Americans are still slow at understanding the role of cannabis in medicine and the opportunities it offers. The image promoted around the plant throughout the last century did a lot of damage to the cannabis reputation. Therefore, more proofs need to be provided to the citizens of the United State to restore a more positive and progressive culture around it.
From small surgery to more severe intervention like a total knee replacement, CBD has the potential to help with the rehabilitation process. Americans are getting more conscious about the opioid crisis and are looking for a more natural and viable option. Many studies have reported the efficacy of THC and CBD as a substitute for opioids and other pain killers.
As the opioids crisis is growing it gains in attention, and people are starting to realize that this is a major issue that needs to be dealt with. It is very common for surgeons to feel pressured in prescribing more opioids than necessary. On the other hand, patients end up with more than double the amount they truly need.
Sometimes those prescriptions are so large they could cause an overdose or severe damage to the liver if taken too often by an inconsiderate patient in pain. It is scary to think that 12% of patients getting prescribed opioids end up developing a dependence to them.
A clinical trial looking into the effects of cannabis in post-surgical pain is being carried out by The Mc Master University in Canada. Without this trial, CBD already has shown potential for analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety. The trial focused on patients who just had a total knee replacement. The study will be ongoing for six months and the results are to be expected in September 2022.
What we know
"Survey data indicates that the use of cannabis is common among patients with chronic pain and patients who use it for this indication typically report it to be an effective treatment. Majorities further report that cannabis possesses fewer side effects than conventional pain medications and that it provides greater symptom management than opioids."
A growing number of organizations are now believing in the power of the plant and are even sharing their own guides for patients. Organizations such as The Arthritis Foundation, The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, and many more are slowly introducing their patients to this revolutionary and natural medicine.
Benefits of CBD when getting a surgery
Its well-known anti-anxiety properties could help patients dealing with their stress prior to the intervention. Moreover, what it can do for you after might help calm your anxiety too. The two main problems patients encounter following a surgical intervention are sleep deprivation and pain. CBD could possibly help with both of those unwanted conditions. CBD taken orally can soothe your mind in order to relax before going to bed. It can also relieve your pain to a certain extend. The best and fastest way CBD can relieve pain in this specific scenario is by using a CBD topical. CBD balm can be applied around the incision and anywhere else where you feel pain. This way of administering CBD can provide almost instant relief. If you are considering taking CBD before your surgery you must let your doctor know.
Finally, as mentioned earlier CBD on top of providing relief and relaxation has little to no bad sad effect. Again results will vary from one person to another. Its action on pain will not be as strong as opioids but it is a natural option. Further, you cannot develop an addiction to CBD in contrary to opioids for which the dependence rates has created major society problem and broken (if not ended) many lives.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.