stress or infection; genetics, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis have also been known to play a part. There have been instances, however, where symptoms build up over time without one singular event causing it.
Though there is no cure for fibromyalgia and treatment varies from person-to-person, it is non-life-threatening.
What are Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The most common symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain. This pain can be felt throughout the entire body, or it can be felt in the muscles that get used most often. The pain can range from a dull ache to a burn or a throb.
Other symptoms include:
- Memory/Cognitive problems
- Mood issues
- Sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises
- Mood problems
- Numbness and tingling
- temperature sensitivity
- depression and/or anxiety
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is one of over 100 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. The Cannabis Sativa plant is where marijuana comes from, but Hemp also comes from it. Hemp is legal, and it doesn’t require a prescription to use. CBD isn’t psychoactive, which means it won’t get you high.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the substance that is responsible for the high effect associated with marijuana. Hemp not only has a higher concentration of CBD than marijuana, but it also contains a legal amount of THC, which won’t get you high.
The human body has a system called the endocannabinoid system. This system has receptors that can be found in both immune cells and organs. The endocannabinoid system’s job is to keep the body at equilibrium.
Although CBD has been used for many medical purposes
, it is not FDA-approved as a regulated treatment option. This means health claims cannot be made without repercussions.
Fibromyalgia and CBD
Since treating fibromyalgia with CBD is pretty new, researchers cannot say with certainty why the compound can reduce some symptoms of fibromyalgia.
One study suggests that an endocannabinoid [lipid-based neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors] deficiency may be the main cause of fibromyalgia. Since CBD is a cannabinoid, taking it may help correct this deficiency.
CBD has been shown to relieve neuropathic pain and stimulate cell repair in the brain. This is best explained by the way CBD affects the brain by interrupting the nerve pathways whose job is to send pain signals between the body and the brain.
CBD also has been known to reduce inflammation and symptoms associated with chronic pain, making it an alternative to taking opioids. It also helps with anxiety and insomnia by enhancing anandamide signaling. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that helps your body maintain cellular balance. People with fibromyalgia often have insomnia.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia
As mentioned before, the FDA has not approved CBD oil for medicinal purposes yet. With that said, it has the potential to be a great natural way to keep the body functioning at equilibrium, while providing the user with pain relief, without the severe harmful effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Though there isn’t conclusive evidence stating with certainty that CBD oil can treat fibromyalgia, the results have been promising.
Even though fibromyalgia is non-life-threatening, it can still be life-altering. Learning ways to cope with the condition can give a person the best possible outcome.