CBD and Fibromyalgia
Saturday, January 16, 2021 • 4 minute read
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which results in excruciating pain all over the body. People who suffer from this debilitating condition are desperate to find effective treatment options and are increasingly turning to CBD to help manage their condition.
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown; however, it is believed to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain which is triggered by physically or emotionally stressful events. Triggers for fibromyalgia could include a major accident or illness, the death of a loved one as well as financial or career stress. It is also believed that some people are more genetically prone to develop the disorder.
Can CBD help with Fibromyalgia?
There is a theory that a lack of endocannabinoid in the body may be the root of chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia. ((https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/can.2016.0009 )) It is believed that the endocannabinoid system and the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) (2) play an important role in controlling the sensation of pain. A review article concluded that cannabinoids could be a great tool for pain management (3). If this is the case, then CBD may help correct the imbalance and help to alleviate pain.
Does THC play a role in treating Fibromyalgia?
Evidence points towards THC (4) having an important role to play in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. CBD supplements only contain trace amounts of THC, as a result if you do suffer from Fibromyalgia, medical cannabis may be a more suitable option.
If you do want to try CBD supplements, we recommend full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products, because these products harness the entourage effect. Preliminary evidence suggests the synergistic effect of multiple cannabinoids plays an important role in the relief of pain from fibromyalgia. (5)
Read our detailed article which goes into greater detail about CBD and pain.
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2) PubMed. 2020. The endocannabinoid system and pain - PubMed. [ONLINE] Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19839937/. [Accessed 11 October 2020.
3) Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain-NCBI. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/. [Accessed 11 October 2020}
4) V, G., S, B., F, A., D, M., F, S. and P, S., 2021. Adding Medical Cannabis To Standard Analgesic Treatment For Fibromyalgia: A Prospective Observational Study. [online] PubMed. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32116208/ [Accessed 16 January 2021].
5) Frontiers in Pharmacology. 2018. Cannabinoids And Pain: New Insights From Old Molecules. [online] Available at: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphar.2018.01259/full [Accessed 16 January 2021]