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Ever since the story of Charlotte Figi (or Charlotte’s Web) took the world by storm, the medical benefits of cannabis and hemp (Cannabis Sativa) products have been the focus of many media outlets, medical and scientific industries, and global citizens. A whole plethora of research has been conducted on cannabis, including the now isolated cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD). This specific cannabinoid has gained a lot of attention, because of its potential as a broad spectrum compound with many medical and beneficial qualities. In this article, we will look at the potential of CBD oil for fibromyalgia.

It has been scientifically determined that CBD can be effective on a long line of conditions. Migraines, diabetes, PTSD, anxiety, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, and epileptic seizures are just a few worthy mentions. And with the discoveries of how exactly CBD affects the body, research now suggests that cannabis can even be used in the treatment of cancer.

There are plenty of people who can attest to the benefits of CBD oil after having experienced on their own body its positive effects, but the US Food and Drug Administration are still quite reluctant to admit that CBD oil can be beneficial in the treatment of health conditions and ailments. In spite of its successes, its origin is still cause of much debate.


CBD for fibromyalgia

Many people all over the world have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It is a painful condition, characterised by pains in muscles and bones that interfere with sleep, mood, memory and other mental and physical functions. Moreover, it is a condition that has only recently been recognised as a legitimate disease.

Though the condition often lasts for several years, and for some a whole lifetime, relatively little is actually known about the disease. However, what is known is that it can seriously affect a person’s quality of life and there is, unfortunately, no cure available. Millions of people are now putting their faith in CBD oil to manage their fibromyalgia symptoms.

Since we are not allowed to state that CBD oil can treat fibromyalgia, we have gathered some documented facts about fibromyalgia and CBD oil.


Facts about fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, which manifests as pains in various parts of the body, particularly the muscular and skeletal tissues.

The heightened response to pressure and pain occur when the body sends a large amount of signals to the brain, which it then interprets as excruciatingly painful.

Fibromyalgia was practically unheard of before the early 1980s, but this is likely because doctors were not aware of its existence. As such, many fibromyalgia patients were before this time diagnosed with the flu or the “Yuppie Flu”, which was a derogatory term for excessive fatigue, which doctors did not consider a real illness.

In certain countries, fibromyalgia was not recognised as a medical condition, which often resulted in health care insurance companies remaining unwilling to pay for the associated treatment. Luckily, much has changed since and fibromyalgia is now recognised as the debilitating and life-altering condition that it can be, if left unmanaged.

Stress has been theorised to be a possible cause, but it remains unclear if heightened stress actually leads to fibromyalgia or not. The condition is a conundrum. However, as gradually more women are exposed to stress daily and with fibromyalgia often being diagnosed in women between the ages 20-30, stress cannot be ruled out completely.


Pain management with CBD oil

It is common for people affected by fibromyalgia to have a lower threshold for pain and thereby be more sensitive to painful stimuli. Those diagnosed are also often affected by migraines, IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome – all of which CBD oil can help manage.

All things considered, then fibromyalgia is by no means a death sentence. However, it can have the same effects on the mental state as can life in prison, because the odds of getting released are quite low.

However, research and anecdotal evidence has found CBD oil to be a possible pain management tool. We know that the body has its own natural system for pain management, which reacts to a wide range of cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are present in plants, such as cannabis and echinacea, but the body is also capable of producing these compounds itself. This is done by the endocannabinoid system, which consists of many receptors in the body made specifically for receiving cannabinoids. Unfortunately, when the body is sick and imbalanced, as it is for fibromyalgia patients, external sources of cannabinoids are needed. This is where CBD comes in.

The receptors of the endocannabinoid system can be found in the immune system, central nervous system and in the body’s bone structures, which is why CBD can be of great and direct benefit for fibromyalgia patients. The receptors react to the introduction of CBD by facilitating a long line of functions, as well as reducing the brain’s sensitivity to pain signals.

According to Dr. Allen Frankel of GreenBridge Medical, CBD can help ease pain through the binding of so-called microglial cells. This lowers the cytokine count (inflammatory blood cells), which then enables a reduction of pain in people with fibromyalgia. Microglial cells have recently been presumed as a potential cause of pain, inflammations and severe lethargy.


CBD oil – a safe and natural option for fibromyalgia patients

Knowing all these things; the many draining symptoms of fibromyalgia, the side effects of pharmaceutical treatments, the adverse reactions to the opioid, anti-inflammatory and corticosteroids medicines; one question still remains:

When research tells us that CBD oil has the potential of relieving many of the severe symptoms of fibromyalgia, is it not logical to allow these patients a chance to test CBD oil as a treatment option?

Naturally, we cannot provide an answer that would universally please everyone, but nothing can stop us from passing on the CBD information that several books, studies, researchers and people from all over the world have shared with us.

Moreover, we are lucky enough to hear the personal stories from people who have found relief in the use of our products. When asked about why they buy the same product over and over again, the answer is often the same: that they have had such positive experiences with CBD oil for managing their condition that they cannot imagine being without it. And many fibromyalgia patients report of being able to manage their fibromyalgia symptoms through the use of CBD oil.


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Many of our customers tell us that they feel significant changes after beginning their CBD oil regimen. Most commonly, they tell us that they have felt a reduction in pain levels and inflammations, which is by no means a coincidence. After all, researchers have found that CBD oil have both analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory effects, which are properties that work together in order to reduce pain and discomfort.

Moreover, both those with acute and long-term pains felt improvements since taking CBD oil regularly. Some have even seen their pains completely dissipate and have eluded as long as the CBD oil remained in their bodies.

The presence of CBD in the body and the connection to lower levels of pains is, in fact, a very logical relationship, and here is why:


The endocannabinoid system: A fine balancing act

Can the occurrence of fibromyalgia be explained through endocannabinoid deficiency?

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of receptors and cannabinoid-like chemicals. It is all produced by the body itself, which helps manage the healthy regulation of sleep, pain, inflammations, appetite, immunal function, mood, and reproductive health.

However, sometimes the ECS is out of balance. This is called endocannabinoid deficiency. When the body cannot produce enough of its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), the body reacts erratically, which can manifest as inexplicable pains, unusual mood swings or other under- or overreactions of the immune system.

Fibromyalgia symptoms match the symptoms of endocannabinoid deficiency, which is why the condition and the ECS may be very closely connected. So instead of fibromyalgia possibly being unexplained and without any cause, perhaps it could help fibromyalgia patients to know that it may be caused by an imbalance deep within their own body – and to know that there is possibility for relief:

CBD oil can ease the symptoms of endocannabinoid deficiency by reestablishing a natural balance within the body. As such, this inner balance can relieve and minimise the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

However, always remember to listen to your body: go slow and let yourself be the judge. Does CBD work for fibromyalgia? We cannot answer that for you: only your body can.

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