Sunday, June 4, 2017

My experience using CBD oil for chronic pain and anxiety

Disclaimer: I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Having lived with chronic pain for over 15 years due to a neurological movement disorder called dystonia, I am always looking for ways to better manage my symptoms. My symptoms not only include pain, but involuntary muscle spasms/contractions, overall muscle tightness, restricted head/neck movement, and a racing mind.

While I have taken medications for some of these symptoms, I prefer a more natural approach, so diet, exercise, supplements, and stress free living are very important to me. Something I have not tried until recently is CBD oil. The more I hear about the success people are having for things such as neurological disorders, multiple sclerosis, cancer, inflammation, pain, muscle spasticity, arthritis, depression, anxiety, seizures, and many other conditions, the more it intrigues me. My main reasons for trying it are pain, muscle relaxation, and mental calmness.

CBD stands for cannabidiol, the non-addictive compound found in the cannabis (marijuana) plant, often known as hemp. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits, a few of which were mentioned above. Of special interest to many of my readers with neurological conditions, CBD studies are showing that it may have a neuroprotective effect. The other well-known compound in cannabis is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the principal psychoactive, potentially addictive element. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a “high.” While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it makes it an appealing option for patients like me looking for relief without the high or addiction.

As a member of Chronic Illness Bloggers, a network of bloggers focused on chronic illness, I was selected to try a CBD product called Liberty Lixir Ultra by a company called Liberty Lotion. It is a spray that you put under your tongue (they also have a dropper bottle if you prefer). The product I tested has a strength of 1000 mg, and each spray pump has 6.7 mg of CBD. I used anywhere between 3 and 6 pumps per day (~ 20-40 mg/CBD a day), over the course of a month. I had no issues with how to take it, determining how much I was taking, deciding how much to take to get my desired results, or any feelings of dependency.

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In that short amount of time, my pain decreased roughly 25-50%, I am more active, my recovery time from activities has been faster, and my mind is calmer. I don’t feel as rushed or hurried all the time. I usually sleep pretty well, but the CBD seems to have increased the speed I fall asleep. Interestingly, I never took it before bed. I only took it once a day and always midday. I also experienced a slight decrease in appetite, which might be of special interest to those who are interested in losing/maintaining weight.

The best way to describe how I feel is a general overall sense of wellness with greater peace of mind. I feel more grounded. My moods never really fluctuated much at all, but I feel more mentally stable and in better control. All the changes are subtle, but noticeable in a very natural way, which is how anything natural, versus synthetic, should feel.

I certainly can’t promise that you will experience any of the positive things I have, but if you are curious about CBD and are interested in a quality product at a good price, consider Liberty Lixir Ultra. Their website contains a lot of valuable information about CBD and studies on its use for many conditions. Customer service has also been very knowledgeable. I plan to continue taking it for as long as I get positive results.

Click here or any of the links in the blog and it will take you to the Liberty Lotion website. If you decide to get this product, follow the links in this blog and use the coupon code “Liberty17” for a 10% discount. Good luck and please share your experience with me after you begin using it. Thanks!


Tom Seaman is a chronic pain and dystonia awareness advocate, and author of the book, Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey, a comprehensive resource for anyone living with any life challenge. He is also a support group leader for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) and Certified Professional Life Coach in the area of health and wellness. To learn more about Tom and get a copy of his book, visit www.diagnosisdystonia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Dystoniabook1



8 comments:

  1. I need to order some. It helps me relax

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  2. I really enjoyed your article. I've only recently (maybe 5-6 mos) began reading and researching CBD for my own personal issues as well as a friend of mine and my mind is blown. What caught my attention, is that she has been having symptoms like the ones you described but she can't get relief from anything. We have tried multiple CBD Oils and I have had some relief for my anxiety etc, but it is not helping with her bodily pain and movement issues at all. I'm going to have her look into this CBD oil and try to buy some and see if it works for her. At this point she isn't getting anywhere with the doctors she has seen and has no diagnosis so we are just trying to find an alternative to help with the pain. I am going to have her read about dystonia too.

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    1. Hi Alana. Thank you for your message. I am really glad to hear you enjoyed the article. I don't know if CBD is for everyone, but what I am pretty sure about is finding the right one that fits us best, which takes some shopping around as you have clearly experienced. I hope if you try this one it helps. Perhaps some of the topical CBDs might be of help to your friend. Check out this piece of technology also. It is called Zyto. My acupuncturist has it. Here is the link to her site, but I would also Google it for more information besides this. http://camclinic.com/services/#zyto-technology. It will not diagnose someone, but it can uncover some reasons for a person's symptoms. IF it looks like something worth trying, hopefully some practitioner in her area has one she can use. Thanks again. My best to you and your friend!

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  3. Can cbd oil b detected in a drug screening?

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    1. I have heard different answers to this question. Some say it can and some say it can't, and that it usually depends on the type of CBD. In this one that I tried, it is an isolate CBD which means no THC and will not be detected in a blood test. However, I cannot guarantee this. It would be wise to check with the company to get their more educated answer, and to be sure if you are taking any CBD product that you let the authorities know (police, pain management docs, employers, etc.) that you are taking it. Some products are full spectrum CBD which means they have a little THC which could be detected in a blood test.

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  4. Hey Tom,
    Great article, thanks. Did you notice any relief in your muscle spasms?

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    1. Thanks Trey. I noticed an overall relaxation in muscle activity. I don't really have spasms anymore unless I overexert myself or do certain movements. When taking this product, I found I could do more, and do more comfortably, for longer periods of time.

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