By Dr. Brent Wells
Cannabidiol (aka CBD) is one of the many chemical compounds found in hemp. The oil is derived from extracting the cannabinoids from the hemp plant. Extractions are taken from flowers, leaves, and stalks of the plant. Recently, CBD oil is being touted as a treatment for fibromyalgia. While it won't cure the illness, CBD oil may bring relief to the symptoms of pain and discomfort. It is said that CBD oil works with your endocannabinoid system to bring relief to symptoms of various conditions. Because it reduces inflammation, it's a treatment option that reportedly not only can relieve pain; it has also been reported to reduce symptoms of insomnia and anxiety.
Keep reading to find out more about CBD oil.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you know how frustrating it can be. The aches and pains can be excruciating and make your body feel lethargic. While there are some treatments to help with this, they can sometimes be expensive and not always work that well. One all-natural treatment that has gained a lot of recent attention is CBD. CBD has been proven to not only work to relax fibromyalgia symptoms but provide long-lasting relief. Below you'll discover more about what exactly CBD is and if it's safe and effective for fibromyalgia treatment.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a resin taken from the flowers of cannabis plants. This liquid contains more than a hundred phytocannabinoids, which are what work to help calm your body. CBD has been proven to heal many different health issues which range from anxiety to diabetes. This is because it works with the body's CB1 and CB2 receptors.
CB1 receptors are located in the brain, central nervous system, and glands. CB2 receptors are located within the immune system. CB2 receptors are not as heavily found as CB1 receptors in the body, but both receptors work well together with CBD to provide relief. However, unlike other parts of the plant, CBD is not psychoactive. Because of this, it is safe to use without fear of it, causing drastic effects on your body.
How it Can Help Fibromyalgia
While there are still studies being done to prove the benefits of CBD for fibromyalgia, many have already shown it can significantly help. In fact, research done by the Human Pharmacology and Neurosciences Unit in Spain showed that those who used CBD felt both physically and mentally better. A 2014 study by the National Pain Foundation also showed that CBD works better than certain prescription drugs for fibromyalgia. In fact, 94% of the participants felt pain relief and even saw an improved sleep.
CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties which why it can help fibromyalgia. This can help to calm inflamed muscles and pinched nerves in the body. It also helps to enrich the body's endocannabinoid system, which is heavily affected by fibromyalgia. Besides calming inflammation, CBD can also help with reducing pain. This is because it will trick the pain sensors in the body.
CBD Oil Side Effects
CBD oil comes with plenty of benefits, but it has some serious side effects if not taken correctly.
- Changes in your appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
Because of these common side effects, it's important to be careful when you use it. For most users, though, these side effects are not that drastic.
However, if you have current or previous health problems, you'll want to be cautious. This is especially so if you have seizures, digestive issues, or epilepsy. So, before you buy or use CBD, make sure to talk with your doctor.
It's also important to start your CBD slowly. By using a small amount each day, you can see whether or not it works well for you. If it doesn't, you can quickly stop the treatment without fears of severe side effects.
A Few Ways You Can Use CBD For Fibromyalgia:
- Ingest It
You can mix your CBD oil with food. The right amount to take needs to be set by your doctor, but it usually is about 2 mg. Keep in mind though that some CBD products can't be ingested. Because of this, be careful to check beforehand. Make sure to also talk with your doctor if you're taking prescription drugs. Sometimes CBD can interact negatively with certain types. You can also ingest CBD through a pill. This is pre-measured by your doctor, and you can take it as prescribed. This pill is not usually liquid though and tends to be a solid piece you need to swallow whole.
- A Massage
You can also massage CBD oil into affected areas. The oil will then absorb into your skin and go deep into the affected nerves and muscles. To massage the CBD oil on your body, dab a bit on your fingers. Then gently, but with a slight force, create circular motions on the painful area. You can do this for about 30 seconds. Then, let the oil absorb into your body. You should start to see results within minutes. A chiropractor can also help with relieving fibromyalgia pain through CBD massage.
- A Patch
A new type of CBD treatment for fibromyalgia is a CBD patch. This patch can be placed on your arm or back and will release certain amounts of CBD throughout the day. This can help to control the CBD you take to prevent a possible overdose. The patch can work either by releasing its contents with body heat or by using an external heat source. As the CBD is released, your body will absorb it into the patch area to help calm your chronic pain.
Best Form of CBD for Fibromyalgia
As mentioned above, there are a few different forms of CBD. While the most popular is CBD oil, it also comes in a pill. These pills can be either hard and solid or come in a gummy form. Some capsules can be opened to release the CBD inside, but most require you to take them whole.
While the top form of CBD depends on the intensity of your pain and situation, CBD oil is usually best. This is because you can measure it out yourself and start out slowly. You can also massage the oil on your skin if you prefer not to ingest it. CBD oil tends to be more versatile than a CBD pill, making it ideal for most to use. It's also a bit cheaper compared to a bottle of pills that you might end up not using.
If taken correctly, CBD for fibromyalgia treatment can be a very safe and effective method. This oil will not only work to calm throbbing areas down but improve many other aspects of your health. Because of this, it's a treatment you should definitely consider talking over with your doctor.
About Dr. Brent Wells
Dr. Brent Wells is the founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab, a practice with locations throughout Alaska, that offers services designed to help give you long-lasting relief from common aches/pains to severe injuries. He attended the University of Nevada where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and eventually moved on to Western States Chiropractic College where he received his doctorate. He is currently a member of the American Chiropractic Association and the American Academy of Spine Physicians.
Dr. Wells was inspired to begin his own practice after having experienced many unprofessional healthcare situations. Because of this, Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab is designed to help provide adequate and caring support for those looking for a Wasilla chiropractor near you.
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