Fibromyalgia & CBD—A discussion with Dr. Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman is a practicing ER physician and here to help Verde Collection address questions surrounding CBD and Fibromyalgia for our community. Dr. Kaufman is here today to discuss the therapeutic benefits of CBD oil in managing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and how CBD can help optimize overall wellbeing.
Before we kick off this Q + A with Dr. Kaufman, here is a brief understanding of what Fibromyalgia is and the symptoms associated with it.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in certain areas of the body. It is estimated that approximately 5-10% of people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can include headaches, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties. In addition, fibromyalgia can also cause pain in tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.
Jessica: We’re excited to launch into today’s topic and always grateful to have you on!
Dr. Kaufman: Thanks for having me back, Jes! Happy to answer some questions about this interesting new topic. I see a lot of patient interest in CBD.
Jessica: Awesome, let’s hop into it then!
Q: What is CBD and how is it used to treat fibromyalgia?
A: CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve sleep, all of which are common symptoms of fibromyalgia. Additionally, CBD may help to regulate mood, reduce stress, and improve overall quality of life.
Q: Are there any side effects associated with using CBD for fibromyalgia?
A: Generally, CBD is well tolerated and does not cause serious side effects. However, as with any medication, there is always the possibility of experiencing some reactions. These may include nausea, fatigue, dry mouth, low blood pressure, and changes in appetite. If you experience any of these or other side effects, it is important to speak to your doctor immediately.
Q: Is CBD safe to take with other medications?
A: It is important to speak to your doctor before taking any new medication, including CBD. CBD may interact with some medications, so it is important to ensure that it is safe to take.
Q: Is there any evidence that CBD is effective in treating fibromyalgia?
A: Yes, there is some evidence that CBD may be beneficial in treating fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce pain, improve sleep, and regulate mood, all of which are common symptoms of fibromyalgia. Additionally, CBD may help to reduce inflammation, which is another common symptom of fibromyalgia.
Q: What should I look for when buying CBD products?
A: In my opinion when buying CBD products, it is important to ensure that they are third-party tested, USDA Organic, cGMP stamped, the origin of the hemp is known, and the practice in how the plants are grown is transparent.
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