CBD for Fibromyalgia
More than 3.7 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia; you may be one of them.
However, the condition is still often poorly understood as research is ongoing. Associated with chronic pain, fatigue, mood imbalances, and memory problems, fibromyalgia is, thankfully, not life-threatening. (1)
The discomforts associated with fibromyalgia are persistent enough to push sufferers to search for relief. We have some great news… the natural properties of CBD oil may provide this long sought-after relief!
How Does CBD For Fibromyalgia Work?
The pain epidemic in the U.S. is leading individuals to find relief through whatever means necessary. And, because the root cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, many treatments are prescribed to lessen the side effects and provide a better quality of life, without actually treating the source. (2)
Treatments such as pain medications, sleeping pills, antidepressants, and anti-seizure drugs are often considered “go-to” options. All of these treatments come with their own side effects and problems ranging from mood changes and appetite changes to dependence and more.
CBD comes with endless benefits, minimal side effects, and can be used to treat pain, fatigue, anxiety, and more. Other benefits that can be achieved using CBD include the treatment of:
For fibromyalgia, in particular, CBD is effective in reducing inflammation and returning the body to homeostasis. As Very Well Health explains, “fibromyalgia also involves something called endocannabinoid deficiency.” Because of this, CBD products are a promising treatment in supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoids. (3)
With all of this great news, you’re probably wondering what kind of side effects come from using CBD. The answer? Not many! Some people may experience drowsiness depending on the strain that’s consumed.
There’s also a chance for low blood pressure and dry mouth. However, compared to many of the side effects that traditional treatments create, individuals are generally willing to tolerate the side effects of CBD.
What Is CBD?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is derived from the cannabis plant. Don’t worry… it won’t give you the “high” feeling that its counterpart THC gives.
Fibromyalgia study proves effectiveness of Bedrocan’s products
A recent study shows that Bedrocan’s standardised pharmaceutical-grade cannabis with a high tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content is effective in treating pain in fibromyalgia. However, cannabis with only cannabidiol (CBD) did not show relief at all. The study was conducted by the Dutch Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in cooperation with Bedrocan International BV, world’s most experienced producer of legal medicinal cannabis. Principal Investigator, Professor Albert Dahan, head of the Anaesthesia & Pain Research Unit of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the LUMC, believes this is the first real scientific proof that at least two of Bedrocan’s products are effective for fibromyalgia.
It is the first time a randomised, placebo-controlled four-way cross-over study is conducted into the therapeutic effects of inhaling Bedrocan’s medicinal cannabis products. Tjalling Erkelens, founder and CEO of Bedrocan is especially delighted for patients: “The outcome is very important for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia. Now we have the serious clinical evidence that medical doctors are asking for when prescribing our products and that health insurance companies want to have, to legitimise reimbursement.”
Now we have the serious clinical evidence that medical doctors are asking for”
Tjalling Erkelens, CEO Bedrocan
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
A total of twenty patients participated in the study. They were treated at four distinct moments. Administration of three different cannabis products (Bedrocan®, Bediol®, Bedrolite®) and placebo (cannabis without the main active substances THC and CBD) was done by means of a vaporizer.
All subjects were exposed to externally inflicted pain by applying increasing pressure. With the Bedrocan and Bediol products, patients experienced significantly less pressure pain compared to the placebo. Furthermore, many respondents noted they experienced relief in their spontaneous pain after using Bediol.
Furthermore, the Principal Investigator, Professor Dahan, reached the following conclusion about THC: “Fibromyalgia patients experience pressure pain on muscles and tendons especially. Because only Bediol and Bedrocan show good results and the CBD product Bedrolite not at all, it means that especially THC is effective in this specific condition.”
Investigators conducted a series of measurements and tests before and after the cannabis was administered in order to systematize the variables. In one test, a weight was placed on the muscle between the thumb and forefinger. Dahan: “Healthy people can handle ten kilograms. For a fibromyalgia patient, one kilogram is already painful. But after administering Bedrocan products with THC, we saw that the same patient could suddenly bear ten kilos.”
Both Bedrocan and the Principal Investigator believe that investigation is now required to determine whether the same results on pain relief can be reproduced in a long-term study with fibromyalgia patients. “The next study takes place with patients at home. I want to investigate whether THC can be used as an opiate-saving drug. Many people use, and abuse opiates, such as oxycodone. We think that you do not have to prescribe much oxycodone if you also allow patients to use THC,” said Professor Dahan.