Other medicines that are suggested to some are non-opiate pain killers like NSAIDs. These are over-the-counter unless a high dose is prescribed. There are medicines that can treat specific symptoms.
Fibromyalgia affects about 10 million Americans . The condition is incurable, but there are treatments for managing pain.
CBD has been used to treat mood disorders, schizophrenia, insomnia. cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other conditions.
Studies have suggested that CBD reduces glial cell activity. Over-activity of these cells causes increased reaction to sensation. This is a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Sleep in a quiet, cool, and dark room. Make sure you’re relaxed when you go to bed. Take a bath, have some tea, do yoga or meditate, or listen to soothing music.
Early studies and anecdotal evidence from patients are promising and indicate that CBD oil may reduce pain and inflammation, support healthy sleep, and improve mood. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
There is also a solid body of evidence that indicates CBD may alleviate certain symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, such as pain, sleep disruptions, anxiety, and depression.
There is still no research specifically investigating CBD oil as a treatment for fibromyalgia. However, in 2018 research was published in the “Journal of Clinical Rheumatology” suggesting medicinal cannabis may represent an effective treatment for the illness.
What the experts say
Problematically, the FDA-approved drugs traditionally used to treat fibromyalgia have limited efficacy, with commonly used first-line medications such as duloxetine and pregabalin offering little respite from prevailing symptoms such as pain. Fibromyalgia patients often also complain of side effects associated with these medications.
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
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain, exhaustion, poor sleep quality, and cognitive difficulties that sufferers often experience as brain fog. It is a contentious condition, with medical experts often disagreeing about what constitutes a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and some debating its existence at all.
Habib does point out that the patients in the study consumed oil containing both CBD and THC extracts. “A small fraction of our patients used oil, and mostly containing THC, so only a very small number of patients used pure CBD oil,” he said.