Fibromyalgia isn’t just a condition that people have to live with, it’s a debilitating disorder that has does not have nearly enough research or treatment that it deserves. In fact, fibromyalgia is a relatively new discovery made in 1904 by William Gowers, and was initially called “fibrositis.” In 1976 it was reclassified as fibromyalgia, or FM, by Hugh A. Smythe which described the typical “tender points.” Since then, this neurological disorder hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves, in the opinion of those who suffer from it. In 2016, a survey showed that one quarter of fibro patients didn’t feel that their doctors took their condition seriously.
And that isn’t due to any one thing. Fibromyalgia has difficulty in being diagnosed, or even physically seen, which in part gives it a “credibility” problem. FM is often related to rheumatoid arthritis, but the fact is that people with RA typically have FM simultaneously. FM is a neurological disorder in which affects the person’s sensory processing. Studies have shown that the pain is driven by the central nervous system, and not just inflammation like RA is.
So people question if the pain is “real,” but of course as anyone suffering from it will tell you the pain is as real as the problems it brings. The “tender points” are associated areas which can flare up for hours to even days, and often gives the person what’s called the “fibro fog.” It’s an intense feeling of drowsiness, stiffness and depression, which can last for any amount of time, and changing in severity over something surprising.
Some studies suggest that depression and other mentally/physically stressing events can in turn cause fibromyalgia, as a predisposition to an underlying condition. It’s been widely concluded that depression and fibromyalgia are clearly linked. As the chances of people being diagnosed with FM are three times more likely to have depression beforehand when compared to those who do not.
At the same time, people who are diagnosed with depression are more likely to develop FM. Even though people with FM are at higher risk to have anxiety and depression, it doesn’t make FM a psychological condition. It possibly shows that people with a genetic predisposition to FM may also have one with conditions like depression and others.
CBD and Fibromyalgia
Cannabidiol, or CBD is entering the world of research as a possible treatment to inflammation, insomnia, and even diabetic neuropathy. While these advancements are new and still need research, it’s no surprise that people are turning to this cannabinoid as an option opposed to other medications.
CBD is just one of the many cannabinoids found in both hemp and cannabis. Unlike it’s closely related component THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD will not induce any “high.” Which is just another appealing aspect to some, as they want medical benefits from cannabis without the intoxication.
So how does CBD pose any help to fibro patients? Well, CBD for Fibromyalgia research is still fresh and new, but the research behind its help with sleep, nausea and pain is not new. CBD works in our bodies through what’s known as the endocannabinoid system, or ENS. In fact, humans are not the only animals that possess the ENS, but dogs, cats, and many other animals have the same system. It’s dedication goes toward processing cannabinoids, and have our CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are receptors that metabolize the cannabidiol in which has been shown to monitor certain bodily functions, such as blood pressure or serotonin levels (associated with insomnia.)
A study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that fibro patients administered controlled doses had a statistically significant improvement. Actually, 100% found improvement. The 26 patients had improvement in many aspects of life, and even 50% stopped taking other medications for FM.
Pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, and nausea can affect anyone with FM. It stands still as a problem that can’t go away simply with medication because the pain can actually never improve under the effects of drugs, but many have turned to CBD. A survey done in Israel found that people with Fibromyalgia, who have also turned to medical cannabis, found an astounding 94% improvement rate among pain levels, and 87% for depression.
CBD clearly has promising research for pain and depression. Research behind the relationship between CBD and fibromyalgia still needs some concrete evidence. As of now, people have been turning to it for its promising research for fibro fog.
If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, consult your physician before using cannabidiol. While it isn’t a narcotic, it can still affect other medications.
*Disclaimer* We are not posing CBD as a cure, or even a possible treatment for your condition. If you are looking for professional medical advice, consult your physician. The purpose of this article is to inform and educate, not to give medical advice.