What Is Fibromyalgia?
Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia will agree that the condition is difficult to describe, yet can be fully disruptive in someone’s life. Fibromyalgia is described as a complex pain disorder that causes localized or all over body muscle and joint pain as well as tenderness to the touch. It’s believed that those with fibromyalgia have elevated and amplified pain signals in their brains, which leads to excruciating pain for some.
Those who suffer from it often describe the pain as coming in waves, often in an unpredictable pattern. As a result, those with fibromyalgia find the condition to be disruptive socially, mentally and physically.
Fibromyalgia And The Endocannabinoid System
CBD, or cannabidiol, has taken center stage in the discourses surrounding the cannabis plant and its derivatives, such as the non-psychoactive hemp-based CBD. Those behind the advancement of the hemp-based CBD movement strongly believe the compound to be a vital supplement to the body’s endocannabinoid system.
When looking for answers for fibromyalgia in terms of its causes, some medical scientists have paid close attention to the endocannabinoid system, suggesting the symptoms of fibromyalgia occur due to a “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” (CED).
The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors. When the already-existing CBD in our bodies is supplemented with hemp-based CBD products, the body gets an infusion of these regulators. The receptors alter the way the body experiences pain sensations, mood, memory, and appetite, among other physiological conditions.
Suggesting that fibromyalgia symptoms can be due to an endocannabinoid deficiency, medical cannabis and it’s non-psychoactive counterpart hemp-based CBD products have been a choice of treatment for many sufferers.
So, What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, (CBD) is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis and hemp. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. It’s basically the other half of the cannabis plant that provides 90% of the benefits, but doesn’t get you “high”. Unfortunately, CBD oil made from the cannabis plant is still illegal in states that do not have recreational and medical marijuana. However, CBD oil derived from a hemp plant (hemp plants are essentially cannabis plants that have had the THC bred out of them to contain less than .03%) is perfectly accessible in all 50 states in the US. For many American’s, hemp derived CBD is a “miracle” in both the medical sense, and the legal sense.
How CBD Can Help Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia isn’t just about chronic pain. With the severity of symptoms experienced by sufferers of fibromyalgia, the condition creeps into almost every aspect of one’s life. CBD can provide answers.
- Reduces Inflammation
- Relieves Toxic Stress
- Lessons Occurrences of Flare Ups
- Promotes Healthy Restful Sleep
- Reduces Anxiety and Lowers Cortisol Levels
- Fights Fibro Fog
- Eliminates Migraines and Headaches
- Reduces IBS symptoms
InfoGraphic – How CBD Can Help Fibromyalgia Pain
Common Pain Points
Those suffering from fibromyalgia will say that pain can be severe, may come in waves, varies in intensity, and can be localized, or felt head to toe. That being said, each person’s experience with the condition, and the resulting pain is different.
A doctor is able to make a fibromyalgia diagnosis through a series of common pain points that will show inflammation or severe pain in the patient. These common areas include front and back of the neck, mid- to upper back and shoulders, upper chest, elbows, buttocks, hips, and knees.
These areas are common areas for “flare-ups” where pain can be absolutely unbearable and debilitating in these areas or any other affected areas of the body.
It’s also common for those suffering from fibromyalgia to feel constant joint pain, similar to arthritis. As we’ve discussed in the past, CBD can work wonders in providing a long-term solution to reducing inflammation in joints.
Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can oftentimes co-occur, where those who have fibromyalgia often have IBS, and those with IBS often exhibit symptoms of fibromyalgia because the experience of pain in the abdomen and bowels in IBS is similar to all-over fibromyalgia pain.
CBD, when introduced as a supplement to the endocannabinoid system, changes the way the body receives and responds to inflammation and the pain caused by it. It also gives the body a constant stream of internal regulators that will help control flare-ups, problems with IBS, or chronic pain before they begin.
CBD is also a favorable alternative to opioids and other over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, which run the risk of dependence and serious side-effects.
“Fibro Fog” and Severe Fatigue
4 in 5 sufferers of fibromyalgia suffer from what they’d describe as extreme fatigue and something called “fibro fog”, which gives them the feeling of having fuzzy thoughts and lack of clarity. This can be extremely distressing for people, especially when needing to keep up with the demands of personal and professional life.
Some choose to use CBD products to increase brain function, concentration, and cognitive abilities. While it won’t be a “magic cure” for fibro fog or that feeling of extreme fatigue, CBD can act as a mood elevator and interrupt the way your brain is experiencing feelings of fogginess or fatigue.
Insomnia for Fibromyalgia Sufferers
While extreme fatigue is an all too common problem for those with fibromyalgia, when it comes time for rest, the pain may keep one awake, while the brain doesn’t allow for restfulness. As the body deals with the physical symptoms of fibromyalgia, the brain gets triggered and sends feelings of alertness, anxiety, and awakeness to the sufferer when trying to get their much-needed rest.
CBD has been revered for its ability to reduce anxiety in the person suffering from the pain of fibromyalgia and improve overall sleep patterns, including allowing for extended rest and relieving insomnia.
Migraines and Headaches
Almost 40% of those with fibromyalgia suffer from severe headaches or migraines as there is a strong correlation between the conditions.
The tough part about headaches and migraines for fibromyalgia suffers is that the pain and symptoms associated with headaches and migraines can be elevated and experienced at a greater intensity than those without the condition.
Many inside and outside of the fibromyalgia community are turning to medical marijuana and hemp-based CBD products for the relief of headaches and migraines. Some studies that are looking at both THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis) and CBD (non-psychoactive ingredient) are showing that these products are significantly more effective than prescription painkillers. Of course, those who do not wish to consume THC have the beneficial option of hemp-based products without the risk of losing clarity.
How to Use CBD to Treat Fibromyalgia Symptoms
The best part about the Everyday Optimal CBD products available to fibromyalgia sufferers is that the individual has their choice of how to use CBD. All products are THC-free and thus do not carry a risk of psychoactive effects.
Here are just a few ways fibromyalgia suffers can use CBD:
- Orally: You can consume your CBD capsules, in CBD Gummies, or through using a CBD-oil added as a food supplement or consumed under your tongue;
- Vapor: It’s become common for people to use “e-Liquid” or “vaping” as a way to intake their CBD, by placing a cartridge of CBD-oil into a vaporizer pen;
- Topically: Through placing CBD-infused balms and creams directly onto the inflamed or painful area, the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream right where pain is being experienced;
See How CBD Works
While CBD and fibromyalgia are still to be further researched, the anecdotal evidence of those using CBD in the fibromyalgia community is overwhelming in support of CBD. It provides a non-pharmaceutical, risk-free, and 100% natural way to treat your body to what it needs for its everyday optimal wellness.