cbd and fibromyalgia

Cannabis Oil and Fibromyalgia

Cannabis oil for the hard to define — and harder to treat— fibromyalgia
Talk to a sufferer of fibromyalgia and they will be able to describe in various creative ways that it devastates their life and terrorizes their bodies. A decade ago, fibromyalgia was called “hysteria” and treated with sedatives—that is, if the patient’s doctor believed their symptoms were real to begin with. It’s still misunderstood and mistreated—sometimes using opiates for the chronic pain—but fibromyalgia studies are becoming more prevalent. So far the best explanation seems to be that it is a complex neurological disorder that results in chronic fatigue, anxiety, weakness and joint stiffness, headaches, and even a cognitive effect called “fibro fog”. According to the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more than 5 million Americans — mostly women — have fibromyalgia.

Can Cannabis Oil be Used as Treatment for Fibromyalgia?

If it is proven true that fibromyalgia is created by an unbalanced Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD), it could mean greater research funding for cannabis oil for Fibromyalgia. Balancing the endocannabinoid system means better communication between the brain, immune cells, glands, organs and connective tissues—all areas that are affected in varying degrees by fibromyalgia—through homeostasis. When any endocannabinoid system is out of whack, not just that of a fibromyalgia sufferer, all health gets put in jeopardy.

It could be that legal restrictions on cannabis have been holding fibromyalgia patients from seeing the benefits of using the plant for its pain management and endocannabinoid system balancing effects.

Management, a matter of your medication choice

There is is no definitive cure but treatment with cannabis could be a workable solution with fewer side effects than the medications currently used to treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. When the National Pain Report conducted in 2014 of over 1,300 fibromyalgia patients they found that one-third of them were using medical cannabis to manage their symptoms. Of the more than 390 survey participants who had used cannabis, 62 percent deemed it “very effective” for managing symptoms. Another 33 percent said it “helped a little” and five percent said it did not help at all.

In contrast, the study found that FDA-approved medications (Cymbalta, Lyrica, or Savella) were “very effective” for only 10 percent of respondents, while 68 percent said they “[did] not help at all”. Considering the safety profile of cannabis and absence of adverse side effects compared to the FDA-approved medications, the data begs for further studies to be conducted.

3 Comments

  • Antonio Toole (Sharon M. Toole - wife) says:

    My wife was recently issued a permit for low THC oil in the state of Georgia. Looking for more information.

    • Alan Ross says:

      Antonio, so was I but it is hard to find out where to get it. If you find out, let me know and I’ll do the same. Alan

  • Wanda F McGill says:

    How was your search? Doctor recently gave me a website for the registry and it included forms that must be completed by a physician which he didn’t mention. This information is Luke trying to find a “needle in a haystack” lol
    Let me know ur progress please

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