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CBD for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is one of the most common chronic pain conditions in the world.

Evidence suggests fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women.

Genetics – Fibromyalgia tends to run in families and there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing this disorder.

Infections – Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.

Physical or Emotional Trauma – Physical trauma, like a car accident, can sometimes trigger fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia cover a wide variety of physical and mental deficiencies. The most common symptoms include:

Muscle pain – Pain associated with fibromyalgia is often described as a constant dull ache throughout the body. .

Fatigue – People with fibromyalgia often wake feeling tired, even after sleeping for long periods of time.  This means their bodies don’t get the chance to fully rest, which can lead to an ongoing cycle that increases pain and prevents quality sleep.

Cognitive difficulties – Commonly referred to as “fibro fog,” this symptom often impairs one’s ability to focus, pay attention, and concentrate on mental tasks.

Initially only treated by arthritis doctors, fibromyalgia has captured the attention of many healthcare providers. Today, fibromyalgia patients can be handled by their primary health care provider. While there is no cure for Fibromyalgia, a variety of medications and therapy can help control symptoms, including CBD oil. It’s common for fibromyalgia patients to experience a variety of symptoms. Treatment options may include the following:

Active exercise – Physical activity can lessen pain and improve fitness.

Acupuncture – This traditional Chinese practice uses thin needles inserted at crucial points of the body to restore the flow of energy.

Psychotherapy – A form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychotherapy helps the patient increase the understanding of their condition and explore the role of coping styles with physical sensations.

Chiropractic care – Using adjustment, manipulations, and stretches, chiropractors can help ease pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Massage – Massage may help alleviate muscle pain.

Physical therapy – Physical therapists can help restore physical function and mobility, maintain physical physique, and promote proper physical activity.

 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is derived from Cannabis plants, which refers to Hemp and Marijuana. CBD is found in both Hemp and Marijuana plants and has no psychoactive properties. This means that CBD doesn’t produce a “high,” as opposed to THC. CBD has the potential to be highly effective in treating pain, reducing inflammation, and relieving anxiety.

CBD is a cannabinoid, and cannabinoids are also naturally produced by the human body to help regulate its Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The Endocannabinoid System is a biological system responsible for maintaining essential health functions. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body in places such as:

Brain

Organs

Connective Tissues

Glands

Immune Cells

The Endocannabinoid System performs multiple tasks with the principal goal of maintaining homeostasis. CBD Oil may have the potential to stop nerves from sending pain signals between the brain and body tissue.

2016 study suggested that a lack of endocannabinoids, neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, may be at the root of chronic pain syndromes, like fibromyalgia.

Taking CBD Oil may help fibromyalgia patients by offering the following potential benefits:

Promotes calmness and relaxation

Minimizes pain and discomfort

Increases in daytime alertness

Deeper, more restful sleep

 

If you have not tried CBD oil before, it’s important to know that it affects everyone differently. The dose needed to achieve CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits may vary depending on factors like age, size, and severity of condition. It’s recommend starting with a small dose, like 5-10mg, and gradually increasing until you achieve desired results.

Mayo Clinic – Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Syndrome –Statistics: How Many People Have FMS

Arthritis Foundation – What is Fibromyalgia

Medical News Today – Everything You Need to Know About Fibromyalgia

 

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