Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic syndrome that causes bodily pain and mental distress.
Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be confused with those of arthritis, or joint inflammation. However, unlike arthritis, it has not been found to cause joint or muscle inflammation and damage. It is seen as a rheumatic condition, in other words, one that causes soft tissue pain or myofascial pain.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), around 5 million adults aged 18 years or over in the United States experience fibromyalgia, and 80 to 90 percent of fibromyalgia patients are women.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an active compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not intoxicating but may cause some drowsiness. The CBD in most products is extracted from hemp, a variety of cannabis that has only traces (up to 0.3%) of THC, the active compound that gets people high.
Does CBD work for arthritis?
Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, but these effects have not been validated in quality studies in humans. Anecdotally, some people with arthritis who have tried CBD, but not all, report noticeable pain relief, sleep improvement and/or anxiety reduction.
Is CBD safe to use?
Research evaluating the safety of CBD is underway. At this point very little is known. So far, no serious safety concerns have been associated with moderate doses.
Are CBD products legal?
CBD products derived from hemp are no longer considered Schedule I drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act. There are changes underway on federal and state levels that will ultimately clarify the laws and regulations related to CBD-based products and sales. Despite that, they’re widely available in nearly every state and online. People who want to use CBD should check their state laws.
Around the world people suffer from addiction, every day and the opioid epidemic continues to drive addiction and take lives. In the 1990’s pharmaceutical companies said there was no risk of addiction. That was a lie. Now only several decades later, millions of people worldwide are painfully addicted to opiates. The death toll is somewhere around 70,000.
WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE THERE?
It’s really unfortunate, fibromyalgia sufferers aren’t immune to the temptation of opioid addiction. Fibromyalgia is an extremely difficult condition to treat and the typical methods involve an opiate prescription. So many patients end up in addiction without good alternatives. The question is always the same for most dealing with unrelenting pain and fatigue, “what other options are there?”.
CBD, might be the answer most are looking for.
NUMBERS DON’T LIE
About 900 people participated in the survey with over 72% choosing CBD over prescription alternatives. Roughly 53% of the people surveyed were able to replace opioids with CBD and more than 23% chose CBD in replacement of benzodiazepines.
94% STOP USING MEDS
Most of the patients said they wanted to try CBD over opioids since it produced fewer side effects. The researchers found that about 94% of the patients that replaced their meds with CBD, either stopped or reduced their original medications.