Advil, Tylenol, and Aspirin are OTC drugs commonly found in every medicine cabinet. But their benefits often mirror those reported by patients who have experimented with cannabidiol (CBD) as an alternative. News out of the UK shows that “Eastenders” star Pam St. Clements relies on CBD to manage the neck and shoulder pain she experiences from polymyalgia rheumatica. The condition causes muscle inflammation that can dramatically limit movement.
While studies on CBD, and its psychoactive partner tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), remain in the early stages, many signs point to CBD as an effective alternative to over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that see common use. Since CBD, unlike THC, is legally available throughout the United States, it may be beneficial for many sufferers.
CBD Reduces Inflammation
The hallmark of Advil, which relies on ibuprofen as its active ingredient, is its anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-inflammatory drugs speed the healing process and reduce pain by lessening the physical stresses on the tissues after an injury. The National Institutes of Health confirms that CBD also reduces inflammation, and the degree of reduction is enough to warrant considering replacing …