Do you remember the comedy duo Cheech and Chong? They were the epitome of the drug culture, especially their love of cannabis (weed, grass, MaryJane, marijuana) in the 1970s and beyond. Among many people, there is a misunderstanding that CBD Oil has the same effects as marijuana. Though derived from the same plant, CBD Oil is not the same as cannabis and will not give you the same “high” effect that was depicted by Cheech and Chong. I believe in the coming years, seniors and the use of CBD Oil will become a normal occurrence.
Before going too much further with the topic of Seniors and CBD Oil, let me give you the following disclosure. The US Food and Drug Administration has not approved CBD Oil, thus, it is not being regulated – a reason you want to be sure the company you purchase from is selling a legitimate, pure, product. Clinical trials can take many years to complete and for products to be approved. Until approval, from the FDA, a manufacturer cannot make claims to any health benefits of CBD Oil. Before using CBD, you should talk with your doctor to discuss any reasons you should not use CBD. Though it is thought to be a very safe product, like so many products everyone is different, and the effects may be different for you than someone else.
CBD – What is it? aka CBD 101
CBD stands for cannabidiol and comes from the cannabis plant. This is where a lot of the misunderstanding that CBD contains all the same properties as marijuana begins. Though derived from the same cannabis plant, marijuana contains a substance called THC. THC is what gives a person the “high” when marijuana is ingested. CBD Oil may contain a minimal amount of THC but not enough to experience the high. For CBD oil to be sold legally it must contain less than .03% THC.
Though there are a few states that have legalized marijuana, it is still considered to be a drug and is illegal in most states where you need a prescription to purchase it legally. Because CBD Oil contains less than .03% THC it is legal in all 50 states and can be purchased without a prescription.
CBD comes in many forms. You may find some more effective than others or more comfortable for you to use. They even have CBD treats for dogs.
- CBD Oil Tinctures is a liquid form of CBD. This form comes in a glass vial with an eyedropper. You squirt the oil into your mouth. It’s usually suggested putting the liquid under your tongue and leaving it there for 90 seconds. Before swallowing swish it around your mouth.
- CBD Vape Pen Used to inhale CBD. When you use a vape pen you attach a vial that contains the CBD to the vape pen.
- CBD Soft Gels are similar to the type of gel caps you see with other types of medicine. They are said to be easier to swallow than pills.
- CBD Gummies A chewy gummy texture that you chew and swallow much like the candy.
- Salve This type of CBD you rub-on where you are feeling pain. More for muscle and joint pain.
- CBD Energy Drink As the name implies you drink this for an increase in energy. Many times, it comes in a powder form that you mix with water.
- CBD for Pets It is not recommended giving pets CBD Oil that is purchased for human consumption. They do make specialty CBD products for dogs.
Does CBD Oil Work? – My Story
I want to reiterate you should seek advice from your doctor before using CBD oil. Because the FDA hasn’t approved CBD oil manufactures cannot make any claims to the health benefits of CBD Oil.
I would like to tell you about my experience with CBD Oil and the results I had. Recently, I had back surgery to remove a tumor. As it turned out the tumor was benign, which I’m very thankful. From the time I first experienced my back pain until the time I had surgery was a few months. During this time, I was in an extreme amount of pain. I’m not a fan of taking drugs – I don’t like the feeling of being out of control and having that drugged feeling. Also, I work and can’t take a lot of the medicinal choices out there that would help with my pain.
After consulting with numerous doctors, without a diagnosis, I visited a chiropractor who I was referred to by a health professional. With all the bad rap that chiropractors can get, I have to say it was this chiropractor that got me diagnosed correctly and referred me to my neurosurgeon.
This particular chiropractor carried CBD products for sale in his office. One day I was in such unrelenting pain I went in and bought a Vape Pen and Cartridge. A vape pen is one way of ingesting CBD oil. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing so looking back now the visual makes me laugh. Remember CBD doesn’t have the same effect on the body as marijuana so using it is legal, but I felt like I was doing something illegal. Before the drive home, being in extreme pain, I decided to give it a try.
I waited until I got in my car. That particular day it was cold outside, thus, I didn’t have the car windows down. I eagerly and yet nervously took the vape pen and cartridge out of the package and I took a puff and thought okay, I’ve got this.
I waited maybe 15 minutes and was still in pain, so I took a longer puff. This time when I exhaled the car filled with the vapor – smoke like in appearance. In a frantic motion, I opened all the windows trying to get the vapor out. Thinking back on this it still makes me smile and I can see it in a comedy movie – maybe one with Cheech and Chong lol. I continued to wait in my car for my daughter to finish her shopping so she could drive us home.
Once I got home, I decided to give the vape pen another try. I thought now that I was in the comfort of my home and was more relaxed, I would have better results. Alas, for me I didn’t feel any relief from the pain when using the Vape Pen. Why was this? Maybe my head wasn’t in it or perhaps the product itself was not the best quality. Another issue I had was when I was younger, I smoked and since quitting many, many years ago I worried about the effects smoking had on my lungs. Because of this, I didn’t feel comfortable inhaling. I don’t know which it was but I was disappointed in the results. However, don’t let me discourage you, this is just my experience. Does this mean you won’t find it a possible source in relieving pain, not necessarily – everyone’s body is different and can have a different experience – you may love it.
Now for another testimonial about my use of CBD Oil. A few months after the vape pen experience I had my surgery. All went well – that is until I had an allergic reaction to the pain medication – Percocet. This didn’t come as a big surprise, as in the past I’ve had allergic reactions to other drugs.
So how did it happen that I tried CBD again? Well, I called the doctor’s office in the morning and was told I should have called a different day because the doctor and nurse didn’t work on Fridays – what happened to doctors not working on Wednesdays lol. Believe me had I known I was going to react to the medication I would have called a different day. If I had pushed the issue more, I’m sure someone was on call that could have prescribed me something else, but I didn’t. However, now, I was facing the weekend with no pain medication.
It was at that time I decided to try CBD oil again. I had purchased a liquid form which is referred to as CBD Oil Tincture. Again, I was a little apprehensive not knowing what the effect would be, or how my body would react. The dosage of the oil wasn’t suggested as you would find on a regular prescription or over the counter medication.
After doing some research, I took a dose that corresponded to my weight. I experienced much better results this time and within a short time, my pain had lessened. About 5-6 hours later I took another dose. Both times I didn’t have any adverse effects and the pain had lessened considerably. After this, my go-to pain med was this CBD oil. Will you have the same results – it’s not known, and I honestly can’t say.
CBD – Good or Bad?
Whether CBD oil is good or bad, beneficial or not is something you will need to decide for yourself. I have tried most forms of CBD shown above and for me, I found some beneficial and some not. I suspect you will find the same, some you will like and some not so much.
Due Diligence Is Needed
CBD Oil is just beginning to emerge as a viable alternative to other medications. It would be nice if the US Federal Food and Drug Administration could speed up their approval of CBD as this would allow for a controlled, regulated industry which it isn’t right now. Trials can take a long time to run so we’ll have to be patient and wait.
I would suggest before purchasing CBD to do some research. Ask yourself what is important to you in a product and find a company that meets your requirements. Do they use a 3rd party to test their product and publish their lab results.? Does the company use the correct percentage of CBD to make it effective? Is being organic important to you? 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.
Seniors and CBD Oil – Does it Work? For me it did but for you, I can’t say. If you do give it a try, I hope you have your desired results.
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