Millions of Americans suffer from pain and are often prescribed opioids to treat their conditions. However, the dangers of prescription misuse and overdose have been a growing problem throughout the United States.
From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids. Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2017 than in 1999.
Per the CDC 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. In 2017, prescription opioids were involved in more than 35% of all opioid overdose deaths. In addition, overdose rates from prescription opioids significantly increased among people more than 65 years of age.
According to a study, over 54 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons during their lifetime. The United States consumes around 80% of the world’s opioids
A study conducted by HelloMD and Brightfield Group analyzed CBD use in 2,400 members of the HelloMD community. 42% of CBD users said they were able to stop using traditional painkillers such as Tylenol and prescription medication such as Vicodin. 80% said they found CBD to be either “very or extremely effective.”
There are thousands of prescription drugs and hundreds of analgesics (painkillers) on the market today. These drugs come with dozens of side effects including disability, congenital anomalies and addiction that can lead to death. “Regular” side effects include nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and insomnia.
According to the FDA, there have been one million deaths due to prescription drug “adverse effects” between 2011 to the middle of 2017.
In contrast, CBD’s side effects are minimal. Most important is, CBD is non-psychoactive which means you don’t get “high” and it is relatively safe for most adults to use.
Many prescription medications block the pain but do nothing to treat the underlying cause.
CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system for a more natural cure. It promotes homeostasis in the body by relaxing muscles and reducing inflammation at the site of the trauma.
One of the biggest benefits of CBD is it is NOT addictive, unlike opioids. CBD side effects are minimal and mild. CBD also helps alleviate common side effects of prescription drugs such as nausea and vomiting.
Not all prescription drugs are bad. Many provide genuine relief to patients. The main issue is the abuse of prescription drugs. While there are concerns about marijuana being addictive, CBD is not, and the opiate addiction is a disease that is wreaking havoc on America.
When someone takes an opiate, the blood travels through the bloodstream and creates artificial dopamine and endorphins. You feel a sense of satisfaction and pleasure, and since it is an artificially created experience, the only way to feel the same way again is to take more opiates. After you use opioids for a certain period, your brain stops creating dopamine and endorphins, so you need to consume more of the drug to get the same effects.
Eventually, users begin to fake symptoms to acquire more of the drugs. Many users end up gravitating toward the use of heroin because it is cheaper and even easier to get a hold of than expensive opioids.
Over time, opioids can change the way your brain’s nerve cells work. When the drug is taken away, the result is a series of unpleasant sensations, better known as withdrawal symptoms.
CBD works very differently. As previously stated, CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system for a more natural cure. It promotes homeostasis in the body by relaxing muscles and reducing inflammation at the site of the trauma.
Many people who have become addicted to prescription drugs have been able to wean off the harmful drugs when they started using CBD.
Unfortunately, prescription pills are almost as easy to come by as candy. With over 75% of physician visits ending in a prescription of these drugs, it is a simple matter of booking an appointment and requesting the pills.
Prescription medication is more expensive in the United States than anywhere else in the world. In 2014, Americans spent an average of $1,112 per person on prescription drugs compared to the average Canadian spending $772.
Other countries typically pay far less for the same drugs. For example, Canadians routinely pay 70% less for the same drugs as Americans. As of January 2018, a 40mg pill of Nexium sold for $7.78 in the U.S. compared to $3.37 in Canada and $2.21 in the United Kingdom. Abilify sold for $34.51 a pill compared to just $4.65 in Canada. The injectable medication, Humira, costs $1,362 per prescription in the UK, and $2,669 in the U.S.
While high-quality CBD oil is by no means cheap, it is far less expensive than its prescription medication counterpart. Take CTFO’s 10X Pure CBD for example. This full-spectrum hydrophilic supercharged oil offers 500mg of CBD for only $99.97.
Quality CBD companies will also provide 3rd party lab test results on their websites to show the purity and quality of their CBD
There are numerous advantages enjoyed by using CBD. However, you have to look at things such as health conditions, genetic considerations and the nature of the illness being treated before determining if CBD is the right solution. Although studies have shown that CBD is a more effective painkiller than opioids, it is true that some people feel a greater impact on prescription medication. However, a few of the more reputable CBD companies provide a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee. I have never seen this with a prescription drug.
If you decide to use CBD as an alternative to painkillers such as opioids, for example, you are able to purchase it online. It is available in various forms so if you don’t like the idea of taking it in drops under your tongue in oil form, you can vape, or consume it in edible gummy form.
If you have any questions or concerns about CBD use, it is always wise to consult with your primary physician.