Chronic Pain Management: Why CBD Oil is Your Best Option
Too many people are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. CBD oil is a safe, natural alternative.
There’s no shortage of people suffering from chronic pain. According to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 75 million Americans (one out of every four people!) have struggled with pain lasting longer than one day. Even worse, millions more people experience acute pain on an ongoing basis.
Some of these folks struggle with a clinical illness like fibromyalgia. Others are in constant recovery from an injury. Many folks simply have aches and pains that, although they can’t be diagnosed, prevent them from living a normal, productive life.
Unfortunately, far too many of these individuals are prescribed highly addictive opioids by their doctors.
One study on overprescription shows that roughly 25% of individuals who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain show signs of addiction. That statistic doesn’t even account for all of the folks who obtain opioids via illegal means, either.
CBD Oil: A Much Better Option
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is a non-addictive substance created by extracting chemicals from hemp. It’s different from marijuana in the sense that it does not contain much (if any) THC and therefore doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. Unlike weed or prescription opioids, it’s not going to get you high.
It does, however, have a number of painkilling and anti-inflammatory properties that make it great for managing chronic pain.
Essentially, it works like this:
There are certain receptors in your brain that are responsible for triggering repairs elsewhere in the body. When something is going wrong inside of your body, these receptors send signals to other parts of your body in the effort to fix them.
For example, if the joints in your wrists are swelling up, your brain is supposed to send a message to that part of your body saying, ‘Hey, we need to get this selling down’. If the body has a strong immune system, it will fight the swelling and the inflammation will disappear.
It doesn’t always go smoothly, however. Some bodies lack the internal resources necessary to repair swelling and inflammation. If someone has rheumatoid arthritis, to name one leading culprit of chronic pain, their swelling will only continue to get worse over time.
This is where CBD oil can help.
By targeting the receptors in your brain, the chemicals in CBD oil can help your brain to communicate more clearly with the rest of your body. It enables the brain to send more signals to your other body parts and to address inflammation as it arises.
We can’t say that CBD will cure fibromyalgia, arthritis, or another chronic pain issue. We can say, however, that it can greatly reduce swelling and therefore make it a bit easier to manage pain.
How is it Different Than Opioids?
While they’re both chemicals used to treat chronic pain, CBD and opioids are very different chemicals. Whereas the former facilitates stronger, clearer communication between your brain and the rest of your body, opioids actually do the opposite.
When you take a prescription medication like Percocet or Vicodin (two drugs often prescribed to patients with pain issues), these drugs actually work to turn off the part of your body that lets you feel pain. If it’s swelling that’s causing your pain, you may not be able to feel it for a few hours but the swelling will still be there.
At the same time, opioids flood your system with dopamine, the chemical that causes you to feel joy. This is why they make you feel loopy and euphoric while you’re on them. It’s also the feeling that people become addicted to.
So, whereas opioids simply create the illusion that your pain is eliminated, CBD oil can actually reduce the swelling that causes it. CBD also, as we’ve pointed out above, does not carry the same risk of abuse that drugs like Percocet do.
A Safer, More Effective Alternative to Pain MedsIt’d be great if we could see the development of a cure-all medication for chronic pain conditions in the future. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet. In the meantime though, CBD is a fantastic alternative to many of the addictive medications out there. Merkabah Labs CBD oils are safe, lab-tested and 100% organic. Our products can help you to manage your pain and live a happier, healthier life.