What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder that effects muscles the muscles and bones. The cause isn’t pinpointed, which can lead to misdiagnosis and questions regarding the disorder. There is widespread pain in joints and muscle, causing pain and stiffness throughout the entire body. While there are combined treatments that can help, there currently is not a cure for this disorder that can last a lifetime. Common side effects include fatigue, insomnia, trouble with memory and concentration. Pain, twitching, burn and tight muscles are experienced, along with tenderness to touch and a lowered pain threshold. Women, people with painful diseases like arthritis, people with mood disorders and genetics all increase the chances of developing fibromyalgia. Most people are diagnosed over the age of 19, with more than 3 million cases per year.
Certain over the counter medications and prescription drugs have been classically used to treat fibromyalgia, along with the recommendation to exercise and healthy eating habits. As with all medications, there are the risks of adverse side effects. People report increased depression because while in pain, it’s hard to motivated to do day-to-day tasks and maintain their lifestyle. Additionally, others can’t see the symptoms of this disorder; so there is often a lack of understanding and empathy. This can compound the emotional struggles that the sufferer is already struggling with.
How Can CBD Help With Fibromyalgia?
Neurologist and research, Dr. Ethan Russo studied and suggested that a “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency” could be the cause behind conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and fibromyalgia. Subsequent research have supported his findings further. Dr. Russo correlated that cannabinoids can block certain spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal functions that cause these conditions. The fix is simple, provide the body with more cannabinoids that allow for the endocannabinoid system to balance and regulate internal functioning.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that works directly with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to create homeostasis throughout the body. CBD is derived from the hemp plant and accounts for a large portion of the plant’s extract. The ECS helps regulate mood (like anxiety and depression), sleep, pain, inflammation, muscle spasms and memory. These are some of the most common symptoms reported by those suffering with fibromyalgia! CBD binds to two receptors, CB-1 and CB-2, which are responsible to maintaining balance in multiple systems and functions.
CBD hemp oil is legal in all 50 states and is readily accessible to those in need. Utilized in individuals suffering from this painful disorder, people not only found relief in their symptoms, but found that the amount of flare ups were reduced. As critical as the physical relief is in this instance, users found relief from the stress and a reduction in their depression. People previously suffering were feeling capable of living their lives in a normal fashion again. Users were able to resume exercising (one of the most important ways to manage fibromyalgia) and further improve their mental and physical well-being.