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Fighting Prescription Painkiller Dependence with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2015, over 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, and an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain medicines (including fentanyl). Cannabidiol or CBD, a 100% legal and non-psychoactive substance may offer a new solution to widespread painkiller dependance.

Fighting Prescription Painkiller Dependence with Cannabidiol (CBD)

Doctor writing prescription, Credit: Stock Photography
Doctor writing prescription, Credit: Stock Photography

Cannabidiol or CBD, a 100% legal, non-psychoactive substance, extracted from hemp or cannabis is amazing, and for many people forced to cope with pain killer dependence, it can be life changing. Why that might sound like hyperbole, just consider the very real story of Richard Holt, a contributor to The Telegraph.

In a backpacking hostel during a stag weekend 10 years ago, I fell asleep on a top bunk next to an open window. Of course, that now strikes me as a stupid thing to have done, but at the time I didn’t give it a thought. I was on a weekend away, not a health-and-safety awareness course. At some point during the night, I tried getting out of the bunk, but instead of turning left and using the ladder, I turned right and hopped straight out of the window.

I fell 24ft on to concrete. From a survival point of view, I was lucky to land on my feet. The downside was that some rather important sections of my legs did not come out of it so well.

My left heel was crushed, while over on the right, my tibia and fibula – the two long bones in the lower leg – detached from their couplings and shattered. The next few weeks involved operations, plates, screws and quite unimaginable levels of agony. At one point, I felt a kind of blinding calm, as though the pain had gone all the way up the scale and rung a bell at the top.

How cannabis oil helped me get off painkillers

Richard was lucky; however that luck came at a price – chronic pain. Modern medicine usually solves this problem with a variety of pharmaceutical painkillers, many of which are addictive and come with dangerous side effects. After trying a variety of different ways to manage his pain, Richard finally found CBD.

The effect on the pain has been profound. It comes as an oil that I put under my tongue whenever pain moves from a dull niggle to the kind that is difficult to ignore.

CBD influences the release and uptake of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, leading to many potential therapeutic uses. Crucially, it does not contain any THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis; in other words, CBD does not get you high. Since last year, it has been legal to buy in the UK, after the government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHPR) approved its use as a medicine under licence.

Everyone that uses it tells a similar story: they sleep better and feel less pain. While there are ongoing trials for CBD as a treatment for everything from multiple sclerosis to Parkinson’s disease, all I know is that for me it can make the difference being sitting on the sofa and being able to go training. I can now lift and carry my children without wincing.

How cannabis oil helped me get off painkillers

While anecdotal evidence is good, scientific assessments are always better. Research into CBD is still in its infancy. However, we do have some early studies that can help demonstrate the effectiveness of CBD.

One 2008 review assessed how well CBD works to relieve chronic pain. The review looked at studies conducted between the late 1980s and 2007. Based on these reviews, they concluded that CBD was effective in overall pain management without adverse side effects.

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Furthermore, according to Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT at Healthline, “CBD oil usually doesn’t have any major risks for users.”

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2015, over 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, and an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain medicines (including fentanyl).

CBD helped Richard escape prescription painkillers. To quote Richard, “… it can make the difference being sitting on the sofa and being able to go training. I can now lift and carry my children without wincing.” If you are afflicted with chronic pain, then you may want to consider CBD too.

To review, CBD is effective in overall pain management and it doesn’t have any major side effects. TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve is an effective way to deliver high doses of pure CBD directly to your afflicted area. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed, and we are always made with 99% CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. If you need an organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher product, then you need TheraJoy. Make it part of your daily regime to maximize the benefits.

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

* Please note, some of the quotations have been bolded to emphasize key points.

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