Opioids vs. CBD Oil
What are Opioids?
Opioids refer to a family of drugs that interact with the nervous system to alleviate symptoms related to a number of ailments. When used as directed by a medical professional, opioids safely help regulate these symptoms. However, when opioids are misused, they pose significant risks such as addiction and even lethal overdoses.
Today there is an opioid crisis which really orginiated in the late 90’s. When big pharma convinced the medical community that more opiates would not lead to an addicted society. BOY were they wrong! More prescriptions were being written for opiates than ever before with little regard for the outcome. This has lead to wide-spread misuse of presciption pain relievers, heroine and oxycodone.
Currently, opioid addiction is at an all-time high and is considered a national public health crisis with devastating effects on social and economic welfare. As of 2018, 115 people die from opioid-related overdoses every day. It is estimated that the total financial burden caused by the opioid crisis is almost $80 billion a year.
What may be worse than getting a society addicted to opiates, is cutting people off cold turkey and sending them on their way to cope with withdrawals on their own. This leads to a society that starts doing whatever they can, in order to cope. That could be stealing, selling off their items and maybe even death.
You have read enough of my blog posts now that you understand how I feel about CBD Oil and the benefits.
Why People are Turning to CBD
I turned to CBD oil for my depression without knowing that it could help with my chronic pain and get me off of pharma drugs like Tramadol, Gabepentin, etc. The fact that I could take something that comes for the earth and really worked, is still incredible to me.
CBD Relieves Pain
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 21%-29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
CBD provides a perfect alternative to opioids for pain by interacting with ECS receptors in our nervous and immune system. Through this interaction, CBD’s therapeutic properties can help alleviate mild to moderate physical pain. The best part is that CBD oil is not addictive.
Now all we have to start doing as patients, is having real conversations with our doctors and letting them know we want alternatives. We want them to check their personal biases at the door and really start listening to the type of care we want.
CBD oil for the win once again!