Cannabidiol (CBD) is an oil that derives from cannabis. A growing body of research suggests that CBD may help people with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic pain. Studies suggest that CBD may help relieve pain and inflammation, so researchers are looking into its effects on the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a disease that’s been affecting individuals for centuries. Our understanding of the disease has transformed over time and is still evolving.
As evident through its history, fibromyalgia and treatments for this disorder have been evolving since first discovered. While science and medicine continue to improve drastically, in many ways, fibromyalgia still remains a mystery.
Medically, “fibro” means connective tissue and “itis” means inflammation. fibromyalgia: “fibro” meaning connective tissues, “my” meaning muscle, and “algia” meaning pain.
A 2017 report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that CBD could provide relief for a variety of debilitating conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetic complications, as well as general pain, anxiety and depression. The emerging data suggests that CBD can have a positive effect on fibromyalgia.
CBD is not the same as cannabis, CBD is one of more than 100 cannabinoids that come from the cannabis plant. Another compound in cannabis, called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is responsible for producing a high. In most cases, the CBD oil on the market is made from a type of cannabis called hemp, which legally must contain less than 0.2% THC.
Concentrated CBD oil could offer greater benefits with fewer risks than using medical cannabis. Researchers cannot decisively say why the compound appears to reduce some fibromyalgia symptoms, or why it works for some people and not others, but researchers are currently testing some theories.
The pain relieving effects of CBD are likely down to its effects on the brain. It may interrupt the nerve pathways that send signals of pain between the brain and the rest of the body. CBD and other cannabinoids attach to specialized receptors in a person’s brain. One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in managing pain and inflammation.
When CBD enters the body, it may attach to CB2 receptors, or it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) that attach to these receptors. This may then result in reduced pain and inflammation.
One 2016 study suggests that a lack of endocannabinoids may be at the root of chronic pain syndromes, including migraine and fibromyalgia. Using CBD may correct this deficiency, explaining the compound’s success in alleviating chronic pain.
CED is a theory that proposes that lower endocannabinoid levels in one’s body can lead to conditions like IBS, fibromyalgia and other treatment-resistant disorders.
In 1998 research showed that endocannabinoids could reduce hyperalgesia (an increased sensitivity to pain). This finding has led researchers to believe that cannabis, or specific cannabinoids in cannabis, can help treat certain symptoms of fibromyalgia. What has been proven time and again, is that cannabinoid therapy can help the endocannabinoid system operate more smoothly. CBD helps to stimulate the release of endocannabinoids and the binding of other molecules within your system.
Because every human has endocannabinoids that hekp regulate certain bodily functions, it is logical that if endocannabinoid funtion was decreased, it would cause a lower pain threshold, along with changes to digestion, mood and sleep.
I have first hand experience of the benefits of CBD, as my daughter who suffered with fibromyalgia to the point of almost being bedbound, was up and about in days after using CBD, and now leads an almost normal active life, with daily top ups of CBD.
The number of people using CBD oil in the UK alone is estimated to stand at around 6 million.
Lab tests commissioned by the think tank Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) which analysed high-street offerings and found that more than half of the most popular CBD oils sold do not contain the level of CBD promised on the label.
Unfortunately, the industry is heavily unregulated so SpecialityCBD was formed to offer products with current and compliant lab reports, so that we can guarantee that you get the level of CBD that you pay for, without poisonous chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and heavy metals.
With your safety in mind, all of our products display independent laboratory reports, and we are licensed by the UK Government.
In March 2021, it will be illegal not to display these lab reports at point of sale, so you should not buy from anywhere that does not provide evidence of what is in the product, which unfortunately includes some major high street chains, and online stores.
In summary, CBD may not be the vaccine for fibromyalgia, but it is legal and safe, so if it gives some pain relief, better sleep and less anxiety, then it is surely worth a try.
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