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How CBD Oil Helps People With Pain And Lessens The Need for Opioids

How CBD Oil Helps People With Pain And Lessens The Need for Opioids

CBD oil as Alternative to opioids
CBD oil as Alternative to opioids

How CBD oil helps people with pain and lessens the need for opioids is the subject of this post, but first there’s something you need to think about. There’s a good chance that someone you care about is going  to be caught in the opioid crisis and you’ll never know about  it. 

The Ugly Facts About The Opioid Epidemic

Facing the opioid crisis
Facing the opioid crisis

Consider the following: A survey of Americans in 2015 determined that nearly two in five had used the drug for pain relief that year, accounting for 92 million US adults. [1]

Also, Opioid-related deaths have increased by a third in only 14 months between July 2016 and September 2017… These are the highest rates of overdose-related deaths ever recorded in the U.S. [2]

Is CBD The Answer to Less Addiction?

Stopping the opioid epidemic
Stopping the opioid epidemic

It’s shocking, isn’t it? And the worst part is that you may come to wonder If  we are abandoning those living in chronic pain during the opiate crisis. It’s a tough question. Yet at the same time you have every right to be skeptical. What is the real deal with CBD oil and   opioids? Can it really help someone fight the addiction of Opioids?  It’s time to find out how CBD oil helps those with pain and perhaps offers an alternative to opioids.

Opioid Crisis and The Abandoned

No one can deny that the opioid crisis is real and something  has to be done about it, especially  by those we entrust to govern us.

 Here’s the problem.  As one advocate for pain sufferer’s puts it, “As the country seeks solutions to address the opioid crisis, those living in extreme chronic pain appear to be ignored. Many of these patients have utilized opiate-based medications for years without experiencing the negative impact of addiction. For many, opiates are the only effective treatment for their pain. For many, there is no alternatives left for them, since other medications have not been as successful for them.” [3]

Here is where CBD oil can help people caught in the opioid crisis not feel abandoned, but more about that later. Let’s examine the facts before  CBD oil intervention.

When Medicine and Politics Collide, The Patient Pays The Price

There are many sick people in pain who need opioids in order to function, but doctors  bowing to political pressure  and  fearing  that, justified or not,  their  patients will turn to drug fiends have drastically cut off their meds. Those patient wonder why they are being punished ? They  aren’t abusing their  narcotics! They  need them to live and not be in excruciating pain 24 hours a day.

How Can You Deny Someone a Chance For a Better Life?

This is a question that confronts both the medical and political  bureaucracy. For the doctors who have sworn the oath “ To do no harm” there’s the disturbing question as to whether cutting  off meds, because of state guidelines, to those who need them, and have shown no evidence of abuse, is doing the opposite of to  do no harm. As one chronic pain sufferer states:

“If you had to live with chronic pain then you would understand our situation. This is inhumane !!!! People have already committed suicide because they couldn’t stand the pain any longer.” [Patient from a chronic pain forum]

Opioids and The Law—The Balance Between Rules and Mercy

On the other hand, emphatic lawmakers charged with keeping the community safe can’t reconcile  punishing those with health issues while the traffickers  of drugs are on the streets making money from those who can’t get their pain meds from a reputable clinic. 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, twenty-eight states have some limits on opioid prescriptions and seventeen limit prescriptions to three to fourteen days.[4]

When The Opioid Criss Touches The Family


The pain sufferers are risking their lives and prison for medication. This is untenable, especially for those who are watching family and friends suffering due to the reduction and/or loss of their opiates.

Opioids  Addiction as Qualifier for Medical Marijuana

The ever increasing demand that their loved ones, suffering from opioid addiction or needing opioids, be treated for sickness and not criminality has spurred some lawmakers to make it easier for for such users to qualify for  Medical marijuana card. 

What The States are Doing to Combat Opioid Addiction

For example, the Nevada State Legislature is currently considering whether or not to add opioid addiction as a qualifier for a patient medical marijuana card. Senate Bill 228, sponsored by Senator Pat Spearman, proposes that physicians be allowed to recommend cannabis use as a treatment for opioid addiction. [5]

Here are The Results For Other States

In states that have passed medical cannabis laws, there is a significant decrease in opioid overdose mortality rate (25 percent decline), a lower number of prescriptions written for opioids, and a reduction in opioid-positive test screens in fatal car crashes.[6-8]

Treating Opioids Addiction With CBD

The above information would seem to indicate that Cannabis  with THC, marijuana, the type that produces the high, can come to the rescue of the opioid  epidemic. Yet it’s the “high” that’s the problem.  CBD oil helps people with pain without getting them high.

Addictive Research: Yasmin Hurd, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Hurd is a professor of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Icahn School of Medicine and Director of the Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai. In a landmark  study she reported that “unlike THC, CBD is non-rewarding, and modulates feelings of anxiety – a key feature of addiction.”


CBD as The natural  Alternative to Opioids

CBD like Medical marijuana  can be very effective in reducing pain, but CBD by lowering levels of anxiety in its users seems to  prevent  a big trigger of opioid  addiction. This strongly suggests CBD can be a natural replacement for opioids. In fact already research  already indicates that CBD reduces heroin cravings and restores neurobiological damage. [10]

For more information on the benefits of CBD, I invite you to check


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I like to hear from the readers so please leave me a comment below to let me know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.


There is growing evidence that cannabis is in treating the type of pain usually  treated by using opioids. That said, questions are constantly  raised about the addictiveness of cannabis. Thus, CBD would seem the most logical solution  to providing an alternative to opioids. How CBD oil helps people  with pain and lessens the need for opioids  warrants more study. Perhaps it  can give those who feel abandoned during the opioid  crisis  more hope.









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12 thoughts on “How CBD Oil Helps People With Pain And Lessens The Need for Opioids

  1. This is an awesome article, I did not realize that they are taking away medications for those that really need it. I do know that many people do become, I have a friend that has issues all her life with pain. I know there are times she has ask me if I have had any type of pain pills just so she can make it though. I think reducing the addiction to opioids would be great for many people out there and if there is an alternative such as CBD Oil they should give it a try.

    1. Hello Dena,
      I think reducing the addiction to opioids would indeed be great for many people who are caught in the opioids crisis and their family. The situation right now is unteanable as more and more people are willing to risk their lives and freedom to take away the pain that they believe can only be done with opioids. As I said, a major trigger of opioid addiction is anxiety. CBD oil has proven effective in getting rid of anxiety. So, I think it is a good alternative to opioids. I am glad that you enjoyed the post.

  2. I have taken opiods after surgery and thankfully only needed them for a short time. Now that I am getting older, I seem to have more aches and pains. You can’t take opiods for them and you don’t want to run to the dr every time something hurts. I have tried CBD gummies for back pain that was so bad that I almost went to the ER, but I knew it was only spasms and would be better in a few days. I didn’t want to waste the time and money going to the Dr and I don’t want to take something that is going to make me feel better by making me sleep all day. I have things to do. CBD takes away that pain quickly and without any mental change. Hopefully, CBD will be better understood and accepted. When I mentioned I had taken CBD gummies to a family member, I got the feeling they thought I was using marijuana and they didn’t approve. More education is needed.

    1. Hello Shelley,

      There are lot of people living in chronic pain who are now left to feel alone and with little to no hope for their future. The only way to change that is to keep educating and helping those effected share their stories. I thank you for sharing yours.

  3. “CBD oil helps people with pain without getting them high”. To me, this is a critical point.
    I am a chronic pain sufferer. I have frozen right shoulder. And I am undergoing treatment. I go to a spine alignment doctor who also does acupuncture.

    His treatment helps. But my shoulder is far from recovered. It still hurts. I get restless sleep because every few hours, the shoulder and arm has throbbing pain. I don’t want to use any addictive medicine. And the CBD oil sounds perfect. I wish more countries can allow this natural remedy.

    1. Hello Tim,
      Recently World Health Organization (WHO) recently acknowledged the broad-ranging potential benefits of pure CBD. In a preliminary report released in February, it concluded that cannabinoid has legitimate medical applications and no known potential for abuse or adverse health outcomes. I think this sets the stage for more countries to allow CBD as a natural remedy for pain.

  4. Great post. I agree with the fact: when medicine and politics collide, the patient pays the price. I live in a country that has finally recognized CBD Oil as a cure for pain relief. I work in healthcare and know that it helps a lot of sick patients. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Maja. I think more and more countries, even those with strict drug laws, are starting to recognize the benefits of CBD Oil. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has lifted CBD from its list of banned substances in recognition of its non-addictive and beneficial nature. I think in time CBD Oil will spread to more countries.

  5. I have been reading your posts on CBD oil with interest, there is a question which comes to my mind maybe you can answer?

    Is there any change CBD could help people with autoimmune pain and nerve pain, today more and more people are living with chronic pain due to autoimmune nerve pain.


    1. Hi Jeff,

      You’re right. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases that medical experts have identified.So, more and more people are indeed living with autoimmune nerve pain. I’m sorry that you’re one of them. To answer your question, CBD oil can help manage the inflammatory symptoms caused by autoimmune nerve pain. Some people have reported lower levels of pain after using CBD oil. I hope this helps.

  6. I chose to get off opioids for pains several years ago and went through a series of alternative approaches to lessen the pain of autoimmune, arthritis and spinal stenosis. For me, opioids limited my functionality to get things done. I never liked the tired brain fog intensity they caused. Recently I started using CBD. It was the best life decision I have made. The impact it has made on my pain levels without affecting my ability to think and function has been exactly what I have been looking for. I feel like I am getting better for the first time in years!

    1. Hello Christina,

      Thanks for sharing your story. The fact that CBD has greatly relieved your pain without affecting your ability to think and function is an especially important point. A lot of pain sufferers are looking for such a solution. They want to feel more in control of their lives. I am so glad that you feel like you’re getting better, and I wish you continued good health.


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