CBD products are increasingly being recognised as effective pain relievers for a range of disorders; and showing some promise in helping combat the chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia affects around three to six per cent of the population, causing chronic pain across the body, as well as contributing to sleep, memory and mood problems. Such symptoms can be caused by a trauma or infection, or develop slowly over time.
The majority of people with fibromyalgia are women and currently there is no known cure.
With the positive strides being made in the medicinal cannabis industry, however, there is a growing amount of research into the idea of using CBD to treat fibromyalgia.
Studies into the condition show that it impacts on how your brain and spinal cord receive pain signals and amplify them all over the body.
Those who suffer from it can, therefore, often struggle to relax and can be in constant pain.
This is where CBD can help, by acting as a pain reliever and helping to prevent muscle stiffness.
While there is a growing body of research into how CBD can relieve pain, there are only a handful of studies which specifically relate to treating fibromyalgia.
Among them is a study from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
Researchers gave 20 patients with fibromyalgia different types of medical cannabis which had varying levels of CBD and THC.
The results showed that Bediol, which is high in both CBD and THC, reduced pain in most subjects significantly.
It also helped treat the mental symptoms; but researchers were not able to conclude if it was the CBD or the THC which was causing this relief.
Further studies from both Spain and Israel have shown that taking cannabis and cannabis related medicines reduce pain, but again these pieces of research were not able to isolate which compound was causing these effects.
One possible theory is that the mix of both these chemicals is causing the pain relief, but much more research needs to be done before this can be concluded.
Overall, it is clear there are some positive effects when it comes to using CBD to treat fibromyalgia, especially when it comes to reducing the amount of pain felt by each patient.
However, research into this area is minimal. Commonly fibromyalgia is treated using drugs such as painkillers or antidepressants, as well as various exercise programmes and relaxation techniques.
So, it is yet to be seen if using CBD is a better alternative to these therapies. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that it indeed can be for certain people.