I had a revelation this morning.
Since I am a reasonably shallow person, most of you are not likely to see this as mind-blowing information, but I’m going to share it anyhow because maybe it will help someone.
In December 2018, I found out that I have osteoarthritis, and as soon as I shared that little piece of information, I started to receive advice from people with similar issues. One bit of advice came up far more frequently than any other.
Over and over, people said the same thing:
“Try CBD; it works for me!”
CBD…isn’t that pot? Isn’t it illegal? Is it safe? What is it, anyway? My mind was swimming with questions, and I didn’t know where to look for answers. I put the idea on hold.
I was too busy trying to figure out a way to make money so that I could quit working as a cleaning lady, which I know only makes my symptoms worse.
That’s how I ended up here, rambling at people. I enrolled in a course that teaches people how to make money online. Part of my training involves checking out other member’s websites to see how they do things and to offer feedback when we have suggestions for how they can improve their site.
That’s how I met Effie. She writes about CBD products and how they can help anything from fighting addictions to easing your pain and how to use the products once you buy them.
I started reading and learning. I’m not going to try to impart any of my newfound knowledge on you. To be honest, I don’t think I’m capable of imparting any knowledge. I remember the details that apply directly to my situation in the “here and now” and promptly forget everything else I read.
Sometimes when I need to know something, and I’m too lazy to do the research, which is (ahem) all the time, I ask Effie. If she doesn’t know, she’ll do the research and create a whole new article detailing everything she learned with a splash of humor to keep our attention. I guess she figures, “If Theresa doesn’t know, maybe other people are wondering the same thing.” (Thank you, Effie. I love you for that.) 🙂
When I finally decided that CBD products might be worth trying, I placed my order. Not long after, my package arrived, and I eagerly opened the box and took out my very first bottle of CBD tincture–and nothing else.
Where were the instructions?
I put on my super-duper, high-powered Dollar Store magnifying glasses and read the bottle:
- Serving size: ½ dropper
- Directions: Take twice daily with food or as needed.
Well, that wasn’t very helpful.
I still wasn’t sure what this stuff was going to do to me, so I decided that once a day would probably be the best way to start. That night, right before I went to bed, I swallowed a half dropper and went to sleep.
I went to sleep!
That was pretty exciting because my “normal” was to get all settled in bed, flat on my back, and before I could fall asleep, my legs would start aching. My mind would kick in, “I don’t think this is osteoarthritis. Something else must be wrong. Osteoarthritis is joint pain, and it’s not my joints that hurt. What’s wrong with me?”
If only I could roll over on my side, I might be able to sleep, but if I slept on my side, I would wake up hours later with a sore neck and tingling in my shoulder and hand.
I was tired all the time.
Imagine my amazement when I took CBD oil and slept ALL NIGHT!
Hmm. That was nice, but it couldn’t have been the CBD oil. It wouldn’t work that fast.
But it did. I slept like that for something like ten days in a row until I had an accidental encounter with caffeine. That threw me off for a few days because of the old cycle of drinking caffeine, not being able to sleep, compensating with extra caffeine the next day, and not being able to sleep.
One surprising thing about the lack of sleep was that even on those days that I hadn’t slept well, I felt good and had sufficient energy to face the day. Even my brain was more focused than usual for a “tired day,” which is impressive.
That brings us back to the revelation I mentioned at the beginning of my ramble.
This morning, I woke up to find that someone had left a comment on a recent article I had published. When I responded to the message, I saw that the reader was also a writer and had a website of her own. She writes about diabetes, which is a battle for many people I know, plus it was an opportunity for me to check out another website and perhaps learn something about sites.
In her article, she mentioned that she uses CBD for pain. After reading her story, I decided to leave a comment telling her that I recently started to use CBD for sleep but had not noticed a big difference in pain.
That’s when it hit me!
Of course, it was helping my pain. How else was I able to fall asleep at night?
(If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a bit of a slow learner. And I ramble. I’m also impulsive, but we’ll talk about that another time.)
I began to consider the previous several days. There was the day I could barely make it around the block without pausing to hold myself up with Gnarly-stick. Another day, I walked at a nearby trail and wished I had taken Gnarly-stick with me. Those were hard walks!
Sometimes my love of nature overrides my common sense.
When I went to bed on those nights, I did not toss and turn and grumble about pain in my legs. After one walk, I came home fully intending to take Tylenol for the first time in weeks, but I took a few drops of CBD and decided to write a quick letter first. (I don’t like to take medicine if I can avoid it.) By the time I had finished the letter, my pain had vanished!
I had also forgotten that I had taken a few drops of CBD oil.
As I pondered in other recent days, I realized that I had been taking tiny doses of CBD oil off and on over the past several days without thinking or paying attention to the results. The only pain I have had has been the direct result of my stupidity and stubbornness.
I know that if I walk up hills, hurry on the stairs, sit too long, or move something substantial, it is going to make my hip hurt. Carrying something over my shoulder has caused pain since I was a teenager, yet now and then, I do it anyhow because it’s convenient.
And because I’m stupid like that sometimes.
My pondering led me to a surprising realization.
I no longer have any “mysterious” pain!
How did I not notice that? It’s so much easier to pay attention to our discomfort and take our comfort for granted.
So, maybe you have heard about CBD oil, and you are wondering if it will help you. Maybe it will, and perhaps it won’t, but it’s certainly worth a try! How many people have said to you, “Oh, you have pain? Don’t try CBD. I tried it, and it didn’t work.” No one has ever said that to me. If they say that to you, ignore them because you are you, and it’s up to you to figure out what works for your body.
I think I am done rambling now; I have made my point. I have arrived at the part of the article where I am supposed to place a link to my website where I sell CBD oil. Guess what? I’m not going to because I don’t care about making a bunch of money. Now that my pain is under control, I’m doing just fine being a cleaning lady, and I’m making enough money to pay my bills.
On the other hand, I want to be fair, and I want to help you, so this is what I think you should do: Visit Effie. Read her reviews, absorb her knowledge, and place an order through a link on her site. What good is a product if you don’t know how to use it properly? (I wasn’t, as I soon found out when Effie published her article, Living with CBD – A Complete User’s Guide.) In case you are not interested right now but decide to come back later, I have placed a link to Effie’s site in the column at the right if you are on a computer. That way, you’ll be able to find it easily without having to scan a bunch of rambling articles trying to find it.
I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!
By the way, I didn’t want to bug you with a pop-up ad pleading for you to sign up for my email list and offering bribes for you to do so. On the other hand, there is a form to the right if you would like to sign up for a weekly update that will let you know if I have published anything new. No spam, I promise!
Do you want a turn to ramble? Please. Feel free. Use the comment section below to let the world know what works for your pain. Have you tried CBD? Why or why not?
Take care until next time.