CBD Oil For Fibromyalgia
There is a lot of excitement in the fibromyalgia community at the moment about the use of CBD (cannabidiol) Oil to help with the pain. Many sufferers are unable to find the relief that they need from conventional prescription medications as they do not work for them, or the side effects prevent them from taking them.
The aim of this post is to provide you with all the facts about CBD Oil, so that you can make an informed decision about it. Helping you to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia is what it is all about, and it is important to be open minded about products that can help you to do this.
What Is CBD Oil?
The cannabis plant has 85 chemical compounds in it that are called cannabinoids. It is possible to extract CBD oil from either hemp or marijuana which are both members of the cannabis family.
The first important thing to understand is that it is not cannabis. You will not be smoking weed. There is no chance of you getting high on CBD as it is not tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). If you are not aware of it, THC is the cannabinoid that makes people high when they smoke marijuana. CBD is a close family member to THC, but it definitely won’t make you high.
Being a psychoactive ingredient, THC can produce the effect that makes you feel high. It can also make you feel depressed or anxious or even paranoid. There have been studies that demonstrate that CBD can counteract the paranoia and anxiety caused by THC. All CBD products are non psychoactive, and most of them do not contain any THC.
There are many documented medical benefits of consuming cannabis. But smoking it is illegal in the UK, and certainly not a preferred solution for most people. CBD is not illegal, and can provide medical benefits too. But there is quite a bit of hype out there.
CBD will not cure cancer, epilepsy and MS as many websites want you to believe. There have been many reports from users to say that CBD has improved their conditions, but you will not cure your fibromyalgia with it. It has helped a number of people ease the pain of their fibromyalgia though.
There are many ways that you can use CBD. The most common of these is CBD oil, but it is also possible to obtain ointments that are rich in CBD, drops, vapour oils, capsules and dabs. The sale and use of CBD Oil is legal in the United Kingdom.
CBD oil can be extracted from both medical marijuana and industrial hemp. The chemical composition of CBD from either plant will be the same. It is important to understand that CBD oil is different from CBD, because the oil will contain natural substances that are found in the host plant. CBD oil that is extracted from the two different plants will include varying levels of other cannabinoids.
How Does CBD Help With Fibromyalgia?
Your body has a system for regulating pain, which is known as the endocannabinoid system. Within the system are a number of receptors that are programmed only to accept cannabinoids, and they respond particularly well to THC and CBD.
The endocannabinoid system is a network of receptors in your body that are there to maintain your general health. It is a very important physiological system that runs through your entire body. The system performs many tasks, but its prime objective is to maintain a stable environment in the body known as homeostasis.
Your body creates endocannabinoids and they are very similar to those found in cannabis plants. In fact cannabinoids have only ever been found in cannabis plants other than in living bodies. The endocannabinoids created inside your body have a regulatory effect on the system. When external cannabinoids are introduced to the system, the amount of cannabinoid presence is increased, and this leads to physiological effects taking place.
There are different receptors in the endocannabinoid system, and they will interact with cannabinoids differently and produce different results in the body. There are two main receptors which have been named CB1 and CB2. The brain and the nervous system are home to most of the CB1 receptors, while the CB2 receptors are present in the immune system.
The cannabinoids within cannabis will bind and interact with the receptors and deliver profound effects to our bodies. The CB2 cannabinoid receptors that are found in the immune system are specifically keyed to CBD, and when this is administered it acts as an anti inflammatory agent. This explains why it can help sufferers of fibromyalgia.
What Do The Experts Say?
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a review in 2013 which were the results of their studies into the medical benefits of CBD. The review found that CBD had anti inflammatory properties, anti oxidant properties and a number of other benefits including anti depressant and antipsychotic properties.
In the United States the National Pain Institute conducted a survey of 1339 fibromyalgia sufferers. Around 62% of these people confirmed that the use of marijuana was very effective in managing the symptoms. Further research indicated that virtually all of the fibromyalgia sufferers that had used CBD provided a positive review on how effective it was.
A recent fibromyalgia survey was released by the National Pain Report in the USA. There were around 1500 participants to the survey and it focused on the effectiveness for fibromyalgia treatment as well as asking other questions.
Prescription medicines did not fare well in the survey. Only 9% of the people that had taken prescription drugs for fibromyalgia stated that they had really helped, and around 25% said that they had helped a bit. There was also the problem of side effects with these prescription medicines.
The survey found that the use of opioids were more effective than prescription medicines. The use of opioids to treat fibromyalgia symptoms were seen as helping a lot by 29% and somewhat helping by 47% of the respondents. There was also far less suffering of side effects with opioids treatment.
It was revealed by the survey that medical marijuana was the most effective of the treatments tried by the fibromyalgia sufferers. It helped 55% of the respondents a lot and a 30% said that it had helped to some extent.
The other treatments discussed in the survey were not even close to these scores. Another interesting fact was that only 26% of the respondents had actually tried medical marijuana as a treatment for their fibromyalgia.
A full report of this survey can be found at http://www.healthrising.org/blog/2016/06/05/effective-treatment-fibromyalgia-among-least-used-says-report/
A study of cannabis use in people that suffered with fibromyalgia was conducted by the Human Pharmacology and Neurosciences Unit of the Recerca Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. They wanted to discover how cannabis relieved symptoms, and how it affected the quality of life of the people that took the drug.
The study set out to investigate cannabis use patterns, and the benefits that were reported by fibromyalgia patients. The quality of life of fibromyalgia sufferers that took cannabis would also be compared to fibromyalgia sufferers who had not taken cannabis.
There were 56 fibromyalgia sufferers who took part in the survey. Half were cannabis users and the other half did not use cannabis. It was found that after two hours of using cannabis, pain and stiffness were reduced by a significant amount. Relaxation was also enhanced and greater feelings of wellbeing were recorded. There was also an increase in somnolence.
The survey concluded that cannabis use was associated with providing benefits for some fibromyalgia symptoms. A full summary of the study with graphs can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21533029
Another study by GW Pharmaceuticals in Montana, USA looked at clinical endocannabinoid deficiency, and whether the concept could account for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in fibromyalgia, and other conditions that did not respond well to other treatments.
The objective of the study was to identify whether the concept of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency could be a significant underlying cause of fibromyalgia, and other conditions such as migraines and irritable bowel syndrome. This concept was borne out from the relief of symptoms provided by cannabis use.
Literature on the subject was reviewed carefully and several searches made of the database of the National Library of Medicine and other medical information resources. From this research it was concluded that fibromyalgia is a central sensitisation state with abnormally high sensitivity to pain (hyperalgesia).
The use of cannabinoids has shown their effectiveness as anti inflammatory reducers and dopamine blocking. Cannabinoids have also demonstrated that they can block gastrointestinal, peripheral and spinal mechanisms that can cause some of the pain in fibromyalgia sufferers.
It was concluded that an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency is very likely in fibromyalgia, and that cannabinoid medications could provide suitable treatment. A full summary of this study can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18404144
Should You Use CBD Oil To Treat Your Fibromyalgia?
A lot of people that have used CBD oil have found it to provide great relief from their fibromyalgia symptoms. The substance is completely natural, and will never make you high. It has been shown to relieve inflammation and anxiety in fibromyalgia sufferers.
There is a lot of confusion about what CBD oil really is, and it is hoped that this post has clarified what it is and what it does. There are a lot of studies and research that show the positive effects that CBD can deliver if you suffer from fibromyalgia.
It always takes a few open minded people to make something go mainstream, and this is true with CBD oil. There are no known side effects from using CBD oil, so you really have nothing to lose by trying it. It is likely that you will benefit from using CBD oil as your endocannabinoid system is likely to respond well to it and ease the pain for you.