Is CBD Set to Replace Most Major Pain Medications?

Modern medicine is a miracle. Thanks to vaccines and medications we have eradicated a number of deadly diseases. And we have already seen the marvel of modern science in how swiftly the Covid vaccine was rolled out to battle this pandemic.

But today we want to look at a specific type of medication. A type that has brought a lot of benefits and help to a lot of people. But has also caused a lot of problems, including one of the biggest addiction epidemics in American history. This is of course the opioid epidemic.

Yes, today we are looking at major pain medications. And, more importantly, is CBD set to replace most of these medications going forward.

The Nature of Pain Medication

Medical professionals have been employing pain relief methods for as long as they have been practicing medicine. But it wasn’t until the 1600’s that we saw Doctors using a standard pain relief method in the form of Opium. Further, through history, we saw chloroform being used to sedate patients and relieve pain. Then we had the big one, morphine, appear in 1803.

Morphine is still used to this day as one of the main pain killers for patients in a hospital. It is, of course, given in controlled dosages. But there is a risk with it being highly addictive. Luckily it is very difficult to actually get your hands on morphine.

But opioids are a bit easier to get your hands on. And as such is one of the most common drugs to become addicted to. And it is a vicious cycle. So many people simply started taking opioids, such as Vicodin, to relieve the pain related to an illness or injury. And they soon find themselves addicted. It’s the ultimate catch-22. The drug meant to help people sends them down an even darker path.

What is CBD and How it Works

You will most likely have heard about CBD by now. It is everywhere. Seemingly appearing out of nowhere to become an overnight sensation. CBD is a Cannabidiol discovered in 1940. And yes, Cannabidiol is from the same family as the infamous THC. Commonly known as Weed or Marijuana.

From this, you can most likely work out what CBD is and does. But there are some significant differences between CBD and THC. Whereas THC has a lot of effects on the human mind, CBD has nearly no effect on it. Instead, CBD seems to focus on pain relief and relaxation. The chemicals released to give you a body high without the head high, to put it simply.

Marijuana has been used as a pain medication for some years now. It has been proven to be
extremely effective for a number of ailments, including mental health issues such as anxiety. But it is still a hot-button topic for a number of reasons. One of the main ones is that the lifestyle associated with THC and Marijuana is addictive. This can be confusing to hear since THC itself is non-addictive. But the chemical releases in the brain and the way it makes you feel is addictive in itself.

CBD on the other hand is both non-addictive and doesn’t change your brain state enough to create an addictive lifestyle. But it is an effective painkiller and is just as useful for battling anxieties and depression.

Why CBD might Replace Pain Medication

The biggest and most obvious reason that CBD might replace pain medications is because of the lack of negative side effects or risk of addiction. In medical terms, this is a godsend. CBD does have a few risks of nausea or dry mouth, but these are very manageable compared to some of the side effects associated with powerful opioids.

Drug addiction is one of the biggest issues facing the United States. And it costs people millions of dollars a year in rehab costs and drug costs. Not to mention the emotional impact it has on families. Watching those they love spiral down into addiction. Whereas CBD has no risk of this happening.

CBD is also far easier to produce and manage. We can create mixtures of nearly any percentage of CBD with ease. And it is easy to acquire too; you can get 100% pure CBD oil or 50% strength from any good vape or CBD store. Whereas a pain medication with similar pain relief effects will require a prescription and a trip to the pharmacy.

Why CBD might Not Replace Pain Medication

In reality, it is unlikely CBD will replace all pain medications. While it is powerful, it is nowhere near as potent as morphine or Vicodin. So for some ailments, it is just not feasible to make use of CBD over traditional medications.

But there is a far more sinister reason that CBD won’t ever fully replace pain medications. Big Pharma. One of the most efficient, and evil business fields in the world. Medication is one of the most profitable businesses in the United States. Each year big pharma firms make millions upon millions from hospitals and people needing medication.

This is why CBD is facing an uphill battle. It simply isn’t as profitable for big pharma as traditional pain medication. Since it can be produced by smaller companies and there is no regulation on who is allowed to distribute or buy it. While big pharma can’t deny the benefits of CBD, chances are they will lobby politicians to regulate it and fight against it is the new major pain relief treatment option.

But even with their intervention, it seems CBD has made its mark and is nowhere to stay. All over the globe people are incorporating CBD into their daily lives. CBD vape pens. CBD gummies and Oils. Even smoking CBD in plant form has become the norm.

By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.