how to use cbd oil for fibromyalgia pain

How to Take CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia can cause widespread pain, inflammation, fatigue, mood issues, and sleep problems. [1] X Trustworthy Source Mayo Clinic Educational website from one of the world’s leading hospitals Go to source If you’re dealing with fibromyalgia, you likely want quick relief. Fortunately, you might be able to improve your symptoms with cannabidiol (CBD) oil, though it doesn’t work for everyone and isn’t approved to treat fibromyalgia. If you want to try it, choose the best CBD oil delivery method for you. Then, adjust your dose until you find the best dose for you. Additionally, support your care with lifestyle changes. However, check with your doctor before using CBD oil or if you develop side effects.

Can You Use CBD Oil For Fibromyalgia?

In recent years, many patients with chronic health conditions and disorders such as Arthritis and Epilepsy have begun to experiment with CBD to help relieve their symptoms. But can you use CBD oil for fibromyalgia?

What Is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms of which the most commonly reported is widespread pain. Often this is pain that does not relate to a particular incident or trauma and usually has more than one area of pain in the person’s body.

I have seen patients who exhibit unsettling pain and it has been brought about by an injury and then a gradual, unexplainable progression of symptoms to the point where it is having a hugely detrimental effect on their life.

One in particular that stands out was a patient who had exploratory surgery on their spine which sparked a bizarre set of pain reactions.

Over a period of years their pain and other symptoms got worse and were, quite frankly, baffling to the medical system. This is one of the problems with fibromyalgia, it can be so unusual and complex with so many seemingly disconnected symptoms.

In my view the symptoms are not disconnected, how can they be? They are occurring in one person’s body and that person is a united entity. The problem is that we are taught anatomy and physiology in bits and at the end of our studies we forget to put the body back together again so view it as a series of unrelated parts.

This is why we have a foot specialist who may never relate your foot problem to your knee, hip or lower back for example.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia can also be apparent such as:

  • Low energy and extreme fatigue
  • Muscular stiffness
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • “Fibro-fog” problems with memory and concentration lacking
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) a digestive condition that causes stomach pain, constipation and/or diarrhoea and bloating

Unfortunately in my opinion fibromyalgia has become a dumping ground diagnosis where, because the symptoms appear to have no set pattern, people are given a label and far too often dismissed to a lifetime of pain clinics, drugs designed for epilepsy and seizures, stronger and stronger opiate based medication, non steroidal anti-inflammatories and/or antidepressants with some cognitive behavioural therapy thrown in for good measure.

Rather than dealing with this problem with such potent medication I would argue one must put in place the basic ingredients to good health. These are good, wholesome nutrition, no processed foods, exercise everyday, meditation and/or yoga every day, regular pilates, a healthy environment, a gentle but regular fasting regime and fresh air.

If you put in place good health behaviour then slowly but surely your body will move towards good health. It cannot make this change overnight but will gradually occur so please be patient with your body.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is an extract of the cannabis sativa plant. At CBD One the cannabis sativa contained in our range has been grown by specialist farmers who grow the plant specifically to create CBD products.

They have been doing this for generations and can recognise when to harvest the plant to gain the most potent combination of all the compounds in cannabis that give it its remarkable properties.

The key to an effective product is that it should have the Entourage Effect which is the synergy of all the compounds in the cannabis plant. These compounds have three main areas: cannabinoids (like CBD), terpenes (essential oils) and flavonoids.

Too many CBD products on the market today do not have this vital synergy and, therefore, are lacking in their effect. Fortunately, here at CBD One every single one of our products is made to deliver the entourage effect in all its glory!

Is CBD Oil Good For Fibromyalgia?

CBD oil is a healthy food supplement. If I asked you can bad food (for bad food read things like processed foods that may be high in sugar and trans fatty acids and fast foods but there are plenty of other examples) cause disease then I assume your answer would be ‘yes’.

Therefore, at the other end of the spectrum we can also say does good food create health? The answer to this is most definitely yes. Or at the very least it is an important factor in the ingredients that create good health.

I prefer to frame the question can CBD help with…insert a medical problem….in terms of the simple fact that we know cannabinoids are an important part of good nutrition, just like fermented foods or Vitamin D, we use CBD as part of the healthy lifestyle that will bring us good health.

Do not expect taking CBD oil for fibromyalgia to be a magic bullet that is the answer to all your problems, this is no different to expecting one of the pills your doctor gives you to be the answer to all your health problems.

Many people report amazing things happening when they take CBD oil for pain and I suspect there is a simple reason for this:

We have a system of receptors throughout our central and peripheral nervous system and in many other organs and tissues of our body called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) this system works at its optimum when cannabinoids communicate with it. The ECS is vital for the amazing balancing of our well being that our body does automatically called homeostasis. Our body produces our own cannabinoids, the most commonly known one is called anandamide which has an influence on many things including our mood, it makes us feel good.

For a number of reasons we may find our body is not producing enough of our own cannabinoids. I suspect one reason may simply be that because cannabis has been illegal in most of the world for many years there are very few cannabinoids in the food chain anymore. We all used to get trace cannabinoids because it was grown all over the world and I suspect some were picked up in foodstuffs.

My theory, admittedly unproven, is that many of us may have cannabinoid insufficiency so when we take CBD it is merely dropping into a system that has been waiting for cannabinoids so it can feel like our body ‘lights up’! When what is actually happening is that we are giving our body food that it likes.

What Is The Best Type Of CBD For Fibromyalgia?

If you have fatigue alongside your pain I would suggest trying our Absorb range which is water soluble so can be added to a drink. Being water soluble means it can get into your system fast so many people report it has an energising uplifting effect.

Our CBD oils tend to be more calming as they take time to get into your system so they can be used if you’re not sleeping well.

We get quite a few people using the Absorb in a morning drink then they take the oils in the afternoon and evening. Because of this we put together a set of am/pm bundles which come with a built in discount.

How Long Does It Take For CBD Oil To Work For Fibromyalgia?

Would you ask how long does it take for a good diet to make you better? That being said we see people report fast changes and we see others say nothing happened for weeks then they begin to feel improvements.

If you can, use CBD for at least three months before deciding if it is for you. I would say this as much for an exercise regime or a sensible diet as I would for CBD so please be realistic and patient. Changes, especially when it is a complex chronic problem cannot simply happen overnight, we do not have a magic on/off switch to our well being.

Is CBD effective against fibromyalgia?

In our society, where new diseases are discovered every day, there are some diseases that have been known for decades and for which research has made very little progress. Among these diseases, we find fibromyalgia. A disease that affects millions of French people, but for which it is difficult to find effective treatments. One can then wonder if science is looking on the right side..

Long stigmatized as a degenerative product, cannabis is now appearing in different forms and offers alternative solutions to traditional medicine, in all legality. More and more patients suffering from chronic pain, not finding comfort in conventional treatments, are turning to cannabis products to relieve their symptoms.

But are cannabis products really effective in diseases like fibromyalgia? Can a few drops of Cannabidiol (CBD) be more therapeutic than drugstore medications? What are the positive and negative effects of CBD on fibromyalgia patients? And how is CBD used for fibromyalgia?

Recent studies have proven the effectiveness of CBD on fibromyalgia. CBD oil provides significant comfort to patients with its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties as well as its beneficial action on sleep and hypersensitivity.

In this article, we will describe how CBD brings comfort to the life of a person with fibromyalgia in detail. But first, let’s go over our definitions.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an active ingredient found in different varieties of the cannabis plant. It does not produce a psychoactive effect like Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, another molecule in cannabis. It relaxes and provides many therapeutic properties that are potentially beneficial for certain symptoms, including chronic pain. CBD does not alter the state of consciousness of its users and does not produce an addictive effect.

In France, CBD concentrated products are legally marketed in online CBD shops such as 321 CBD. These products are also called cannabis light or weed light.

What is fibromyalgia?

We hear a lot about this disease without really having a simple and clear explanation. Fibromyalgia, what is it, how do you get it, and most importantly. how do you get rid of it? Indeed, fibromyalgia is a mysterious condition that health professionals feel helpless to deal with. They have difficulty defining it, but especially in treating it

Even today, it is difficult to detect it and to understand its mechanisms, as it is the case for multiple sclerosis (read Multiple Sclerosis and CBD)

However, according to statistics, this condition would affect between 2% and 5% of the French population. It is estimated that 90% of those affected are under 60 years old, mainly women between 30 and 50 years old. In total, between 1.2 and 3 million French people are affected.

Recognized as“primary chronic widespread pain” by the WHO, fibromyalgia is defined as a condition that causes pain throughout the body, sleep problems, fatigue and often emotional and mental distress. Symptoms include diffuse pain with pressure sensitivity, cognitive impairment and numerous somatic complaints.

Fibromyalgia syndrome can also have major psychosocial consequences (restriction of activities, loss of autonomy, disabling motor disability, prolonged work stoppages, etc.).

Existing treatments for fibromyalgia

As previously mentioned, there is a medical gap in the types of treatments available for patients suffering from fibromyalgia. Although its management is subject to many controversies, studies recommend different types of treatments, non-medicated or medicated

Non-medicinal treatments

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommends first of all an initial treatment through physical exercise and meditative relaxation practices. Acupuncture and spa treatments are also at the top of the list of practices that can relieve fibromyalgia patients.

Medication treatments

Among the second recourse recommended for the treatment of fibromyalgia, we find psychotherapy accompanied by antidepressants which help sufferers to sleep better, be less tired and more appeased. Painkillers are also offered as an option to soothe body aches.

The effects of CBD on fibromyalgia

To date, treatments for fibromyalgia do not include any plant-based products. However, recent international research has proven the effectiveness of CBD in improving the condition of people with fibromyalgia.

The positive effects of CBD on fibromyalgia

The first studies conducted on animals date back to 2009. Researchers found an improvement in neuropathic and inflammatory pain sensations in animals subjected to CBD. CBD has proven to be effective as an analgesic (painkiller) on various pathologies. The therapy by this means is therefore considered very promising from that time.

Then in 2011, other studies, this time on women, reveal that once CBD is ingested, it produces a reduction in pain and stiffness within hours, as well as improved mental health.

Very recent Israeli and Danish studies (2019) use different strains of cannabis in their tests to determine their analgesic effect. Again, the results prove a reduction of pain when treated with cannabis.

The research is moving slowly on the subject but seems promising. Today, Australia approves the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic pain through cannabis-based treatments.

In conclusion, CBD has positive effects on sleep time and quality, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, mood swings and irritability as well as testosterone and hypersensitivity.

Side effects of CBD on fibromyalgia

The side effects of CBD are rare and depend on the individual who experiences them. Some effects include nausea, dry mouth and headaches. If they appear, they often subside within the first two weeks.

How to use CBD for fibromyalgia?

Now that we know that CBD provides benefits to people with fibromyalgia, it’s important to know which products to choose and how to use them.

Which CBD oil to choose for fibromyalgia?

First of all, full-spectrum CBD oil seems to be the most suitable oil for fibromyalgia pain because it allows you to benefit from all the non-psychoactive active ingredients of cannabis. It should not contain THC

What dosage of CBD for fibromyalgia?

CBD oil can be used sublingually, by ingesting a few drops under the tongue every 6 to 8 hours. It can also be administered directly on the skin, on the painful areas of the body.

Although research and studies on CBD have yet to be conducted, especially on humans, the effectiveness of CBD on fibromyalgia and chronic pain diseases is certain and deserves that patients look into the matter. Especially since the resources offered by health doctors are very limited to date. CBD is most certainly a ray of hope for fibromyalgia patients looking for effective treatments