CBD’s Role In Reducing Pain and Inflammation
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.
Other symptoms include anxiety and depression as well. Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans 18 or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.
Historically, fibromyalgia was a diagnosis that was given when it wasn’t clear what the true diagnosis was. In fact, a lot of doctors didn’t believe in the diagnosis as a true diagnosis; it was more a diagnosis of “we don’t know what is going on, so this is probably what is causing your pain.” It is now, over time and mainly through a lot of research, that we are beginning to understand what fibromyalgia is, the reason that it happens, and really the pathophysiology that is involved in it and it is that understanding that helps us treat the fibromyalgia.
This is where CBD oil comes into play. Reducing pain and inflammation are two of the more accepted therapeutic benefits of CBD. However, to really grasp why CBD is causing such as ripple of excitement we must look towards the body’s endocannabinoid system, the homeostatic regulator that keeps us in balance, according to ENDOCA.com.
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a complex network of receptors and cannabis-like chemicals that when functioning optimally regulate sleep, pain and inflammation, appetite, our immune system, mood, and reproduction. It’s been likened to a dimmer switch, upregulating and downregulating the body’s biological activity in order maintain equilibrium and health.
As with other systems in the body, our ECS doesn’t always operate like a well-oiled machine. Researchers have observed both excessive and depleted endocannabinoids levels associated with certain pathologies. Although in the case of increased endocannabinoid activity, it isn’t always clear whether it is the cause of a disease or the body acting to heal itself."