What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition in which a patient suffers from chronic pain. Chronic pain usually travels through all parts of the body. Pain is not the only symptom of Fibromyalgia. It can be also characterized by muscle fatigue, mental distress, and sleep problems. According to research studies, patients suffering from Fibromyalgia develop more sensitivity to pain than normal ones. Sometimes Fibromyalgia is also associated with abnormal pain perception with CNS (Central Nervous System). According to an estimate, approximately 4 million people are suffering from Fibromyalgia in the USA only.
Some major Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:
- Pain in different body parts
- Stiffness of body muscles
- Memory impairments
- Sleep Problems
- Numbness in fingers of hands and feet
- Digestive problems
What is CBD Oil and how it can help with Fibromyalgia?
CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil is a cannabis-derived oil that is extracted from the hemp (marijuana) plant. Unlike other Cannabinoids, CBD Oil is non-psychoactive and non-toxic. People have been using CBD Oil for a very long time due to its potential health benefits and therapeutic uses. Many research studies have reported that CBD Oil is helpful in weight loss, Arthritis, lack of concentration and focus, and sleep disorder.
However, can we use CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia? Well, if we take a look at the potential health benefits of CBD Oil, we might say that it can help the patient suffering from Fibromyalgia.
The effectiveness of CBD Oil against Fibromyalgia has been reported by many independent research studies. Scientists claim that CBD Oil has very strong pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. As Fibromyalgia is also a type of chronic pain, CBD oil might be helpful in this regard.
The mechanism behind this effectiveness of CBD Oil against Fibromyalgia is not completely understood. However, some independent research studies have proposed the following mechanisms in this regard.
· CBD Oil help with Fibromyalgia by interacting with the Endocannabinoid System of the body
Endocannabinoid System is an additional immune system in the body that is responsible for the regulation of many important functions such as immune responses, pain and inflammation reception, etc. However, dealing with foreign cannabinoids and produce body cannabinoids is one of the main functions of the Endocannabinoid system. This system performs all its functions through the activation of its receptors. These receptors are known as Endocannabinoid Receptors. There are two main types of Endocannabinoid receptors in our body, CB1 receptors, and CB2 receptors.
CB2 receptors are particularly responsible for pain perception in the condition of Fibromyalgia. CBD Oil, when enters the body, interacts with CB2 receptors of the Endocannabinoid System of the body. After this interaction, the body may start production some natural cannabinoids. These natural cannabinoids interact with CB2 receptors and stop the perception of pain and inflammation by the body. As a result of this mechanism, the patient starts feeling relief from pain immediately.
According to a study done back in 2016, the lack of natural endocannabinoids might be a major reason for chronic pain conditions like migraine and Fibromyalgia. CBD Oil compensates for this deficiency and remove conditions like fibromyalgia.
· CBD Oil reduces fatigue in the body by energizing body cells
Body fatigue is one of the major signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia. CBD Oil reduces fatigue in the body by boosting energy. CBD Oil triggers the burning of already deposit fats. It is scientifically proven that fats produce a high amount of energy than carbohydrates. So, when fats burn, a large amount of energy is produced in the body which removes fatigue and tiredness.
· CBD Oil improves sleep
As we have discussed earlier that CBD Oil can produce its effects by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors. The CB1 receptors are responsible for the regulation of sleep. CBD Oil interacts with CB1 receptors and starts producing natural endocannabinoids which help the body in sleep improvement by reacting back to these receptors.
How to Use CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia?
Now as you have basic knowledge about CBD Oil’s effectiveness against Fibromyalgia, we would like to discuss some methods by which you can take CBD Oil. It is highly recommended that before using CBD Oil, you should consult with your family doctor. Although it is non-psychoactive and can’t get you “high”, but you should still take an optimal dosage. An expert doctor in fibromyalgia can help you in this regard.
CBD Oil is available in different forms in the market like liquid, capsules, topicals, and CBD infused gummies, etc. However, for Fibromyalgia, our recommendations are CBD Oil in liquid form and CBD topicals like creams or lotions. In the case of CBD Oil in liquid form, you can take it by just placing 4-5 drops under your tongue. It will automatically dissolve with your saliva and enter into the bloodstream. On the other, if you are using CBD Oil in the form of topicals, take a small amount of CBD lotion or cream and rub gently on the site of pain in the body. You can rub it until you start feeling relief.
CBD Oil might effective for Fibromyalgia by some above-given mechanisms. CBD Oil has strong pain-relieving properties that can be utilized in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. CBD Oil also helpful in reducing fatigue, energizing the body, and improving sleep. We have also discussed some methods at the end which you can use to take CBD Oil. But still, don’t forget to consult with your doctor before using CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia.