Could CBD be a safer pain fighter?

Neuropathy is a recurring, painful condition due to nerve damage that most commonly occurs in the hands and feet. Despite being a condition that affects millions of Americans, there are limited medication routes for those who suffer. Because of the intense pain, patients may end up with an opioid prescription.

Thanks to further testing on CBD oil, the non-psychoactive-marijuana medication may be the alternative that many longtime patients could reach for. Deputy director of the pro-marijuana legislative group NORML, Paul Armentano, told the Chicago Tribune that research on the topic has remained consistent with "anecdotal reports of patients, many of whom are seeking a safer alternative to the use of deadly opioids."

"There are so many benefits from this plant," naturopathic medical doctor Emily Davenport of the Flagstaff Naturopathic Medical Facility told Sedona Red Rock News. "That's what I say to my patients all the time, start with the CBD and if you need to open the door to THC... talk about the pros and cons there."

After the Food and Drug Administration's approval of CBD-based epilepsy medication Epidiolex, and the World Health Organization's finding of CBD as non-addictive and beneficial, the drug may turn out to be an available option for even more people seeking relief.

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