For those living with fibromyalgia, after the first year or so, you’re pretty much done with the cocktail of prescription medications and all of their side effects. You’re on a mission to get some level of pain relief. You’ve tried various supplements, medications, and diets, and nothing has worked long-term.
Transformative Health Center seeks to provide a holistic approach to chronic pain management and healthcare that recognizes your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, coupled with:
- Mood instability
- Forgetfulness (fibro fog)
Researchers are convinced that your brain and spinal cord process pain signals in a more amplified way than they should, which is why fibromyalgia sufferers are always in pain and even suffer from painful areas on the body called allodynia.
Did you know that there are about five million US adults, 18 years of age and older, who suffer from fibromyalgia and up to 90% are women?
What Are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia comes with a plethora of symptoms, including:
- Tension headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic those of arthritis and joint inflammation and are oftentimes confused. Additionally, fibromyalgia has not been found to cause muscle damage or joint inflammation, as arthritis does. Because scientists and doctors are still learning about FM, some argue that it’s either a rheumatic condition or a central nervous system condition, known to cause soft tissue or myofascial pain.
Transformative Health may be able to help ease your myofascial pain with alternative healthcare and without all the harsh side effects of prescription and OTC pain relievers. Have you considered CBD to potentially help support management of your fibromyalgia pain?
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant—also called marijuana or hemp. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another chemical found in cannabis, CBD does not cause feelings of being “high.” CBD is believed to trigger serotonin receptors and may help with:
Recent studies show that CBD may also:
- Assist in easing symptoms of depression
- Help in preventing symptoms of psychosis
The potential benefits offered are the exact things that make CBD a compelling method of possible treatment for chronic pain ailments, like fibromyalgia.
Global Research — CBD for Fibromyalgia
Is CBD a good option for managing fibromyalgia? CBD is considered a possible alternative treatment to helping manage pain without the harsh side effects of other pain medications. And, it could possibly help with the management of reducing inflammation and easing the symptoms of chronic pain.
Earlier Studies — What We Know
A 2009 review found CBD could be useful in relieving neuropathic pain and reached the conclusion that CBD may be a useful supplement for pain management.
A 2011 study focused on 56 individuals with fibromyalgia, with the majority being women. The study consisted of two groups:
- Group one consisted of 28 individuals who did not indulge in cannabis use
- Group two consisted of 28 individuals who did indulge in cannabis use, but with varied frequency.
Results concluded that cannabis use for pain, stiffness, insomnia, and mental health concerns had the potential to lead to positive health outcomes.
The Dutch Also Study Cannabis for Fibromyalgia
The Dutch conducted a study in 2019 that looked at the effects of cannabis on 20 female participants living with fibromyalgia. During the progression of the study, the participants each received four various types of cannabis:
- A potpourri of a non-specific quantity of a placebo that included no CBD or THC
- 200 milligrams (mg) of a mixture of both CBD and THC in high amounts (Bediol)
- 200 mg of various CBD in high quantities of CBD with low doses of THC (Bedrolite)
- 100 mg of various CBD in low amounts with higher amounts of THC (Bedrocan)
Results concluded that cannabis consumption may deliver pain relief for fibromyalgia.
Israel Studies CBD and Fibromyalgia, Too
In a 2019 Israeli study, hundreds of individuals suffering with fibromyalgia were monitored for a minimum of 6 months, with 82% being women. The participants were counseled by medical staff prior to being given medical marijuana. Participants started with a low dose of cannabis, which gradually increased over the six-month study period.
This study concluded that medical marijuana use could result in lower pain intensity for fibromyalgia patients.
CBD Treatment Options
CBD/Marijuana can be consumed in many ways, including:
- Smoking/vaping — This may deliver the fastest pain relief and could last for up to three hours. Smoking and vaping allows you to inhale the CBD directly into your bloodstream and lungs.
- Edibles — Edibles are foods—mostly desserts—cooked with marijuana or cannabis-infused oil or butter. Taking CBD this way could take a little longer to experience potential pain relief when compared to smoking or vaping. However, the effects of edibles tend to linger for up to six hours.
- Oil Extracts — CBD oils can be applied directly to your skin, taken by mouth, or placed under your tongue until dissolved and absorbed into your mouth tissues.
- Topical — CBD oils can also be integrated into lotions, creams, and balms for direct skin application. Amazingly enough, products made with CBD may effectively reduce your inflammation and pain.
There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia. There is, however, a plethora of medications that may assist in controlling your symptoms and flares, while supplying you with unwanted side effects.
If you’re living with fibromyalgia, and have been curious about alternative health and wellness for pain management, or if you simply have questions about how alternative medicine can help you, schedule your visit with Transformative Health Center today. We look forward to helping you feel better — living your best life in the most holistic way possible.