CBD and Medicinal Cannabis: More than Just Coping Mechanisms
Ever since Marijuana Prohibition began over 80 years ago, cannabis has been seen in much the same way that alcohol or ‘harder’ drugs have. Grouped together with substances that are dangerous to use and easy to abuse, cannabis has been on the receiving end of misconceptions and negative propaganda.
Thankfully, all that is changing. Every day brings new testimonials, new studies, and new news about the benefits of CBD. Far from actually being dangerous, cannabis is emerging as one of the best antidotes to the harmful substances it used to be grouped together with.
A recent study funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse found that Cannabis reduced dependency on opioids for pain management in a way that nothing else could for HIV-infected individuals.
While still considered an “illicit substance” by the study’s researchers due to its Federal status, Cannabis differentiated itself from the study’s other substances – alcohol, cigarettes, heroin, and cocaine – by being correlated to reduced opioid analgesic use.
And not just by a little, either. Cannabis showed nearly twice (adjusted odds ratio = .57) the opioid-reducing ability of the other substances studied. It appears that those with chronic pain and immunodeficiency-based diseases, including HIV, can benefit from the use of CBD as an adjunctive analgesic treatment. The study’s authors put it this way:
Conclusions/Importance: Our data suggest that new medical cannabis legislation might reduce the need for opioid analgesics for pain management, which could help to address adverse events associated with opioid analgesic use.
While cannabis use may be still be viewed by some as a ‘coping mechanism’, it should be viewed as one that transcends the normal meaning of the term. CBD’s interactions with the Endocannabinoid System allow the body to epigenetically adapt from the inside out, coping with the stressors of life in the truest sense possible. You could even say that the Endocannabinoid System is our biological coping mechanism as vertebrates! Let’s look at a few examples:
CBD’s role in inhibiting endo-opioid reward centers allows those in dependency to truly ‘cope’ with pharmaceutical’s addictive aspects.
It’s role in reducing inflammation allows those in pain the ability to find relief and ‘cope’ without harsh drugs.
It’s role as an antioxidant in fighting free radicals allows all of us to ‘cope’ with metabolic friction and the wear and tear of life in general.
CBD continues to show promising results as a solution for pain management. By allowing the body to adapt and cope with change in the face of problematic imbalances, CBD holds potential health benefits and anti-addictive properties for anyone suffering from pain. Click here to learn more about CBD tinctures and where to find them.