CBD (cannabis oil, or cannabidiol to give the correct name) seems to be the latest 'trendy' thing, I guess it's seen as being a little bit naughty or brave or 'alternative' if you admit to using it, even though it doesn't contain the actual 'naughty' bit of the cannabis plant. Well, seeing as it's now legal to use for certain medical conditions and you can buy it in Holland and Barrett, not that naughty anyhow. But does it actually work, does it give relief for the (many and varied) conditions and claims made for it? Well, hopefully I will soon find out.
I've never used any kind of recreational drug in my life, never felt the need or even thought it a good idea....my attitude was always why take something that just might make you ill (or even kill you), for the sake of a few minutes of feeling 'high', or even just keeping up with your peers.
My hip and back pain is constant now, makes walking difficult and painful and is keeping me awake at night more and more. I can't take anti-inflammatories, paracetamol does nothing, codeine makes me terribly constipated. I will be seeing my GP next week, but in the meantime I'm exploring other alternatives. I buy heat pads and stick one of those on my back sometimes....they do give a bit of relief, but to be really effective for all my pain I'd have to wear at least 4 at once - 1 on each hip and at least 2 on different areas of my back....not really practical and too blooming expensive. I have a TENS machine, but it's a cheap one and I'm not convinced it works all that well. I do also use one of those wheat bags you heat up in the microwave, or a bag of frozen peas wrapped up in a towel. All of these things offer a bit of temporary relief, but they're all dependent on me sitting or lying down (other than the heat pads), I can't use them whilst I'm standing or moving about.
I know a few people who use CBD oil, including one who gave it to their dog, all for different conditions and they all swear by it. I'm very open-minded, but I do think there's probably an element of the placebo effect about alternative therapies....if you think or really have faith that something will work, then it probably will. Taking Vitamin C, Zinc and Echinacea to ward off colds is a case in point - I take them in the winter and swear by them (haven't had a cold for a good couple of years or more), yet others, including some experts, reckon they don't work. Positive thinking is a great tool.
Having done a lot of research last week, I decided I'd like to try CBD oil - what have I got to lose? (other than money!). I ordered a bottle last week, from an online company who have an extremely good reputation and 100s of excellent reviews on Trustpilot, it's due to arrive the latter part of this week. However, following one of the worst nights ever last night, when I hardly slept at all due mainly to horrible pain, I decided to buy a bottle from Holland & Barrett this morning (that's a health food shop for overseas readers). I've taken my first drop (it's disgusting, but I don't really care about the taste) and will take another when I go to bed, as it's supposed to help with insomnia as well as pain. I'll report back in a couple of weeks, to say whether or not it's doing anything for me.
Coincidentally, it's being reported on TV today (it was even on Countryfile last night) that a farm here in Somerset is growing medicinal hemp, although they don't actually have a licence for producing the oil yet (apparently no UK grower does so far), only the seeds and stems for other uses....I didn't catch what, had a couple of family texts that distracted me.
Do any readers have any experience of using CBD oil themselves? I'd be really interested to know.
Last week I had reminder letters for my 2-yearly eye test at the opticians, and my annual diabetes review. This morning I've had in the post an appointment letter for my 3-yearly breast examination, and my first-ever over 60s bowel cancer kit. Seems like every single bit of my body is up for examination right now!