Dental pain can be excruciating. It affects almost every facet of your life: eating, drinking, talking, even breathing and laughing! It’s no wonder that when dental pain pops up, people are looking for immediate relief.
While many can reach for NSAIDs or acetaminophen, some can’t have these common painkillers because of underlying medical conditions. Instead, they have to receive a prescription for opioid painkillers–the same ones that are known to cause addictions and can even lead to death from overdose.
Should a toothache cost someone their life?
Scientists have revealed an alternative pain medication to opioids that could save some from unnecessary addiction: CBD oil.
Using the FDA-approved drug Epidiolex, an oral CBD solution, researchers divided study subjects with moderate to severe toothaches into two groups. One group was given a single dose of Epidiolex, and the other was given a placebo. The CBD group was also split into two more groups, one with a higher dose of Epidiolex and the other with a lower dose.
Both CBD groups reported significant pain reduction compared to the placebo group. Maximum pain reduction peaked about 180 minutes after administration. The study found the median pain relief was 73 percent at the 180-minute mark.
While this is an exciting breakthrough for those who can’t have OTC pain medications, it’s vital for employers to know when CBD is provided as an alternative to conventional drugs. It’s always possible for an employee using CBD–even for a toothache–to develop an addiction to CBD products and start exhibiting odd or dangerous behavior.
The most potentially dangerous side effect is drowsiness, especially for those whose occupations involve operating heavy machinery or transportation services. Keep the safety of your employees (and customers) a high priority by observing your employees for drowsiness, nausea, or GI issues that can impact their occupational performance.
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