Pain, inflammation, stiffness, overuse, cancer, illness, wasting, referred from, referred to, localized, radicular, neuralgia, neuropathy, injury, misspent youths, athletes, whatever you call it or refer to it as, pain is just like this list: all different. All with different causes, grades, illnesses, uses, over use, referred from one location to another another, so you wonder why there are so many different kinds of opioids on the market.
Before I continue I will agree with the general consensus: this country has an opioid problem. It’s not the patients fault unless, of course, that patient has drug selling behaviours no one had picked up before making them a great actor and mind you, doctors are excellent at finding these patients and denying them opioids because whatever pain they have is Tylenol worthy. Not Dilaudid worthy. Not tramadol worthy. Not hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, buprenorphine, Suboxone, methadone, fentanyl, morphine, etc, worthy. So these users either realize that immediately or become statistics either via heroin ODs or other synthetic variants made in bathtubs that are 100 times more potent than transdermal fentanyl.
So if opioids isn’t the answer for you then what is? One word: Terpenes (either profiles or isolates).
There is one common misconception about terpenes: they are derived from the Cannabis plant be it hemp or Marijuana.
This is 100% untrue. As you know, cannabis – hemp or Marijuana – are plants, AKA botanicals. The Terpenes I use personally and put in our pain products are botanical terpene isolates but not from any plant in the cannabis species. The terpene isolates I use are from plants heavy in specific terpinoids, not plants that are high in one and low in another hence why we use Isolates: only one specific terpene from any one botanical.
There are a handful of Terpene isolates that are amazing at pain control, that aren’t expensive at all and can be made into a fully Entourage inducing product by using CBD isolate with added terpene isolates to complete the solution.
The list of Terpene Isolates that are great for both pain and inflammation are the following:
- Myrcene – A study done just this year revealed that it’s uses as an anti-inflammatory and for treating pain from migraine and arthritis are exceptionally great for an herbal botanical ingredient.
- Pinene – Also called Alpha-Pinene, is also a great anti-inflammatory which is also great for the immune and respiratory systems.
- Linalool – Studied as a potent antioxidant, it’s properties Target the immune system and halt it’s inflammatory response.
- Humulene – Proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, appetite suppressant and anti-tumor.
- Beta-Carophyllene – Shown to be an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant.
- Limonene – Promotes weight loss, prevents cancer, treats cancer, and treats bronchitis
- Terpinolene – Good as a mild sedative and can reduce anxiety. Anything that is good at reducing anxiety is often used to help with musculoskeletal pain like how they prescribe Valium for this sort of pain in the cervical spine.
For relaxation, a combination of Myrcene, Linalool, Terpinolene and Beta-Carophyllene can help aid insomniacs when mixed in the right combinations.
Personally, due to my pain from a degenerating c-spine, in forced to be on heavy non-impairing narcotics namely the transdermal 3 day fentanyl patch and oxycodone (Percocet). I supplement the extra pain I have that’s left over with terpenes, CBD and CBG combinations. U can always ask for an increase in the fentanyl dose but instead I go the natural route and find it to be highly beneficial due to the other effects it offers the human body.
I use the product “Elevation Terpenes” which can be found in Amazon for 15 dollars USD for small amounts but remember, you should be taking small quantities of terpenes for their effects versus trying to drown out your pain and insomnia with extra amounts of terps. Your body and it’s CB1 and CB2 receptors in your ECS can only transmit and metabolize so much at once.
Your initial investment for CBD isolate based solutions are 20 to 60 dollars of CBD isolate powder depending on how much you buy at once, each one of 4 terpenes are $15 on Amazon so that’s approximately $120 as an initial investment. I generally put in 1/2 gram per 1/2 gram of coconut oil, and 1-2 milligrams of each terpenes into a small jar. The only thing I would say you can change without ruining the broth is how much CBD isolate you decide to use, 1/2 gram versus 1 gram. Obviously there is more concentrated CBD in 1 gram versus 1/2 gram. To add CBG, add about 20-50 drops from a 30ml bottle which contains 1000mg total of CBG. Adding CBN is an option but it’s harder to find and then find at recent prices.
The concoction above is good for oral ingestion (sublingual) if the Terpenes you buy are dietary kinds such as the brand I mentioned.
What you see above is an option to either complete your pain management solution with narcotic usage or to replace it altogether.