While no one knows what causes FM, we have some ideas. It could be genetic or from trauma, such as an illness or injury. The spinal cord and brain may process pain differently.
More research is needed to understand the effectiveness of CBD on FM. While some studies support CBD, others do not. The results are mixed because it’s difficult to control every variable.
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Many CBD oil users have reported relief of pain, insomnia, muscle tension, and anxiety. These are all FM symptoms.
CBD made from marijuana has higher levels of THC, and is not federally legal. It’s only legal in states that have legalized marijuana.
CBD inhibits cytochrome p450, enzymes that assist in breaking down drugs in the liver. Be cautious about taking CBD with medicines that warn about eating grapefruit. You may want to avoid eating grapefruit while on CBD.
While there is a still a need for larger randomized trials, Habib, a rheumatologist in Netanya, Israel, believes that the research is promising and that it is worth trying medicinal cannabis for fibromyalgia soon after diagnosis, rather than considering it as an option when opioids fail.
She, therefore, endorses the use of full-spectrum CBD oils for fibromyalgia. “I see much greater benefit from full-spectrum CBD oils, which contain other cannabinoids and sometimes trace amounts of THC, compared to the CBD isolates, which do not have the synergistic effects of the whole plant extract.”
The brain is one of the key areas affected by fibromyalgia, with brain inflammation contributing to pain and brain fog. Recent research suggests that microglia in the brain and spinal cord play a role in fibromyalgia. When certain cells become activated, they can contribute to inflammation by amplifying pain signaling and transmission.
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In addition to helping to ease inflammation in the body, CBD oil may reduce neuropathic pain, which arises from damaged or malfunctioning nerves. Some fibromyalgia sufferers experience neuropathic pain as one of their symptoms.
Dr. George Habib is the co-author of a 2018 retrospective review study in the “Journal of Clinical Rheumatology” investigating medical cannabis as a treatment for fibromyalgia, and he believes it offers fibromyalgia patients hope. ”In general, the impression (from the study) was that this type of medication is more effective than pregabalin and duloxetine,” Habib said.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain, exhaustion, poor sleep quality, and cognitive difficulties that sufferers often experience as brain fog. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In addition, CBD has seems to offer neuroprotective properties and stimulate cell repair in the brain. This could improve brain function in fibromyalgia patients. CBD oil may also diminish anxiety and depressive behaviors by boosting anandamide signaling, according to results of a double-blind, randomized clinical trial published in 2012 in “Translational Psychiatry”. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that facilitates homeostasis and balanced mood.