CBD Oil and Gabapentin: Can CBD be a Safe Substitute?
Gabapentin, a prescription drug sold under different brand names, like Neurontin, Gralise, and Horizant, is an anti-epileptic medication that offers respite from seizures and neuropathic (nerve) pain. Sometimes, doctors may prescribe it for patients with migraine headaches too. Epilepsy, migraines, and other conditions associated with nerves or neuropathic pain are caused due to wrong signaling by the brain, which manipulates your body into feeling pain, even if there’s no injury or damage. Gabapentin helps in slowing down these erroneous neurotransmissions, thereby relieving the patient’s pain sensations. Nevertheless, Gabapentin has been reported to have several adverse effects, including swelling, back or chest pain, shortness of breath, vomiting, urinary problems, lack of concentration, and even suicidal tendencies, especially in high doses. Even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been forced to issue a warning about antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), like Gabapentin, causing serious breathing problems among patients with respiratory comorbidities (like COPD). Another issue with gabapentin is that it provides only temporary relief. It doesn’t address the underlying problems of these ailments. This has prompted many to look for safer, effective, and more reliable alternatives – that some found in Cannabidiol (CBD). While some use CBD to alleviate Gabapentin’s side-effects, while helping in the overall therapy, others have replaced Gabapentin with CBD oil. Can CBD Effectively Treat Epilepsy & Nerve Pain? Despite the broad-spectrum of studies conducted on cannabidiol and its benefits, CBD remains one of nature’s mysteries. It seems to help treat and alleviate symptoms and provide relief from many…
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