CBD vs. OTC Pain Meds

CBD vs. OTC Pain Meds
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Living with pain isn't easy and affects your quality of life. It can cause stress, depression, and sleep deprivation having a negative impact on how you deal with the day to day.  Over-the-counter painkillers can come to your rescue when pain comes from common conditions like cramps, headaches and workout fatigue. However, they may not be the best way to deal with the problem because they only offer short-term relief. CBD is an effective option as it has a host of benefits over OTC painkillers and NSAIDs. Let me tell you about a few.

ALL NATURAL

When it comes to relieving pain caused by everyday issues, natural treatment is always better. Not surprisingly, the inclination towards holistic healing is growing as patients look for natural wellness aids. CBD is plant-based and natural, so you can trust it as an all-natural therapy. The cannabinoid interacts with the endocannabinoid system to address pain from the root. Conversely, painkillers are made with synthetic chemicals that may do more harm than good. All VictoryLeaf products are non-gmo, and manufactured in FDA and GMP certified facilities.

NO SIDE EFFECTS

Prolonged use of OTC painkillers can have a long list of negative side effects, which you will want to avoid at all cost. Acetaminophen found in OTC painkillers increases the risk of liver damage if you use it often. Consistent use of NSAIDs can produce ulcers, nausea, dizziness, and allergic reactions.  Using CBD has very minimal side effects if not taken correctly, like upset stomach. CBD does not cause any organ damaging side effects. It is also non-psychoactive and will not give you a high.

LEGAL

A few years ago, the availability of CBD was a concern, even for medicinal users. But the legalization of cannabis has changed the picture completely today. You can easily find CBD for sale in legal states, both online and in dispensaries. Apart from legalization, research studies about CBD give buyers additional confidence about its safety and efficacy. 

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

OTC painkillers are meant to offer relief for pain, and just that.  However you can expect much more from using CBD because it has a host of benefits beyond just pain relief. It could help with anxiety and depression, which often accompanies chronic pain-related conditions. It also relieves insomnia and helps you sleep better, and we all know what good rest can do for us all.  CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, so it alleviates pain from the root. You can expect a better quality of life without worrying about developing a dependency on CBD.

You have several great reasons to choose CBD over OTC painkillers. Ensure you pick the right product and find the right dose.  Incorporating CBD into your life on a consistent basis, can provide the relief you are looking for. Only then will you have the ability to feel the full benefits of CBD.

By: Vasiliki Baldini


Why are OTC pain medications dangerous?

 

 

It is all too easy to get into the habit of taking over-the-counter pain medications to relieve a headache, arthritis pain, muscle pain or other kinds of pain that many of us experience now and then.

But no matter what brand of pain medication we grab from a store shelf, they all have potential dangerous risks when used too frequently.

Aspirin (active ingredient: acetyl salicylic acid) can cause stomach irritation, and a 2012 Italian study of more than 300,000 patients found that taking aspirin regularly can increase the risk of stomach or brain bleeding by up to 55 percent.

Tylenol, or more specifically, its active ingredient acetaminophen, increases risk of liver failure. So much so that Tylenol, the most popular OTC pain medication in the United States, is also the number-one cause of acute liver failure in the country. And combining acetaminophen with alcohol can be fatal, even when acetaminophen is taken in recommended doses.

One study also found that people who took acetaminophen regularly and for long periods had almost twice the risk of developing blood cancer. Other studies have linked long-term use of acetaminophen to brain damage and increased blood pressure.

The class of OTC’s known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) has risks of its own. These drugs include ibuprofen-based medications such as Motrin or Advil, and naproxen sodium, the active ingredient in Aleve. They are associated with an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. They also raise the risk of serious gastrointestinal problems, including bleeding, ulcers and perforation of the stomach or intestines. These events can occur without warning symptoms.

Clearly, then, OTC pain medications are not harmless and should be used as infrequently as possible, if they’re used at all. (Consumers should also be on the look-out for prescription pain medications that contain OTC pain ingredients like acetaminophen, and take the amounts of these ingredients present into consideration when determining what is a safe dose to take of any OTC pain medication.)

Natural Remedies for Pain

On many occasions, you may be able to relieve your pain without using medication at all. The following are helpful suggestions for doing so.

If you are someone who gets headaches often, it may benefit you to talk to your doctor about it. Getting blood work done will help pinpoint nutrient deficiencies that may be causing your headache. If nutritional deficiencies or more serious conditions are ruled out, then chances are you are getting tension headaches, which is what 90 percent of all headaches are.

OTC article: By Eirian Hallinan (Copyright © 2022 Natural Health Journals)



 

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