A CBD oil #review for The 420 headshop and Lounge
For the past few years I have experienced flare ups of pain. It started in my knees and before I knew it I was suffering pain in my wrists, hands, feet, shoulders, elbows and pretty much every joint in my body. This was something that was affecting my life in a big way. The flare ups would aggravate my costochondritis and make my life miserable.
During a flare up I would wake every morning unable to get myself out of bed, I could feel the pain in my shoulder it would radiate to my elbow and make it very difficult for me to get out of bed unaided.
I didn’t have a clue what was wrong with me. Doctors said it was psychological as I would usually experience low moods during a flare but this was not the case. I was genuinely experiencing pain and after years of being fobbed off, a blood test for an autoimmune disease came back positive.
The reason for my pain is inflammation of the joints, a common symptom of many autoimmune diseases (more on this follow)
Last year I read an article on CBD oil, the article explained that CBD oil was being used all over the world for many illnesses including chronic pain.
For years I had been taking co-codamol, 30mg/500mg 2 tablets, 3 times a day and naproxen 500mg twice a day. With the medication came awful side effects, I would often feel drowsy. I also had to take omeprazole to protect my stomach lining. Long term use of co-codamol plays hell on your digestive system and tummy.
I wanted to be free of this, I had to try CBD oil.
One of the biggest misconceptions of CBD oil is that it will get you ‘high’. This is not the case.
As someone who is certified and trained in advanced substance misuse and new psychoactives, I can assure you that CBD oil will not get you stoned.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally occurring chemical found in hemp plants. The confusion comes with a cannabis plant which produces a psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Although cannabis as a drug and industrial hemp both derive from the species Cannabis sativa and contain THC, they are distinct strains with unique phytochemical compositions and uses.
Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects. In the UK, the allowed THC-content for hemp to be classified as legal is 0.2%, while in most of the United States it is legal at 0.3%.
Full spectrum CBD oil contains 0% THC and this is the oil I use and recommend.
Having tried a number of CBD oil brands I have become quite the connoisseur when it comes finding a great tasting, smooth and effective oil.
There are three types of CBD oils.
Raw: This type of oil is almost black in appearance
Decarboxylated: Similar to raw oil except the active compounds have undergone the decarboxylation process.
Filtered: This is the CBD oil that most manufacturers make and that most people consume. It has undergone decarboxylation and a filtering process.
If you are looking for a high-grade CBD hemp oil you should note its colour and consistency. A high grade CBD oil should resemble a fine brandy.
My new favourite oil is The 420 CBD Range – Organic Full Spectrum Hemp Oil 1000mg, peppermint flavoured!
Firstly, the taste is amazing! Most CBD oils have a bitter taste, some are worse than others but if you are not a fan of anything bitter, I do recommend you try an oil with a flavour. The 420 CBD Range have flavours such as, banana, peppermint, original, peppermint hemp, original hemp and banana hemp.
To see the full range of oils please visit – https://www.the420extracts.co.uk/
Within days of using my new oil I was sleeping better. My pain usually keeps me awake or wakes me at night but this hasn’t been the case recently.
Although I am experiencing one of my worst flare ups at the moment, I have found I am not reaching for my naproxen, instead I am using my CBD oil a little more. I have even started adding it to my mint hot chocolate at night.
Another misconception is that CBD oil is a form of pain relief. This is not the case. If you break a bone or slip a disc, CBD oil will not relieve it. CBD oil acts as an anti-inflammatory which reduces inflammation and swelling. CBD oil has proven very effective when treating rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
If you are unsure of dosage and strength I would recommend starting on the lowest dose at 2 drops, twice a day and see how you get on. You will know if you need to increase it.
Readers who are local to me, you may want to have a chat with Lee or Chris at The 420 Headshop and Lounge in Caerphilly (27 Ton-Y-Felyn Road, CF83 1PA). Perhaps try a coffee with a shot of CBD oil before you commit to purchasing a bottle?
Can’t pop into the CBD Coffee Shop? The 420 range can be shipped to the UK & Europe (standard shipping is £5)
You can also take advantage of a 10% discount with code – WELSHMUMMY10
Please note – I do not make any money from sales.
Not a fan of CBD oil? Why not try an edible? CBD edible reviews coming soon.