CBD and Fibromyalgia: What the Studies Say

Fibromyalgia CBD

If you are reading this, you probably started to feel the pain and have problems focusing, so you’ve begun searching for alternative treatments like CBD. If that is the case, you must have a lot of questions. Do not worry —you’ve come to the right place! Let’s talk a little bit more about this disorder and how CBD can help you.

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Let’s be thorough and cover the basics again. 

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain. The pain is usually accompanied by mood, memory, and sleep disorders, as well as chronic fatigue. According to research, one of the possible causes of the disorder is the change in the way the brain is processing pain signals by making them feel stronger.

Fibromyalgia is not known to be fatal, but it can have severe and lifelong effects. That said, there is no cure for this disorder yet, but there are some treatments available, among which is CBD. Combined with specific lifestyle changes, CBD can help people manage some (or all) symptoms. Here is everything you need to know. 

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the two main ingredients of cannabis. The other one, probably the more popular one due to its psychoactive abilities, is THC, but we will talk about it some other time. Let’s go back to our topic.

CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, you can experience the health benefits without worrying about the mind-altering properties that are usually associated with cannabis use.

There are many CBD infused products. The most popular ones are CBD oil and tinctures, edibles, creams and lotions, skin patches, and many more. Because there are no psychoactive “side effects,” CBD is legal in many countries and easy to buy.

Can CBD Help with Fibromyalgia?

More research is still needed, but from what we have learned so far, we can safely conclude that CBD may reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia in some people. That is because CBD is known to change the way our bodies process chronic pain while helping those suffering from this disorder.

Depending on the way your body reacts, CBD can either significantly reduce the symptoms or make no difference. That said, in most cases, it works best if it is combined with other medications and lifestyle changes. 

What Are the Studies Saying?

The studies on fibromyalgia and CBD per se are lacking, but at least the symptoms can be managed.

One review from 2015 that investigated research on cannabinoid use for chronic pain discovered that seven out of eleven studies proved that CBD could relieve pain.  

Another review from the same year analyzed the results from 28 random trials where medical cannabis was used for pain treatment. Most of those trials were linked to pain caused by multiple sclerosis. According to the results, medical cannabis can help treat chronic pain.

A more recent 2017 study discovered that CBD might counteract the hypersensitivity of cells that are located near nerves in people with chronic pain. This study included people with fibromyalgia.  

The Bottom Line

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, and as we have already mentioned, there is no cure. That said, several available treatments can help manage or eliminate the symptoms. CBD is proven to be one of them.

According to the scientists who researched the connection between CBD and fibromyalgia, the best results are felt when CBD is combined with other medications. In some people, it might not have any effect, while in others, CBD treatment can be the difference between a healthy lifestyle and constant pain.

It is advisable to consult a medical professional before introducing CBD into your treatment because there are some known adverse effects (dizziness, nausea), which are usually the outcome of overdosing.

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Bojana Petkovic
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Always on the lookout for new adventures and creative drives, Bojana is currently mesmerized by the fast-paced cannabis industry and providing the internet community with valuable information via LoudCloudHealth.

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