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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

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.

Our Addiction To Painkillers

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

Over-The-Counter Painkillers (OTC)

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Doctor Wrote a Patient Prescription

You may be surprised to learn that more than 17 million Americans take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on a daily basis, this translates into more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets sold annually in the United States.

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, … and more than 30 billion OTC NSAID tablets [are] sold annually in the United States.

Trade-in Your Ibuprofen for Cannabis

Prescription Painkillers

To make matters worse, the addiction we have isn’t limited to over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. When the pain becomes stronger and more unmanageable, so does the prescription, and subsequently the painkiller.

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

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CBD Oil Dropper

CBD: An All-Natural Option

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 painkillers. 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.

Can CBD oil relieve arthritis pain?

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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 dose 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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Fighting Prescription Painkiller Dependence with Cannabidiol (CBD)

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Summary:

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.

Using CBD Oil for Pain Management: Does It Work?

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.