Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain will know that the effect on your life can be extremely corrosive. Next time you see someone walking down the street looking miserable, consider this: maybe back pain kept them awake all night, and now that same pain has formed a pincer-movement with the tiredness, making it extremely difficult not to look like a grumpy sod. Lots of people are in pain, and there are many potential remedies, both under and over the counter, inside and outside of the law.


Opiates include drugs like tramadol and oxycodone, semi-synthesized, opium-derived drugs in the same group as heroin. They are highly addictive, can kill you if you take too much, and yet are prescribed by doctors to hundreds of millions of people around the world. Cannabis is a plant that has been used effectively for thousands of years, causes no physical dependency, and has never been shown to cause a single fatality. The downside is that in most of the world, including the UK, using it makes you a criminal.


There is, however, an alternative that is legal – at least for now. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound that is found in cannabis and hemp plants. It does not contain any of the psychoactive part of cannabis, the THC, so it does not get you ‘high’. But CBD oil has been found by many people to be effective at reducing pain and inflammation, as well as tackling insomnia. A recent study suggested that there were 250,000 users in the UK alone. It has become particularly popular among sportsmen because of the effect it has on recovery. Trent Scanlen founded truthnaturals.co.uk, a company selling CBD oil and Hemp Oil , after finding that it helped during his recovery from cancer.

For much of the 20th century cannabis was demonized, portrayed as an insidious menace that was going to bring about the collapse of civil society. We can’t ignore a potentially extremely beneficial plant just because some people in the 1930s claimed it would send all the kids crazy – these are the same people, let’s not forget, who said cigarettes were good for you. Most of us have moved well past this ‘Reefer Madness’ hysteria, but there is still a lot of sniggering behind the hands when it comes to anything to do with cannabis. In the 21st century we are taking hardcore prescription medicines in extremely worrying quantities.

CBD, as well as the other compounds found in cannabis plants, could prove to be one of the healthiest and most effective alternatives. We just need to give it a chance because being in pain is no joke.

CBD has been used to treat epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain It is taken as oil that you drip under the tongue, but can also be consumed as gummies, or inhaled using a vape It is not psychoactive, unlike the cannabis compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so CBD does not produce the “high” associated with cannabis CBD is legal to buy in the UK, but legal restrictions mean it is sold online as a food supplement, rather than a medicine. It is not psychoactive, unlike the cannabis compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so CBD does not produce the “high” associated with cannabis CBD is legal to buy in the UK, but legal restrictions mean it is sold online as a food supplement, rather than a medicine Research is ongoing, but more investment into clinical trials is needed to explore CBD’s full potential as a medicine. Initial trials suggest CBD may be useful in helping people stop smoking, and even lessen withdrawal symptoms from painkiller addictions CBD is used by sportsmen because of the effect it has on pain, inflammation and recovery.

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