CBD and Chronic Illness

Can CBD Help with Chronic Illness Symptoms?

Do you suffer from a chronic illness?

You are not alone! In fact, chronic diseases affect approximately 133 million Americans, representing more than 40% of the total population of this country.

What defines chronic illness?

Chronic illness is defined as a disease that lasts longer than 3 months. Many people suffer from multiple chronic diseases at once. Almost a third of the population is now living with multiple chronic conditions.

If you suffer from chronic issues, you and I are in the same boat. I still deal with depression, social anxiety and cystic acne. It’s been longer than I can keep track of now.

Thankfully, CBD can help alleviate symptoms of most chronic conditions!

A 2017 study showed 42% of Americans have switched off prescription medication and onto cannabis for relief. My guess is by now we have reached 50% if not more.

How does CBD do so much?

CBD can help with so many symptoms because it helps regulate the system that keeps our body in physiological balance (homeostasis), which is the endocannabinoid system. An out-of-balance endocannabinoid system has been linked to multiple chronic diseases, including fibromyalgia, IBS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s, plus much more. When your body is not in homeostasis, it isn’t able to heal itself, which is where problems can manifest.

Our bodies were designed to consume cannabis, especially for those whose ECS is not functioning properly.

Why Cannabis over Pills?

Pharmaceuticals, such as opioids, come with a long list of side effects that can cause chronic damage to organs over time. Research shows that chronic opioid therapy is associated with constipation, sleep-disordered breathing, fractures, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal dysregulation, and overdose.

However, significant gaps remain regarding the spectrum of potentially opioid-related adverse effects. Opioid-related adverse effects can cause significant declines in health-related quality of life and increased health care costs.

When people seek medical attention for help, they are trying to heal their bodies to become well again. Pills like opioids not only just mask the symptoms (as opposed to correcting the issue), they continue to further damage the body until you need more pills to cope with those symptoms.

For example, ADHD medication, such as Adderall, can contribute to insomnia in most cases. Eventually, the user will need another form of medication to help them sleep at night, such as melatonin, or even another pharmaceutical such as xanax. All of these pharmaceuticals come with long list of side effects and most do more harm than good.

These types of drugs are also HIGHLY addicting. For example, I know of a normal person who got in a car accident and was prescribed Vicodin for the pain. She ended up becoming so addicted to the pills, once she couldn’t get more prescribed, she ended up getting hooked on heroine to feed her addiction. She lost her house and husband to her addiction and the last I heard, she was living on the streets.

Does CBD come with any of these side effects? No! You can learn more about how CBD affects the body and how it works by clicking here.

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