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People suffering from fibromyalgia are finding that cannabis works for treating their symptoms, often with less negative side effects than prescription medications.

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, migraines, fatigue, joint pain, and irritable bowel issues.

People with fibromyalgia suffer from an increased sensitivty to pain. This is thought to be caused by an abnormal functioning of pain signals in the central nervous system.

Commonly used treatments for fibromyalgia are pain relievers like NSAIDs and opioids, muscle relaxants, and sleep aids.

Some patients are instead opting for CBD and THC products to treat their fibromylagia. They are finding that cannabis products are safer and have less side effects than the prescription medications they were previously using.

Why does CBD work for fibromyalgia?

While more data is needed to confirm this theory, it is thought that fibromyalgia is one of the conditions caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency or dysregulation.

An endocannabinoid deficiency/dysregulation is when a person has a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system. This results from having abnormal levels of endocannabinoids.

If a person’s body doesn’t produce a sufficient amount of endocannabinoids, they will be more sensitive to pain. Endocannabinoids are neuro-modulators and they regulate our perception of pain. Without a sufficient supply of endocannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system cannot properly do its job of maintaining balance in the body – and thus people with fibromyalgia experience more pain than what is usual.

CBD can help our endocannabinoid system. CBD interferes with the body’s natural process of breaking down endocannabinoids. This is a good thing – supplementing with CBD can increase our levels of endocannabinoids and take care of the deficiency a person may have.

What are the effects of using CBD for fibromyalgia?

People using cannabis medicine for fibromyalgia are reporting the following benefits:

  • Improved mood
  • Pain relief
  • Improved sleep
  • Less inflammation
  • Reduction or cessation of prescription medication and henceforth a decrease in negative side effects

What are the side effects of using CBD for fibromyalgia?

Generally CBD has few negative side effects. However it can be sedating for some people, especially if it is used in high doses. Always start with a low dose if you are new to CBD and work your way up. It’s a good idea to take CBD the first few times in the comfort of your home, when you do not have to drive, in case you do experience some negative side effects.

How should I use CBD for fibromyalgia?

People with fibromyalgia symptoms are finding the best delivery methods to be vaporizing or sublingual tinctures because of the speed of the effects from these methods.

CBD dominant products, THC dominant products, and a combination of CBD/THC products are all useful for helping with fibromyalgia. When used in combination, THC and CBD have been found to be particularly effective for pain relief.

If you are completely new to using cannabis, it’s always best to start with a CBD dominant product as it will be non-psychoactive and less likely to cause negative side effects.

5 – 10 mg of CBD is a good, low dose to start with. Increase the dose as needed until you reach the desired effect.

What terpenes are good for helping with fibromyalgia?

The properties of certain terpenes are useful for helping with fibromyalgia symptoms. These terpenes work synergistically with CBD. Try to find products with lab results that show higher amounts of these terpenes:

  • B-caryophyllene – anti-inflammatory and pain relieving
  • Pinene – anti-inflammatory
  • Linalool – Pain relieving and relaxing

What does the research have to say about cannabinoids and fibromyalgia?

References

Goldstein, B. (2016). Cannabis revealed: how the world’s most misunderstood plant is healing everything from chronic pain to epilepsy.

Schley, M., et al. Delta-9-THC based monotherapy in fibromyalgia patients on experimentally induced pain, axon, reflex flare, and pain relief. Current Medical Research and Opinion (2006) 22: 1269 -1276

Project CBD Interview with Dr. Ethan Russo: CBD & Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD): Can this Concept Explain Therapeutic Benefits of Cannabis in Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other Treatment-Resistant Conditions?

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered: Current Research Supports the Theory in Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, and Other Treatment-Resistant Syndromes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Hey Anita, thanks for your question. There are many great forums out there on fibro and specifically using cbd oil for fibro. I would recommend those as a good place to start. Reddit also has a great CBD community. A common starter dose that people like to start with for CBD oil is 5 to 10 mg CBD. If you want to avoid the high, make sure to use THC free CBD products 🙂 I hope this helps!

    • Hey Sheila. Thanks for your question. Please OK it with your doctor or pharmacist first. Many people take CBD alongside their Rx painkillers to help them decrease their dose of Rx painkillers and the side effects that come with them. Some people are even able to successfully discontinue all use of Rx painkillers and replace them with only CBD. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with 🙂

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