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CBD and Fibromyalgia

Can Reward CBD help with chronic pain issues like fibromyalgia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia “is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and non-painful signals.”

Some quick facts about the disease:

  • It affects women more than men
  • It appears to have a family history - so multiple family members can be affected
  • The brain seems to overreact to signals and stress, causing pain and fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia usually coexists with other conditions, such as: irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine/headaches, anxiety, depression, joint pain, and more.

What does this have to do with CBD? 

Well, let’s start here: a recent study shows that medical cannabis has been used successfully by patients who have these symptoms. In this study, participants were 90% women and the bulk of the study focused on those taking medications with little to no relief in pain or symptoms. After taking part in the study, an incredible 47% of patients experienced enough relief from cannabis to reduce or even cease their pain medication usage. And there’s more: between 30-50% experienced notable benefits in terms of sleep, anxiety, depression, and pain. 

Ok. Still waiting on what this has to do with CBD…

Yes, you have been very patient, and we appreciate it.

According to an article in Medical News Today, even though more research is needed in all areas of CBD effectiveness, researchers agree that CBD appears to reduce some fibromyalgia symptoms. Similarly, the National Centers for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), some evidence suggests that cannabis or CBD could have modest benefits for chronic pain.

However, because our bodies all differ from one another, its effects are different from person to person. There is speculation that the pain relief from CBD are related to its effects on the brain. It is possible it interrupts the nerve pathways that send signals of pain between the brain and the body. And because CBD and other cannabinoids attach to specialized receptors in the brain, as CBD enters the body, it may attach to CB2 receptors that have a role in mitigating/managing pain and inflammation. 

As treatment from cannabis and CBD become more often approved for pain management, we hope that more and more people will use Reward Botanicals’ CBD to help improve their quality of life when living with fibromyalgia.