I’m a Former Opioid Addict With Chronic Pain. Will CBD Work For Me?

Ten years ago, I was in a horrific ATV accident that nearly cost me an arm. The resulting four surgeries have finally got my bones to mend, but there’s still a massive mess of metal in my left wing, and it still aches a fair amount everyday.

During the bout of surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation, I got hooked on hydromorphone and hydrocodone and was ingesting enough opioids to fell a family of elephants. I knew I was in trouble when I started hitting up multiple doctors when my little orange bottles emptied. I kicked the addiction by detoxing for several weeks and my approach to pain management afterwards was light use of NSAIDs and nothing heavy-duty.

I just assumed I’d have to live with the pain; that finding natural relief wasn’t in the cards. Then I tried CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound derived from cannabinoids, which naturally occur in the cannabis plant. CBD won’t make you high (that’s all THC) but it has been anecdotally shown to help treat a variety of ailments, including pain. Worth a whirl, I surmised, and started sampling an array of products from company called Medix.

Read the rest of the Mens Health article here.

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