I always believe in synergy. Whether it be a business or personal undertaking, the combined effect is greater than a single action. CBD in itself works for me; and so does meditation. But as I combined CBD and meditation, the interaction of these elements resulted in excellent and beneficial consequence.
When I first delve in meditation in 2016, my health improved. My ailment range from diabetes to heart disease. When I was 50, I had an open heart surgery to fix three clogged arteries. I have chronic diabetes which I already had even before diagnosis. With diabetes, other ailments came with it. Chronic pain is just one of them. It is noticeable because it is there.
I am not sure what caused my shoulder pain. Involved in a truck accident many years ago, my chiropractor ruled out the accident as the cause of my shoulder pain. I believe him because X-rays showed I have extended spurs in my spinal bones close to my neck. These spurs press on the nerves that cause extreme pain radiating from my nape all the way to my left shoulder. The pain is unbearable at times. If I can rate up to eleven on a scale of one to ten, I would. I thought of taking opioids but my sanity dictates otherwise after considering its fatal side-effects.
I visited my chiropractor many times, maximizing my yearly visits allowed by my insurance. After each visit, I would feel some temporary comfort. As the day progresses, the pain comes back. I keep myself busy with anything just trying to ignore the pain which many times I could not. Every early morning, the pain would attack me and the rest of my sleep never comes back. I tried hot patch and there was some relief. I unconsciously fell back to sleep because of exhaustion and not because the pain eased out only to awaken, miserably in pain. I prayed many times imploring for a solution to this physical affliction. My search for a remedy is never ending. Surrender is not an option. My mom told me I am a fighter. For sure I am determined to fight it and find a way – whatever it is.
I tried relaxation and meditation. I found Kelly Howell’s Brain Sync guided meditation audios. I learned that meditation combined with relaxation could improve one’s general health and eventually relieve pain. In 2016 I bought her guided “Healing Meditation” audio. I listened to it every night for about two months. I tried to be resolute but at times negligent. But I persisted and I saw some relief especially right after every session. There was some improvement but it was not lasting. After many months of listening to the audio night after night, my shoulder pain does not seem to go away. I would want the pain to be at least at level 5 out of 10 being the most painful. But the level of pain comes back at 8 or even 9. It was bad.
I came back to my chiropractor. He did the same procedure. Some manipulation here and there. One more time, exhausting my allowed visits provided by my insurance. No total relief in sight. Although I am not hoping for a total relief; I was hoping for at least five in a scale of ten. I would be happy with that level of pain. Not ideal but tolerable, even at my age, 72.
I never stopped seeking relief if not cure for my shoulder pain. I did research here and there. The internet is my biggest source for information. If pain can sway up my A1c (diabetic measure of blood glucose conditions), it was always about the highest 7 rating. I watched my diet religiously and yet the pain exacerbates my diabetes. My internist agrees; my chiropractor does not. In January 2019, I stumbled on CBD. The rest is history, so they say. And it is.
I researched about CBD. What it is and does it relieve pain as many claim it does. Does it even cure pain?
Before I expound on what CBD is, let us talk about marijuana too. When we talk of CBD, hemp and marijuana popups in the whole picture. Questions crop up such as: Is CBD marijuana? Is hemp marijuana? Is CBD hemp? These questions equates CBD with hemp, marijuana and vice versa.
Let us start with marijuana. Marijuana is cannabis. According to Wikipedia, “Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol [THC], one of the 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.” “Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.” CBD or “Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid discovered in 1940. It is one of some 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants and accounts for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.”
CBD or cannabidiol can be extracted from hemp and marijuana plants. Both extracts contain tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] which is the main psychoactive part of these cannabis plants. Although hemp and marijuana extracts contain THC, their strength and concentration differ. Marijuana has a higher THC content; hemp just about .03% THC which is not psychoactive at all. Although marijuana has its own medical benefits because of its CBD content, its use has been controlled simply because of the psychoactive effect on the user. Hemp oil is the preferred medium in receiving CBD health benefits. Hemp oil is the safest source of CBD.
Be that as it may, what is the best CBD for pain? I believe that the criteria lies in the strength and concentration of CBD per bottle. It also depends on how CBD was extracted from hemp. There are some extracts that do not contain the CBD it claims to be. It is critical that the CBD products you purchase must accompany third party certified product analysis. Do not buy any CBD products from websites that has no product analysis linked to them. Although there is no known negative side-effects from taking CBD, any user must consult a physician before using any CBD regimen.
I am taking CBD produced by CTFO. Their products are supported by independent analysis stating amount others the content of CBD such as how much milligrams per bottle of CBD.
I started taking CTFO CBD for pain since March 15, 2019. After one week of taking CBD, my shoulder was almost relieved of pain. My pain was reduced to level 2 out of 10. That is way lower than I expected which was 5. At times, I have no shoulder pain at all. No more waking up on unholy hours at two or three in the morning due to pain.
With less shoulder pain or no pain at all, I can concentrate on my relaxation and meditation before going to bed. Sleeping six to seven hours straight (except for some occasional positional wakeup moves) is normal for me now. My body is well relaxed. No more tightened muscle especially along the shoulder blades. With CBD doing wonders to my physiology, Kelly Howell’s guided meditation augments the general well-being of my spirit and soul.
“Mens sana in corpore sano”.