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CBD is a Game Changer

by Cassandra Anderson about a month ago in health

How I benefit from ointment, oil, and edibles

Adding CBD to my coffee allows me to be alert without feeling jittery. [iStock photo.]

I live in a state where cannabis is illegal. That leaves me reaching for the next best thing: CBD.

I can’t help but be envious when I read about places where cannabis is legal, both recreational and medicinal. Unfortunately, I live in one of the handful of states where cannabis is illegal across the board. Medicinal cannabis is not even legal here, which seems particularly cruel.

Of course, the laws do not stop people from using cannabis here. I could get my hands on some if I wanted to, but I choose not to. First of all, even possessing small personal amounts is criminalized. I have a family and I can’t afford to get caught. Secondly, buying anything “off the streets” scares the crap out of me. I appreciate the regulation and transparency of legal cannabis.

I have heard many firsthand accounts of how cannabis has benefitted people. The most striking story is my brother, who lives in a legal state. His medical marijuana has been a game-changer for the hand and wrist pain he has after being a chef for almost 20 years. His mental health has also benefited, as he has a form of bipolar disorder. He claims that cannabis, along with his prescription medicines, level out his moods and help him focus. He credits his cannabis use with being able to start and operate his own business.

I may not be able to get cannabis where I live, but CBD is legal here. And, it has been beneficial for both my mental and physical health. I use a combination of ointment, oil taken orally, and edible gummies. Together, these forms of CBD make living with three health conditions a little easier.

Menstrual cramps

As I enter perimenopause, my cramps have become almost unbearable. Ibuprofen and heat take the pain down a notch, but don’t eliminate it. This is where I double up on CBD, using both oil and an ointment.

I take CBD ointment right to the source of the pain, by applying it to the tip of a tampon before inserting. I experience hours of pain relief that way. (If you choose to experiment with tampons and CBD oil, please do so at your own discretion. I’m not recommending it, only stating that it worked for me.) I also spread the ointment on my lower abdomen and my lower back.

Then, I take full-spectrum oil as needed for menstrual cramps. I either just squirt it under my tongue or add it to my coffee. A benefit of adding my CBD to coffee is that I am alert without the jittery feeling.

Hashimoto’s flares

I have an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s. In a nutshell, my immune system attacks my thyroid. When I have a flair, I experience joint and muscle pain.

The pain is throughout my body, so applying ointment is impractical. That's another time I turn to the oral CBD oil.

I’ve heard about CBD bath bombs, but I haven’t tried one yet. They do sound heavenly!

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

I was formally diagnosed with GAD, along with depression, about 15 years ago. Both are usually pretty well controlled, except in times of extreme stress.

Over the last year, my mother was ill. She had a heart attack, surgery, and was in and out of the hospital. During this time, I experienced what I call “breakthrough panic attacks.”

It was then that I found that daily CBD gummies help keep my anxiety at bay. It doesn't make me feel numb, which I don't want. Some anxiety is normal and can even be beneficial. But by taking CBD gummies in a lower dose than the CBD oil I use for pain, I turn down the volume on my anxiety.

[Photo purchased on iStock.]

The Takeaway

  • I apply CBD ointment for localized pain, like menstrual cramps.
  • I take full-spectrum CBD oil as needed for chronic pain. I often mix it in my coffee.
  • I take CBD gummies every day for my mood and overall well-being.

It's hard to believe, but a few states still ban CBD and cannabis. I long for the day when both are legal throughout the U.S. So many people will benefit without the fear of legal repercussions.

Further Reading

If you're wondering what the difference is between cannabis and CBD, this article from Shape magazine does a great job of breaking it down:

What's the Difference Between CBD, THC, Cannabis, Marijuana, and Hemp?

And to learn about the benefits of using full-spectrum CBD, check out this Healthline article:

Full-Spectrum CBD: What It Is and Best Products

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Cassandra Anderson
Cassandra Anderson
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Cassandra Anderson

Freelance writer. Devoted to both coffee & my children. I write a lot about parenthood, motherhood, secular homeschooling & food. Gen Xer. ISTJ. She/her.



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