CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a relatively new legal homeopathic remedy, the keyword being legal, at least in the United States. Does it Work? There are people who, in their experience, find it does not. However, many other people attest to the fact that they find relief from many maladies while using CBD. Following my recent surgery, I tried CBD with some fear and tribulation. For me, CBD after Surgery – did work to lessen my pain.
CBD – What is It? or CBD 101
Without getting too scientific – CBD is a naturally occurring compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant – more specifically the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. CBD is often confused with marijuana. Though derived from the same plant, marijuana contains the extract THC, CBD does not.
THC is what gives people the “high” they experience when ingesting or smoking marijuana. Though there are a few states that have legalized marijuana, it is still considered to be a drug and is illegal in most states without a prescription. Because CBD does not contain THC it is legal in all 50 states. For CBD oil to be legal it must contain no more than 0.3% TCH.
Does CBD Oil Work? – My Story
Let’s start with the disclosure – you should seek advice from your doctor before using CBD oil. The U.S. Federal Food and Drug Association has not approved CBD oil. Clinical trials can take years before a product is approved. Until approval, manufacturers cannot make any claims to the health benefits of CBD Oil.
I can tell you what I used it for and the results I had – I used it for pain before and following surgery. Between diagnosis and surgery, there was a 1-month period when I experienced a lot of pain. I’m not one that takes medicine all the time and I don’t like the feeling I get with a lot of it. Also, I work and can’t be taking a lot of the medications that are prescribed for pain.
A chiropractor I had gone to had CBD oil for sale in his office. I went and bought a Vape Pen and Cartridge. A Vape Pen is used to inhale the CBD oil. I found it quite funny because I had no idea what I was doing. Remember CBD doesn’t have the same effect on the body as marijuana so using it is legal. Before the drive home, being in extreme pain, I decided to give it a try.
It was cold outside and my car windows were up. I took a puff and thought okay, I’ve got this. So, I took another long puff and when I exhaled the car filled with the vapor – smoke like in appearance. I unrolled all the windows trying to get the vapor out. I can see watching this in a comedy movie. I waited in the parking lot for my daughter to finish her appointment so she could drive us home. I didn’t have any adverse reactions.
After getting home, I tried the vape pen again when I was in a more relaxed environment. For me, I didn’t get any relief from the Vape Pen. As a former smoker, from long ago, I didn’t feel comfortable with the inhaling. I’ve spent many years trying to heal my lungs from the damage I did as a smoker but this is just me and my experience. Does this mean you won’t find it a viable source in relieving pain, not necessarily – everyone’s body is different and can have different results – you may love it.
About a month later I had surgery. Following surgery, I had an allergic reaction to the drug I was prescribed, Percocet. I tend to have a lot of allergies and I do have a history of allergic reactions to some drugs, so it didn’t come as a big surprise. What was a surprise was when I called my surgeon’s office on Friday I was told I should have called earlier because the doctor and nurse weren’t in on Fridays. Had I known I was going to react I would have. If I had pushed the issue more, I’m sure someone was on call that could have prescribed me something else.
Instead, I decided to try CBD oil, this time from a company called Joy Organics. I purchased a liquid form which is referred to as CBD Oil Tinctures. Again, I was a little apprehensive not knowing what the effect would be, or how my body would react. I took a dose that was conducive to my weight and within the hour my pain had lessened. I took another dose about 5-6 hours later and had no adverse effects and my pain had lessened considerably. Thus, throughout my recovery, my go-to was CBD oil. Will you or anyone else have the same experience – it’s not known and I honestly can’t say.
Is CBD a Good Idea or Not?
Being that CBD oil is not federally regulated it’s important that you do a little research. Being that the market is not regulated there are some unscrupulous manufacturers that you want to avoid. When I decided to give CBD Oil a try, I did my research. I ended up getting my products from Joy Organics. I found their approach to manufacturing in line with what I find important. You can find a review of Joy Organics in the Review section of this site.
Due Diligence Is Needed
CBD Oil is just taking off as a possible viable alternative to other medications. Can I say it works? I can’t claim that it will work for you, but for me, CBD after surgery helped with my pain. Hopefully, the US Federal Food and Drug Administration will speed up their approval of CBD which in turn will lend itself to being a controlled regulated industry. You may be able to find products at a low price point but do they contain the necessary % of CBD, have they been tested by a 3rd party, are they organic? These are just a few questions to ask yourself. If you do decide to give it a try do your due diligence in researching the product and the manufacturer you are buying your CBD oil from.