I want to say right off the bat that it took me a great deal of self-convincing to even look into trying CBD for chronic pain. For some reason I always considered it taboo, far-fetched, and honestly, illegal. It is funny how wrong we can be sometimes. If I could go back in time to a year ago and just give it a shot, I think I would have saved myself a great deal of pain over the past year.
CBD for chronic pain is legal
CBD oil for chronic pain is a great many things, illegal is NOT one of them. In fact, CBD oil is perfectly legal in all 50 states, no medical card required. It took a great deal of research to understand the ins and outs of CBD oil for chronic pain. What I learned is that it is in fact THC that is illegal, not CBD.
Intro to CBD for chronic pain
CBD for chronic pain can be used in several ways, two of the most common are sublingually or vaped. Sublingually means that you put several drops to a dropperful under your tongue, several times a day. Most people state that it takes several days to a week of use to feel the benefits. Vaping is when the oil is heated up, to vaporize the liquid which is then inhaled through the pen. The effects are usually felt almost immediately and the relief is nearly instant.
How long do the effects of CBD for chronic pain last?
Drops taken under the tongue take a little longer to build up, but the effects last a little longer throughout the day and usually are only needed morning and night. Vaping, on the other hand, offers immediate effects, but they usually wear off after about 4-5 hours.
What is THC?
THC is the chemical that is responsible for the “high” feeling that people traditionally associate with cannabis. If you buy CBD oil for chronic pain, from a reputable dealer, it will state that it contains less than 0.3% THC which makes it legal to purchase and use in all 50 states. Not only that, you get the therapeutic, pain relief benefits of CBD without the “high.” Which makes it legal in all 50 states.
What have I started out using and recommend for beginners (like me!)?
- Joyetech A10 vape pen– This is a great vape pen for beginners like me who literally have no clue what they are doing. I don’t have much to speak of for comparison purposes, but I found this easy to operate and learn how to use without feeling like a total noob. These pens do have “coils” that will need to be replaced about once a month, depending on usage.
- CBD oil– You will need the actual CBD to put into the vape pen. Now, this is a different product than the kind you take under your tongue. There are 1-2 companies that make ones that are supposedly interchangeable, but I haven’t tried them yet (don’t worry, they are on my list to review!) So make sure that the ones you decide on are made specifically to vape.
Things to keep in mind
- From my experience, 400 mg is a good place to start. You can go as low as 100 or even 250, but if you are looking to use the CBD for chronic pain relief, in my opinion, 100 or 250 is not going to work. You can also go higher, but if you go too high, you run the risk of it making you too sleepy.
- Here are some trustworthy companies to check out. They vary in price but most of the companies offer a coupon code for a discount or free shipping. I started on the lower end of the price point because I didn’t want to waste money if it turned out not to work. The first company I ordered from was on the recommendation made by my local vape store.
Interested in learning about my personal experiences trying CBD for my chronic pain? Click here.
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