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cbd and fibromyalgia

CBD oil is used in various ways. You can smoke it, swallow capsules, use it under the tongue, in spray or drop form, and topically.

Still, a lot of people don’t really understand what CBD oil is or how it works, and it tends to be wrapped up in the controversy over medical marijuana. That can make people hesitant to try it. There’s also a lot of confusion over whether it’s legal—but there are also some positive changes on that subject.

Research for Fibromyalgia

David Ozeri, MD, is a board-certified rheumatologist from Tel Aviv, Israel specializing in arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and biologic therapies.

In states where marijuana and/or CBD is legal, there’s no longer a clash between state and federal law. That’s a win for those wanting to take CBD products medicinally.

Enter the 2018 Farm Bill. This piece of legislation was wildly popular in both the Senate, where it was passed in June of 2018, and the House, where it was passed in December of 2018   and signed into law soon after. It re-classified hemp as a legal agricultural product, which makes CBD products legal at the federal level.

Ask your doctor about using CBD to avoid negative interactions with your current medications.

Cannabidiol is a compound derived from marijuana. CBD can’t get you high, as it doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) like marijuana. Only a small percentage of people feel euphoric effects similar to those of marijuana.

It’s safer to buy CBD (and really any medication) in-store. In-store grocers typically have an investigative process implemented. Still, you should research the company you’re going to get the CBD from.

Legality

THC causes negative mood changes such as anxiety and paranoia. CBD reduces these effects.

More research is needed to understand the effectiveness of CBD on FM. While some studies support CBD, others do not. The results are mixed because it’s difficult to control every variable.

Many CBD oil users have reported relief of pain, insomnia, muscle tension, and anxiety. These are all FM symptoms.

Engage in exercise that’s regular and at least three hours before bed. Set a schedule and use a timer.

Fibromyalgia is one of many chronic pain conditions that remains stubbornly difficult to treat.

Clinically, opening up lines of discussion around CBD use for chronic pain is imperative, said Boehnke, for medication safety reasons as well as for “enhancing the therapeutic alliance and improving patient care.”

Previous research shows that some people substitute medical cannabis (often with high concentrations of THC) for opioids and other pain medications, reporting that cannabis provides better pain relief and fewer side effects. However, there is far less data on CBD use.

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the second most common cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, and has been marketed for everything from mood stabilization to pain relief, without the intoxicating effects produced by the most common cannabinoid, THC. THC, which stands for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the ingredient in marijuana that causes people to feel high.

The team noted that much of the widespread use of CBD is occurring without physician guidance and in the absence of relevant clinical trials. “Even with that lack of evidence, people are using CBD, substituting it for medication and doing so saying it’s less harmful and more effective,” he said.