Has The CBD Changed Or Is It Just Me? My Experience
I began using CBD oil 4 months ago, after a friend told me that she had found relief in cannabis. I took a leap of faith and started taking pot for pain. The first few days were great, as I felt like my sleep was more restful and my mood was improved when outside of work. But when my routine became monotonous, about 5-6 days later the benefits all but stopped. That’s the question comes in, has the CBD changed or is it just me?.
As I began to feel the effects wane, I decided to try some edibles. From the first time I ate one, I felt like a giant weight was lifted off my shoulders. After two weeks of using pot and edibles, my experience seemed to shift and grow dimmer.
I killed the plant in May after 36 days of almost daily use. I could not have been more discouraged. I was reluctant to try again, but after almost two months of trying other methods to relieve my pain, I was at a crossroads. I had spent more on alternative therapies with little results and my pain had begun to interfere with the things that were important to me.
The last couple of weeks have been the best I’ve felt in three years. My sleep has improved my mood is better and my back feels great again. I have still only been taking a few drops here and there, but I think I know why my experience was so different this time around.
In the beginning, I was using too much CO2 oil in an attempt to get relief from “too much” THC in my system. As soon as I took out most of the CO2 and replaced it with CBD, the effects were noticeable. To aid in digestion and assimilation, it is recommended that CBD be taken on an empty stomach. After, I have noticed that it is best to consume no more than 5 mg CBD at a time and wait 5 minutes before eating or drinking anything.
Today, I am awaiting approval from my insurance company to get a new prescription for the CBD oil (I was switched from OTC to prescribed after taking over 5 mg.) and start using it daily again.
My experience has taught me some valuable lessons about cannabis:
1) Never use too much cannabis for your tolerance or comfort level.
2) Try to find ways to give your body enough time to adjust to the effects.
3) Cannabinoids need a certain amount of time to work their way through your system and once in, they may take some time to be released again.
My hope is that this information will help you get the most out of your cannabis experience. If you have any additional advice about using CBD with low THC content, please leave comments below.
You see, the cannabis industry has changed a lot in recent years. As recreational use of pot becomes legal in more states of the US, interest grows exponentially. People are getting off their couches to experience the benefits of this herb, and it’s not just CBD!
The science behind Cannabis is fascinating. It has been said that the endocannabinoid system is a “biological key” in controlling everything from sleep cycles to appetite, pain relief and even fertility. And it’s so much more than just cannabis. Everything we see in nature has some form of cannabinoid (like the Cannabis Sativa plant).
I decided to write this blog to help people navigate the seemingly endless options available for making CBD work for them. I hope to direct you to the right questions to ask and give you some information about what research has been done so far.
So, if you’re taking a leap of faith (like I did), please enjoy! And feel free to reach out with any questions. I’ll do my best to help.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component of the marijuana plant that can be used as a health supplement. One source explains: “It was found that CBD injections into the body have effects on many different molecular targets and helps with a plethora of ailments, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and Alzheimer’s disease. CBD has also been shown to be neuroprotective, anti-psychotic, anti-seizure, and much more.”
CBD is not psychoactive. That means it doesn’t get you high. You could smoke a joint of super potent pot that contains as much THC as CBD and you would get high from the THC but not from the CBD.
How is CBD different from THC?
CBD vs. THC is a common debate. For some people, the psychoactive effects of THC are desirable in their cannabis medicine. For others, the differences between CBD and THC can make or break the effectiveness of their treatment plan. Here’s a meaningful quote from one of my favorite sources: “It is important to note that these natural compounds [CBD and THC] are synergistic in terms of their effects. Without the presence of one, you cannot experience the benefits of the other. You can think of THC as the key that unlocks the cell and CBD as the doorway through which the body’s natural healing chemicals (endocannabinoids) are released.”
THC is a natural pain reliever and CBD is an antidote for THC. In other words, if you consume too much THC, CBD can help bring your pain levels down to normal. It is also important to note that plants with high levels of CBD can lower the effects of THC.