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Updated on November 20, 2020 – Written by Kathy Shattler, MS, RDN
Medically reviewed by Kimberly Langdon, MD

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The effects of CBD make it a natural choice in people with fibromyalgia as CBD is anti-inflammatory and may help with chronic pain, especially high quality, full-spectrum oils with a trace of THC. Evidence supporting the use of cannabis [1] in chronic pain is plentiful but limited with regard to CBD and fibromyalgia. The trace amounts of THC [2] found in full-spectrum oils may help process pain responses through its action in the endocannabinoid system. The safety, lack of side effects, and potential benefits associated with using CBD make it attractive as a treatment choice regardless of the type of CBD chosen.

CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” which comes from the cannabis plant. Yes, the cannabis plant is where we get marijuana. However, CBD oil doesn’t have any psychoactive properties, which means it doesn’t get you high.  

David Ozeri, MD, is a board-certified rheumatologist. He is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he does research at Sheba Medical Center. Previously, he practiced at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Finally, while anecdotal evidence certainly isn’t scientific proof of anything, we have an abundance of it from people with fibromyalgia who say CBD helps them, and you can bet that when patients who have hard-to-treat conditions tell their doctors something works, it piques their interest.

People are using CBD oil for a lot of different medical purposes, including:

CBD oil is getting a lot of popular attention as a potential treatment for fibromyalgia. So far, we don’t have a lot of research on it, but we do have some — and it’s promising.  

There is also a solid body of evidence that indicates CBD may alleviate certain symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, such as pain, sleep disruptions, anxiety, and depression.

Chronic pain is also often accompanied by other conditions: anxiety or depression are present in almost 80% of the chronic pain population. The co-existence of pain and depression is particularly true for fibromyalgia patients. CBD can help alleviate anxiety in this population. In one 2017 human study, 300 milligrams of CBD taken orally caused a measurable drop in anxiety and cortisol levels.

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She, therefore, endorses the use of full-spectrum CBD oils for fibromyalgia. “I see much greater benefit from full-spectrum CBD oils, which contain other cannabinoids and sometimes trace amounts of THC, compared to the CBD isolates, which do not have the synergistic effects of the whole plant extract.”

Liptan also notes that the extent to which patients experience relief varies from patient to patient. Some notice only a mild improvement in their pain, while others notice significant pain relief. While cautious not to depict CBD oil as a panacea, Liptan emphasizes that CBD oil represents a safe form of pain relief for fibromyalgia and that it is definitely worth consideration as a treatment.

There is still no research specifically investigating CBD oil as a treatment for fibromyalgia. However, in 2018 research was published in the “Journal of Clinical Rheumatology” suggesting medicinal cannabis may represent an effective treatment for the illness.