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How Cannabis Helps Treat Fibromyalgia Symptoms


Fibromyalgia is a qualifying condition in most states where medical cannabis is legal. It is a chronic disease that has no cure, but is treatable. Sometimes, the pain of fibromyalgia can be debilitating, as it is a hard-to-treat ailment. Calming the nerves and managing the pain of fibromyalgia are two important components to tackle to return some of your quality of life back to you.

Reduced Inflammation

Inflammation of the joints, especially in areas around nerve groups, causes pain. This is similar to what arthritis sufferers experience, but on a magnified level. Medical cannabis, especially cannabidiol (CBD) is ideal for reducing inflammation.

Severe pain caused from inflammation can cause nausea as well. CBD products assist with inflammation reduction and nausea relief. CBD only products may not solve all of your issues with fibromyalgia, but are non-psychoactive so that you are able to work your regular schedule while taking care of your health condition.

Calming of Irritated Nerves

Agitated nerves are a lot of the issue with fibromyalgia and it is not always a case of a centralized issue. Most fibromyalgia pain is random, widespread and nearly impossible to seclude to one area of the body. Nerve pain is intense and prescription painkillers or other prescription medications may only be turning your brain off and not actually treating the nerves. The ideal way to treat nerve pain is with an anti-inflammatory.

In combination with pain induced nausea, stomaching anti-inflammatory medications may not be an option. In this case, medical cannabis can help treat both issues. Consider high CBD strains first, as these will keep you level-headed. If this does not provide the relief that you require, use strains for fibromyalgia, pain relief, spasm relief and nausea that contain higher percentages of THC to combat the pain.

Pain Reduction

Most of the pain associated with fibromyalgia is nerve pain. Calming the nerves is ideal. For this, you can use a topical salve, balm or cream that contains CBD and essential oils. You will notice some relief within a few minutes of applying a topical product. Medical cannabis bath beads and bath salts are also available in some areas. Soaking in a hot tub of water with the addition of a medical cannabis product can help soothe your entire body and reduce pain.

Energy Boost

Fibromyalgia is known for making sufferers feel exhausted for no reason. The number of hours slept daily can increase, for no reason. For this issue, consider medical cannabis sativas. Sativas are daytime medicines that aid in focus and energy production. There are some really great sativa strains, such as Kaboom as an example, that are great for pain relief. You can, of course, use a sativa dominant hybrid strain during the day to help give you a little more energy and fight the pain at the same time.

Final Thoughts

The use of medical cannabis for treating fibromyalgia symptoms can help regulate your internal endocannabinoid system. When your endocannabinoid system malfunctions, it throws your entire body off-kilter. Some fibromyalgia patients are able to sleep longer and better by consuming an edible before bed. The compounds of THC and CBD release as your body digests the edible, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep. Smoking or vaporizing medical cannabis products provides almost instant relief, with some strains providing relief within just 5 to 10 minutes.

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