Today is national Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Believe you me Fibromyalgia is definitely nothing to be celebrated, far from it! However I do agree with people becoming more aware, so I’m going to talk about Fibromyalgia and the Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid System is made up of cannabinoid receptors within your body that work much like the Internet, these receptors enable communication between your brain and the rest of you. When a person suffers from fibromyalgia these signals are changed and thus cause a person to experience extreme sensitivity to say pain. I’ll explain, You know when you get a charlie horse in your calf muscle, how everything has to come to a screeching halt because all that you are is that pain right then and there? Well Fibromyalgia is like that the symptoms eb and flow within you, sometimes your able to cope with a daily pain level of around 5 or 6 then there are the days when the pain smacks you upside the head and your having to function with pain at a 20+ on a 1-10 scale mind you.
What has been hypothesised is that when the already existing CBD in our bodies becomes depleted one could demonstrate a “Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency“ suggesting that Fibromyalgia may be a result of this deficiency. Fibromyalgia is more than just constant pain it creeps into every aspect of a person’s life.
The National Pain Foundation conducted a survey in 2014 of over 1,300 patients of these 30% of the respondents reported having used medical cannabis. More than 390 survey participants reported that cannabis was far more effective compared to FDA approved pharmaceuticals.
62% reported Cannabis “Very effective”
33% reported cannabis “Helped a little”
5% only said that cannabis “didn’t help at all”
A mere 8 – 10% reported meds like Cymbalta, Lyrica or Sevelle as being “Very effective”
60-68% responded that those drugs “didn’t help at all”
Now in the hierarchy of evidence production a survey is not weighted the same as a controlled trial, but lets also remember that these types of studies are far more difficult to conduct thanks to Big Pharma control over the DEA drug classification schedule. The pharmaceutical giants are afraid of Cannabis because of its relative safety profile and lack of unfavorable side effects often associated with taking FDA approved medications.
What do you think? Personally I have found that utilizing Cannabis as part of my treatment plan helps immensely. Have you used cannabis or CBD to help with your Fibromyalgia? talk to me about it in the comment section.