How To Use CBD for Fibromyalgia

How To Use CBD for Fibromyalgia

People suffering from fibromyalgia are finding that cannabis works for treating their symptoms, often with less negative side effects than prescription medications.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by symptoms of chronic pain, insomnia, migraines, fatigue, joint pain, and irritable bowel issues.

People with fibromyalgia suffer from an increased sensitivity to pain. 

This is thought to be caused by an abnormal functioning of pain signals in the central nervous system.

Commonly used treatments for fibromyalgia are pain relievers like NSAIDs and opioids, muscle relaxants, and sleep aids.

Some patients are instead opting for CBD and THC products to treat their fibromyalgia. 

They are finding that cannabis products are safer and have fewer side effects than the prescription medications they were previously using.

Why does CBD work for fibromyalgia?

While more data is needed to confirm this theory, it is thought that fibromyalgia is one of the conditions caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency or dysregulation.

An endocannabinoid deficiency/dysregulation is when a person has a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system. 

This results from having abnormal levels of endocannabinoids.

If a person's body doesn't produce a sufficient amount of endocannabinoids, they will be more sensitive to pain.

Endocannabinoids are neuro-modulators and they regulate our perception of pain.

Without a sufficient supply of endocannabinoids, the endocannabinoid system cannot properly do its job of maintaining balance in the body — and thus people with fibromyalgia experience more pain than what is usual.

CBD can potentially help our endocannabinoid system. CBD interferes with the body's natural process of breaking down endocannabinoids. 

This is a good thing – supplementing with CBD can increase our levels of endocannabinoids and take care of the deficiency a person may have.

What are the effects of using CBD for fibromyalgia? fibromyalgia CBD

People using cannabis medicine for fibromyalgia are reporting the following benefits:

What are the side effects of using CBD for fibromyalgia?

Generally, CBD has few side effects.

However, it can be sedating for some people, especially if it is used in high doses.

Some people have reported upset stomach and diarrhea to be additional side effects.

Always start with a low dose if you are new to CBD and work your way up.

It's a good idea to take CBD the first few times in the comfort of your home, when you do not have to drive, in case you do experience some negative side effects.

How should I use CBD for fibromyalgia? sublingual tinctures

People with fibromyalgia symptoms are finding the best delivery methods to be vaporizing or sublingual tinctures because of the speed of the effects from these methods.

CBD dominant products, THC dominant products, and a combination of CBD/THC products are all useful for helping with fibromyalgia.

When used in combination, THC and CBD have been found to be particularly effective for pain relief.

If you are completely new to using cannabis, it's always best to start with a CBD dominant product as it will be non-intoxicating and less likely to cause side effects.

5 – 10 mg of CBD is a good, low dose to start with.

Increase the dose as needed until you reach the desired effect.

Always speak with a doctor before using CBD, especially if you already take other medications. CBD can cause drug interactions.

What terpenes are good for helping with fibromyalgia?

The properties of certain terpenes are useful for helping with fibromyalgia symptoms.

These terpenes work synergistically with CBD. Try to find products with lab results that show higher amounts of these terpenes:

What does the research have to say about cannabinoids and fibromyalgia?

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  • Anita jovcevski says:

    How do you use cbd oil for fibro. The person dies not want to be high. New to cannibus

  • Hey Anita, thanks for your question. There are many great forums out there on fibro and specifically using cbd oil for fibro. I would recommend those as a good place to start. Reddit also has a great CBD community. A common starter dose that people like to start with for CBD oil is 5 to 10 mg CBD. If you want to avoid the high, make sure to use THC free CBD products 🙂 I hope this helps!

  • Sheila says:

    Can I take painkillers-Codeine /Paracetamol
    When using CBD Capsules?

  • Hey Sheila. Thanks for your question. Please OK it with your doctor or pharmacist first. Many people take CBD alongside their Rx painkillers to help them decrease their dose of Rx painkillers and the side effects that come with them. Some people are even able to successfully discontinue all use of Rx painkillers and replace them with only CBD. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions I can help you with 🙂

  • Rens says:

    I have just started taking CBD oil for Fibromyalgia, I also suffer from depression and BPD, so I am hoping this will be an all-round treatment.

    I bought the strength of 50mg/1000mg, as I wasn’t sure what strength to buy. I’ve started with 2 drops.

    Should I take it PRN?

  • Hey Rens. Thanks for your question. When you say PRN, you mean as necessary, correct?

  • Eithne says:

    Try question can I purchase CBD oil in Ireland
    As I am desperate for relief from my fibro psin

  • Hello Eithne. Thanks for your question. I’m sorry to hear about the fibro pain. I know how hard that can be. As far as laws in Ireland, it’s always best to check with a legal expert in your area. However as far as I can tell CBD (not THC) hemp oil is okay. But I’m not a lawyer so that’s not legal advice. Let me know please if you have more questions and I will do my best to help 🙂

  • Eithne O Reilly says:

    How do you take CBD oil as I have trie everything else even LDN over the the last four years with no effect

  • Hey Eithne. Thanks for your question. There are many different ways to take CBD (tincture, capsules, topicals, and vaping). Do you have some specific questions I can help you with? I cannot provide medical advice. Please speak with your doctor.

  • Gail Conroy says:

    I just purchased the CBD capsules…..10 (g)….60 capsules in each bottle. I have tried pretty well everything out there even the cannabis oil to no avail. I just an hour ago took one capsule. So far no change in my pain, still very severe. I will write later to tell you the more longterm results. I am at my wit’s end with fibro.

  • Hi Gail. Sorry to hear about the pain and fibro. I wish you the best of luck in getting it resolved.

  • sam herrett says:

    I am coming off opiates I am using 30mg cbd a day is it worth titrating up

  • Hi Sam. Thanks for your question.

    First, please speak to your doctor about using CBD. It’s important to be aware of any possible negative drug interactions.

    After, if you feel comfortable titrating the dose, do so carefully and gradually. Each time you titrate up, carefully observe the effects or any side effects (if any) you experience before increasing the dose again. Hope that helps. Let us know any other questions you may have 🙂

  • Milagros Pacheco says:

    What cbd is good, where to buy it?, ihave been suffering from fibromyalgia for almost 10 years, u have try morphine, percocet, fentanyl 75 mg,you name it, i try cbd but doesn’t help me, please help

  • Hi Milagros. Sorry to hear CBD did not work for you. It does not always work for everyone unfortunately. What kind did you try? We may be able to suggest a different one to try.

  • Tina says:

    Hi there, what brand of cbd oil do you suggest please?

  • M Rose says:

    I am starting with 5mg to start as suggested. I know this will take time. I wish to reduce or get rid of the multiple medications I am on. Sadly the medications are paid for and CBD is not. Hopefully, that will change in time. All new medications or treatments need a good amount of time to truly judge whether they help. I have had my share of treatments in my 61 yrs.

  • Hi and thanks very much for commenting. This article is dated and we were going with the best dosing recommendations we had at the time of publication. Please do take that into consideration.

    A lot of progress has happened in the CBD space in terms of “best dosing” since the publication of this article.

    We recommend looking into other resources, especially ones focused on your specific problems. The best ones will likely be from people who have fibromyalgia and what products/dosing worked best for them.

    Thanks and let us know if you have any non-medical questions. We’ll do our best to help 🙂

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