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How CBD May Help with Fibromyalgia

Posted by Janna Champagne,RN on

Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes bodily pain and mental distress.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be confused with those of arthritis, or joint inflammation. However, unlike arthritis, it has not been found to cause joint or muscle inflammation and damage. It is seen as a rheumatic condition, in other words, one that causes soft tissue pain or myofascial pain.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), around 5 million adults aged 18 years or over in the United States experience fibromyalgia, and 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women.

What is CBD

CBD is one of hundreds of cannabinoids found in the Cannabis Sativa L (hemp) plant. CBD has been ingested for more than 5000 years in cultures around the world, and has a well-founded safety profile for easing dozens of conditions and has never resulted in harm.  

Just recently, when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam discovered the human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in 1992, we started to understand how CBD works in our bodies. CBD interacts with ECS receptors, filling vital nutrient deficiency, and promoting homeostasis or balance. This interaction may reduce the impact of Endocannabinoid Deficiency, which contributes to the imbalances found in chronic illness, according to Dr. Ethan Russo. When our bodies are ill, we deplete 2AG very quickly, and although the chemical structures of 2AG and CBD differ slightly, the body responds to both exactly the same. 

As this suggests, cannabinoids may be supplemented through ingestion of plants like Cannabis Sativa L hemp (phytocannabinoids). This is especially helpful when the endocannabinoids our bodies produce (like 2AG) are not enough to maintain homeostasis or balance.  Recent studies prove that our body’s response does not differ when comparing effects of cannabinoids from plant sources versus those our ECS creates.

How CBD Can Help Fibromyalgia 

Targeting pain and fatigue with CBD is supported by research, and since CBD entails fewer risks or side effects compared with the standard pharmaceutical options, it’s a popular alternative. As a matter of fact, research supports that CBD may improve symptoms and quality of life for patients suffering Fibromyalgia symptoms. 

In another study completed in Israel, 94% of Fibromyalgia patients experienced pain relief, 93% reported improved quality of sleep, 87% reported less depression, and 62% reported an improvement in anxiety. While nearly all the subjects reported favorably about symptom improvement, it’s also notable that very few experienced negative effects.

If you’re interested in reading a testimony from a 72 year old Fibromyalgia sufferer in Oregon who was able to wean completely off opioid pain medications using CBD, please click here.

It’s not difficult to understand why CBD may help manage Fibromyalgia symptoms, especially since research reflects that the root cause of this disorder is Endocannabinoid Deficiency. This means CBD supplementation may improve a vital nutrient deficiency that is known to cause Fibromyalgia.

Have anymore questions regarding how CBD can help manage Fibromyalgia pain? Contact our nurse line today!

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