I’ve been using cannabidiol (CBD) oil for over a year now, and I’m amazed at the difference in my pain levels. I was leery at first about trying it, mostly because I had a bad experience with marijuana when I was a teenager.
While CBD oil is legal to varying levels in most states, it’s still illegal under federal law. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration is not going to come knocking on your door if you’re using CBD oil. I’m so glad that you can get CBD oil without tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the ingredient that produces a high — or with a very low level of it. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the taste. But once it’s been under my tongue for about a minute, I savor a small piece of dark chocolate to neutralize the taste.
Neurologist Ethan Russo has conducted extensive studies to show how beneficial CBD oil is for those of us with fibromyalgia, as well as those with irritable bowel syndrome and migraines. Dr. Russo has stated that endocannabinoid deficiencies play a role in these and other health issues. According to Dr. Russo, “If you don’t have enough endocannabinoids, you have pain where there shouldn’t be pain. You would be sick, meaning nauseated. You would have a lowered seizure threshold. And just a whole litany of other problems.”
Another benefit of taking CBD oil is that sleep can be improved. That’s certainly true for me. I take one dose in the morning and a higher dose right before bed. Many companies sell CBD oil, so if you’re considering using it, do your due diligence to get one of high quality. I use a product from HempMeds.
CBD oil may not work in the same way for everyone, but I just wanted to share my results in case you want to try it. Perhaps this could be a viable solution for your pain and sleep issues. I would encourage you to check out this interview with Dr. Russo. Start at the 11th minute if you don’t want to listen to the entire presentation. It helps to explain things better than I can.
Have you tried CBD oil? Did you experience any benefits?
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