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Chronic Pain, Pain Killers and the Cannabidiol (CBD) Solution

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Summary:

With over 3 million people afflicted with chronic pain in the United States each year, it is a common condition regularly treated by over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications. More than 17 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, with more than 70 million prescriptions and more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets sold annually in the United States. In 2017, a national declaration stated we were in an opioid epidemic.

Cannabidiol or CBD is an all-natural compound that attaches itself to specialized receptors in a person’s brain and immune system; these receptors play a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation. Recent research shows CBD could play a role in chronic pain management.

CBD is available today, and TheraJoy is leading the market. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher product that you can apply directly to the afflicted area to maximize its effectiveness and get results fast.

Chronic Pain, Pain Killers and the Cannabidiol (CBD) Solution

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Doctor Wrote a Patient Prescription

Chronic pain is a major concern for many Americans. With over 3 million people afflicted with chronic pain in the United States each year, the Mayo Clinic classifies it as a common condition. When you stop and consider how widespread chronic pain is, it is easy to understand why we, as a culture, rely so heavily upon pain killers.

As a society, we are literally addicted to pain killers, and the statistics are startling.

Pain from inflammation can and will likely affect all adults at some point in their lives, and for some, become chronic conditions that interfere with a normal quality of life.

Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription anti-inflammatory medications are easily available, readily prescribed, and very commonly used. The most common anti-inflammatory medications are called NSAIDs: non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Based on consumer survey responses, more than 17 million Americans take NSAIDs on a daily basis, with more than 70 million prescriptions and more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets sold annually in the United States.

Trade-in Your Ibuprofen for Cannabis

To make matters worse, the problem isn’t limited to over-the-counter (OTC) pain killers. When the pain becomes more stronger and more unmanageable, so does the prescription, and subsequently the pain killer.

Chronic pain, Chronic Pain Syndrome, arthritis and even fibromyalgia sufferers have, historically, only been able to use opioids prescribed by a doctor such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or fentanyl in order to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the side effects outweigh their benefits.

In order to relieve chronic pain, doctors have been prescribing opioids and other prescription drugs to their patients, many of whom have become addicted. This, along with the other side effects, is a high price to pay for pain relief and many have paid the ultimate price: in 2014, 28,000 people died from opioid use and by 2016, there were over 42,000 deaths related to opioid overdoses. In 2017, a national declaration stated we were in an opioid epidemic.

How Medical Marijuana and CBD May Help Chronic Pain Sufferers

But what if we had a different solution? An all natural option that didn’t come with the same addictive properties we have come to associate with pain killers. Cannabinoids like CBD may very well be that solution.

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in a person’s brain and immune system.

One of these receptors, called a CB2 receptor, plays a role in the immune system by managing pain and inflammation.

Researchers believe that when CBD enters a person’s body, it may attach to CB2 receptors. Alternatively, it may cause the body to produce natural cannabinoids that attach to the CB2 receptors.

Either way, scientists think CBD affects the way that these receptors respond to the signals that they receive, possibly helping reduce inflammation and pain.

A 2008 review of research into CBD and its possible mechanism of action suggested that CBD could play a role in chronic pain management.

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Medication On Wooden Table

When you stop to consider:

Chronic pain conditions continue to be among the top reasons people visit their physician, and this is rising. At the birth of this trend, pharmaceutical narcotics were dished out with little forethought of the future, and the potential societal impact. Consequently, narcotic dependency, as well as deaths from opioid pain medications and related drugs of abuse, soon became a national concern requiring more stringent guidelines on the dispensing of these drugs and forcing both patients and practitioners to begin looking for alternatives for pain management.

CBD and Chronic Pain

Isn’t it time we took advantage of CBD and all of its amazing, all-natural health benefits? 

At TheraJoy, we believe the answer is “Yes“, and to that end, we have developed the leading topical CBD salve on the market today. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is a great way to guarantee you are always getting the highest does of 99% pure CBD. We combine 99% pure, non-GMO CBD derived from hemp with 100% organic coconut oil. This creates a 100% all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher product that you can apply directly to the afflicted area to maximize its effectiveness.

Always consult your doctor before you begin taking a new supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor or medical professional at your next appointment.

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