What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a neurological disorder that is characterized by widespread pain and sensitivity to touch (tenderness). It is accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The sensation of pain can move around the body and is experienced as episodes. It is believed that fibromyalgia causes pain by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. In simple words, the sensation of pain that the central nervous system processes is amplified up too high. Fibromyalgia can also cause a “fibro fog”, a symptom when the ability to focus and concentrate on mental tasks is impaired.

It is unclear what exactly causes fibromyalgia. Studies suggest that it may be related to clinical endocannabinoid deficiency. It runs in families, suggesting genetic predisposition, but genes alone do not cause the disorder. Fibromyalgia can be triggered, but not caused by arthritis, emotional stress, physical stress, spine problems and traumatic events.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia. However, non-drug and medication-based treatments based on symptomatic relief are available.

How can CBD help with Fibromyalgia?

Several studies suggested that deficiency of natural endocannabinoids might be the root of chronic pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia and migraines. CBD mimics natural endocannabinoids and can be effective in reducing pain.

The mechanism of action of CBD is not yet understood, but it may be related to its anti-inflammatory effects or interaction with endocannabinoid receptors in the nervous system. It is also not known why CBD is effective for some people and not for others.

Some research indicates that CBD works most effectively when combined with medical marijuana. Other research is available on how other cannabinoids affect fibromyalgia. We are following ongoing research and will upload news on the effects of CBD and other cannabinoids on fibromyalgia.

You can read a few published studies on how CBD and other cannabinoids affect fibromyalgia at the following links:

Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered.

Clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD).

A tale of two cannabinoids: The therapeutic rationale for combining tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol.

Cannabis Use in Patients with Fibromyalgia: Effect on Symptoms Relief and Health-Related Quality of Life.

Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain.


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