Updated: Jul 9
How CBD can replace prescription opiates, once and for all.
CBD in a Post-Opiate World We are on an all-natural health mission here at Arrow Organics, empowering our customers by providing them the best quality CBD on the market. We know the power of high-quality CBD, because we use it ourselves. CBD is a dynamic, emerging product that offers a ton of upsides. Managing pain is one of them, among others. The United States is currently facing an opiate epidemic, and CBD could possibly help alleviate the problem in more ways than one. Opiate Crisis by the Numbers Opiates are powerful prescription painkillers that are legal everywhere in the United States. The history of opiates has been dark from the start. In the late 1990’s, pharmaceutical companies sold a daunting lie to the medical community, saying opiates were not addictive when given in prescribed doses. Trusting this information, healthcare providers began prescribing opiates at alarming rates. What transpired resulted in a national crisis, of which the effects are still seen to this day. Drugabuse.gov provides some alarming statistics surrounding the opioid crisis. In 2017 alone, over 47,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. It was estimated that 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance abuse problems with opioids that same year. It was reported that roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids were misusing them, leading to 8 to 12 percent of patients to develop an addiction. More alarming, between 4 to 6 percent of patients who misuse opioids eventually transitioned to the street drug heroin, which is a dangerously addictive drug. From July 2016 to September 2017, opioid overdoses increased a whopping 30%. While the whole country saw overdoses increase, some places saw it worse than others. In the Midwest, overdoses increased 70% in the same time frame. What we have as a result is a medical crisis. Most Americans probably know someone personally who has been affected by the opioid crisis. How CBD Can Help While it is still too early to determine just how CBD could fit into the picture of painting a post-opiate world, it is certainly possible that CBD could help alleviate the crisis. CBD is hailed as a non-addictive solution to escalating opioid use. It is shown to reduce pain and anxiety, improve sleep, as well as reduce tolerance to other drugs, among other benifits. There have been recent legislation which breathes hope and legitimacy into the CBD movement, the most monumental of which being the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized the growing and production of hemp. Regulation for the industry is still being drafted, but a recent bill announced shows a step in the right direction. Both sides of the political aisle seem to be in favor of classifying CBD as a dietary supplement. This would streamline the process of CBD research and market growth which have previously been slow due to government restrictions. The Future of CBD The future's looking bright for CBD. The federal government is acting quickly to get CBD regulated and available to Americans nationwide. While it cannot be said that CBD will be the end-all solution to the opioid crisis, it certainly appears to be that it will play a role. The extent of that role is still to be seen, but we are excited to watch it unfold and be a part of the CBD movement. If you are curious about CBD, be sure to check out our previous blog posts and our list of products. If you have any questions about CBD, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us using one of our available contact forms or using the messenger icon at the bottom left-hand side of the screen.