CBD Oil For Pain Relief: A Safe Alternative to Opioids
Want all natural pain relief with little to no side effects? Many people suffering from chronic pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis, post-surgical pain are finding relief with CBD Oil. Taking CBD oil can offer pain relief and can even prevent nervous system degeneration. It has been approved in Canada for multiple sclerosis and cancer pain.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that in 2015, about 38% of the entire population, or 92 million adults, in the U.S. were prescribed opioid medication such as Percocet or OxyContin. Many patients prescribed opioids for post surgical pain report becoming addicted to opioids in just 3 days!! This often leads to a lifetime of addiction resulting in destruction of families, development of chronic diseases, and early death. The number of opioid deaths are increasing every year.
CBD oil doesn't cause dependence and has little to no side effects, making it a safe alternative to opioids.
But it doesn't end there. Research shows that CBD oil is helpful at reducing many ailments. How can one plant possess healing properties for so many ailments? The answer is in the fact that people actually have a endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short. Although largely ignored by the medical community, the endocannabinoid system is a critical component of the human body.
Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found everywhere in the body from the brain and other organs to glands and immune cells. The endocannabinoid system promotes homeostasis (internal balance) in the body. The ECS is directly involved in the control of pain (1) and it interacts with other major pain control systems in the body. Cannabinoids decrease signaling in neural pathways that send messages about pain to the brain. At the spinal level, CBD binds to the glycine receptors and intensifies the pain- blocking effects of glycine. CBD oil is what's called an "allosteric modulator” of your opioid receptors
CBD oil is also involved in the reduction of inflammation primarily to its effects on your adenosine receptors and cytochrome P-450 and 2C enzymes. CBD halts inflammation by stopping cytokine production. Inflammation plays a major role in many cases of chronic pain. By reducing inflammation in the body, CBD oil provides the body with stress and pain relief.
CBD has been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety in those suffering from conditions such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. CBD acts on 5HT1A and TRPV1 receptors, both of which are involved in mitigating the panic and fear responses to stress. Research has shown that CBD can reduce depression. CBD even reduced the stress and discomfort surrounding public speaking.
CBD oil is extracted from hemp flowers leaves and stalks. In the U.S. CBD oil from hemp contains less than .3% THC and does not produce a high like marijuana. It’s also nearly impossible to overdose on CBD.
Personally, I use CBD topically for pain relief and for skin health. I also take it internally as an antibacterial if I'm coming down with a cold or sore throat. It's one of the most versatile plants in the world.
CBD oil can reduce our nations dependence on addictive and toxic opioid drugs. A true gift from G-d.