I received an email from a very nice lady named Amanda. She explained she suffers from fibromyalgia and wanted to share some information she has found helpful, the benefits of CBD oil. I am struggling to understand this oil myself, so I was thrilled to hear that she would write an informative post for me. I learned a lot, I hope you do too.
Thank you, Amanda!
Effects of CBD Oil for Fibromyalgia
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the various chemicals found in hemp and marijuana. In 2018, the Farm Bill relaxed regulations for hemp, which has caused the current CBD craze across the country. The legal definition of industrial hemp is cannabis with less than .3% delta-9 THC. THC is the chemical in marijuana that causes psychoactive effects. The THC levels in hemp are so low that people who use it recreationally or medically, do not experience the psychoactive effects of marijuana but do get to enjoy the benefits. In fact, CBD is very popular for those with chronic health issues. Recently, a new medication with CBD for seizures, Epidiolex, has become FDA-approved.
What are the Results?
Studies show that CBD may help those with seizures, anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and insomnia. In my personal experience, I have noticed improved mood and sleep. I also have less anxiety and chronic pain from using CBD products. Before I began taking CBD, I had regular nausea and decreased appetite as a side effect of medication. On some days, I would walk around the house doubled over and could barely get up to get myself a glass of water. CBD drastically improved my quality of life. My nausea is completely under control, and I’m able to do things I took for granted before, like driving, doing laundry, and taking my dogs for a walk.
Is It Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill relaxed the laws on industrial hemp as defined above. However, states have the ability to create or remove additional barriers to growing, transporting, and purchasing hemp. It’s important to know your state laws regarding hemp.
Where Do I Buy it?
CBD is becoming widely available across the country. News outlets are reporting that Target and Walmart are considering carrying CBD products. You can already find these products in Bed Bath & Beyond, health stores, specialty stores, and pharmacies. I highly recommend researching companies before making any CBD purchases. Look for companies that provide third-party lab reports and own their own farms or are willing to provide you with information about the farm. Some of my favorite companies for CBD products are Daddy Burt, Cascadia Blooms, and Apical Greens. CBD is not regulated by the FDA, and not all products are created equal, so it’s important to know what you’re putting in your body.
What are Some of the Concerns?
Since hemp-derived products do contain THC, you may fail a THC drug test after extended use. There are THC-free products available on the market. However, THC-free products aren’t as effective.
Studies show that CBD can increase liver enzymes, which can be problematic for those with hepatitis or liver damage. Always consult your doctor before adding any new supplement to your treatment plan.
The most common side effects of CBD are nausea, irritability, and fatigue. Considering these are all symptoms we experience directly or indirectly from Fibromyalgia, the side effects were negligible compared to the benefits for me personally.
Wrapping It Up
CBD has been effective for me and many others with chronic illness. It has many properties similar to medical marijuana, which has been effective in providing relief for fibromyalgia. There’s a chance that you are like me when I found CBD, desperate for any relief and improvement in the quality of life you could find. CBD might be exactly what you’re looking for.