“Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin'” has always been my motto. My big, goofy smile is my trademark. Cerebral Palsy has never dampened my spirits. However, there are times my smile masks the pain that can come with cerebral palsy. Recently, I became aware of CBD oil and it’s pain relieving claims.
Back in September of last year, my mom and I attended a seminar about the benefits of CBD oil. We had actually never heard of it until that evening. Even after all the testimony, we were still skeptical. Most of our skepticism resulted from the structure of the company represented. Additionally, the claims of total cures always puts up a red flag for me. However, we did leave with a curiosity to find out more about CBD oil.
Researching medical conditions and treatments has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a kid. When I would inquire about something, my mom would always reply “Look it up”. She may now regret that, as I shower her with a barrage of data and facts!
What I found was an overwhelming amount of data and testimony about the benefits of CBD oil. I decided it was time to test it out for myself. Initially, I purchased a vial of CBD oil from a local vape shop. It was pretty pricey. My mom and I went to the internet once more and found a website company which had lower prices. Recently, my mom found oil and edibles locally at an even more discounted price.
You may be asking what is CBD oil? CBD (cannabidol) is an extract of cannabis. However, it is devoid of THC (Tetrahydrocannabidol). So basically, CBD has all the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant, without the mind altering effects. Users receive no “high” from using CBD, and it is not addictive. CBD oil is legal in all states except until recently, Indiana. However, I would encourage everyone to research the laws of each state before using.
Why did CBD oil interest me? I have struggled with chronic pain pretty much my whole life. As a kid, I had a lot of leg pain and episodes of charlie horses. When I entered adulthood, years of wheelchair use has taken it’s toll on my back. Additionally, I have scoliosis and my kneecaps sit way higher than they should resulting in pain. Recently, I have also had pain in other muscles and joints as well.
I have chosen to not seek out pain relieving pharmaceuticals for several reasons. The side effects are the biggest deterrent. Currently, I take medication for high blood pressure and migraines. Every few months, I have to have my liver and kidney functions checked. My immobility puts me at greater risk for organ damage. I do not want to burden my very important organs with even more medication. The natural source of CBD oil is very appealing to me.
I take CBD oil in the morning and before bedtime. These are the times I am in the most pain. I experienced mild pain relief in the beginning, but as time went on it became more and more effective. For me, one of the drawbacks is I can not take the oil independently. I simply do not have the coordination for sublingual administration! In case you are not familiar, sublingual is placing a few drops under your tongue. I hold it for about 30-60 seconds and then swallow it. If this is not a possibility, CBD oil can be put into food and ingested that way. However, the effects would not be a efficient.
There are times I am alone and the pain creeps in. Also, when we are driving my mom can not administer the oil. In these cases I use a CBD oil disposable vaping pen. There is not a great deal of research about the risks of vaping CBD opposed to using it sublingual, so I use it sparingly. One thing I did notice is the pain relieving effect of vaping is not as potent or as long lasting for me. However, it is perfect for taking the edge off when needed.
Although I use CBD oil for mostly pain issues, it has many beneficial effects for various health related issues. CBD oil has taken the CP community by storm. CBD has been shown to reduce spasticity and increase mobility. Many individuals with CP, also have seizure disorders. CBD oil has been used to decrease the number of seizures and the intensity of the seizures. In the CP groups and forums I subscribe to, many use a CBD oil called Charlottes Web for the treatment of seizures. Additionally, CBD oil can be used to treat anxiety related to dealing with a disability.
Here are some other uses for CBD Oil:
Mental Health Issues
Although I, personally, have not experienced any side effects, there are a few. However, when you compare them to the side effects of many prescribed medications, the possible side effects are few and not significant.
Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil
Appetite and Weight change
There are various delivery systems of CBD. I use the oil, vapor pen and CBD Butter (a lotion). However, there are edibles as well. I think the most popular are gummy bears and candy. I avoid these simply because of the added sugar and additives. CBD oil is available on-line or at most vape shops.
As with any medication, alternative or otherwise, it is best to consult with your doctor to ensure it does not interfere or interact with other medications. In various forums, some comments stated a resistance to CBD oil from the medical community. I have a mutually respectful relationship with my doctor. She has expressed no concerns when I told her I was using CBD oil.
CBD is not a cure-all, nor is it for everyone. However, it has provided an alternative to pharmaceuticals. I have found it to be a natural way to relief my pain. It is easy to use and there are a variety of delivery systems. Click here to learn more about CBD oil and it’s uses.
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’
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