Using CBD Over OTC Drugs for Pain & Inflammation

In today’s society there is a pill for everything. The pharmaceutical industry has developed a medication for every medical issue under the sun. However, most of these medications have some very troubling side effects, including those easily accessable and commonly used over the counter (OTC) medications. For this reason, many people are turning to alternative medicine and more holistic remedies for relief such as CBD. 

Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are very common OTC drugs. People rely on these medications daily for relief from ailments such as pain, inflammation, and fevers just to name a few. Prolonged use and/or high doses of even these seemingly harmless and widely accepted medications have proven side effects, specifically ototoxicity. Ototoxic drugs can have a temporary or permanent impact on hearing including tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and complete hearing loss.

Acetaminophen is another commonly used and widely accepted OTC medication that can negatively impact the body. Serious liver damage can occur when too much is consumed. An overdose of acetaminophen leading to liver damage can be as easy as combining too many different cold medicines at one time, and not knowing they all contain acetaminophen as an active ingredient.

As we learn and gain more knowledge about the negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, alternative and holistic remedies become more enticing. Using CBD for pain and inflammation relief is gaining popularity. It can be taken orally or applied topically. Applying CBD topically is preferred for point tenderness and very specific areas of the body. Taking CBD orally is favorable for all types of aches, pains, and inflammation. Whether it’s using essential oils, herbs, teas, whole foods or CBD, finding natural remedies for treating our ailments is becoming more and more sought-after.

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