No Turning Back

At the end of the last post, I had just taken my first dose of cbd oil and remarked how quickly the effects had been felt. A word of caution this is not always the case, it can take time, from a few days to weeks before the layering up provides the comfort you desire. Just for a change, I was lucky, receptive to cbd. It was also midday and I had taken my meds at around 7.oo am so there was no chance of the oil slowing down their effect.

The stated dosage protocol is to start at 1 drop 3 times a day for week one, increase to 2 drops 3 times a day in week 2 until you reach either your desired level or a max of 15 drops a day. To be honest, I started on 2 drops rather than 1 and this maybe why I had a quick reaction. This was a 10% strength oil, you can buy anything from less than 1% to 20%. In view of the severity of pain I had, and my size, 6′ 3” 15 1/2 stone, I figured I needed a strong start.

For me the dosage didn’t change, I stayed on 2 drops 3 times a day except when I had been standing at work for nigh on 6 hours, I added 1 extra drop when I got home. Something strange happened though, my oil was going down quicker than I expected – my partner had started using it for general stress relief!

CBD oil can come across as a ‘miracle’ cure all or snake oil and I can see why some people who have not tried it could well think this and be sceptical, I was. There are so many stories across the internet you would be right to think it’s a load of rubbish. So what does it do?

In this section I am only going to speak from my (our) experience, there are no claims, nothing made up, just observations.

Pain Management

This was my paramount reason for buying cbd oil and it worked, still works after 3 months. From not being able to straighten my back in the mornings to literally jumping out of bed. From having arthritic pain in my wrist from a long term injury to being pain free.

However, a word of caution, I purposely used the phrase pain management, my back pain has diminished sufficiently for me to move more freely and not risk further injury but there is obviously an underlying issue I need to attend to. The thing is, I now feel as if I can, the vicious circle has been broken and I can now start to undertake the correct exercise to treat the issue.

Sleep

Whilst this was not a main reason for buying cbd oil , running your own business is stressful and it can be difficult to wind down, thoughts are always running through your head and it seems to be worse at night. Whether it’s worrying about invoices, new business or getting an order out on time once you are awake it is hard to get back to sleep.

CBD oil changed all that, so long as I don’t take it too late I now get 7 hours quality sleep, with very vivid dreams, but wake up rested. If there is a hiccup and I only get 5 hours I seem to be able to cope with the tiredness better, less snappy and grumpy.

Stress/Mood

Which leads me on nicely to stress and general demeanour. The difference I have noticed in myself and my partner’s mood is astounding, everything is more rational and solving work issues (she has her own business as well) has become easier with less emotional language and a more considered approach.

There’s no real tetchiness, no tiredness making us irritable with life or each other. That doesn’t mean we agree on everything, it just means we discuss and seek solutions.

Alcohol

It was after a few weeks of taking cbd oil we both noticed neither of us had experienced a hangover, not that we are massive drinkers but we had attended pre Christmas parties and had no ill effects the following day, not even a headache. This still continues to be the case.

Colds/Illness

Winter is a time when most people catch a cold or flu type illness, the temperatures are cooler and buildings are artificially hot. The teen of the house typically went down with a stinker of a cold as soon as term ended, the body going into relaxation mode and deciding to release the viruses. We didn’t get it, a couple of mornings it felt like the start of a cold but it never came to anything.

Moving forward

That’s my experience to date, I hope it has helped demystify some of the hype around cbd oil and given you some hope. Always do your own research especially if you are on medication. Please feel free to ask questions, I cannot provide specific medical advice, I can only speak from experience.

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