Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that the NHS estimates could affect as many as one in twenty people in the UK, disproportionately women. The causes of the condition are not currently well understood, but we do know the symptoms include widespread pain, with no clear source, and extreme sensitivity to pressure. It’s frequently accompanied by issues with sleep, and memory, and other symptoms including sensitivity to noise, light or temperature. While the mechanism that links the two isn’t clear, it’s also often associated with some mental health issues like depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
There’s no currently accepted cure for fibromyalgia. If you’re diagnosed with the condition, you’ll work with your doctor to find a programme of treatment to help manage the symptoms, which can include medication, psychotherapy and exercises intended to help to stretch and relax the muscles. One of the complimentary treatments that’s beginning to grow in popularity is CBD – cannabidiol, and today we’re taking a look at it. Can CBD products help with fibromyalgia symptoms? And what’s the best way to take it?
CBD and Fibromyalgia: The Evidence
CBD has been investigated by the World Health Organisation, and found not to be addictive or harmful, as it’s distinct from the compound in cannabis that causes intoxication and the ‘high’ people associate with the drug. That’s THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
The early results emerging from studies that have been carried out do bring some promising news. CBD appears to be effective (to some degree) as a painkiller. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which means it looks like it could be useful to people managing some chronic pain issues. The relationship between inflammation and fibromyalgia is disputed but the latest research seems to indicate that inflammation does to an extent, contribute to the pain of fibromyalgia, and so anti-inflammatories can help as part of a treatment.
There’s also evidence that shows CBD can function as a neuropathic painkiller: that is, it can actually interrupt the pain signals in the nervous system. This makes it useful as a generalised painkiller, and especially to someone with fibromyalgia, dealing with pain emanating in the central nervous system – and especially if they want to avoid opioid painkillers.
CBD also appears to help with some of the mental distress that can present alongside fibromyalgia. Early tests indicate positive results for CBD soothing anxiety and preventing insomnia, as well as promoting a general sense of wellness, all of which can help improve quality of life for people trying to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
All of these studies are far from medically conclusive, so the NHS is unable and unwilling to prescribe CBD as a treatment for the condition, but you may well find CBD products a useful complement to the clinical medications and treatments you are prescribed by your doctor.
Taking CBD for Fibromyalgia
When you’re trying to choose a way to take CBD, you need to consider why you’re taking it. When you’re trying to manage a chronic pain condition, you need a way to take CBD regularly throughout the day. Dayzed offers plenty of different options, all chosen from the best the market has to offer, but you might have the most success with a high concentration CBD oil tincture, dropped into a hot drink throughout the day.
Ultimately the ‘best’ CBD product is the one that gets the best results for you, and that works best for your lifestyle so experiment and make sure you find your best option.