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CBD oil...yes or no?

Monday, September 30, 2019

My son, who has been living with stage IV cancer for 3+ years now, has long recommended CBD oil for my aches and pains and poor sleep.
(Hahaha...only because I pushed back on the medical marijuana (for which I am eligible due to my glaucoma) that he HIGHLY recommends for what ails us.
He uses CBD oil every morning so he can go to work clear-headed (still working about 35 hours a week except for chemo weeks, when he might do 25), MMJ in the evenings for pain and relaxation, supplementing with more CBD oil at bed time to relieve anxiety and help him sleep.

So I have been experimenting with the oil for about 3-4 months now and find it helps me a lot.
I researched and found the two most reliable brands I wanted to use and bought it at a reputable health food store a few towns over.
I started with the minimal dosage, 7mg, morning a night, then went up to 17 to see if I would get even more benefit.
Now I take 17 in the morning and 35 at night.
I bought the balm but did not feel any effect at all.
The results were just amazing...no more knee pain (a recent issue) and almost no more hip pain (have suffered with bilateral hip bursitis for ten years)...even my plantar fasciitis seems to be 95% gone, although that had diminished a lot in the previous months with yet one more round of physical therapy and those iontopherisis treatments.
And....I am sleeping SO well!
Probably the lack of pain is helping but I went from 15-20-30 restless periods a night and 2-3 awakenings (according to my Fitbit) to 5-6 restless and often one or even zero times awake.
I find I do not need to spend so many hours in bed to get enough sleep as I used to.
Now I am in bed 8-9 hours and wake up early and so refreshed. emoticon

So, I was disappointed to watch the Sanja Gupta special report on CNN last night about CBD.
I respect him as a medical journalist but the show did seem a little sensationalist.
He started out reviewing a show he did on CBD six years ago and the miraculous results that one family had giving it in high doses to their six year old daughter with severe epilepsy who was having hundreds of seizures every day that were damaging her brain.
Now Charlotte (after whom the oil Charlotte’s Web is named) is 12 years old and has few seizures, although the brain damage is still there.
Then he focused on another family who did not have the desired effect with their similarly affected daughter.
Implying it’s a 50-50 chance that it will work...not!
He also interviewed a few scientists who mostly are concerned that there is no regulation of the product and few if any reputable studies of the effect.
Also interviewed a young man who, along with a few others, bought some fake CBD oil at a convenience store and vaped it and had a severe reaction to it.

So...do your research, buy the good stuff and don’t be afraid to give it a try.
Btw...it’s not cheap but it is less than what I was paying for PT most of the last six months!
I have been using Charlotte’s Web but am now trying Lazarus Oil as it is a bit cheaper.
They both taste pretty nasty but I put a bit of PB on a spoon with the oil to mask that yuck.
You can also buy capsules but they are a bit pricier.

Message me if u have any questions.
Good luck!
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And....
here’s my dear man, my grandson and my son at the last Red Sox game of the year yesterday.

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  • HIPPICHICK1
    There will always be someone telling you that what you're doing is wrong, bad, ineffective, no good for you, etc, etc. because people largely are invested in being right rather than being happy. I think that everyone should do what they feel they need or want to do and frankly it's none of my business. So do what you need to do! If it works for you it works. Largely that is because of your belief. You should start reading about the Law of Attraction if you really want to know how to do this thing we call life, and by that I mean, becoming a conscious creator instead of one who sees conditions and reacts to them. If you want some recommendations, hit me up.
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    44 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Really glad to have this information from you based upon personal experience - so happy it's helping you AND that your son is experiencing some relief too.

    Yes: whatever works.

    Lots of arthritis here at my house!!
    44 days ago
  • ROSEWCI
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I have been wondering what CBD oil is, and this gives me more motivation to look it up. I am so glad it's working for you, Elizabeth, and I agree with the others that it's wise to ignore the drama the media needs to create in order to make people watch their shows (though, like you, I respect Sanjay Gupta and think he does good work). I'm pretty sure, though, that if this is new in the US, it won't be available for many years to come, or maybe never, in Japan. If it has changed your pain level so much, that really tempts me to move back to the US!

    Your son's attitude is amazing! It's wonderful he's able to work so much and go to baseball games despite his fight against cancer. Inspiring!
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    44 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
    My daughter has had good results from that oil too. It has helped her arthritis a lot.
    44 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    Hmmm, interesting. Whatever works!

    I've gone an alternate route as I can no longer take anti-inflammatory drugs and my ortho recommended avocado-soybean unsaponifables. Darned, it works for me! I took it, stopped, went back on it and verified I have reduced pain in my arthritic areas.
    44 days ago
  • ALIHIKES
    I've used the topical CBD for arthritis (works on my fingers and wrists, but not on my knees). I tried CBD gummies for sleep, but they did not work for me. Maybe I will try your suggested brands ... Whatever works!
    44 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    I have asked doc several times about CBD oil for hubby's traumatic brain injury. He says … NO.

    I'm sooo glad it is helping you and son.
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    45 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m so glad the CBD oil is helping you. I have been wanting to try it for a long time. Also, we want our daughter, who has epilepsy, to be prescribed CBD oil. She was on a very limited, difficult waiting list in TX. Now we are in TN but will wait to move to Oregon to get us both on the oils. For the record, my husband and I are huge proponents of legalizing marijuana for all use, including recreational. This is 2019. Seriously. It should have been done a really long time ago.
    Again, thanks for sharing emoticon emoticon emoticon
    45 days ago
  • DONNA_CPS2
    I attended a long presentation by a trusted local pharmacy. They are selling it.
    When you read all the side effects of prescription medecine, maybe it is worth a try. If it works. Have a good day! emoticon
    45 days ago
  • NEW-CAZ
    If it works for you................................
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  • BETHGILLIGAN
    I was using cream and tincture from a pharmacy. My husband swore by the cream for his tennis (golf) elbow that has caused him significant pain for quite a while. I was using for repercussions of fractured wrist and what may be the start of significant arthritis in my hand and fingers. I got some relief but not miraculous. I decided to ask my doctor and she said many of her patients were using it and she had no problem with that. However, I am also on Prozac so she referred me to head pharmacist (also MD). He advised strongly against the oral CBD since they don't know exact interactions but said topical was ok. (Not enthusiastic, but I get it). I am using topical Lazarus balm and topical Charlotte's Web and am getting some relief for periods of time. I'm not sure if the results are supposed to be long lasting or just for brief periods. Anyway, I continue to use it . Wish I could try the tincture to see if it makes a difference but not that brave.
    As retired special ed teacher I follow many families with children having seizures, autism, etc. and the results they see are amazing!
    45 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    Anything that works for you, I say stick with it. You've made terrific progress.
    45 days ago
  • JOHNMARTINMILES
    The medical profession and the main stream media will skew the results of any test or survey to further their own agenda. If it works for you, it works for you.

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!


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