In 2014, more people died from overdoses of prescription drugs like opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants and anti-anxiety medication than any other drug, including heroin and cocaine combined. Since then, things have only gotten worse. In 2015, the United States saw its life expectancy decline for the first time since WW1 because of prescription drug related deaths. We’re in the midst of a full-blown prescription drug crisis in the USA, and most of us aren’t even aware of it. We’re here to explore whether CBD can help.
Just How Bad Is It?
In the United States in 2017, more people died from overdoses involving opioids than from HIV or AIDS related illnesses at the peak of the AIDS epidemic. As a result of the increase in prescriptions, there’s also been an increase in the number of prescription opioid related deaths, in fact, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids were five times higher in 2017 than in 1999 and currently, 46 people die every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids.
Beyond deaths, there are 4.3 million nonmedical users of painkillers and nearly 2 million people have painkiller substance use disorders, according to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Medical Health Services Administration.
How Did This Happen?
It began way back in 1980 according to Nature magazine, who suggests it “arose through a confluence of well-intentioned efforts to improve pain management by doctors and aggressive — even fraudulent — marketing by pharmaceutical manufacturers.” The epidemic has become more deadly over time, due to “characteristics of the US health-care system, regulatory regime, culture and socio-economic trends,” to the point that it now amounts to a legitimate crisis.
The number of opioid prescriptions given by doctors has been increasing since the 1990’s according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, but the amount of pain being reported by Americans hasn’t changed. People are prescribed opioids by doctors, usually for pain management, and go on to become addicted or move from pills to heroin. Long-term use of opioid painkillers makes a person at a much higher risk of becoming addicted or likely to die of drug poisoning.
The Question is, Can CBD Help?
Firstly, we are not doctors and nothing we say should be taken as medical advice, so please consult your healthcare practitioner. But given that CBD has little to no side effects, is easily accessible, and not addictive, the adoption of it for use in pain management is appealing. Research on CBD and pain is still in the early days and the studies are small, but the results look very promising.
What Does The Science Say?
CBD was classified as a Schedule I substance up until December of 2018, which made it very difficult to study. Now that CBD is legal under circumstances, things are changing and a body of evidence supporting CBD for pain relief is growing everyday. A 2019 study found that 80% of chronic pain sufferers say they’ve substituted cannabis for traditional pain medications opioids after experiencing fewer side effects and better symptom management.
What Are People Saying?
According to a study done in 2018, almost 62% of 2,049 CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition. The top three medical conditions were pain, anxiety, and depression, and the results were profound. Almost 36% of respondents reported that CBD treats their medical condition(s) “very well by itself,” while only 4.3% reported “not very well.” One out of every three users reported a non-serious adverse effect. It’s clear there is something to it.
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While it cannot be explicitly claimed that CBD is the solution to the prescription drug crisis, it’s clear that the side effects are much more minimal and non-life threatening. If you are considering making the switch to CBD for pain relief, please be aware that the lack of regulation in the industry means you want to be extra conscious and educated about the products you choose and be sure to check out their certificate of analysis validating the ingredients it contains because many products on the market have been founds to contain both lower amounts of CBD and unnecessary toxic filler products. You’ll want to seek out a highly pure, water-soluble source of bioavailable CBD, such as BioCBD+. We post purity tests for product batches on the Certificate of Analysis section of the website. You can check it out here.
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