By Richard Holt – Metro.co.uk – Nov 26, 2017
With vast numbers of people taking addictive and hazardous prescription painkillers, more investment needs to be made into natural, cannabis-derived alternatives like CBD. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: maybe back pain kept them awake all night, and now that same pain has formed a pincer-movement with the tiredness, making it extremely difficult not to look like a grumpy sod. Lots of people are in pain, and there are many potential remedies, both under and over the counter, inside and outside of the law. Let us consider two: opiates and cannabis.
Opiates include drugs like tramadol and oxycodone – semi-synthesised, opium-derived drugs in the same group as heroin. They are highly addictive, can kill you if you take too much, and yet are prescribed by doctors to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Cannabis is a plant that has been used effectively for thousands of years, causes no physical dependency, and has never been shown to cause a single fatality. The downside is that in most of the world, including the UK, using it makes you a criminal. There is, however, an alternative that is legal – at least for now. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that is found in cannabis and hemp plants. It does not contain any of the psychoactive part of cannabis – the THC – so it does not get you ‘high’
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