Disclaimer: before we get started I do need to state that I am a current warrior with chronic pain due to fibro and I am in no way a medical professional by license. I am not advising you to change any current or future treatment plans you may be on. I advise you to consult your own medical team before trying or making any changes to your current or future treatments.
Let’s Talk CBD Baby!
I first started considering CBD about four years ago and I’ve done extensive research on if CBD has had a big enough impact on pain to make a difference. For me, I decided that it was enough evidence that merit a conversation with my care team. I will admit that I was nervous about this talk. Would they think I’m drug-seeking would they remove other pain meds from my current regime would he put me in jail all the thoughts came. However, This is why having a compassionate and open-minded care team is so important. I understand that not all of us have access to this type of care. I’m working as hard as I can to partner with the right organizations with the hopes of bridging the gap between good care providers and the pain community closer.
CBD has been found to likely be Effective for Seizure disorder (epilepsy).as well as Possibly Effective for Multiple sclerosis (MS). A prescription-only nasal spray product containing both delta-9 (THC) and cannabidiol has been shown to be effective for improving pain, muscle-tightness, and urination frequency in people with MS.
CBD has helped me in a moderate way by allowing me to shave a few points off my pain point. I started off on 500mg once a day mostly at night to help with sleep. It indeed has helped with sleep and still to this day helps me sleep even though I’ve had to taper up for CBD for pain.
When I sat down with my dr at my normal appointment. I was able to bring up my pain levels and start the conversation on how together we can reduce it. I’m blessed to have a primary dr who specializes in fibromyalgia. At the time he was new to treating fibro but today there are several doctors who are special so it’s worth the time to do a search or ask your insurance company for recommendations.
But what do I say to my doctor?
Bringing this topic up with my dr was easy compared to with other providers but if you the language to use with your provider. Here is what I said.
“ Hey, doctor, id like to ask your thoughts on CBD as it refers to Pain relief”. How do you feel about the research and if you feel it is worth a shot for me to try.”
Like most medications, it is best to do this under a doctor’s care. However, any good distillery will have extremely knowledgeable employees that will know all the dosing and each one works. I will caution you from trying for the first time gas station CBD . not to say anything is wrong with it at all but you know… Use your best judgment.
In regards to side effects or signs that you may need to seek medical assistance.
When taken by mouth: CBD is mostly safe to take inappropriate doses. Doses of up to 200 mg daily have been used safely for up to 13 weeks. With the guidance of a healthcare provider. There is a specific prescription CBD used at higher doses and for longer durations.
CBD can cause some side effects, such as dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.
After about a year and a half, I noticed the strength I was using wasn’t quite getting it done with pain relief and sleep at night so I went back to my distillery and decided to up to 750mg. I also use gummies, especially on those busy days when you may not have the time or the company tolerance to take a tenure. Having a gummy handy is very helpful.
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