CBD for Fibromyalgia
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CBD for Fibromyalgia
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CBD is an acronym for Cannabidiol. A compound constituent found in hemp and cannabis that lacks the intoxicating and addictive effects associated with other cannabis compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Due to this, it is legal, sold and used in many countries around the world.

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in most countries because research has shown that it has many health benefits to the human body. The main advantage of the hemp plant is that it has a lower concentration of THC and other components that make cannabis exhibit some psychoactive effects.

In place of THC, the hemp plant has more concentration of cannabinoids that are very helpful to the functioning of the body. Studies have shown that CBD present in the hemp plant is capable of healing many diseases including Fibromyalgia.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease with symptoms such as irritable bowel, joint pain, fatigue, migraines, insomnia, and chronic pain. Those who suffer from Fibromyalgia will, in many cases, have increased their sensitivity to pain. This is believed to be caused by the abnormal functioning of pain signals that are found in the central nervous system. Common pharmaceutical drugs that are used to treat Fibromyalgia include pain relievers such as sleep aids, muscle relaxants, opioids, and NSAIDs.

Currently, many patients have decided to use CBD products to treat Fibromyalgia. This is because they find these natural products to have fewer side effects and they are safer to use compared to prescription medications.

Using CBD to Treat Fibromyalgia

There is still a need for more research to prove that CBD is effective in treating Fibromyalgia. It’s no coincidence that Fibromyalgia is caused by dysregulation or endocannabinoid deficiency. Endocannabinoid deficiency refers to the endocannabinoid system functioning poorly. This usually results when one has lower than normal levels of endocannabinoids. If your body does not produce enough endocannabinoids you will be more sensitive to pain. The endocannabinoids are the neuro-modulators which control the way we perceive pain. When your body does not have enough supply of endocannabinoids your endocannabinoid system will not function properly in maintaining the body’s balance. This is the reason individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia experience higher than normal levels of pain.

The CBD had been known to assist in endocannabinoid system balance since it interferes with the process of the body breaking down the endocannabinoids. In case you have any deficiency, taking CBD will act as a supplement as it increases the levels of endocannabinoids.

What are the effects of using CBD for Fibromyalgia?

People who use CBD to treat Fibromyalgia have reported the following benefits:
    • Pain Relief
    • Reduced Reliance on Prescription Painkillers
    • Less Inflammation
    • Improved mood
    • Improved levels of sleep

Side effects of using CBD to treat Fibromyalgia

In many cases, you will find that CBD has fewer side effects on your body when you use it to treat Fibromyalgia. However, when used in high quantities it will have some sedating effects. Some other effects include diarrhea and stomach upset.

If you never used CBD, it is recommended to start with a small dose and increase it with time. It is also advised to use CBD when you are relaxed at home and when you are sure you are not going to drive. This is to ensure that you will be able to control yourself in case you may experience side effects.

How Can I Use CBD To Treat Fibromyalgia?

People who use CBD to treat their Fibromyalgia have reported that the best method to consume CBD is by using tinctures or vaporizing it. This is so, due to the quick effect caused by these methods. Depending on your condition, it is always safer to use the lowest dose of 5- 10 mg of CBD. To learn more about how to dose CBD according to your needs, see our CBD dosage guide. 

It is advised that you consult your doctor before you start to use CBD especially when you are new to the product and you are already taking other medications. This is because CBD may interfere with the drugs that you may be taking.

What Kind of Terpenes Are Best for Treating Fibromyalgia?

The features of some terpenes are beneficial to control the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These kinds of terpenes work well when they are combined with CBD. It is advised to try to find the products that have high levels of terpenes by testing them in a laboratory.

Some of the terpenes that you can test are:

Linalool: relaxing and pain relieving
Pinene: is an anti-inflammatory compound.
B- caryophyllene: is a pain relieving and anti-inflammatory compound.

What Does Research Say about Fibromyalgia and Cannabinoids?

Dr. Russo is a medical professional who has written so many articles based on the deficiency of clinical endocannabinoid. In his studies, it has been seen that some common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, and fibromyalgia can be caused by endocannabinoids deficiency in the body.

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