Here are the basics of CBD Oil. Hopefully, after reading this article, you can answer your question, is CBD oil for me? I had heard the name CBD Oil, but never really gave it much thought. Then last year, I had a friend that told me about it, and how she and her husband considered trying it with their son, who suffered from having several seizures a day.
A little over a year ago, I got finished with my second appointment with my pain doctor, I was leaving, with a prescription for hydros. I suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis, and some days, I don’t even have to move to hurt. I was hopeful that I could get my prescription filled in the town in which my doctor practiced; sadly, that was not the case.
Made to Feel Like a Criminal
You see, when I got my first prescription from my pain doctor, it took me four days to get it filled! Yes, four days! And I was made to feel like I was a druggie or like I was some criminal!! Two pharmacists told me how the government was cutting back on opioids and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. None of that mattered to me at the time. I was in pain, and usually, when I’m in pain, not much else seems to matter. After going to 3 pharmacies, I finally was able to get my script filled.
So, after my second appointment, and being turned down once again for pain pills, which I needed. I became a bit hysterical. Why was I being punished for what others did with their pain pills? I never abused mine. Never sold them to anyone. Nor did I give them away for others to use. In fact, after the difficulty I had with getting my first script filled, I only took my pain meds when I could no longer handle the pain. I held on to as many pills as I could for as long as I could.
It still upsets me to think about it. That feeling of hopelessness, and the reality that there was absolutely nothing that I could do–about my pain. Then I mentioned CBD Oil to my husband. He remembered we passed a smoke shop on our way to the doctors. We both figured it wouldn’t hurt to try.
When we pulled into the smoke shop parking lot, I was extremely skeptical. And I felt like a fish out of water. The gal that waited on us explained what CBD Oil was, and how to take it. So, we bought it. I was so desperate to quiet the pain, as soon as we got in the car, I took it as the gal had suggested, three drops under my tongue, and waited.
Before we got home, the pounding from my pain had stopped. As I’ve said in previous posts, I will be nothing but honest with you. I told my husband that it has to be all in my head. This little bottle of oil, well, it just couldn’t be for real.
When we got home, my husband tried it, he has terrible ankles from a fall he had at work years ago, and he was just surprised as I was, it worked for him too! CBD oil was for real! It was legit!!
We had found something that helped me, helped both of us. And we didn’t have to go running around for four days to get it!!
That was last November 2017, and I’ve been hydro free since then. Side effect free. I was back in control of my well-being. Not some doctor or a pharmaceutical company. Me! For the first time in a very long time, I was happy.
Next month will be a year that I’ve started taking CBD Oil. And just last August, we tried a CBD oil vape pen.
Just What Is CBD Oil, You Ask
There is so much information on the internet now on CBD Oil. Some of the information you need to have a Ph.D. to understand any of it. And as CBD Oil became more popular, the definition of it became even more challenging to understand. It’s undoubtedly information overload! Sometimes, making it complicated to understand.
So, just what is CBD oil? CDB (Cannabidiol) is a compound found in marijuana. And THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). It is the THC that marijuana is mostly known about; It is the compound found in marijuana that gets you high/stoned. CBD does not get you high or stoned. It is not a psychoactive compound like THC is. There is nothing mind-altering about CBD oil. The changes that CBD makes, in the body, have shown researchers that is does have medical benefits. The plant Cannabis Sativa contains both hemp and marijuana. It is the hemp part that includes the most CBD.
How Does it Work??
Our body produces certain amounts of CBD. It is the CBD that attaches to certain receptors in our body. There are a couple of receptors, CB1 that is found in the brain, and another, CB2, found in our immune system.
CB1 found in the brain affects movement, pain, emotions, mood, thinking, even our appetite–to name a few.
The CB2 found in our immune system affect pain and inflammation. I have learned that inflammation is what causes pain. I know that this is true for me. If I can control my inflammation, I can control my pain.
The CBD Oil that we can take does not attach to our receptors like it was originally thought, more so it actually tells the body to use the CBD that our body produces to attach onto those receptors.
I hope I explained this so that everyone can understand. I didn’t want to get all fancy and throw medical terms at you. Heck, I don’t understand them myself.
A Health Benefit
The list of health benefits by using CBD oil are many, and I will list those. But I wanted first to address the health benefit that it has helped me with. This, I know for sure, from my personal use. Therefore, I know for a fact that it does work. It helps my PsA (psoriatic arthritis). It reduces my inflammation. Consequently, I have less pain. It’s as simple as that.
I used to take it two times a day, but have cut back to just once a day. Am I pain-free? For the most part, yes. I can now function pretty much pain-free. Did you hear me say that, right? I can now function, usually pain-free, something that I’ve not been able to do in many years! PsA robs you of a lot of your independence. It isolates you from those you love, who can carry on an active life. I will always have stiffness, which can be uncomfortable, but that is just part of this disease. Stiffness I can live with.
PsA is where my immune system attacks my joints, causing irreparable damage to those joints. About 30% who have psoriasis may also get psoriatic arthritis. There is no cure for either. Early detection of the arthritis is best; less damage is done. Not the case for me. All my toes are fused. Four fingers on my right hand are crooked and bent. It makes doing simple tasks, challenging at times. Right now, my left hand seems ok, but I have no feeling in it. I don’t believe it’s from my psoriatic arthritis. One doctor, a neurologist, suggested surgery, I said thanks, but no thanks.
Anyway, I do not have to worry that I’ll become addicted to CBD Oil, and I have none of the side effects like I had when I took the hydros. I can be me and enjoy the second half of my life on my terms. And the more I work on getting my strength back. I will be able to do even more.
Did I tell you I was able to check off one of our bucket list items? Two and a half weeks ago, we went kayaking at Silver Springs (Florida), and it was awesome. A year ago, that was not even a possibility for me. How cool is that??
It is not a fad. Which is what I first thought it was until I tried it and experienced the pain relief myself. A pain I have suffered for over 15 years. It seemed like each year; the pain became more and more unbearable. There were days when I couldn’t even get out of bed. That is no way to live. I am so grateful that I found CBD Oil and that it has helped me.
Please keep in mind that just like with any other kind of medicines, because CBD oil worked for me, it may not work for you. That doesn’t mean it’s not useful, because I am living, walking proof that it does. I promised to be honest with you, when I have a flare-up due to my PsA, CBD oil does not help that kind of pain. That kind of pain is excruciating. But, the last flare-up that I had this past July lasted only three days. I will take three days of pain over 2 or 3 weeks of pain, every time!! Two to three weeks use to be the average duration of a flare-up. I believe taking the CBD Oil; has shortened the amount of time that I am actually in the flare. And might I add, that I’ve only had two flare-ups since taking CBD oil, back in November 2017. Usually, I have 3 to 6 flare-ups a year.
If you get pain due to inflammation, give CBD oil a try. There is no specific dose; you have to see what works for you. I’d started with the lowest dose possible. Too much has given some people a headache. As for any side effects, I have experienced none.
Last August, I tried the CBD vape pen. I was leery of trying it, but it works faster and lasts longer. So it too does help. I’ll stick with the oil, or as some call it tincture. My husband prefers the pen. I’ll use the pen occasionally in the evening because, at times, it has helped me sleep better. It helps me to stay asleep once I fall to sleep. I have what my husband calls a hyper-brain. It’s tough to shut it off at bedtime so that I can go to sleep.
With all the research I did online regarding CBD oil, I have learned a few other things. Like how 90% of our inflammation comes from our gut. The whole imbalance with friendly and unfriendly bacteria…do you now that antibiotics mess with that balance like crazy?? But sometimes antibiotics are necessary, and I know this. Long story short, I take a probiotic to keep my gut in balance, and that helps with my inflammation, which helps curb my pain.
I’ve also added vitamin D to my supplements as well. If you decide to start taking CBD oil or any supplements for that matter, check with your doctor first, to be sure. But let me warn you, some doctors don’t know enough about CBD oil to have much of an opinion about it. And then there are those doctors that think they or the only doctor that can help with your pain. Believe it or not, I’ve gotten more positive feedback from their nurses. A few I’ve talked with, either took CBD oil themselves or gives it to a loved one to use.
I want to add that my youngest daughter took it last year when we drove down to Florida. For some odd reason, my driving scares her (rolling my eyes), and she took my CBD oil for her anxiety. When I asked her if it helped, she answered yes.
CBD oil works for me. I cannot say whether it is for you or not. Do some research and then decide for yourself.
Other Health Benefits CBD Oil May Help
These additional health benefits, I do not know firsthand if they work, as I do with inflammation. It has been suggested that CBD oil can help with the following conditions. The keyword here is to help with, not cure. Please keep that in mind:
- Cancer (more so with the nauseous feeling that one may experience while taking treatments)
- Chronic pain
- Diabetes (Type 1)
- Drug withdrawals
- Heart health (promotes)
- Immune system disorders
- Increases appetite
- Multiple Sclerosis (symptoms of)
- Panic attacks
- Parkinson’s disease
- Psoriasis (this I did not now–, but I can say it has helped mine!!)
- Quitting smoking
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Other Important Info
Known side effects are from people that I know; they experienced one or two of the following- diarrhea, tiredness, dizziness, increase in appetite, or dry mouth. For most, these side effects were only temporary.
CBD oil can be taken swallowed, vaping, chewing gum, edibles, drinks, topical ointment applied to the skin, or administered under the tongue. The last method is how I use it. That first gal that sold me CBD oil suggested holding it under my tongue for 30 seconds. And I still do that today.
Doses depend on such factors as in body weight, the health issue you have, and the concentration of the CBD oil. I went for the purest form of CBD in the highest doses. Higher doses, I don’t have to take as much as I do with lower doses. How long does it take to work? Usually 20-40 minutes. But some feel a difference sooner, or it takes longer. Or, as I stated above, it just may not work for you. For your sake, and for whatever reason you decide to take it for, I genuinely hope it works for you. The liberating feeling that comes with taking care of your health issues without doctors and their prescription drugs is awesome!!
Buying CBD Oil
I want to let you now that some CBD oils do have traces of THC in it. If you are drug tested regularly, it is probably best that you do not use it. Go for the CBD oil that has no THC in it.
When looking to buy CBD oil, first off, learn the basics. You already now that some oils contain THC, so don’t let someone tell you differently. Read the bottle. Since CBD oil has become so popular, it is now available in flavors. The prices vary. I’ve seen one bottle labeled $250. My take on that is, the retailer knows that some people are desperate enough to pay that amount of money. The most I paid for a small bottle was $100, and yes, it worked. But it worked no different than the bottle I paid $54 for online.
CBD oil comes in different strengths. I got confused. I had bought a bottle that was 750 mg. I thought each drop would give me 750 mg of CBD. Nope doesn’t work that way. When I went online to understand it better, I only got more confused. Here is the low-down. I’ve seen where they come in many different strengths; 250 mg, 300 mg, 500 mg, 600 mg, 750mg, and 1000 mg. Once I saw a 3000 mg bottle. Not only was it super expensive, but because I’ve never seen a bottle in that strength before, I doubted that it was the real deal.
Here is an example. Let’s say you have a CBD Oil bottle that’s 500mg. CBD oil (remember that is 500 mg for the entire bottle). Then you will divide 500 (mg) by the number.30 (ml), dropper, which is how much is in your bottle. You will come up with the dosage of one full dropper (most bottles have a 1 ml dropper). I check my math by going here; How to Calculate.
Like I mentioned already, if you decide to try CBD oil. Go online and learn about it. You’ll be learning information that will not only prepare you for when you go shopping for CBD oil, but it arms you with information for when you go to see your doctor about taking it.
Unfortunately, some people are not going, to be honest, and try to sell you products that are not indeed CBD Oil. That is why learning all you can help. Here are a few helpful articles that will help you to make an educated decision when you decide to buy CBD oil for yourself.
If you decide to buy online, look for customer reviews. And not customer reviews from the site in which you’ll be buying your oil. Those can tend to be tainted/fake.
I hope this article has helped you. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below, and I’ll answer what I can as soon as I can.
No man is ever old enough to know better. ~ Holbrook Jackson