America is a nation in pain according to NIH statistics, and a National Health Interview Survey found that 25.3 million adults complain of constant pain daily, that roughly 11% of the population, and close to 40 million people complain of the pain the cope with as being severe although it may not be everyday.
Americans are estimated to spend on average $50 billion a year trying to deal with pain, and many turn to chemical medications for relief, of which there is a clear link between the search for pain relief and the opioid crisis.
Not every person suffering with pain will rely on opioids, around 30 million people turn to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin for relief. However even these drugs are not free from side effects such as risk of gastrointestinal ulcers or bleeds, kidney damage, and heart attack.
In attempts to avoid unpleasant side effects more Americans are looking for alternatives and switching to CBD oil for pain relief and management. According to a report in Waking Times there are at least 6 reasons why making the switch is better for health and the environment.
15% of NSAID users are exceeding the maximum daily dose with and without being aware which increases the potential for dangerous side effects such as risk of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and kidney problems, allergies, skin reactions, swelling, wheezing, hives, blisters, and skin rash. On the other hand, CBD oil does not carry these side effects, and human clinical trials with epilepsy patients and those with psychotic disorders have found CBD oils to have favorable safety profiles.
NSAIDs primary function is to reduce pain by decreasing inflammation. CBD oils have been found to have similar anti-inflammatory properties, again without the side effects.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects CBD oils help to decrease feelings of stress and anxiety by having a calming effect on the central nervous system. A meta-analysis showed that 79.2% of humans taking CBD daily experienced symptomatic improvement in one month with similar efficacy 1 month later.
CBD oils also contain other powerful health boosting nutrients and phytonutrients including cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. A full spectrum hemp oil product contains a wide array of compounds that will benefit the body thanks to its phytonutrients.
NSAIDs are released into the environment via excretion and unused drug waste which causes environmental damage and contaminates marine, ground, and surface water. In contrast CBD oil is a natural compound that is properly utilized by the body, even if some should end up in the environment it is fully biodegradable making it harmless.
Choosing CBD oil over NSAIDs also means that are you supporting gentler methods which use more natural products and hemp farmers which are most likely local entrepreneurs and small business owners rather than putting more money into the pockets of Big Pharma.
The facts are that CBD oils are safer, healthier, and a better alternative for pain management than dangerous drugs that carry side effects like opioids and NSAIDs; switching to CBDs will boost your health, help protect the environment, ease your pain, and soothe your social conscience.
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