Choosing Pain Relief…Naturally. It’s easy to swallow a pill to stop arthritic pain…it’s too easy. A sip of water, a quick swallow, and a few minutes later there is relief. But it’s not the wisest way to handle pain, because one risks becoming dependant on medications to relieve discomfort. Then, before we know it, taking drugs to ease even mild discomfort has become a habit. And that’s not good for the body, the mind or the soul.What’s the best way for us to manage pain?
What’s the best way for us to manage our pain?
There are a lot of people who automatically turn to meds when their arthritis flares up. It’s understandable, in some ways; that is what 20th century medicine encouraged, and doctors were happy to oblige patients who needed help managing chronic pain. Hand over a prescription, the patient pops a pill, and the cycle continues.
But this is the 21st century, and much has changed about what we know about arthritic pain, and how people can deal with it without the use of prescription drugs. A lot of research has gone into the use of CBD – cannabidiols – to manage pain, and it is opening up a new world of treatment for patients, and new options for doctors seeking a way to help those patients without getting them dependant on habit-forming drugs.
The image of marijuana only as a recreational drug persists in our culture, and in society at large. Think of all the popular movies and TV shows that include “stoner” characters using bongs, rolling joints, and lolling around on couches like half-asleep fools. It’s no wonder that the idea of cannabis and its legitimate, medical benefits are still viewed so skeptically in some quarters.
But modern medical researchers are learning that cannabis – without the mind-altering ingredient THC – and this research report may be a valuable resource to bookmark. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820295/
Many studies have been done in recent years that have shown that CBD can be a helpful way to ease people’s pain, and arthritis report gives us a great insight on the potential of cannabidiol.
How do CBD salves work?
When I applied the cream to my aching shoulder after a workout, I felt a relief sensation that felt great. – “Andrew Marks”
One of the brain’s receptors – known as CB2 – plays a significant role in our borides. Some researchers believe that when CBD enters the bloodstream through the skin, it communicates with our endocannabinoid system.
CBD vs. pharmaceuticals
The chief downside of most medications that are commonly used to treat chronic RA and OA pain is dependency, and the collateral damage that dependency causes to the human body, to say nothing of the damage it causes to society as a whole. Being on pain meds like opiates, can damage the liver and kidneys, in particular, but all the major organs, really. If we can use a cream instead, one that gives us true relief from chronic pain, why would we not explore that option?
People as a whole have a tendency to resist change, to want to stay with what they find familiar, and what they know works for them. If there are enough people who believe and have had a positive experience with CBD and its role in pain management, then we’re likely to see large trends occurring in the near future
CBD is legal in nearly all 50 states, and knowing the laws where you live is an important piece of the puzzle no matter where you live. And like all big changes you hope to make in your life, it’s one that should be thoroughly researched and explored before you commit to it.
Is CBD a legitimate alternative to prescription medication?
If you have had a sensation of pain relief while trying CBD, wouldn’t you continue to take it if this was the best decision for you?