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Have you ever found a medical magazine that was easy to read and fully understand? Me neither. I began to self-educate myself on the subject of CBD and hemp CBD oil and remember thinking “Endocannabinoid system, cannabinoids, cannabidiols, CB1 and CB2 receptors, hemp, ….good gosh, where to start”? All I wanted was to feel better. Here is my story….
My mid-life crisis led me back to racing skateboards, which I had done professionally as a teenager. I was still racing at the ripe age of 50, when one day at an event my quest for eternal youth came crashing down around me… I blew my back out. Badly. Two years later, after hearing nothing from doctors but “degenerative disc” this, “pinched nerves” that, I realized I’d been through a carousel of MRI’s, prescription drugs, acupuncture, chiropractors, and massage treatments with marginal degrees of success. I don’t like taking pharmaceutical drugs, I never have, but it got so bad I needed both hands on the handrail just to get down the stairs in the morning. It was then I knew I’d have to find my own alternative.
I heard about hemp CBD oil from a close friend, so I decided to delve a little deeper into what CBD is and what it does. I learned that our body actually produces cannabinoids (yes, as in CBD) and we have what’s called an endo-cannabinoid system (ECS), which is the largest self-regulatory system in the human body, balancing our moods, pain, sleep, etc. as well as our immune system. Impressed with both the potential benefits that CBD had to provide and the fact that I actually took the time to read and self-educate myself on the subject, I decided to give it a shot. That was the last time I’ve stepped into a doctor’s or specialist’s office for an ailment of any kind, including my back. That was 7 years ago.
Looking back, in my first month of taking CBD I learned some important facts right away. First, don’t take it only when you feel pain or inflammation like you would with aspirin or ibuprofen, but rather feed your system with it on a regular basis. I found that taking it twice a day with at least 25mg of CBD per dose (50mg a day) was my sweet spot. CBD is not a short-term fix, it is a long-term solution…take it religiously. Secondly, it’s not an overnight wonder drug, it takes time to replenish the CBD in your endo-cannabinoid system. My back was a train wreck when I started my CBD regimen. After a month I felt considerably better, but could still feel some discomfort. By the 4th month my pain had receded completely and I’ve been taking CBD ever since.
I am a believer. People need to know. My personal results from hemp CBD oil led to research, my research led to developing the simplest, purist form of CBD oil available, which led me to sharing this experience. We may all be kids at heart, but our bodies beg to differ. Feed it what it craves…you can thank me later.
For more information about CBD, go to CBD Education on the top menu bar. It’s an easy read, making it a great place to start learning more about CBD. For more in-depth information, NIH.gov is a great resource, as they have been studying CBD for years. Case studies concerning CBD are taking place every day, and the more we learn about it, the more we hear about the positive health benefits of hemp CBD.