Sofia Adamson, Staff
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is popping up on shelves at local health food stores, chiropractic offices, and is even added to meals at trendy restaurants. This CBD craze is rooted in one vital human desire: to obtain optimal health in a safe and natural way.
People are using CBD to help treat conditions that Western medicine doesn’t effectively or safely address. What’s great is that CBD actually works. In a recent survey, nearly half of CBD users reported stopping their traditional medications.
Whether people are stopping medications due to ineffectiveness, side effects, or something else all-together, there is no question that this seems to be a common trend in countries such as the United States.
One of the most popular categories of drugs that people are swapping with CBD are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs are used by millions of people worldwide for the relief of inflammatory pain.
So, why exactly are so many people giving up NSAIDs, and replacing these drugs with CBD hemp oil? Below are six reasons that explain this trend.
1. CBD Reduces Inflammatory Pain
The primary use of NSAIDs is to relieve pain, specifically through reducing inflammation. That is why “anti-inflammatory” is part of the name of this category of drugs. Similarly to NSAIDs, research has found that CBD reduces inflammation when tested in preliminary and animal studies.
For example, in one of these studies, topical application of a CBD-rich gel led to a reduction in inflammation and pain-related behavior in arthritic rats.
2. CBD is Safer than NSAIDs
Popping an ibuprofen once in a while is unlikely to lead to any noticeable negative effects. Yet, long-term use of this drug and other NSAIDs is not ideal for your health. If you do use NSAIDs too often, you’re endangering your digestive, cardiovascular and kidney health.
In comparison, taking CBD appears to be safe. Human clinical studies that examined CBD use, in patients with psychotic disorder and epilepsy, found it to have a favorable safety profile.
3. CBD May Also Relieve Anxiety and Stress
Not only can CBD help to fight inflammation and reduce pain, but it may reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, too. Early studies have shown that CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system.
One meta-analysis of studies examined the effects of CBD on anxiety in humans. Of the total study subjects, 79.2 percent of patients taking daily CBD experienced symptomatic improvement in just one month, with similar efficacy one month later.
4. CBD is Better for the Environment
Few of us consider the environmental ramifications of our drug and supplement choices. Moreover, this isn’t exactly something that is advertised on labels. Yet, NSAIDs are released into the environment through human excretion and unused drug waste. We are just now beginning to understand the negative ramifications that this can have.
Their toxic effects are particularly pronounced in marine environments, with detectable amounts found in marine water, ground water, and surface water. As one of the most widely used medications, these effects will continue to worsen if we do nothing.
Unlike NSAIDs, CBD is a natural compound that’s extracted from the hemp plant. Because of this, it is used up within our bodies. When it does escape into the environment, it’s biodegradable and unlikely to cause damage.
5. Full-Spectrum CBD Oil Contains Additional Phytonutrients
CBD is not the only compound in the cannabis sativa plant that is good for human health. Both varieties of cannabis (psychoactive marijuana, and non-psychoactive hemp) contain hundreds of additional phytonutrients, including other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids.
When you opt for a full-spectrum hemp oil product, you’ll be ingesting CBD oil that contains a wide-array of healthy compounds found within the hemp plant. Hence, your body will benefit even more thanks to these phytonutrients.
6. Purchasing CBD Supports Local Businesses
When you purchase over-the-counter and prescription NSAIDs, you’re supporting Big Pharma. Pharmaceutical companies are renowned for their questionable business practices and monetary schemes to benefit top executives.
CBD products, on the other hand, often support the local economy. From hemp farms spread across the United States, to local entrepreneurs, small businesses make up most of the CBD production and sales pipeline.
When you choose CBD oil over NSAIDs, you are making a choice that is healthier for both you and the planet. With full-spectrum CBD oil, you’ll address more than just inflammation and pain. In fact, many researchers believe that you can enhance your overall health. Further, you can make a positive impact on the local economy and the environment.
This article (6 Reason Why People are Choosing CBD Over NSAIDs) was originally created and published by Waking Times. Copyright 2019 Waking Media LLC.
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