Fibromyalgia is one of the most common conditions that we hear about from our Plants Not Pills CBD clients. As we move into a new year, we examine the causes and symptoms of this painful disorder as well as how fibromyalgia symptoms may be alleviated through Plants Not Pills’ organic cannabidiol (CBD) products.
What is Fibromyalgia?
According to the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association (AFSA), fibromyalgia is a disorder that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. The condition is defined by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain and extreme sensitivity in muscles, ligaments and tendons.
In addition to excruciating pain, the condition can cause fatigue and depression. Sufferers of fibromyalgia tend to have higher incidences of tension headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome and other gastro intestinal disorders.
Unlike arthritis, which Fibromyalgia symptoms are often mistaken for, Fibromyalgia is not considered an inflammatory disease, but rather a disorder of the central nervous system. For fibromyalgia sufferers, pain is amplified as the central nervous system is compromised in its ability to mitigate pain signals from the brain to the nerves.
Several factors are known to contribute to the condition, including severe emotional or physical trauma, Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) and genetics.
Cannabinoid Therapy and Fibromyalgia
THC has been shown effective at lowering pain thresholds by helping controlling spasticity of muscles, decreasing the prostaglandins overproduction associated with headache and migraines associated with fibromyalgia and also in preventing other acute pain and chronic pain conditions (Jensen, Chen, Furnish & Wallace, 2015) (Baron, 2015). The effect of THC is mainly due to the sensitisation of the µ1 receptor enhancing endorphins by lowering the stimulation threshold of the neurones (Jensen, Chen, Furnish & Wallace, 2015). Cannabidiol (CBD), acts both by stimulating the interneurons in the posterior horn of the spinal cord involved in the inhibition of the pain signal going up the thalamus and by decreasing the inflammation of affected tissues (Baron, 2015).
THC can help reduce abdominal pain, nausea and diarrhea associated with inflammatory bowel disease (Ravikoff, et al., 2013). Laboratory studies have demonstrated that CBC reduces inflammation of the gastrointestinal system in mice, suggesting that it may assist in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (Izzo, et al., 2012).
Plants Not Pills CBD
Among clients using Plants Not Pills CBD products to treat symptoms related to fibromyalgia, Plants Not Pills CBD full spectrum products are extremely popular. With less than 0.3% THC, Plants Not Pills’ Revive tinctures in both 1200 mg and 2400 mg quantities are praised for their reported pain relieving properties as well as their ability to calm digestive issues experienced by many fibromyalgia sufferers. In addition to daily use of CBD tinctures, clients have found relief with topical creams, specifically Plants Not Pills’ THC Free muscle pain gel in an airless pump format. With its combination of healing herbs and organically cultivated CBD, clients report a noticeable improvement in muscle and joint pain.