Can you use CBD oil for fibromyalgia?

June 08, 2019 4 min read

Can you use CBD oil for fibromyalgia?

There are many diseases prevailing in the world that are often misdiagnosed or if diagnosed correctly, cannot be dealt with. For such diseases,only the symptoms can be managed with proper care and procedures. Asthma, inflammation, and many other illnesses are an example. Fibromyalgia is also a disease for which no solution is available but the pain associated with fibromyalgia can be controlled and reduced.

What is fibromyalgia?

If you are not aware of the disease namely fibromyalgia or you haven’t witnessed it then you are lucky. It is a chronic disorder that is affiliated with intense pain in the muscles and bones, fatigue and tenderness. There are certain trigger points of fibromyalgia where a little pressure can also result in extensive pain. The trigger pints where fibromyalgia affects include back of the head, chest, hips, elbows, knees and shoulders. Fibromyalgia affectsthe trigger points in your body and resultsin consistent pain. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia includefatigue, headaches, anxiety, depression, sleeping disorders and pain or a dullache in certain parts of the body.

The reasons behind this disorder are unknown but some doctors believe that it is a result of a problem with how the spinal cord and brain process pain signals from nerves. There is no permanent solution available for fibromyalgia but certain medications, lifestyle changes, exercises and meditation can help in reducing pain symptoms inpeople. One of the methods that some people swear by that it reduces pain caused by fibromyalgia consists of using CBD oil.

What is CBD oil?

CBD or cannabidiol is a compound found in some strains of marijuana. Unlike other compounds present in marijuana, CBD is non-psychoactive which means it does not affect the behaviourof a person or make him high. CBD is being very famous these days, which has also led to the legalization of medical marijuana in certain countries due to its benefits in dealing with various diseases. It has been used for pain and inflammation, swelling, epilepsy, arthritis, asthma, anxiety, stress and also for overcoming certain kinds of cancer.

CBD and fibromyalgia

It has been studied that in the humanbody there is a system called Endocannabinoid System that consists of receptors and CBD like compounds that help in regulating pain and inflammation, sleep, mood and immune system. It is responsible for the body’s biological activities that help in maintaining health.

A research explains that a deficiency namely Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency is responsible for difficult diseases like fibromyalgia. It was researched by Dr Ethan Russo that a deficiency of certain endocannabinoid can lead to different clinical disorders including fibromyalgia. He explains that certain diseases follow a pattern that has been linked to endocannabinoid deficiency. These diseases include fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and migraine. He adds that all these diseases are hyper-algesic syndromes which mean that it causes extreme pain that cannot be explained. He suggests that by boosting the endocannabinoid system with phytocannabinoids like CBD can help in reducing pain associated with these diseases.

Besides this scientific research, various anecdotal evidence can be found that suggest using CBD oil for fibromyalgia. CBD oil is used for therapeutic benefits in relieving pain and inflammation. A study published in 2011 experimented with the fibromyalgia patients who used CBD and with patients who did not use CBD in their procedures. The study revealed that CBD users who entail this disease were found with a reduction of pain and stiffness while enhancing relaxation and overall wellbeing.

Another survey done by National Pain Foundation found that 62% of fibromyalgia patients that used CBD were relieved of their symptoms and that CBD is far more relieving and effective in dealing with fibromyalgia that other drugs prescribed by Food and Drug Administration FDA.

Patients with fibromyalgia using CBD oil

Other data that describes the effectiveness of CBD oil for dealing with fibromyalgia include self-tested evidenceof patients. A patient Donna Gregory was benefited from CBD oil. She used CBD oil sublingually for every 6 to 8 hours and after 24 hours her symptoms of pain in legs were greatly reduced. She says she also found similar results in other fibro patients. Another patient Jo Allen, who is a nurse also found CBD oil to very effective and it has led her to get rid of other tablets providing her withpain relief and overall healthiness.

Though numerous patients have been benefitting from CBD oil, still much scientific research is necessary in this regard. Scientists must be allowed for testing CBD oil for overcoming various ailments.

How to use CBD oil for fibromyalgia

CBD oil can be used in various ways. It can be consumed orally or applied sub tropically. The CBD oil can be directly applied tothe skin where the patients feel extreme pain and can massage it regularly to get rid of the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Other than that, CBD oil can also be consumed sublingually which means placing drops of CBD oil under the tongue. CBD oil can also be eaten in the form of CBD pills. All these methods help in reducing pain and inflammation, the procedure that you opt for depends on your preferences. High-quality CBD oil must be taken in order to receive the necessary results. Whenever you buy CBD oil take note of the quantity and quality of CBD in it and it should not contain THC. CBD oils without THC are extremely helpful in the relieving the symptoms of a number of diseases and it will not produce any mind-altering effects.

Final thoughts on CBD oil for fibromyalgia

CBD oils are considered useful for dealing with illnesses and many patients are using it, trying to control their pains and other symptoms but scientific researches in this area are vital to providing conclusive evidence behind the effectiveness of CBD oil. However, many people enjoy the consumption of CBD oil, therefore, a great amount of struggle is done to legalize cannabis in various countries. By legalizing medical marijuana patients will be easily able to buy CBD oil and scientists will also be allowed to perform research about CBD.


This article was written by an independent and third-party author specialising in CBD, hemp and cannabis research. Any opinion, advice or recommendation expressed in the article does not reflect the opinion of Formula Swiss AG or any of our employees. We do not make any claims about any of our products and refer to our disclaimer for more information.

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