CBD and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome of chronic pain, often associated with problems with sleep, mood issues [depression and anxiety], joint pain and muscle pain/stiffness. There is been no specific cause identified or any specific therapy for fibromyalgia. The prevalence of fibromyalgia is 2-8% of the entire population and the most common reason for generalized pain among working-age women worldwide.

CBD and Fibromyalgia
CBD and Fibromyalgia

Presently available treatments have notable limitations. This includes effectiveness, cost, tolerability, and side effects. Most treatment recommendations include anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, seizure medications, sleep medications all of which have issues with being tolerated by many patients. Side effects often include sedation, cardiac risks, weight gain, decreased sex drive. Even worse many patients take pain medications, such as opiates, which pose major risks of tolerance and dependence and addiction, with little evidence to suggest that opiate help with treating fibromyalgia.

Other therapies include behavioural therapies, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and exercise. All of which are good reasons, lower-risk options.

There is clinical evidence that CBD can help with reducing symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia and is well tolerated with minimal side effects. The clinical evidence shows that patients with Fibromyalgia had better outcomes in numerous measures; pain intensity, quality of life, perception of benefit from cannabis. Many studies, such as those referenced here, suggest the benefits of THC and CBD, but we recognize that many people cannot tolerate THC or may have limited access. The overall benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids can be summarized in the chart below.

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23203795/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6616435/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6616435/
health effects of Marijuana
health effects of Marijuana

This chart helps to show how CBD and other cannabinoids help with different symptoms; this includes THC and other cannabinoids. Fibromyalgia patients have achieved relief by managing different symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. This includes:

  • Sleep and insomnia- presently treated with sleep aids and antidepressants such as amitriptyline, Prozac, Zoloft. And Ambien.
  • Joint pain and stiffness- presently treated with Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naprosyn
  • Pain- presently treated with Opiates or seizure medications such as Topamax, Neurontin, or Lyrica.
  • Muscle pain and stiffness; Often treated with muscle relaxants such as Flexeril, Skelaxin, and Soma.

The problem with these options is that many of these medications are addictive, have risks of sedation and tolerance, and have adverse side effects, causing dizziness, weight gain, increasing fatigue.

CBD can help with all these symptoms. CBD has been used to help with sleep, pain, and inflammation. The chart above helps show the benefits of CBD.

The takeaway here is that CBD, such has Maxxam CBD tinctures, gummies, gel caps and topicals can help you manage your fibromyalgia symptoms. You might find that using different forms of delivery for different symptoms. Topicals may help with localized pain. Tinctures and gummies during the day, and formulations with higher CBG during the day and CBN at night. Let us help you discover what will work best for you. Please review our products and email or call for help. We are here to help you, not just sell you a product. We want to sell you a solution to your problems.

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