Margaret’s Story: A New Pain Remedy
Written by: Maria F
“My outlook wasn’t too great because narcotics definitely taint your quality of life. You’re always exhausted and the side effects… I can’t begin to tell you”, Margaret says.
“With all the narcotics that I’ve had, this is the only thing truthfully that has made a difference in my pain”.
In a time of rapidly overprescribed and overused Opioid medications, natural modes of managing pain are often overlooked. In the midst of work, families, and the chaos of everyday life, many people who suffer from chronic pain search for an instant relief with the impression that only synthetic pills can do the trick, however, this doesn’t have to be so. Big pharmaceutical companies impress this notion upon us, but it is important to note the new, innovative pain management solutions on the market that are not only effective but also made with honesty. One of the leading contributors to natural pain relief at the moment is CBD-infused products in the form of tinctures, bath bombs, lotions, edibles, vapors, etc. With access to these products just a few clicks away, naturally-curated pain solutions should be taken advantage of now more than ever.
Often, CBD oil gets a bad rep, likely due to its association with marijuana, but what many people may not know is that humans are born with Cannabinoid receptors throughout the entire body, also known as our endocannabinoid system. These receptors are closely related to appetite, pain and pleasure, mood, and memory. The most prevalent endocannabinoid, anandamide, has been coined the “bliss” molecule for its properties that not only improve mood but also suppress pain. With that being said, when we gain an understanding of how the body’s natural Cannabinoid receptors benefit us, we can then better understand how the use of CBD can only further aid in this “blissful” process, specifically in regard to everyday aches and pains.
Putting an End to the Stigma
This claim rings true for Margaret, a woman that suffered from chronic pain and limited mobility due to a tractor-trailer accident. After five cervical neck fusions, Margaret explains that her surgeons told her she would never be able to stop taking prescription opioids. “My outlook wasn’t too great because narcotics definitely taint your quality of life. You’re always exhausted and the side effects… I can’t begin to tell you”, she says.
Then, to the disbelief of her surgeons, Margaret began the process of weaning off the narcotics after being introduced to medical cannabis. “I associated medical cannabis with pot, and I would never try it, are you kidding me?”, she admits, but after almost two decades of opioid use, she was growing tired of the side effects that accompanied them. She decided to use the meager amount of hope she had left on the possibilities CBD had to offer.
A Fresh Start After Opioid Reliance
With the help of her doctor, Margaret’s decision to almost entirely abandon the conventional medications and embrace the benefits of CBD has changed her life entirely.
Although she still takes a prescription narcotic per the recommendation of her doctor, she has been able to cease from taking many others.
Margaret claims that had she known about medical cannabis immediately following her accident, she would have never begun taking the prescription opioids. “With all the narcotics that I’ve had, this is the only thing truthfully that has made a difference in my pain”. CBD has given Margaret the pain relief she has always hoped for while also avoiding the fogginess and lack of focus that often accompanies the use of opioids.
What CBD Can Do For Your Pain
CBD-infused products are not only useful for chronic back and neck pain such as Margaret’s.
CBD can also be used to treat pain from:
- headaches and migraines,
- menstrual cramping
- cancer treatment
- gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease
According to a study by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research,
“97% of people in their sample who tried CBD-infused products reported that they are able to decrease their use of opioids when using these products. “
With that being said, before popping open a bottle of a prescription, or even over-the-counter, medication, consider a more holistic approach like CBD, a “blissful” approach without the high.