People with arthritis and other aches and pains are flocking to CBD and medical marijuana for relief—and they’re getting it, a new study finds.
About 20% of orthopedic patients with chronic pain are using a cannabis product, researchers found. The patients say the supplements are working.
Nine out of 10 said CBD and/or medical marijuana effectively manages their pain. Four in 10 said the supplements allowed them to take fewer painkillers. And nearly six in 10 said cannabis products were more effective than prescription drugs.
Dr. Yili Huang is a pain management expert. He said “this is encouraging in the face of the ongoing opioid epidemic,” as patients look to find safe alternatives to opioids for pain control.
Cannabis can “in some cases completely replace” opioid drugs, said Dr. Huang.
He said that’s because cannabis “works on many different pain pathways in our body and can even interact with the separate chemical pathways opioids work on.”
More than 400,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses. Many thousands more have been turned into addicts, their lives destroyed after their doctors prescribed them pain medications that Big Pharma swore were safe.
Recent research shows opioids aren’t even effective at relieving pain. In fact, a study from the University of Michigan found that dental patients who took opioids reported worse pain than those who didn’t.
The University of Toronto study found that CBD (cannabidiol) is the most commonly used cannabis product. Unlike THC, the other active compound in cannabis, it’s non-psychoactive. It does not make you high.
Dr. Timothy Leroux was the study author. “We found a general trend toward more edible products and products that were non-hallucinogenic,” he said.
CBD Supplements: 4 Things to Look For
It’s important to buy CBD from a company you trust. A 2017 study at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine found that 70% of CBD products were mislabeled. They either had far less or far more CBD than was listed on the label.
Professor Marcel Bonn-Miller led the study. “There are no standards for producing, testing, or labeling” CBD products, he notes. “It’s crazy to have less oversight and information about a product being widely used for medicinal purposes…than a Hershey bar.”
Some CBD products have been found to contain unlabeled THC. They can cause you to fail a drug test and make you high.
CBD derived from hemp should contain less than 0.3% THC by volume. This is not enough to show up on a drug test or make you high.
Professor Bonn-Miller says there are many quality, accurately labeled CBD products. But you have to know how to identify them.
- Whole-plant extracts. CBD products derived from whole-hemp plants instead of parts of the plant contain natural terpenes. These are beneficial antioxidant compounds. Look for the words “full spectrum,” “whole hemp,” or similar wording on the label.
CBD that is not derived from the whole plant may be labeled “CBD isolate.” CBD isolates are generally cheaper to produce than whole-hemp CBD.
- Hemp extract. You want to make sure your CBD comes from hemp, not marijuana. Hemp CBD is legal in all states. And it won’t get you high or make you fail a drug test.
- Made in the USA. Heavy metals and other contaminants have been found in some hemp grown in China or Eastern Europe.
- Organic products. They won’t contain pesticide residues or other potentially harmful agrichemicals.
You don’t need the ineffective and dangerously addictive painkillers offered by Big Pharma. CBD is an effective, safe alternative whose time has come.
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