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Fibromyalgia, Medical Marijuana, CBD and you

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When it comes to living with Fibromyalgia, patients are turning to Medical Marijuana and Cannabis (CBD) to help ease their pain and symptoms.

CBD and medical marijuana are used to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia – a condition characterized by fatigue, chronic pain, memory problems, and difficulty sleeping. However, are they really helpful? What does the research say? Let's understand more about the condition, and if CBD and marijuana are safe and effective.

WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?

It is a condition that causes widespread pain in the muscles and joints. It is also associated with sleep, fatigue, mood issues, and memory problems.

It is believed that it amplifies the pain sensation by affecting the way your brain process the pain signals.

Fibromyalgia can get so unbearable that many fibro sufferers describe excruciating pain from head to toe.

Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Concentration and memory problems -- known as "fibro fog"
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Morning stiffness
  • Painful menstrual cramps
  • Sleep problems
  • Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
  • Tender points
  • Urinary symptoms, such as pain or frequency

While there is no cure currently for fibro, there are medications to manage its symptoms, including:

  • Pain Relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Anticonvulsants

There are also less conventional forms of treatment Fibro sufferers can turn to, including:

  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical Marijuana
  • CBD

CBD vs. Marijuana

CBD and THC are the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis products, and they are both in marijuana and hemp.

However, marijuana contains a lot more THC than hemp. THC is responsible for the sensation of "high", while CBD is not psychoactive as it doesn't have THC.

THC is what makes people feel "high", while CBD doesn't cause that "high" because it contains less than 0.03 percent of THC.

Men, Women and Fibromyalgia

Sorry ladies! It turns out that women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.

According to Medical News Today, fibro affects nearly two percent of the adult population and that symptoms often vary between the sexes.

Let's delve a little further into a couple of those options: Medical Marijuana and CBD.

In the early 1990s, a group of researchers discovered the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) while exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid which is a compound found in cannabis.

You may be asking yourself, "What does this mean, and why should I care?"

Well, it turns out the ECS plays a role in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, memory and more functions inyour body.

In fact, our bodies produce natural endocannabinoids that work in tandem with the ECS receptors. They maintain health in all our bodily systems.

If we don't produce enough of these endocannabinoids, we may end up with a deficiency.

It is seen that endocannabinoid deficiency may cause chronic pain conditions, such as IBS, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other treatment-resistant syndromes.

Medical Marijuana and Fibromyalgia

According to research:

  • Cannabis helped alleviate symptoms of fibro and was effective in treating chronic pain in adults.
  • Cannabis-related products can help improve sleep in people with fibromyalgia in the short term.
  • Participants who used marijuana to treat fibromyalgia reported that it provided strong relief from sleep issues.

CBD and Fibromyalgia

According to research

  • It reduces some systems associated with the disease, including chronic pain.
  • Blocks the nerve pathways that are responsible for responsible for transmitting pain signals between your brain and the body.
  • The anti-inflammatory action of CBD aids in reducing swelling and heat around disease or injury, reducing pain.
  • Lack of endocannabinoids may be the cause of chronic pain syndrome, such as fibromyalgia. Consuming CBD can correct this deficiency, reducing pain.

A study conducted suggests that cannabidiol works best when used in combination with THC. However, very little research is done in this area.

Now What?

Research continues on the effects both Medical Marijuana and CBD have on relieving the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. There is still no cure. But there is hope as researchers continue to uncover the benefits the cannabinoid plant has on the mind and body of people who live with Fibro. In the meantime, we recommend consulting your doctor if you are thinking about taking medical marijuana or CBD for pain management, sleeping problems or any other symptoms you are experiencing related to Fibromyalgia.

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