- 1 What is Fibromyalgia?
- 2 Using CBD to Treat Fibromyalgia
- 3 What are the effects of using CBD for Fibromyalgia?
- 4 Side effects of using CBD to treat Fibromyalgia
- 5 CBD dosage for Fibromyalgia
- 6 What Kind of Terpenes Are Best for Treating Fibromyalgia?
- 7 What Does Research Say about Fibromyalgia and Cannabinoids?
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 NSAIDs1.
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 deficiency2 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:
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.
CBD dosage for Fibromyalgia
The recommended dosage of CBD can vary widely and cause confusion. The dosage varies depending on the CBD oil concentration of the product you have chosen to use. Everyone is different and therefore reacts differently to CBD.
We recommend the step-up method of Leinow & Birnbaum to find out the ideal dosage. For more details on dosage and all necessary doing-charts read our article on CBD dosage:
- First decide on a micro, standard or macro dosage. In their book “CBD: A patient’s guide to Medical Cannabis” Leinow & Birnbaum recommend starting with a microdose if you suffer from pain (see graph). Carefully, the dosage can be increased to a standard dosage.
- Once you have decided on one of the dosage tables, search for your body weight in the left column. If it lies between two values shown, use the value, closer to your weigh as a guide.
- Start at the lowest daily dosage under Week1. This is your starting dosage. Keep it for one week.
- Listen to your body and take notes if necessary. If needed, you can then increase the dose to the next step, keep it for one week and so on. The drops do not have to be taken all at once. For larger quantities, it is advisable to divide the drops into morning, midday and evening.
- If you notice any negative effects, reduce the dose. It is not a question of increasing the dose steadily, but of finding the ideal dose. Due to the two-phase effect, both a too low and a too high dose are less effective.
- Once you have found a dose that you feel comfortable with, stick with it. This will be your target dose from now on.
To the graphs: The numbers represent the number of drops and the concentration of CBD oil. Example: 6 x 5 stands for six drops of 500mg CBD oil. CBD oil with different concentrations can be substituted (Example: Four drops of 1500mg CBD oil correspond to twelve drops of 500mg CBD oil).
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 fibromyalgia3. 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 body4
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*Nordic Oil’s products are available in a number of countries, therefore the reviews we receive are in many different languages. Some of the customer reviews within this article have been translated for the convenience of our English speaking readers.
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- Wolfe, Fibromyalgia. „Fibromyalgia.“ Rheumatic diseases clinics of North America 16.3 (1990): 681-698.
- Russo, Ethan B. „Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency reconsidered: current research supports the theory in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, and other treatment-resistant syndromes.“ Cannabis and cannabinoid research 1.1 (2016): 154-165.
- Aizpurua-Olaizola, Oier, et al. „Evolution of the cannabinoid and terpene content during the growth of Cannabis sativa plants from different chemotypes.“ Journal of natural products 79.2 (2016): 324-331.
- Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.Dec 2016.ahead of printhttp://doi.org/10.1089/can.2016.0009