Is chronic pain holding you hostage?

This safe, natural solution will set you free—and change your life

If you struggle with chronic pain, you’re probably well aware of the ways it can hold your life hostage.

So the fact that we’re stuck in the middle of an opioid crisis shouldn’t really surprise anyone. When you’re in pain, you want relief. And a lot of doctors are all too happy to oblige by doling out hardcore prescription painkillers as if they were candy.

I certainly can’t blame anyone for wanting to give their patients a pain-free life. And I also understand how living with chronic pain will drive anyone to try almost anything—regardless of the risks.

However, with hundreds of people dying from opioid addiction every day, it’s crystal clear that these drugs simply aren’t the solution.

But there’s good news—and a viable alternative. In fact, today, I’m going to tell you about the most game-changing pain relief treatment I’ve come across yet. (At least, since I first started out in the business and saw how nutrition could change lives without pharmaceutical interventions.)

This one substance has changed my practice so much (especially in California, where I’m also licensed) that I doubt I’ll need to write a single prescription for sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressants, or pain medications ever again.

So what is this one “miracle” substance? It’s a powerful combination of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)—otherwise known as marijuana or cannabis.

FACT: Inflammation drives chronic pain

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned my enthusiasm for medicinal marijuana. Ever since I started prescribing it a few years ago, I’ve been preaching the gospel.

Still, I’ve encountered a fair share of skepticism from patients. And understandably so. For years, marijuana was illegal, even for medicinal purposes. But while most states have now given it the green light medically, its reputation as a recreational drug has been hard to shake.

And that’s a real shame, because the truth is that the pharmacological effects of cannabis are as powerful as any drug…and a whole lot safer, too.

To understand how marijuana works to relieve chronic pain, it’s important to first understand how and why chronic pain happens. And as I’m always telling you, any type of pain, especially chronic pain, stems from inflammation.

Inflammation in itself is a good thing. Without inflammation, wounds and infections would never heal. But this necessary kind of inflammation is acute and generally goes away on its own within a few days.

When it doesn’t go away, however, it results in chronic inflammation. And that’s the kind that triggers ongoing pain and other symptoms. To make matters worse, research shows it sets off a vicious cycle: Increased pain boosts inflammation, which causes even more pain…and on and on.

So if you want to manage chronic pain of any kind, you have to address inflammation. And guess what? Research shows this is exactly what the natural compounds in cannabis do.

Smoking marijuana lowers CRP significantly

Consider this surprising fact: Marijuana smokers show lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP)—the notorious inflammatory marker linked to heart disease.1

A recent study looked at data from more than 9,000 participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), collected over the course of five years between 2005 and 2010.

About 40 percent of study participants reported having never smoked marijuana. Meanwhile, closer to 50 percent said that they had done so at least once, but not in the past month. And roughly 12 percent reported smoking the substance at least once in the last 30 days.

But get this: People who reported using marijuana most recently had significantly lower levels of CRP than those who reported never using it. What’s more, the association held true even after researchers factored in subjects’ body mass index (BMI).

This study didn’t explore exactly how marijuana manages to achieve these effects. But as it turns out, science has at least one potential answer for that—one that lies within the body’s own cannabinoid receptors.

Putting out the fire before it starts

Cannabis contains hundreds of active substances, but only one of these—THC—contributes to its ability to get you “high.” The remaining active substances have different, less psychoactive effects—namely, they activate your body’s cannabinoid receptors.

These receptors include CB1 and CB2. CB1 deals with the central nervous system. But CB2 has a key role in blocking inflammation within your body’s tissues. This means that when CB2 is activated, your immune cells release fewer inflammatory cytokines (molecules that promote inflammation in your body).

And get this: German scientists discovered some time ago that a substance called beta-caryophyllene—which comprises up to 35 percent of the oil from the cannabis plant—directly activates your body’s CB2 receptors, without activating the CB1 receptor or causing psychoactive effects.2

What’s more, studies on animals found that 70 percent of mice who received doses of this substance saw inflammatory swelling in their paws subside.

Ultimately, this means that oils from the cannabis plant hold promise not only against chronic pain, but against any inflammatory condition—from heart disease to Crohn’s to liver disease.

But for the sake of today’s discussion, let’s get back to what it can do for chronic pain…

A “miracle elixir” for older adults

In my opinion, medical marijuana is one of the best options for patients with chronic pain. (It’s also one of seven conditions for which New York allows me to prescribe it.)

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Because there’s plenty of research to support this benefit. In fact, one new study found that medical marijuana users over the age of 75 enjoyed a dramatic reduction in symptoms.3

This study featured more than 200 elderly patients, all of whom consumed cannabis products with varying ratios of THC to CBD—most often in the form of tinctures (a concentrated liquid extract typically made by alcohol extraction).

Three quarters of the patients had chronic pain diagnoses. But conditions like cancer, neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease were also represented.

And here are the results:

  • Around 70 percent of patients experienced some degree of symptom relief
  • 50 percent reported reductions in chronic pain
  • Nearly 20 percent reported better sleep
  • 15 percent reported reductions in nerve pain
  • 10 percent reported anxiety relief

Plus, as you might imagine, nearly all of the patients reported improvements in quality of life. And that’s not too shabby for a simple plant that—for the most part—hasn’t been altered beyond recognition in one of Big Pharma’s labs (at least not yet).

Like any treatment, the dosing for medical marijuana needs to be properly individualized. So this study found a few minor side effects, like sleepiness, with treatment. Still, once adjustments were made, only three percent of the subjects had to stop using it.

In this study, a 1-to-1 ratio of THC to CBD proved to deliver the most benefits with the fewest side effects. (This isn’t always the ratio that I use—sometimes I’ll prescribe more or less of either, depending on the patient and their symptoms). But in the end, the patient always benefits, and there’s no risk of overdose or abuse.

Which brings me to what might be the most noteworthy finding of this study: One-third of the patients were able to significantly reduce their dependence on opioid painkillers. And this is hardly the first research to draw such a conclusion.

A safe way to stem the opioid crisis

I’ve devoted plenty of lip service to the problem with opioids—and at this point, most people are well aware of the dangers they pose.

To make matters worse, research shows that they don’t even work all that well. Previous studies have shown that only 13 percent of users—about one in eight—rated opioids as “very successful.”

The most common answer? “Somewhat successful,” with a whopping 75 percent of the patients experiencing side effects, to boot. (Including constipation, sleepiness, cognitive issues, and dependence.)

So any substance that promises a way to wean Americans off of this destructive class of drugs without compromising symptom relief (and without side effects) is a very big deal.

Of course, a lot of patients would pale at the prospect of mixing marijuana and painkillers. The mere suggestion is enough to send more conservative patients running for the door, with visions of drugged up rock stars dancing through their heads.

But if you fall into this category, research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics this past spring should come as a welcome relief.

Scientists gave monkeys moderate doses of morphine along with a synthetic version of THC. (Again, that’s the compound responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating properties.) Then, they assessed for factors like impulsivity and memory to measure the mind-altering effects of each substance.

The scientists found that, while both morphine and THC impeded cognitive performance individually, this effect was actually reduced when they were used in combination.4

Sure, these results are from monkeys—so unlike human trials, they can only tell us so much. But as a model for human cognition, these findings offer a lot of hope for anyone looking to wean themselves off of lethal and addictive painkillers.

Far from pouring gasoline on the fire, it appears as though cannabis may be able to put that fire out without incapacitating patients any further. (While also potentially lowering any adverse effects.)

Natural pain relief that really works

Of course, there’s a long list of other drug-free remedies that can help you achieve the pain relief you need—yoga, massage, walking, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment—all of which have clinical studies to support their use. And all of which I also recommend to my patients.

In fact, I devoted an entire learning protocol to living a pain-free life without pills. This Pain-Free Life Protocol is an innovative, all-natural plan to relieve and eliminate any type of acute or chronic pain…safely. For more information, or to enroll today, click here or call 1-866-747-9421 and ask about order code EOV3V704.

But in my practice, at least, cannabis will continue to take center stage in the fight against pain. So if you struggle with chronic pain, I strongly recommend you give it try.

You can find out your state’s medical marijuana laws online by visiting this website: https://healthcare.findlaw.com/
patient-rights/medical-marijuana-laws-by-state.html
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And you can find a reliable doctor near you who can prescribe medical marijuana for chronic pain by visiting this website: https://www.MarijuanaDoctors.com/.

I should warn you, though—until its use is legalized federally, you’ll find that not everyone has access to this plant just yet.

Luckily, everyone can get CBD, and it can be quite effective on its own for helping patients manage chronic pain.

CBD comes in a variety of delivery systems—from inhalation, to edibles, drops, oils, and capsules. There are even CBD preparations that come in creams that you can apply topically.

(I personally use these for dry skin in the winter months, and it completely relieves the dryness—and the itchiness that accompanies it. Plus, stay tuned for a brand new CBD topical cream that I’m formulating for pain relief. I can’t wait for this to become available to you, so keep your eyes peeled. As always, you’ll be the first to know when it’s ready!)

The best form of CBD really depends on the patient, what they are comfortable with, and what gives them the most relief. But the most important message here is that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Because no matter what form you choose to try—whether it’s pure CBD or a mixture of THC and CBD—cannabis is completely non-addictive with almost no side effects. In other words—this stuff is perfectly safe. And more importantly, it works!

References:

  1. Alshaarawy O, et al. “Cannabis smoking and serum C-reactive protein: a quantile regressions approach based on NHANES 2005-2010.” Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 1;147:203-7.
  2. Gertsch et al. “Beta-caryophyllene is a dietary cannabinoid.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2008; 105 (26): 9099.
  3. American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2019 Annual Meeting: Abstract P4.1-014. Presented May 8, 2019.
  4. Experimental Biology. “Combining opioids and marijuana may be advantageous for pain sufferers: Study suggests using the two drugs together could reduce risk of dependency without causing cognitive problems.” ScienceDaily, 9 April 2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190409135930.htm)

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