Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a chronic condition which causes potentially disabling pain throughout the body. It's thought to affect between 1.5-2 million people living in the UK and there's currently no cure to completely remove the symptoms. However, an increasing number of people are now turning to CBD for Fibromyalgia pain and management of other symptoms.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
The name fibromyalgia is made up from “fibro” for fibrous tissues such as tendons and ligaments; “my” indicating muscles; and “algia” meaning pain.
For several centuries, severe muscle pain was diagnosed as rheumatism, and fibrositis in the 1900s. But it wasn't until 1976 that Fibromyalgia became a specific diagnosis. And the majority of research into the condition has occurred over the last three decades.
Fibromyalgia is a common condition which is actually more prevalent than rheumatoid arthrits. It can affect people of all ages, but it's most common between the ages of 30-50 years old. And it affects many more women than men.
The specific causes of fibromyalgia aren't known, but it seems to involve a combination of factors which may include:
Genetics. Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
Infections. Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
Physical or emotional trauma. Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.
The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain and profound fatigue.
The pain tends to be felt as fairly consistent aching or burning, often described as head to toe. It may be worse at some times than at others. It may also change location, usually becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used most.
The fatigue ranges from feeling tired, to the exhaustion of a flu-like illness. It may come and go and people can suddenly feel drained of all energy and totally exhausted.
People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia are usually able to live a normal life, given the appropriate treatment. If symptoms are severe, however, people may not be able to hold down a paying job or enjoy much of a social life.
As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:
- increased sensitivity to pain
- extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- muscle stiffness
- difficulty sleeping
- problems with mental processes (known as "fibro-fog"), such as problems with memory and concentration
- irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
For more information on the symptoms and diagnosis of fibromyalgia, the NHS website has a lot of useful information.
HOW CAN CBD OIL HELP WITH FIBROMYALGIA?
An increasing amount of people are now using and potentially finding a positive effect by using CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia to help reduce the severity of the symptoms.
CBD can improve symptoms of Fibromyalgia by reducing pain, improving sleep and also reducing the stress and anxiety that living with Fibromyalgia can cause.
Cannabis oil can have a positive effect due to the indirect interaction between CBD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) within the human body. The ECS is the main regulatory system in your body that is responsible for promoting and maintaining homeostasis (or optimal balance) within the body.
The cannabinoid interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors within the Endocannabinoid system to provide relief for a variety of symptoms and conditions, including inflammation, tenderness, muscle spasms, anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue and difficulty with clear thinking/memory.
Recent research continues to develop the knowledge around CBD and relieving chronic pain syndromes, such as this 2016 study.
It will also help to promote a regular sleep pattern and potentially a better night of sleep. Take a look at our ultimate guide to CBD Oil for Sleep and Insomnia for more specific information.
HOW TO TAKE CBD OIL FOR FIBROMYALGIA
We recommend to start on a low dose if you haven't used CBD before. This way it allows the body’s Endocannabinoid system to gently ‘wakeup’.
Our 4% Full Spectrum CBD Oil is a good choice for beginners. You can then choose to increase the strength if you either feel you need to, or if you have used CBD before and need a higher dosage. So we also have an 8% CBD Oil and a 15% CBD Oil available.
To take the CBD Oil orally, you should use 1 to 3 drops twice a day. Drop the oil under the tongue and hold them for at least a minute before swallowing. This ensures the CBD to get into the bloodstream quicker and is important to do this.
There are other ways to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD. These include vaping, where our oil can be added to liquid for ecigarettes or our Balm is also an excellent option. This works well as an easy way to rub CBD directly onto the areas of inflammation or pain.
Using CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia is an effective, quick and easy method to try for reducing the symptoms of the condition.
WHAT TO CHECK BEFORE USING CBD OIL FOR FIBROMYALGIA
Cannabidiol (CBD) 'does not appear to have abuse potential of cause harm', as concluded by the World Health Organisation. The effect associated with recreational cannabis use are associated with the cannaboid THC which is also found in the original plant, but which isn't present in CBD Oil.
As it's non-psychoactive, CBD will not get you high. The majority of adult users won't experience any negative side effects, although sometimes it's possible to experience a dry mouth, feeling lightheaded or low blood pressure.
However, you can consult your doctor if you're taking any medication, particularly those related to Fibromyalgia. CBD interacts and potentially slows down the liver enzymes which break down some prescribed medicines, which may increase the risk of complications.
This shouldn't prevent you considering CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia symptoms, but it's a good idea to get medical advice prior to using any medical or health product.
CBD OIL FOR FIBROMYALGIA - USEFUL LINKS:
As fibromyalgia research and diagnosis is still relatively recent, as is the widespread use of CBD Oils, new medical studies are appearing all the time. But you can also find more information and support for Fibromyalgia suffers via the links below, including support groups with updates from people who have already tried using CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia symptoms.
We've also compiled guides to using CBD for other specific health issues and symptoms, including: