Fibromyalgia and CBD – the phone calls pour in some days with people wanting to know more. Unfortunately, the FDA does not allow us to make any claims about what CBD can or may do for this debilitating source of constant pain. But, let’s look at what we CAN discuss.
First, Fibromyalgia is defined as a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and tenderness in localized areas. Essentially, lots and lots of fibers throughout the body are sensing pain and reporting it back to the brain.
Further, we know that the body’s pain-regulating system, the endocannabinoid system, responds to various cannabinoid substances such as cannabidiol or CBD. Receptors in the endocannabinoid system are located in immune cells, the central nervous system tissue and bone tissues. CBD communicates with these receptors, potentially providing relief to symptoms.
Okay, so we know this. What else do we know? Dr. Allen Frankel explains that CBD helps pain by binding to microglial cells, causing a reduction in cytokines and pain reduction in fibromyalgia. Microgial cells are gaining steam as a potential cause of pain, brain inflammation and severe fatigue.
We also know that many of the pharmaceutical answers to treating this disorder offer many unwanted side effects and are often less than effective. Treatments such as opioid pain medication, anti-inflammatory medications corticosteroids are all being used currently.
So, the question becomes: Should a sufferer of fibromyalgia try using CBD as a treatment for their condition. Obviously, we cannot openly answer this for anyone as its a personal question. But, we CAN pass along information that others are reporting. On occasion, we get the opportunity to ask our repeat customers why they are returning to buy, and often times, the answer is that they have a very positive result with CBD and Fibromyalgia. They have gone on to say that the constant, debilitating pain they’ve endured is either lessened or done away with completely for hours while the cannabidiol (CBD) is in their system.
Also, there have been a few studies conducted on fibromyalgia and the cannabinoid system. One such study, found at this website, indicates the following conclusion: The use of cannabis (note: cannabis includes both hemp and marijuana) was associated with beneficial effects on some fibromyalgia symptoms. Further studies on the usefulness of cannabinoids in fibromyalgia patients as well as cannabinoid system involvement in the pathophysiology of this condition is warranted.
So, in summary: We know that this condition is exceptionally painful. We know that CBD affects the human endocannabinoid system positively by providing pain relief. We know that Dr. Frankel explains CBD reduces pain. And, we know that many of the medical industry’s answers (expensive pharmaceuticals) have negative side effects and are often not effective. We also have anecdotal reports that CBD has helped people with fibromyalgia. It is our belief that an all natural remedy found in cannabis, be it marijuana or hemp, is something that should be considered.
As always, we have to say: These statements have not evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always check with your physician or medical provider before starting a new dietary supplement program.