Cannabidiol, which is also known as CBD, is a compound that is been derived from marijuana plants. This is not a psychoactive compound, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), which is the other byproduct of cannabis.
The use of CBD is beneficial in activating the serotonin receptors of the body. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the temperature of the body, perception of the pain, and reducing the inflammation. Several recent studies related to CBD have also shown that it is widely beneficial in easing the symptoms of depression as well as in preventing the symptoms of psychosis.
These benefits of CBD are what make it be chosen as an alternative option for the treatment of fibromyalgia.
CBD- Related Researches for Treating Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes severe musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, insomnia, and also cognitive issues. This disorder mostly affects women and there is no cure for this to date. However, there are many options available in the healthcare industry for its treatment, especially for managing the pain associated with the disorder.
CBD products have been widely used in easing the symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation in the body. It is regarded as an alternative to opioid prescriptions which often have many side effects like addiction.
An Israeli Study on CBD and Fibromyalgia
In a study conducted in Israel, hundreds of people who were suffering from fibromyalgia were observed for six months. It was observed that eighty-two percent of the participants were women.
The participants of the study were given guidance on the delivery methods and dosages by nurses before consuming cannabis. The participants started by taking low dosages of marijuana; the dosage of the cannabis was increased throughout the study.
The dosage of cannabis approved by the median was 670 mg daily in the beginning, and it was raised to 1000 mg a day after six months. The dosage of THC for the participants was 140 mg a day and for CBD, it was 39 mg a day.
This study always had limitations – they were able to follow up only seventy percent of the participants; in addition to that, using different strains has made it very difficult for comparing the effects of THC-rich and CBD-rich strains.
However, it was concluded from the research that medical marijuana was an effective and safe option for treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia. By the end of the study, only seven percent of the total participants reported pain at high levels.