It is again that time of year when the weather turns cold and my pain level intensifies greatly. Many of us fibro warriors suffer from increased pain in the colder months. Winter is my least favorite time of year for this very reason. Last week, we got our first snowfall and below-freezing temps of the season. And, boy, did I feel it!
Every year, I struggle with how to deal with the worsening pain during the winter. No matter what I try, nothing seems to help. Since I’m weaning off gabapentin, my pain level is quite a bit higher than the last few winters. I need to find a replacement, preferably something natural without side effects.
I live in Minnesota, one of many states that have legalized medical marijuana for certain conditions, including intractable pain. I wanted to get on the program, but whether FM pain is considered intractable is up for debate. The definition I found states the pain has to cause an early death to be considered intractable, but even my primary care doctor didn’t know what it meant for sure.
Finding a doctor who will prescribe it is almost impossible. According to my doctor, none of the physicians in her large network of clinics and hospitals want to be classified as pain doctors, so they will not get involved in prescribing it. Try finding one who will. I couldn’t! If they do it, they don’t advertise it.
I was able to find a pain clinic that will do it for $450. But you still have to register, which is another $100. Oh, and you still need to buy the actual medical marijuana. The sad thing is, you have to do this every single year! No medical insurance covers the cost, so this is all out of pocket. Not an easy expense for a lot of FM sufferers.
What a joke! No wonder most of the people who qualify for the program don’t use it. It is way cheaper for them to drive out to Colorado a few times a year and buy products to bring home or to even purchase it on the street. Why have these programs when the ones with most need can’t them access them?
Because I can’t get into the program for legal medical marijuana, the next best thing is cannabidiol (CBD) oil. I’ve read a lot about CBD oil but had never tried it. I know there are a lot of warriors who swear by it and some who haven’t had any success with it at all. But all of us are different, and the only way I’ll ever know is if I try it myself.
After just three days, I’m noticing a reduction in my pain levels. I also slept for more than seven hours in one night for the first time in months. I took some about 6 a.m. before work and made it the whole eight hours without pain, which is highly unusual for me. I feel less anxious than usual.
The cost isn’t as much as I thought it would be. I bought a 1-fluid-ounce bottle, which cost about $25, at my local Fresh Thyme grocer. I went with unflavored, but you can get flavored, too. The taste takes a little getting used to, but it isn’t horrible.
There is little or no THC, so you will not get stoned or high while using this. Some products will show up in drug tests though, so if that is an issue for you, check with the various manufacturers to make sure you get the correct oil for you. There are a large variety of options out there when it comes to CBD oil.
So far, I am very happy with CBD oil and I plan to keep it in my daily regimen.
If you are new to CBD oils and would like more information, I recommend checking out CBD Oil Users. It is a great resource.
Do you use or have you tried CBD oils? What was your experience?
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