I did have to increase my CBD dose over time to get the same results. all the way up to 60 mg. So there does appear to be some potential for tachyphylaxis here. CBD is expensive at this dose so I’m less enthusiastic about it now than I was at first. But it IS helpful.
But it also appears to have more subtle effects, like modulating the serotonin system (via the 5-HT1A receptor), thus decreasing the anxiety associated with chronic pain.
For me, CBD is an adjunctive treatment. That means it is something I use in addition to physical modalities like sauna, contrast baths, and electrical stimulation, and physical practices like yoga, shoulder range of motion, and gentle strengthening with resistance bands, as well as mindfulness practices like meditation, breathwork, and gratitude poetry, AND resilience training like reframing, refocusing on growth, affirmations, etc.
What I’m trying to say is this: I doubt whether CBD would be a stand-alone treatment for people with severe pain. But it may help them avoid having to resort to opioids if they are committed to a program of total wellness, including mindfulness, modalities, mobility exercises, procedures, and a willingness to remodel their inner narrative—to believe they can get better. To believe—dare I say it—that they can feel amazing again. That’s what I’m going for.
The fact that CBD has the potential to relieve pain without causing euphoria or intoxication makes it interesting from a medicinal point of view. In fact, CBD-rich cannabis may be the ideal option for acute management of pain and sleep dysfunction associated with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. —William Rawls, MD.
CBD is just one of 113 cannabinoid compounds that can be isolated from cannabis. How it works is still being elucidated. But we do know it modulates both CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body, which makes it good for both neuropathic pain and inflammatory pain (it decreases the cytokine storm of Lyme Disease, for example).
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Because of its close relationship with marijuana, there’s a lot of stigma surrounding CBD. It’s often mistaken for THC, the cannabinoid (compound found in the cannabis family) that gets you high. There are over 100+ cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant species – THC gets you high, CBD does not. CBD is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant.
CBD possesses an antibacterial effect, can reduce headache and nausea, strengthens the immune system, decreases pain caused by peripheral neuropathy, provides anticonvulsant properties and controls nerve episodes, anxiety, and depression. These are many symptoms exhibited by those suffering from Lyme disease. It is best to discuss a CBD regimen with your healthcare provider to determine the best method of treatment.
Friends and family would remind me not to forget cream and aspirin wherever I would go because they knew how much agony I would be in otherwise. My head was always foggy, even with a healthy diet and exercise. I experienced constant muscle tightness and spasms.
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As time went on, I had constant “growing” pains in my arms and legs. My mom and grandma would rub me down with menthol pain-relieving cream almost every night. I would wake up crying from the pain, wanting to go to the hospital. The thought of Lyme disease never occurred to us. This went on for YEARS!
As I tried a variety of CBD products, I quickly learned that not all CBD is created equal. Some companies were selling falsely advertised CBD products with little to no CBD. I needed a high-quality product – from a company I could trust to share what was in their products and, more importantly, what was not in them. Eventually, I formed my own CBD company. Now, I find that educating people about how CBD can help them is a significant part of my job.
However, although CBD doesn’t get you high, it does affect your brain. Research shows CBD interacts with receptors found in the central nervous system. This is why CBD can be used to help anxiety, PTSD, depression and many other neurological/mental health disorders.