CBD and Pain Relief — How it Helps My Osteoarthritis

I had a revelation this morning.

Since I am a fairly 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? There were too many questions in my mind and I didn’t know where to find the answers so I put the idea on hold.

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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 just 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 actually 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?

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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.

Flip-flop. Flip-flop.

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, not being able to sleep…

One interesting 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 clearer than usual for a “tired day” which is amazing.

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 article, 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 websites.

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 really don’t like to take medicine if I can avoid it.) By the time I had finished the letter, my pain was gone!

I had also forgotten that I had taken a few drops of CBD oil.

As I pondered 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 carry something heavy 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.

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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 maybe 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. This is 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 really 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!

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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…

~Theresa

 

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  1. Hi. Well done. I found your article interesting because my niche is about the Hemp Plant. It was interesting to read about someone’s honest experience with CBD. To be honest, the article was a bit rambly for me, that’s ok. I have a short attention span. All the best.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you well with your website about hemp.
      Yes, I do tend to ramble and my sense of humor either encourages laughter or eye-rolling depending upon the reader.

  2. There is nothing wrong with a rambler Theresa. I see it as someone who is genuine and a good story teller. I too have been known to ramble when I write. In fact I am sure this comment may turn out that way. LOL As for the use of CBD…

    I love it! I love it so much that I am building a website called Hemp So Good to promote the brand I have found that has benefited me the most. With so many brands now available and not all are quality made, I have tried several and now realize that not all CBD is created equal.

    Not only have I found that CBD from Industrial Hemp is far superior to CBD from Cannabis, but I am also enjoying the other benefits of hemp such as shelled seeds which I add to my salads and stews. Tastes great and really healthy.

    I am also enjoying some clothing and bed linens made from hemp fabric. Much more durable than cotton. So my new website will be about Hemp in general and will promote the CBD Hemp Oil I use plus hemp in those other areas of use.

    I originally tried the CBD to address a neurological disorder I have that can be a nuisance at times. After seeing what it did to a little girl with epilepsy on a CNN special with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, I thought it would help me. I didn’t think about my back pain.

    Well like you I had the best sleep after taking a half dropper right before bedtime. Then the next morning I took another half dropper before a long car ride that normally makes my lower back hurt. Not only was my drive pain free but the day was less stressful.

    I LOVE CBD HEMP OIL! Though I haven’t noticed that much difference in my disorder, other things are improving, and I am taking the lowest dosage. I am going to try a higher dose to see if that will help. Thankfully I know from research that you cannot OD on CBD.

    OK. Now I am the one who is rambling. For anyone reading this, definitely try CBD oil, especially from organic non-GMO Industrial Hemp. Start with the lowest dose and adjust accordingly if necessary. Do your research on it. I have found some great insight.

    1. Thank you for your insightful and informative comment. I’ll have to look into shelled seeds for my salads and some of the other hemp-based products as well as the CNN special. Wishing you well with your new website. I’ll check that out, too.

  3. It’s always a pleasure reading your post-Theresa. For someone claiming to be “a fairly shallow person”, you really show a great insight into living a life. Life of humor, modesty, and empathy.
    Your simple yet clear explanation of CBD oil benefits are better and easily understood by people, much easier understood than an explanation from a medical professional with their mumbo-jumbo medical parlance.

    Thank you so much for the post. It gives me a better understanding of CBD oil should I ever need it in the future.

  4. I have been a teacher all my life. Of course, I was paid to teach but I can’t remember any of the pay-checks I was given. All I remember was the joy I felt with my students progress and the love they showed me. Now, I teach through blogging 🙂 I choose to see it this way, even though my intention is to help people. (Teaching means helping, doesn’t it? )
    The fact that I helped you overcome your pain and sleeping issues is the first reward, Theresa. The love you show me is the second and biggest. My granny always told me: be sure that you have a huge account in the bank of your soul. And try to make it bigger every day.
    Thank you for helping me make one more deposit 🙂 I feel lucky to have you as my friend.

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