What If CBD Helped – Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to a variety of other conditions and is a chronic disorder associated with widespread pain in the muscles and bones, areas of tenderness, and general fatigue. There isn’t a clear known cause, and fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed as another disease. Between 75 and 90% of diagnosed fibromyalgia patients are female though men can get the disorder, as well. Imagine a life constantly in pain. Throw in some extreme tiredness, plus feeling like your whole body is on fire, and that is a roundabout description of fibromyalgia. Not surprisingly many sufferers also experience low mood, depression and anxiety as their once active lives become a living hell. More often than not the cocktail of drugs prescribed fail to keep symptoms in check and are accompanied by hard to bear side effects. So increasingly, many fibromyalgia patients are turning to CBD Oil.
According to statistics, fibromyalgia affects approximately 10 million people in the United States and its the most common diagnosis in American rheumatology practices. A common consensus is that fibromyalgia patients share an oversensitivity to pain, because of
CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is generating a lot of attention, with some patients saying they’ve managed to come off all their medications thanks to CBD Oil. Reducing pain and inflammation are two of the more accepted therapeutic benefits of CBD Oil. To get a better understanding why CBD Oil seems to positively impact fibromyalgia we must explore the body’s endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system is a complex network of receptors and chemicals that regulates sleep, pain and inflammation, appetite, our immune system, mood, and reproduction. It regulates the body’s biological activity in order to maintain equilibrium and health. As with other systems in the body, our endocannabinoid system doesn’t always function properly. Although it isn’t clear whether endocannabinoid activity is the cause of a disease or the body attempting to heal itself. A theory called ‘Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency’ is a possible explanation for many difficult-to-explain illnesses, such as fibromyalgia.
One study compared the experiences of fibromyalgia patients who were regular CBD oil users with those who didn’t use the plant. The study found a statistically significant reduction of pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation, and an increase in a feeling of well being.
A survey from the National Pain Foundation, which interviewed over a thousand fibromyalgia patients, found that “cannabis is more effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia than the prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the disorder,” with 62% of patients who’d tried CBD oil saying it was effective at treating their symptoms.
In a scientific paper published in the British Journal of clinical Pharmacology entitled “Cannabinoids for treatment of chronic non-cancer pain; a systematic review of randomized trials,” the authors found a significant analgesic effect of CBD oil as compared with placebos.
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