I wrote a post back in february this year about my experience with CBD oil.
I had not bought anymore as it is expensive stuff; I can get through a £60 bottle in 2 weeks. Since writing my first blog, circumstances have changed so I am writing up another review.
What has changed since February?
I had a job briefly from June to November but had to leave for many reasons, physical and mental health being two. I worked within retail on weekends, and done the odd shift in the week days as we are desperate for money. My partner took a pay cut this year for a more stable job so this year has been very testing for us financially too.
In November, my pain was getting worse. At the beginning of the year, I couldn’t have my cat put her two front paws on my right leg because of my CRPS, fibromyalgia etc; the weigh of 9 pound cat is extremely painful; i get shockwaves of pain and i feel so tender and bruised where she stands. Now, I cannot have my cat do this on either of my legs. My GP confirmed that my fibromyalgia has started to spread to my left hand side. It doesn’t matter what side someone hits into me now, i am so tender and hypersensitive on both sides.
From things going on both at work and just trying to deal with my health, my anxiety flared extremely bad where I couldn’t leave the house much in a month as I was so ridden with it I felt like i was going to throw up at the thought of going out.
I have also been diagnosed as of April this year with an underactive thryoid, so have gone on medication for that now in which I will need to be on forever.
What do I suffer from?
Complex regional pain syndrome; Fibromyalgia; M.E (Chronic fatigue syndrome), Anxiety, Depression, Hypothyroidism, and possible IBS.
The issues that affect me most are the nerve pain and the random limpness of the right arm and leg.
What medication am I currently on?
Citalopram 40mg for depression, zelleta 75mg for menstrual pain, levothyroxine 25mg for thyroid, and sometimes the odd tramadol some days 50mg a day sometimes up to 200mg
What medication have I tried?
For depression: Fluoxetine, Amitriptyline, Citalopram
For pain: Ibuprofen, Paracetemol, Naproxen, Tramadol, Co-codomol, Codeine, Amitriptyline to help with nerve pain and treat depression), Gabapentin, Ibuprofen gel, movelat gel.
How did I get this CBD oil?
My wedding day was on 3rd December 2018. In November I was complaining to my mum about how my pains were spreading and that the tramadol I have been prescribed was giving me so many nasty side effects. Out of her own money, my mum decided to buy me the same CBD oil as before as she remembered me saying that it worked quite well. She spent around £50 as she got money off due to black friday. She ordered it online and within 2-3 working days it arrived, we were very impressed with the speed of delivery considering she did not pay extra for quick delivery.
My mum bought me ‘Love Hemp™ 800mg 8% CBD Oil – 10ml’ natural flavour from http://www.cbdoilsuk.com
The packaging the bottle comes in is handy, it keeps it secure so if it were to spill, it would stay in the packaging rather than spill in your bag. I have not had this problem at all. It is a nice handy size to carry around in your bag. The oil has to be kept out of sunlight so keeping this little tube is a must.
It suggests to use between 6 -12 drops taken 2-3x per day. Place the drops under the tongue and hold for 90 seconds before swallowing. There are 40 servings if the serving sizes are 6 drops at a time.
The ingredients contain hemp extract, raw organic hemp seed oil. natural flavouring.
It is vegan friendly, gluten free and co2 extracted. There is more information on the products on the website where you can contact them with any questions you may have.
Taste & smell
This time round I got the ‘natural’ flavour. It was vile yet again, it is not something I’d randomly take without reason. The pain has to be considerable for me to take this as it is so nasty but I think that is a good thing to be honest, it is not addictive in any way.
The taste dies down after a few minutes, minty chewing gum does help mask the flavour and the smell. It is not a pungent smell like if you were to smell someone on a train who had been smoking weed. It is only really noticeable when you put your nose to the bottle to smell it; and on your own breath you can smell it but its nothing like the nasty weed smell that gets in your clothes etc.
I started off taking 6 drops on the day after I received it and then a further 6 a few hours later. This was when my anxiety hit an all time high and I felt it did help calm me down alongside decreasing the nerve pain a bit.
I had been on tramadol daily for a month straight and was still feeling sick every time I ate. To go through this daily for a month was torture so I welcomed moving over to CBD oil again. After taking it, I did not feel sick, tired, no change at all, just a bit calmer.
I get the tramadol for free on the NHS due to me needing thryoid tablets for life but I hate all the side effects it gives me. The CBD oil gave me more relief on most days; and it didn’t leave me feeling any different after taking it. My appetite improved because I wasn’t feeling nauseous anymore.
Just before the wedding day, I was out in a restaurant and was in so much pain. I had took 12 drops of CBD oil beforehand but after two hours, when it came to cutting up my main meal; my right arm felt so heavy, bruised and I struggled to lift it. It says on the packaging to not exceed the dosage recommended but I was desperate. I would not recommend doing it. I put 10-12 drops in my pepsi and drunk it slowly. Within 10 minutes I regained function of my arm again and was actually able to use my knife and fork, I didn’t need to get help from my fiance in front of his friends!
It may seem like a little achievement but for me it is a big achievement. I find it embarrasing being like this and having to have people cut up my food for me, I feel like i’ve gone backwards to being like a 5 year old. I don’t recommend to go against the advice on the packaging, I just did because I made the choice to.
It makes me wonder, how much higher of a percentage would I need to get that kind of result without taking that many drops?
I lasted my whole wedding day!
The night before my wedding day, I could not sleep. The hotel bed was not that comfy so I had about 3 hours sleep. I was at the venue for 9:30am getting myself and everything else ready. I did not leave the venue until 11:45pm. Everyone was so surprised that I was still up and standing, so I was to be honest! I had taken CBD oil early hours in the morning, later on in the morning, and in the night.
I was able to walk around in a poofy dress and whilst I had some pain, I was not suffering terribly. I was able to cut up my own dinner and I was able to stand up for ages having my photo taken. I did not really suffer from the limb limpness as I topped up before the CBD wore off. It really did work wonders and I am so grateful that my mum got me it as if she hadn’t I probably would have been having to take the max dose of tramadol allowed which would have made me dizzy and nauseous.
My grandparents did not even know I was on CBD the whole day until I told them, they were surprised. A lot of people associate CBD oil as being like the real stuff; they expect you to be slightly high or to show some kind of sign that you have taken something.
It didn’t eliminate the pain, I don’t know if anything ever will but it made it a lot more tolerable than usual. For those that are chronically ill; just having a lower pain day than normal is a good day for us!
This blog post, and the companies guideline should not be taken as medical advise, always consult your doctor as everyone’s body is different. I certainly do not have any qualifications or knowledge in medicines etc, I am just writing this as a point of view from someone who is suffering and wants to give out a first hand experience for those who are curious of CBD oil.