Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes extensive body ache and increased pain sensitivity to pressure. This disorder affects almost 370 million people worldwide, most of which are women. Even though fibromyalgia is not fatal, but it can still have severe, lifelong effects and can often times be difficult to cure. It is also not very easily detectible and can remain unattended for years. In most cases it is genetically acquired and seems to have been passed on from many generations.
Some of the known symptoms of fibromyalgia include
- Extreme fatigue
- Distressed sleep
- Heightened response to noise, light or temperature
- Bowel or bladder disorder
- Parched mouth
Although very common, still very few known pharmaceutical medicines exist which can actually cause relief to the grave health conditions caused by fibromyalgia. Some drugs ease the pain while others may improve the quality of sleep. The FDA (U S Food and Drug Administration) has made a list of three approved medicines which are duloxetine, milnacipran and pregabalin but none seem to combat all the symptoms of fibromyalgia simultaneously. Patients are often prescribed separate drugs that deal with the distinct symptoms.
However, CBD (Cannabidiol) does an exceptional job in combating fibromyalgia as a substitute to traditional medicine although it is very unpopular among users.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound naturally acquired from cannabis plants (commonly known as marijuana). CBD acts against THC (another common chemical found in cannabis) to reduce the latter’s effect and reduces the negative effects of marijuana. CBD also reduces psychoactive symptoms. Marijuana is primarily thought to be only used for recreational purposes but it also has some subtle medicinal significance. The benefits are often neglected owing to the common misunderstandings regarding cannabis.
CBD and fibromyalgia
Most people prefer prescribed drugs to relief chronic pain and the various other symptoms of fibromyalgia although some studies suggest that CBD can act as a natural pain reliever and can reduce chronic stress. CBD is also known to have immense therapeutic value and has shown to treat several other symptoms of fibromyalgia as well. Considering the very low toxicity and usually gentle side effects, researchers believe that denying CBD benefits and its possible potential to cure fibromyalgia is improper.
CBD is known to be a natural anti-depressant. It acts with the chemicals present in our brain and helps in reducing chronic disorder and anxiety. CBD also helps patients with schizophrenia. It also helps in treating pain disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Known to be natural pain reliever and it can be effectively used to combat intensive body pain and inflammations caused by fibromyalgia. Due to its capability to interact with one’s body’s endocannabinoid system, it can easily manipulate the brain’s cannabinoid receptors and help in relieving anxiety and stress.
Some known benefits of CBD
- Pain Reliever
- Anti-depressant and reduces anxiety
- Helps in treating cancer related symptoms
- Helps in skin treatment
- Could also benefit heart health
- Also has considerable anti-addictive benefits
- Anti-tumour effects
Due to limited clinical trials done on CBD, the operational mechanism through which CBD helps to reduce several symptoms of fibromyalgia is a little bit hard to understand. Primarily in layman’s term, CBD is a chemical naturally acquired from plants that acts with the cannaboid receptors of our brains and helps to aid several symptoms of fibromyalgia like anxiety, stress and body-ache.
CBD vs THC
CBD and THC are two of the more than 100 chemicals found in cannabis commonly known as marijuana or even weed. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the one responsible for getting users high and also responsible for the ecstatic feelings. There is no proven evidence that suggest that CBD can get a person high. CBD although acquired from marijuana can help treat various potential diseases. Proper combination of CBD and THC can impeccably attempt to cure the various symptoms of fibromyalgia and rescue an individual from the heightened body ache and neurological disorders caused by fibromyalgia.
Although not clinically approved by any formal drug approval agency, researchers have been to trying to provide concrete evidence to show the medical significance of CBD and to prove the legality of CBD consumption. Due to a very small number of clinical trials performed, it is not an easy task to assess the pros of using CBD against traditional pharmaceutical drugs to cure fibromyalgia. Also due to common misconceptions against marijuana, the medical benefits are often overlooked and misjudged. Plenty of research needs to be conducted before it can be formally prescribed and consumed for the treatment fibromyalgia. Although it would not be wrong to say that by proper research and clinical assessments, CBD can easily act as an efficient medicine for fibromyalgia and has the potential to save millions of its patients from fibromyalgia.