How can CBD help with Fibromyalgia?


Fibromyalgia is a condition which is misunderstood due to the number of problems and the severity of pain caused.

As fibromyalgia is a very complex condition, rather than treating the condition as a whole, CBD has shown to have helped relieve the conditions and symptoms that result from fibromyalgia.  

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which causes pain all over the body. The condition is more common in women than men.

As well as widespread pain people with fibromyalgia experience other psychical and mental symptoms such as:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Problems with mental processes such as memory and concentration
  • Digestive problems

The exact cause for fibromyalgia is unknown, but it is thought to be related to abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and changes in the way the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) process pain messages carried around the body.

In many cases, the condition appears to be triggered by emotional or psychical trauma.

Actor Morgan Freeman famously uses CBD oil to treat his fibromyalgia which he developed after he was in a fatal car accident.

How can CBD help fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia also involves endocannabinoid deficiency, which is the system that deals with your body's natural endocannabinoids as well as cannabinoids from CBD products that you may take in.

CBD helps to regulate the bodies endocannabinoid system and therefore, makes cannabis products a promising treatment for fibromyalgia.

Here’s how CBD can help symptoms of fibromyalgia:

Pain reduction

As stated above, fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disease as CBD has shown to reduce pain from many conditions. It is used to reduce pain, inflammation and overall discomfort related to a variety of health conditions, in both humans and dogs.

Many pet owners with dogs who suffer from arthritis use CBD to successfully help reduce their pets’ pain and inflammation. 

Researchers think that CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond. This creates anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects that help with pain management.

CBD is a natural anti – inflammatory and although fibromyalgia is not currently seen as an anti-inflammatory disorder, many suffers do experience inflammatory pain and studies have shown that inflammation of the brain may be present.

Insomnia                  

People who experience insomnia with fibromyalgia are known to have increased symptoms if they do not sleep.

The exact cause of insomnia is unknown, however a prime candidate is neurotransmitter serotonin, which plays an important role in regulating the sleep cycle, and is deficient in many cases of fibromyalgia. The most common treatments for fibromyalgia involve increasing the amount of serotonin that's available to your brain.

CBD has shown to increase the amount of serotonin in people with depression

Depression/low moods

As with any chronic illness, with fibromyalgia can come feelings of low mood and for some sufferers can even trigger symptoms of depression.

CBD can have the same effects as medication that increase serotonin signals to the brain. CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A, a specific receptor of serotonin and boosts signalling through serotonin receptors.

As mentioned earlier, it has been said that fibromyalgia can be triggered by highly traumatic and/or stressful events in one’s life. Therefore, CBD could also help suffers manage their mental health due to these.

It has been said that the number of people using CBD to manage their stress and anxiety has almost doubled in the past year due to people wanting to take the more natural route.

Digestive problems

IBS is a common symptom that occurs with fibromyalgia. CBD has shown to help a range of digestive problems including IBS, a common problem for many fibromyalgia sufferers.

CBD works as an anti-spasmodic that also produces calming effects. It works by interacting with cannabinoid receptors within the digestive track. This interaction reduces spasms and pain, providing a calming effect in the gut area.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and are currently taking high dose medication for this, we would recommend consulting your GP before taking any CBD products.