Top 5 CBD for Fibromyalgia
For people with fibromyalgia, a condition causing chronic pain and fatigue, CBD could potentially be a helpful tool in a list of treatment options, especially used in a number of ways.
While there’s no current cure for fibromyalgia, some lifestyle adjustments and self-care techniques may go a long way to alleviating symptoms of the condition. Using edible CBD, with topical creams, drinks, vapes, etc., CBD could be a part of an effective treatment strategy.
We’ve picked five CBD products that may be a good pick for people with fibromyalgia, and how you can use CBD for symptoms of this condition. However, you could pick similar strength products from any of our manufacturers, the key is to use CBD regularly, let it build and become part of your daily routine.
It also doesn’t have to be expensive, we have CDB to suit all budgets, the only thing we cannot control is the stronger the CBD content, it tends to increase the price.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical compound naturally found in cannabis.
Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t cause a feeling of being “high.”
Since late 2018, when the British Government legalised CBD as a health food supplement and sales across the country, the availability of CBD products has increased dramatically.
For decades, research into CBD and other cannabinoids has been limited because of these restrictions on hemp and cannabis in the UK. Research into CBD’s benefits is still relatively new, but studies done in the last few years show some interesting and promising results.
The results are especially true for issues like sleep, anxiety, pain, sports recovery and an overall feeling of wellness (see our blog on the Entourage Effect of CBD).
But as with many health and wellness products, the market for CBD was largely unregulated, until March 2021, when any edible or sublingual (under the tongue) CBD products sold in the UK, had to apply for a Novel Foods License and show their levels of compliance, health and safety, consistency of product and showing their products as overall safe for consumption.
Governance of CBD products, has now been shifted from being largely up to the manufacturers themselves, to adhering to strict criteria, making consumption a lot more measurable through Novel Food Licensing.
It is still extremely important that you do your own research before purchasing any CBD products and getting the right advice from healthcare professionals before embarking on your own CBD journey.
Understanding the markers of good CBD products can help you bypass inferior products and save money, however, Hemprove UK will only work with brands and products we like, who have their Novel Foods License in progress and have their own very high standards in terms of the products they produce.
Current fibromyalgia treatments
To look at CBD for fibromyalgia, let’s start with the basics of the condition and current medical treatments.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body. It can also cause:
Treatment focuses on easing or reducing symptoms and managing pain. These treatments include:
- medications, such as prescription and over-the-counter pain medications
- self-care strategies, including stress reduction and aerobic exercise
- lifestyle changes, such as adjustments to diet and sleep patterns
Can CBD help fibromyalgia?
Studies and Researcher have looked at cannabis as a possible treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms.
Several studies have examined the effect cannabis (THC strains and hemp plants) has on fibromyalgia broadly and on symptoms of the condition more specifically.
CBD can help fibromyalgia, but research includes other cannabinoids, too?
Most of the studies that have looked at managing fibromyalgia with cannabinoids have included THC in the dose. THC, or the active ingredient in cannabis that causes a “high,” this isn’t legal in the UK, so it cannot be replicated with the inclusion of THC, all CBD products in the UK must have less than 0.2% THC content, which means that the THC is so minimal it has no effect on the body at all.
Some studies have found that people with fibromyalgia experience some reduction in pain when taking CBD combined with THC.
CBD, like THC, interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a complex system responsible for signalling cells throughout the body.
Let’s quickly look at the endocannabinoid system (ECS):
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex cell-signalling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis.
Experts are still trying to fully understand the ECS. But so far, we know it plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including:
The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.
Research has linked the ECS to the following processes:
Now we know a bit more about how the ECS works it helps to understand how CBD can have an effect.
Cannabinoids like THC and CBD can interact with your ECS. When they do, research tells us the ECS sends out signals that work to decrease inflammation and reduce feelings of pain and discomfort. Both of these benefits could help people with fibromyalgia.
For that reason, it may be more beneficial to look at CBD usage as a way to help some symptoms of fibromyalgia instead of treating the whole condition broadly.
In that regard, we see a number of successful studies already.
Obviously we cannot know for sure as these studies included THC, but without that element, CBD has helped a lot of people in the UK in a number of ways. The good news is that most of these studies also reported few, if any, adverse effects or problems with CBD usage. That may be reason enough for people living with fibromyalgia to try out CBD and see whether it helps.
So here’s our top 5 recommendations to help with fibromyalgia:
1: Orange County CBD 1500mg Flavoured Tincture Oil
Price Range ££-£££
CBD Content 1500mg per 30ml
Our advice for a novice with CBD is to start slow and low in terms of dosage, 1500mg is a fairly strong CBD oil, build up your dosage as per the instructions, spread it out throughout the day, as you would your meals.
With flavoured tinctures, it takes away that “earthy” taste that some CBD oils can have and make them more pleasant to take.
2: Elixinol CBD Hemp Rescue Balm
Price Range £-££
CBD Content 100mg
Elixinol’s Hemp Rescue Balm is a firm Hemprove favourite, it’s great for aches and pains, applies easily, massage in and feel it do it’s work.
3: cbdMD 300mg CBD Gummies
Price Range £-££
CBD Content 300mg per pack of 30
Really tasty gummies, that you can take anywhere with you, enjoy as a top up or whenever the mood takes you, keep them next to the bed to help settle your mind and get more restful sleep.
4: CBD Infused Tea or Coffee
Price Range £-££
CBD Content from 5 – 500mg per bag/box
We can’t pick a favourite here, everyone is different, from good strong full bean hand roasted Artisan coffee’s to refreshing herbal teas, get the full “entourage effect” by adding CBD hot drinks into your daily routine.
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5: Naturecan 40% Broad Spectrum MCT Oil 30ml
Price Range ££££
CBD Content 12,000mg per 30ml
Certainly not for the beginner, but if you are really suffering and you want a natural boost to your pain management then this is one step off as strong as we go. This is one where you will either be an experienced CBD advocate or will want to build up to a max strength CBD product.
We love a lot more of our products and there are certainly alternatives to suit every budget, that will be effective towards many ailments. This is a selection of what we think would be a great starting point.
Also, don’t ignore having things like snacks on the go, chocolate, cookies, etc. or using CBD in cooking, or honey in porridge.
CBD Oil For Fibromyalgia
Honest Advice from a Fibro Warrior
W e often get asked about using CBD for Fibromyalgia. It’s no secret that we worked closely with a local Fibromyalgia support group to develop our CBD product range and regularly attend talks about treatment for Fibromyalgia and Arthritis amongst other conditions. There’s a lot of studies, reviews and word of mouth that supports the effectiveness of CBD when utilized correctly. We regularly have enquiries as a customers research suggests that CBD may be beneficial to them.
More often than not they’re researching migraines with fibromyalgia, anti-inflammatory attributes of CBD, CBD Oils for Fibromyalgia symptoms and whether it can help with pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, we’re restricted in terms of discussing any medicinal benefits of CBD as sellers in the UK, unlike the US which has different state laws, FDA approved options and wherein many states the cannabis plant is legal to grow and purchase.
Although we can talk to you in-depth about whether CBD is legal, provide research on CBD, explain the differences between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), what ‘Hemp-Derived CBD’ means in contrast to medical cannabis/medical marijuana and how the different delivery methods work. We can’t go as far as directly talking about benefits past its ability to ‘Maintain your health’.
As we regularly get questions about CBD for Fibromyalgia, we thought it was best to be able to refer these on to a first-hand account from someone who was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago and has had great success in managing her symptoms with a few different approaches.
As much as we have learned a great deal from attending support groups, we hoped hearing a first-hand account from someone experienced with Fibromyalgia would be more relatable for those of you coming here to learn more about it.
The views and opinions in the following interview are by a third party not by Infinity CBD and we do not validate any medical claims that may be present in this article. Everyone’s experiences are different with CBD let alone Fibro, however with first-hand experience and tips, being more informed about where to start will hopefully be beneficial to you trying CBD for the first time.
Fibro Warrior Interview
So without further ado, introducing Chisel, the founder of the Dyfed Fibromyalgia Support Group!
Hi Chisel, introduce yourself to our readers and let them know your Fibro story!
“Hi, my name is Chisel, I’m 50yrs old and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and M.E 10yrs ago. Here is a short account of how I got here today med free and able to better manage my pain & illness.
When I was first told I had fibromyalgia in 2010. It was, at best good news and bad. Good in finally after years of suffering so much pain I finally had an answer, the bad news is there wasn’t a lot I could do about it.
Doctors knew very little about it, some didn’t even believe it existed, told me I was lazy, or it’s a women thing, I’m overweight or just plain imagining it. Feeling very alone and getting worse I sank into anxiety and depression which led to panic attacks and more pain, I become all but bedridden from the pain and constant fatigue, I couldn’t work so I had to give it up.
This went on for over 2yrs, got no help/ empathy or constructive advice from many medical professionals, they just gave me more meds that were having little or no effect, or worse the side effects were making me worse or like a zombie. Finally, I decided enough was enough I was coming off my meds and would find alternative pain management. So I decided I would try to find out as much information about what fibromyalgia was, and how to help myself improve.
Using my background in holistic therapies, nutrition, and aromatherapy I studied all I could find out about fibromyalgia. Looking at all the alternatives to help me heal, or at least improve my symptoms, for which there are many, 200 plus as I have found out.
It took me over 7 years studying to find out all I could about fibro, lots of trial and error testing or trying out new foods, natural therapies, natural pain relief, exercise or other ways to help, there were a lot of fails but some wins where I could get to where I am today.
Yet I’m still studying and looking for new results in research regularly. Today I have a strong understanding of fibromyalgia and chronic pain and for the last 18+ months I have been sharing my knowledge and findings with others in form of starting a support group online and doing workshops, meets, and hydrotherapy sessions in West Wales.
Although there is no cure, I have found ways to lessen the effects of fibromyalgia symptoms and pain in myself and am now meds free and only using natural pain relief and therapies to manage my illness. Enter my amazing find on the effects of CBD…”
There are risks of addiction and other side effects from prescribed medications for Fibro, have you done your research?
Has CBD helped with managing your fibromyalgia and how did you first learn about CBD and decide to try to use it to help with your Fibromyalgia?
“During my years of research, I found a lot of mentions about CBD oil and its amazing effects on pain relief. So I started looking into it, the information was varied and bit confusing but found a lot of positive testimonials, so I looked into obtaining some. The strengths and types were very confusing, so I asked a friend that had used it to get me some.
OMG the difference it made after a few days! I slept better my head was clearer and after a couple of weeks. I found my anxiety improving and I was starting to feel my old self again and pain felt lessened! I was so happy!
But after I could no longer get any from that supplier I tried elsewhere, this is where I learned that not all CBD is the same and varies vastly in cost and purity as I found out from the many different brands I tried. As I couldn’t find any real knowledgeable information I found that a lot of CBD was useless for my fibromyalgia as it was too low quality or extremely expensive with no guarantee of its effectiveness.
Then I met the lovely Rowan when I walked into the Pembrokeshire CBD Centre store in Haverfordwest, which had newly opened. What I found was not only the best quality CBD that works amazingly but an extremely knowledgeable man in all there is to know about CBD, he helped find me the right CBD Oil and CBD products he thought could help with my Fibro pain and educated me in what CBD is, how it helps, how its made etc.
I came out feeling I finally had some useful knowledge to help me manage my pain and feedback to forward to my Fibro support group. I have since met the rest of the team at Infinity CBD and they all know their stuff and are a great bunch of people always ready to help or provide information on CBD products.
This is why I then asked them to help my support group by doing information talks at my workshops which they gladly did and in turn, we have been able to help them understand and raise awareness into what fibromyalgia is and how it affects us. That information gained from talking to my members and other sufferers of fibromyalgia has been used to tailor-make products that help those with chronic pain & fibromyalgia.
Thanks guys your defo my life saver and to many others on my group. ”