Over the past few years, we have come to understand that CBD has a wide range of therapeutic benefits, most notably for pain relief. Research has proven that CBD (cannabidiol) can cause metastasis in illnesses as serious as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathic pain. Similarly, it has shown that other serious conditions such as fibromyalgia that have unbearably painful side effects can also be managed through using CBD oil as a supplement to traditional medication.
Over 10 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia, which is a condition that causes chronic pain. Although there are plenty of traditional medications available to help manage the debilitating symptoms of the disease, many patients are put off by the negative side effects that often accompany prolonged use of prescription medications.
Following is everything you need to know with regard to taking CBD oil to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
Science Backs Up CBD’s Efficacy
While cannabis-derived CBD is still a relatively novel treatment option for illness and still in the early stages of research, science is already vouching for the power of CBD when used to treat chronic pain.
A survey was conducted back in 2014 by the National Pain Foundation. Of the 1,300 participating fibromyalgia patients, the vast majority reported that medical marijuana and CBD offered far more relief from fibromyalgia pain than FDA-approved prescription medication.
CBD Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
CBD Oil for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia
In 2014, a Farm Bill was passed that declared industrial hemp was to be made federally legal as the plant and all products derived from it contained less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant). This resulted in CBD oil making a positive impact on the alternative medicine market, as it does not require a prescription and is currently legal in all 50 US states.
While many thousands of former fibromyalgia sufferers have found relief from pain through using CBD oil, one should not consider it a miracle cure. The FDA does currently not approve it for medical use and this is due to the “lack of clinical trials” that have been performed on its use as a stand-alone medicine.
Is CBD Oil Safe to Use?
CBD oil has been researched enough to confirm that it is entirely safe to use for both animals and humans, thanks to its extremely low toxicity levels. Traditional treatments for fibromyalgia are renowned for having significant long-term effects on one’s health, making CBD oil a much safer and risk-free treatment option for many.
CBD oil is also completely non-addictive, meaning that it is impossible to develop a dependency on the substance, unlike traditional tranquilizers and painkillers.
The Effects of CBD on Fibromyalgia
Because CBD works by triggering the endocannabinoid system which is present in all mammals, each individual is affected differently by a particular dose. A good-quality tincture will offer some people almost instantaneous relief from their symptoms, while others might take longer. It would appear that one requires regular, daily dosing in order to experience long-term relief; a period of trial and error is usually necessary to pinpoint your ideal daily dose.
Dosage Guidelines for Fibromyalgia
There are a number of factors that will affect individual dosing of CBD. These include:
- How it is consumed
- Body weight
- The severity of symptoms
Because there has not yet been enough scientific research done into exactly how much CBD oil should be taken for a specific ailment, the general rule of thumb is to start low and gradually increase the dosage. Begin by taking a couple of drops sublingually and increase until the desired effect is achieved.
CBD Isolate vs. Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
There are two basic kinds of CBD oil commonly available to buy: isolate and full-spectrum. It is important to recognize the difference between the two so you can choose the right one for your needs.
CBD isolate refers to hemp oil that has been processed in a way that removes every other compound, apart from the actual cannabinoid: CBD. While this sounds perfect in theory, there are many other healing compounds in the cannabis plant that synergistically work together with the CBD to give a tincture a potent therapeutic effect, as well as help alleviate pain.
Full-Spectrum CBD Oil
A full-spectrum CBD oil will contain the full range of cannabinoids, including THC. It is thought that a small trace of THC can be necessary to effectively eliminate and heal traditional, negative side effects associated with illnesses like fibromyalgia.
Unless you are subjected to drug tests at work, it is always advisable to purchase a full-spectrum CBD oil, rather than CBD isolate oil, in order to experience all of the healing benefits it can offer in a shorter amount of time.
Final Thoughts on CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia
As mentioned above, the FDA has yet to approve CBD oil for medicinal purposes. That said, it is a completely natural way to boost your body’s immune system and hopefully experience greater pain relief than you would through taking pharmaceuticals only.
There are numerous support groups online that can help you get a clearer understanding of how exactly CBD oil could be a wonderful addition to your existing CBD isolate oil.
This article by Madeleine Taylor (edited) was originally published on SundayScaries.