Okay, I’ll admit it. Years ago, when anyone mentioned Cannabis or CBD, my brain would conjure up images of Cheech and Chong movies, or teens vegetating on the couch while stoned out of their minds devouring snack foods. I would be the first to say that I had absolutely NO use for it. I still think it smells weird, and on the couple of occasions I had tried Marijuana, I truly DID NOT ENJOY feeling “high”.
When CBD became the new buzz word (ha ha), I figured it would be very similar to smoking a bowl of pot. Sure, it might make me feel better physically, but there was no way I wanted to feel zoned out.
After more than ten miserable years of constant suffering from autoimmune issues, I was desperate to try anything to give me relief. At that point, I didn’t really care if it left me a vegetable, as long as I could stop hurting for just FIVE damned minutes!
See, in 1999, my own body began “attacking itself” with the sudden onset of Graves Disease and a thyroid storm. My autoimmune conditions compounded as years went on, and by 2008, I was also dealing with Fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease, and other issues.
Fibromyalgia is usually described as “severe flu-like aches, all over, that doesn’t let up”. To me, it feels like every centimeter of flesh is being ripped from my bones. Every single minute. Even while ON opiate prescriptions.
Simple tasks became impossible and my brain quit working right. I couldn’t focus on a thought, nor remember basic things. I was forgetting conversations that I’d had just three minutes prior. Common words like “telephone” eluded me, and sometimes I couldn’t verbalize responses in a way that made any sense.
Soon, depression, anxiety, and anti-social self-isolation became my new best friends. If there was any amount of noise or people milling around me, I felt like a mouse wearing hearing aids in a heavy metal concert who couldn’t wait to escape. They call this “sensory overload” or something. I was sure I was dying. (At many points, I wished I would have…just to be free of the pain and misery).
By the end of 2010, I was unable to work, had lost my residence, vehicle, and almost all of my possessions. I found myself homeless, devastated and crushed by the insulting comments of non-believers. Dozens of tests and medications were thrown at me, and people I thought I could count on would accuse me of “faking it”.
Reclaiming My Life!
Fast forward to 2017, and back to the beginning of this post. I was, as I said, DESPERATE FOR RELIEF! I had tried well over 20 various prescriptions and protocols to relieve my worsening, constant symptoms. Most of them seemed to either create unbearable side effects, suicidal thoughts, rage, serious instant weight gain, severe allergic reaction, or personality changes. It seemed they all just created NEW symptoms or ineffectively “covered up” the side effects of “each other”.
Prior to CBD, I had to buy a pill dispenser to help me remember which medications I was supposed to take at which times because, at one point, I was prescribed 90 pills per WEEK plus vitamins and minerals, like D3 and Magnesium! Still. No. Relief.
I had already studied diets, natural herbs, exercise options, stress relief techniques, genetic factors, potential causes and theories…you name it…and implemented as many protocols as possible, but it wasn’t enough. I had been simply “existing” as months and years of my life flew by without my participation. By the end of 2017, I FINALLY tried CBD.
WOW! Why had I waited so long?! Within the first few days of using an inexpensive CBD beverage additive, my mood, confidence, “regularity”, and rest schedule was noticeably improving. Soon, I found that my thoughts were more focused, and I wasn’t dreading social contact quite as much. Even my hair was healthier and growing back in (previously, I had been losing large amounts every week and had developed a bare spot in front).
Excited about these results, I decided to try one of the CBD oils under my tongue. In March, I was able to test out a sublingual oil. It was a full spectrum blend of cannabinoids (minus the THC compound) with terpenes, flavinoids, etc, that contained 700mg of CBD and 1000mg of cannabinoids per bottle. Within minutes, I felt NO discomfort! I had completely forgotten how it felt to NOT be in pain!
I was so blown away that I posted this (see image below) on social media and immediately vowed to help everyone I could experience relief for themselves, and reclaim THEIR lives, too!
I’ve been on a mission ever since that day to help educate everyone who is still suffering! I continue to study everything I can get my hands on regarding cannabis compounds, clinical trials, and other plant-based adaptogens. I’m proud to say I’ve been able to truly help MANY others. Reading their amazing testimonials gives me a feeling of satisfaction that I can’t quite put into words!
In less than the first year of using CBD, I was able to cut out more than half of my prescriptions. My doctors have been, surprisingly, open to the idea of my CBD use. It’s great to finally feel “in control” and hopeful again.
As I update this post on September 1, 2019, I’m proud to say that I’ve become somewhat of an authority and extensive researcher regarding CBD and plant-derived solutions. I have tested out several brands and delivery methods as well, and I only need to take a couple prescription pills a day now! (These are non-negotiable because I don’t have a thyroid gland anymore.)
After a person lives through 10 years of inactivity, the road to regaining muscle, stamina, and the ability to function normally can be a real challenge, but I’m living proof that there IS HOPE!
My holistic approach to taking back my life from crushing autoimmune conditions includes this CBD for my endocannabinoid system, an immune system modulating supplement (the pink one), regular exercise , and so on. I’ve found the “sweet spot” and have been increasingly more active, mentally-focused, and enjoying my life again!
Medical Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor and/or pharmacist with any health concern and before using any potential supplement. Statements above represent the Author’s own testimonial and experiences, however, Author is not trained nor licensed in any medical field and does not claim that anyone else could have similar results. The statements herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.