Ever heard of the “CBD epidemic?” No? No takers? What about the opioid epidemic? You know, the one that, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, causes more than 130 deaths a day? The same farce that is responsible for 47,000 overdose-related deaths? It is not for lack of grim statistics that we will stop here, as there are plenty to go around – we just don’t want to completely depress you. Besides, there is hope for the thousands of pain-sufferers who want relief with minimal to no CBD side effects. Let’s see how this contender measures up against the (unfortunately) reigning champ, shall we?
1. It Doesn’t Cause Stomach Ulcers
Even seemingly mild painkillers and anti-inflammatories such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen have been firmly linked to peptic (stomach) ulcers, which, if they perforate, or rupture, can kill you. What’s worse, the pharmaceutical companies defend themselves by citing problems with quitting their concoctions “cold turkey,” as if it is the patient’s fault that their drugs cause massive ulcers. What role do CBD side effects have in causing ulcers, you ask? Zip. Zilch. Nada.
2. It’s Non-Addictive
Though you will find plenty of slanted literature attempting to dispute this fact, the chemistry simply isn’t there; addiction is not included among CBD side effects. Opioids, on the other hand, are one of the most heavily addictive substances in existence. They hijack your brain’s pain-relieving chemicals and send them into overdrive. Eventually, like a jealous supporting actor in the shadow of a primadonna, your brain says, “Fine, I guess you don’t need me to feel better,” and it shuts down its natural opioid production. From that point on, the pills (or more accurately, the morally challenged companies that make them) have you right where they want you: hooked.
3. It’s Non-Psychoactive
Besides being really fun to say, this issue of “psychoactive” potential in terms of CBD side effects is very important. Where prescription pills will give the user a sense of euphoria, relaxation, pleasure, and so forth, CBD side effects do not include a “high” of any kind. How frustrated would you feel getting a DUI on the way to a doctor or PT appointment because you were simply taking the meds prescribed to you for pain? Even scarier for long-term opiate users, how frustrated would you feel if your train of thought kept leaving the station without you, or if people couldn’t understand you because of slurred speech?
4. Virtually Impossible to Overdose
Overdosing on CBD oil is like overdosing on salad. It’s a natural, non-prescription supplement that produces zero narcotic or addictive effects. Even if you took a ridiculously huge amount of it, you are not at risk for death. Not a single death resulting from CBD side effects has ever been recorded. The biggest complaints from takers of very large doses involve slightly lowered blood pressure and sleeping a couple of hours longer than normal. So, CBD side effects: zero fatalities. Prescription opioid side effects: 47,000 and counting.
5. Plays Well With Others (And You)
To be clear, CBD oil can conflict with certain medications, but the list is very small and the effects are not life-threatening. Opioid interactions and side effects, however, are so numerous and complex that patients often find themselves in the super depressing “lady who swallowed a horse” situation. Pill A is for the pain, pill B is for side effects of pill A, pill C is to minimize the side effects of combining A with B, and pill D makes us a lot of money.
Okay, okay – the point has been driven home. The next logical question is, “How can I get off of these opioid meds if I want to try CBD?” There’s great news there: CBD is an excellent supplement to manage the nausea, vomiting and many other symptoms associated with prescription medication use. Soon after beginning CBD supplementation to manage these effects, many patients find that its pain-relieving power will reduce their need for the pills altogether. You should never drop a prescription medication without consulting a doctor, but if you’re on opioids for pain, there’s a significant chance you can fight your way off of them with minimal CBD side effects.