Fibromyalgia affects 2-5% of the population, mostly women, and encompasses 3 types of pain; Nociceptive, neuropathic, and central. Nociceptive pain stems from injuries where pain signals in tissues network through the body until the brain interprets them.
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to an area's nerves, develops slowly, and is very difficult to treat. Central pain has both physical and emotional components and may not have a precise location.
How Cannabis Can Help
THC mimics Anandamide to activate CB1 lessening pain signaling from the injured area to the brain. THC changes the emotional component of pain, softening our reactions & making it easier to live with.
CBD calms our nerves, lowers inflammation, activates 5-HT boosting serotonin, easing anxiety, pain, mood, and insomnia. CBDA is being studied as an even more potent COX2 inhibitor - just like NSAIDs, but without the collateral damages.
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- National Library of Medicine, Cannabinoid Receptors and the Endocannabinoid System: Signaling and Function in the Central Nervous System
- Leafwell,Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain