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CBD: key to curtailing America’s opioid epidemic?

April 14, 2018

The National Institute of Drug Abuse :

  • 115 Americans die of opioid overdose every day

  • Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.

  • Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder.

  • An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin.

  • About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids.

  • Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.

  • The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.

  • Opioid overdoses in large cities increase by 54 percent in 16 states.

 

More than 200,000 Americans has been prescribed opioid pain relievers in the year 201.These highly addictive pain killers are being handed out like candy.  While they have been prescribed and used by patients who experienced pain every day for the last three months, only 23% of those individuals found opioids to be effective in treating their symptoms.

 

Lets face it, prescription pain killers don’t work. Fortunately for you, there is an all natural alternative to turn things around? There is a whole lot of promising research being done on the use of CBD and some experts think CBD could help solve America’s opioid epidemic.

 

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is the number one cause of disability in the United States. This includes people who suffer from migraines, those who suffer lower back pain, and those with sore necks and slipped discs. In a 2011 study, researchers found that over 100 million Americans suffer from persistent pain. These pain problems lead to more than $6 billion in lost productivity and medical treatments each year.

 
By The Numbers: America’s Opioid Epidemic

Since the 1920s, doctors have relied on prescription opioids like Vicodin, Percocet, and Fentanyl to treat patients suffering from chronic pain. These drugs are manufactured to address physical discomfort, but they are also highly addictive. It was in the 1920's that we started seeing the Hemp industry took a downward turn. Hemp was outlawed federally in 1937. Coincidence?

 

A 2015 study by the American Society of Addiction Medicine found that 2 million Americans “had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers.” This same study noted, “drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015“. Sadly, in the two years since that study was published, the numbers have continued to rise.

 

The White House has even declared an Opioid State of Emergency.

 
CBD Oil and the endocannabinoid system

Opioids rewire the brain’s pain receptors causing mental and physical addiction, but CBD works differently. The hemp plant is the only known botanical that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system the part of the human body tasked with homeostasis, the general well-being control.

 

Imagine your endocannabinoid system as the control center of your entire body. When something goes wrong, the body makes adjustments to correct the root of the problem, not the symptoms. Opioids only address the pain centers in your brain, while CBD traces the root of the problem, directly impacting your neurotransmitters.

 

Here’s an overview of some recent studies displaying the effectiveness of CBD oil in treating chronic pain:

    ▪    In 2008, a review found that CBD oil “was effective in overall pain management without adverse side effects.” The same review “also noted that CBD was beneficial in treating insomnia related to chronic pain.“

    ▪    In 2016, scientists performed tests on arthritic rats, concluding that “Transdermal CBD gel significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration and thickening of the synovial membrane in a dose-dependent manner.“

    ▪    Cancer patients are using CBD oil to treat the pain and symptoms of regimens like radiation and chemotherapy.

    ▪    The U.S. government notes that “CBD is very good at calming over-excited nerves and “study demonstrated that endogenous cannabinoid system signaling is likely to provide intrinsic protection against colonic inflammation and cannabinoids may also contribute to pain modulation through an anti-inflammatory mechanism.”

 
CBD as an alternative for Chronic Pain Relief

If you have been using prescription drugs to fight back against chronic pain, you may want to talk to your doctor to see if CBD might be a better alternative than opioids. It’s an all-natural product derived from the cannabis plant, it isn’t addictive, and side effects are minimal. Lets work together so we can make a positive change!

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