Fibromyalgia Research UK
Making sure no one has to manage Fibromyalgia alone
Can CBD help Fibromyalgia
Anyone suffering from fibromyalgia will tell you it can be devastating. On some days, simple chores like doing laundry or making breakfast can be exhausting, if not downright impossible.
“There used to be days that I didn’t feel like I could get through the day. I just wanted to cry and go back to bed.”
Commonly characterized as a chronic pain condition, a growing body of evidence suggests that fibromyalgia is a complex neurological disorder, but still currently diagnossed through a Rheumatologist. Beyond chronic pain affecting muscles and connective tissue, sufferers often complain of joint stiffness, chronic fatigue, insomnia, general weakness, headaches, digestive issues, anxiety, and cognitive issues (e.g., “fibro fog”).
CBD can also help the effects of CIVID 19.
Can CBD be Used as Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
Its hard to treat and impossible disease with no cure, many sufferers are curious about whether cannabis oil can help treat their discomfort.
CBD oil can help treat the pain and help you relax. some people say CBD helps them focus abit more and think more clearly.
there are also different types of CBD ranging from edibles to vaping to patches to orally.
CBD for Treating Fibromyalgia vs. Prescription Drugs
A survey in 2014 of over 1,300 patients. Remarkably, nearly a third — 30 percent of respondents — reported having used medical cannabis.
62% reported cannabis as “very effective” in treating their symptoms
33% reported that cannabis “helped a little”
Only 5% said it did not help at all
Contrast these results to FDA-approved medications:
A mere 8 – 10% reported Cymbalta, Lyrica, or Savella as “very effective”
60 – 68% responded those drugs “[did] not help at all”
No wonder “big pharma” is scared of cannabis! In the hierarchy of evidence, a survey is not weighted the same as a random-controlled trial. However, given the relative safety profile of cannabis and absence of adverse side effects compared to approved medications.
This is a grest alternative for sufferers that are allergic to medications.
Can CBD help Long Covid?
The short answer is yes it can, but not all symptoms can be helped with CBD.
What is long COVID?
Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if they didn’t experience any symptoms of the illness.
The most common persistent symptom was fatigue, followed by dyspnea, joint pain, and chest pain. Of concern, nearly half of patients reported “worsened quality of life” even 2-3 months after battling the disease.
The five most common symptoms suffered by COVID long haulers were listed as: fatigue, headache, difficulty concentrating, hair loss, and difficulty breathing.
What are the symptoms of long COVID?
The symptoms of long COVID as:
Tiredness or fatigue
Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
Loss of smell or taste
Dizziness on standing
Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Joint or muscle pain
Depression or anxiety
Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities
Because COVID is still so new, there are no studies in humans showing the utility cannabis to treat COVID or alleviate the symptoms of long COVID. And while not all of these symptoms can be treated with cannabis, here is what the research can tell us about the effectiveness of medical cannabis in treating four of the most common symptoms of long COVID.
Headaches can be a symptom of COVID-19 and they can linger for many months for COVID-19 long haulers. The headaches have been described as episodic or an all-day “daily persistent headache.”
Cannabis has long been used as a treatment for all types of headaches and migraines, and was “highly esteemed as a headache remedy” by prominent physicians as far back as the 19th century.
Some clinical research has suggested that cannabis can be effective in treating cluster headaches and migraines, including a 2016 study that found that with daily cannabis use, migraine frequency decreased from 10.4 to 4.6 episodes per month.
A review published in 2015 found that the existing research “suggests a role for medicinal cbd in several types of headache didsocreders including migraine and cluster headache.”
Joint and muscle pain and a general soreness in many parts of the body is a common symptom reported by people with long COVID.
Chronic pain is one of the most common medical conditions patients treat with cbd.
CBD for Fibromyalgia
I believe CBD has less side effects than medications for Fibromyalgia. CBD is natural and very helpful, but like anything CBD will help some people and not others but then you have to try different products and see what helps you.
Pharmaceutical's can cause dizziness, IBS and other nasty symptoms, wouldn't you prefer to manage your symptoms naturally?