What is CBD oil ?

CBD is a well known active ingredient of the Cannabis plant, but did you know you can get it in oil form?Yes, we’ve already written about “What is Cannabis Oil?“, but the thing is…. CBD oil appears to be all rage right now.You probably know someone who has either tried it or sang the praises of its medical benefits. Its popularity among Canadians appears to be skyrocketing while globally, many countries are waking up to the remarkable health benefits offered by this exciting extract.

With a broad and growing range of therapeutic capabilities and a host of studies to back them up, it’s fair to say the hype about CBD oil is real. As with any new medicine attracting interest, many questions from the public arise.

Like, how do you know if your CBD oil is pure? How does it work? And, what conditions has CBD oil been proven to help?

If you’ve only scratched the surface of this therapeutic cannabinoid, read on as we dig deeper into the versatility and medical scope of CBD oil.

Are CBD and cannabis oil the same?

Oil is a healthier alternative to smoking and has gained popularity with recreational and medicinal users. But what’s the main difference between CBD and cannabis oil?

Simply put, they aren’t the same thing, however it’s complicated.

Its many monikers make cannabis oil tricky to nail down because it’s a blanket term for a range of oils with different purposes. Hemp oil, hash oil, CBD oil, and THC oil all fall under that blanket along with others. Hash oil alone is another blanket term so yeah, it’s pretty complicated.

The main difference between CBD oil and cannabis oil is usually that the latter contains THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you ‘high’.

Let’s be clear though, THC is not the enemy unless abused and/or smoked over long periods of time. In fact, THC has its own array of medical benefits but it’s also very therapeutic when combined with CBD.

The ‘entourage effect’ happens when the cannabis plant’s most famous compounds unite, along with help of terpenes. This term refers to strength in numbers — better together than alone — when it comes to creating a medicinal force. Basically, when cannabinoids and terpenes all work towards the same goal, you’ll notice stronger overall healing effects.

While technically a cannabis oil, non-psychoactive CBD oil is never really used recreationally due to its lack of buzz. It’s primarily a healer. Although scientists believe more studies are required, it is definitely the star cannabinoid of medical cannabis and has the capability to treat numerous conditions and diseases.

Evidence suggests that it’s effective in the treatment of severe pain, epilepsy, anxiety disorders, arthritis, and schizophrenia just to mention a few.

Is CBD legal in Canada?

The short answer is yes, but you’d be forgiven for thinking the legality of CBD oil would be a formality in Canada.

A bird’s eye view of its qualities and capabilities would instantly lead you to think so. It’s a non-psychoactive compound with very few side effects that don’t get you buzzed.

So what’s the harm right?

Thankfully, CBD oil is legal but there’s still a ways to go. Alternative sources of CBD oil and other related products are not yet endorsed by the government for retailers. Meanwhile, any CBD products made by a licensed cannabis producer are fully endorsed by the government (just FYI, hemp oil is also a government-approved product).

So here’s where it gets tricky.

You may be a medicinal cannabis patient intent on using only government-approved products. Let’s say you have a joint (no pun intended) or muscular pain and buying a CBD topical seems like the next logical step. Currently, this would not be possible as the government has yet to approve cannabidiol creams or any cannabinoid edibles for that matter.

It really depends on how cautious and particular you are about where you obtain your CBD oil. If you need that government seal of approval then the cream and edibles will have to wait. If you are confident in your source — be it an online retailer or a local headshop — and happy with the quality of that CBD oil then this is not a problem for you.

Ultimately, these are cannabis or hemp-related products sold in a country where cannabis and hemp are completely legal. So there’s nothing illegal about buying CBD oil through unregulated channels.

Hemp vs. cannabis CBD?

For a simple comparison of hemp and cannabis, you could say that the values of the former are industrial and nutritional while those of latter are medicinal and recreational.

When all forms of marijuana were illegal in North America, hemp — a non-psychoactive relative of the cannabis plant — was incorrectly labeled and destroyed. Regularly and systematically chopped down and burned by the US government for its tenuous connections to cannabis.

Thankfully, we are now living in more enlightened, evolved times so hemp has made a comeback. This durable and versatile plant is used to make shampoo, clothing, makeup, food, building materials and more. However, when it comes to the production of CBD it comes a very distant second to the cannabis plant.

While both plants produce the therapeutic compound, hemp has nowhere near the same medicinal value as cannabis. This is due to its extremely low concentration of CBD and THC.

Contrast this with cannabis which can boast THC and CBD as its two most present elements. CBD oils are extracted by licensed producers with the sole goal of delivering maximum medical benefit.

This could be a THC/CBD mix to treat the likes of multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, nausea, certain cancers and psychological problems. Or maybe pure CBD oil to help those suffering from arthritis, epilepsy, anxiety disorders and many other conditions.

Explore In-Depth: The difference between cannabis CBD oil and hemp CBD oil.

But CBD is CBD so why should you care what plant it comes from if the end product is 100 percent CBD? Whether made through isolation from natural sources, or by synthesizing in a lab CBD from cannabis and hemp are identical.

So how does hemp CBD oil differ from that of its ancestor cannabis?

The extraction process reveals the real truth. Hemp oil is pressed and extracted from the plant seeds (which double as a nutrient-rich health food). While it is high in polyunsaturated fats and is popular in the cooking world it barely contains any CBD and almost no THC.

This is why hemp is not a controlled substance and overseen by the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR). Additionally, hemp is a bio-accumulator meaning it absorbs large amounts of whatever is present in the soil in which it grows.

This is a real downside since the growing methods and conditions for industrial hemp aren’t federally regulated. So, it’s hard to know when you’re getting a high quality, clean, and safe product. In the past hemp has been known to absorb pesticides, toxic spills and other dangerous chemicals and metals from the soil.

Cannabis, on the other hand, is often grown using soilless methods like aquaponics and hydroponics. These techniques eliminate the possibility of outside contaminants tainting the end product.

When processing marijuana the flowers, leaves, and stalks are used to create cannabis and CBD oil, both of which have a multitude of medical benefits. Due to its high CBD and THC content, it is instead regulated by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) and the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR).

Under the IHR, it is forbidden for hemp oil to contain any CBD at all and more than 10 parts per million of THC (0.3%) when it’s sold as a nutritional food. Since these are the cannabinoids known to possess therapeutic qualities be wary of any person or company lauding the medicinal value of hemp oil.

Why is CBD experiencing such a spike in popularity?

All across the internet comment threads on health-focused cannabis websites are filled with sentences like:

“It’s done wonders for my anxiety, I feel like a new person!!”

“My severe arthritis is all but gone thanks to CBD oil.”

Or, “I’ve had regular epileptic seizures for 12 years but since I’ve started taking CBD oil I’ve been seizure-free for 5 months!!”

Yes, comment threads themselves are often seen as the underbelly of the internet and with good reason. They play host to trolls and scam artists but they also allow good people suffering from bad illnesses to interact, help each other and voice their opinions.

It’s hard to deny the countless positive and genuine CBD oil reviews out there sprinkled across the web like nuggets of hope. These statements of elation and relief are organic proof of CBD’s ever-growing popularity.

The adoration for this medicinal compound is hardly a noodle scratcher. It’s a cannabis product for people who don’t like cannabis. Not only does it not get you ‘high’ but it could help you treat a devastating condition you are afflicted with.

So, let’s take a look at why the popularity of CBD oil is currently through the roof.

What does the research say about CBD oil?

Research on CBD wasn’t exactly plentiful before the turn of the millennium. Now, since the advent of cannabis legalization in Canada, it is probably one of the most researched substances out there.

Science has pointed to the relationship between the cannabinoid and our CB1 and CB2 receptors as the reason why it possesses such therapeutic value. CBD interacts best with CB2 receptors which aid in the regulation of appetite, pain management, and immune system functions like inflammation.

Explore In-Depth: Cannabinoid Receptors 101 – Why Do We Have Them?

Although experts recommend more studies be conducted on the subject, evidence is emerging that CBD may be a potent inhibitor of cancer growth. It has already shown promise as a treatment for several forms of the disease including lung cancer, leukemia, colon cancer and to a lesser extent glioma (brain cancer) and breast cancer.

Research also suggests that CBD is a neuroprotective compound that could repair the damage done to the brain by THC. It encourages neuroplasticity as well which is crucial to people in their twilight years. Additionally, scientists have proven — thanks to a deeper knowledge of the endocannabinoid system—  that CBD can ease or alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy as well as anxiety disorders, depression, and psychosis.

CBD oil could also become a popular mood stabilizer in the future. Its anti-convulsive, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and antipsychotic actions with minimal side effects make it seem like a good fit. On top of all this, it has had a positive impact in treating certain sleep disorders and addiction to cannabis itself.

There is a downside

While most CBD oil users don’t experience adverse reactions, possible side effects do exist. These include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and dizziness. Also, please always consult with a doctor before using CBD oil as it could interfere with medication you are already on.

The many uses of CBD oil

Backed by hundreds of peer-reviewed sources in scientific journals it has been proven that CBD may be therapeutic for the list of conditions below. Since it is still an understudied cannabinoid, future research could reveal even more of the compound’s medicinal potential in all of these conditions and possibly more, including:

Acne, ADD and ADHD, addiction, AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, anorexia, antibiotic resistance, anxiety, atherosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, autism, bipolar, cancer, chronic pain, digestive issues, depression, diabetes, endocrine disorders, epilepsy and seizures, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, heart disease, Huntington’s disease, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disease, liver disease, metabolic syndrome, migraine, mood disorders, motion sickness, multiple sclerosis, nausea, neurodegeneration, obesity, OCD, osteoporosis/bone health, Parkinson’s disease, prion/mad cow disease, PTSD, rheumatism, schizophrenia, sickle cell anemia, skin conditions, sleep disorders, spinal cord injury, stress, stroke and TBI.

What makes a ‘good’ CBD oil?

CBD oil is rapidly expanding and barely-regulated industry. This wild-west, ‘Green Rush’ scenario is sure to attract plenty of scam-artists trying to rip you off with below-par products.

Unfortunately, determining which CBD oils are high quality and trustworthy is a tricky business. Its surge in popularity means new sellers and brands are surfacing regularly, claiming their oil is the best.

Researchers in the US confirmed our worst fears about the number of fraudulent and unscrupulous sellers online. After analyzing the content of 84 CBD products purchased on the internet the results were concerning and rife with inconsistencies. Labeling inaccuracies and incorrect concentration levels were the two biggest offenders.

When compared to their advertised concentrations, products were badly mislabeled with 26 percent containing less CBD than stated on the label while 43 percent contained more, resulting in a dangerously high degree of variability. In addition to CBD mislabeling a bigger concern emerged. THC was detected in 21 percent of samples.

It’s completely understandable if this has made you wary of buying CBD online. To ensure you purchase the high-quality CBD oil you seek, allow us to ease those concerns by passing on some useful buying tips. These should help you to weed out the online scammers.

Manufacturing matters

With different CBD oil brands come different extraction methods. Beware of low prices as these companies may be using cheap extraction methods to achieve greater profits. Since CBD can be extracted using solvents some companies will use lower grade solvents to get the job done for fewer dollars.

Toxic substances such as propane, butane, hexane, and pentane are all examples of low-grade CBD extractors. Dangerous to our health, a product containing any of this quartet should be avoided. Ethanol — grain alcohol — or olive oil are viewed as the safest method of processing CBD oil for our consumption.

Last but not least, CBD oil can be extracted through “supercritical CO2 extraction.” This process happens using carbon dioxide under high pressure in ultra-low temperatures. Pricey, high-tech equipment is necessary for this method, the refinement of the oil is complex and specific expertise is required on the production side. The final product, however, is worth it as the CBD oil maintains its purity all the way through.

Using quality cannabis or hemp: Your source matters

This one is simple, to ensure quality use high-quality materials. This is especially important in CBD oil. Cannabis or hemp grown using hydroponics or aquaponics is ideal because both methods don’t require soil to consistently produce high-quality plants which in turn means very effective CBD oil.

Grown in soil both plants absorb whatever is present in the ground where it was cultivated. If the soil was rich and fertile then expect a safe, high-grade CBD oil but if the earth was laden with heavy metals like mercury and lead, the resulting oils will be tainted and toxic.

The presence of such metals in the oil would make it unsafe for humans to consume, especially children. Sadly, some manufacturers only have profit on their minds so investigate where the CBD brand sources their cannabis or hemp. Such information should be available on the retailer’s websites or via their customer service channels.

THC levels

THC is the celebrity cannabinoid present in both cannabis and hemp. This popular psychoactive compound is responsible for getting you “high.” The maximum and acceptable level of THC present in CBD oils should not exceed more than 0.3 percent, which is a trace amount. So be sure to check the labels or request lab results prior to making a purchase.

‘Whole-plant’ or ‘full spectrum’ labels

Another sign of a quality CBD oil is one that was manufactured using the whole plant. A 2015 study showed that using the entire plant instead of a single part ensures that your CBD oil gets the full range of primary and secondary constituents of the cannabis plant.

These include terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that are generally believed to synergize with CBD, making the health benefits better than using CBD alone. Again, this is called the “entourage effect”.

Third-party lab results

A reputable brand of CBD oil will have nothing to hide. They will always provide third-party lab results to their customers. These independent labs exist to provide transparency. They ensure that CBD oil is everything it claims to be while protecting Joe Public from potentially-harmful impurities.

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in Canada.In fact, 3 million Canadian adults report having a mood or anxiety disorder, and it’s been estimated that 1 in 4 Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime.

Whether it’s going to a job interview, taking a test, moving, or public speaking, any of these events can invoke nerves for some people, but crippling anxiety for others.

After all, these are all pressure-filled situations where stress or nervousness beforehand is common, even expected.

So when does anxiety become a serious condition and how can cannabis oil help manage symptoms?

If you or someone you know has an anxiety disorder, the next few minutes could prove helpful as we explore how cannabis oil can potentially help manage symptoms and more.

What is anxiety?

At some point everyone feels nervous or worried — this is typical low-level anxiety. Normal or mild anxiety becomes a disorder when the intensity of your uneasy feelings ramp up to an uncomfortable and problematic level. Your emotions become extreme, greatly interfere with your everyday life, and can last for months or even years.

Most people suffering from an anxiety disorder experience it differently than the next person.

There is large number of symptoms associated with chronic anxiety. They range from a thumping heart to nightmares to panic attacks and so on. Since your symptoms may be completely different to another person’s knowing how to spot them is crucial, which leads us to our next topic.

The different types of anxiety

Medical professionals aren’t 100 percent sure what causes anxiety disorders but theories have been floated. Among them are genetics, an underlying physical illness and/or certain traumatic experiences. Severe anxiety affects people in many different ways, listed below are most well-known types.

  • GAD: Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension. It can be triggered by the smallest thing or nothing at all. People suffering with GAD often struggle to control their anxiety and have problems concentrating on everyday tasks.
  • OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder occurs when recurrent, unwanted obsessions and/or repetitive compulsions negatively impact or impede a person’s life. These irrational behaviors — such as repetitive hand washing, counting, or cleaning — are often performed in the hope of banishing obsessive thoughts. Choosing not to perform these “rituals” can cause a spike in the sufferer’s anxiety.
  • Panic disorder: Symptoms of this condition include unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear. These bouts are usually accompanied by dizzy spells, chest pain, heart palpitations, restricted breathing and/or abdominal discomfort.
  • PTSD: Often associated with war veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder can develop after experiencing a traumatic event or ordeal in which deadly physical harm occurred or was threatened. Known triggers of this disorder include military combat, natural disasters or those caused by humans, serious accidents or vicious assaults on your person.
  • SAD: Also known as social anxiety disorder, this condition is characterized by a fear of everyday social interactions. Symptoms include intense bouts of anxiety coupled with extreme self-consciousness when faced with a certain social situation. Public speaking or eating in front of others are two examples of triggers. In its most severe form the sufferer can constantly experience symptoms when around others.
  • Agoraphobia: This is a fear of certain places or situations that make the person feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed. A panic attack will usually ensue after the negative feeling. Agoraphobics may try to avoid trigger places and situations to prevent these attacks. This can lead to certain individuals becoming reclusive.
  • Selective mutism:  Affecting mostly children it is an inability to talk in specific situations or places for a long period of time. This selective muted state can interfere with school and interacting with peers. For example, a child may talk at home but refuse to do so at school.

What is CBD oil?

This medicinal liquid is made by extracting cannabidiol – another name for CBD – from the flowers, leaves, and the stalk of the cannabis plant using solvents.

CBD is the second-most present and studied of the cannabinoids. It doesn’t deliver a ‘high’ to the user but instead has been praisedfor its impressive and broad range of therapeutic values.

How CBD oil helps with anxiety

Although more studies are required CBD oil has deservedly gained a reputation in recent years as a potentially-viable treatment for anxiety. It appears the collective interest of researchers has been truly captured. CBD as a treatment for anxiety is currently one of the most well-funded sectors of modern cannabis research.

The future looks bright for the humble, once-neglected cannabinoid. Its multiple therapeutic uses means CBD is even starting to challenge the popularity of its psychoactive cousin THC. Online stats have revealed that ‘CBD oil and anxiety’ rank high among the most searched topics on the web in the field of restorative and cannabis-related medicine.

So what is all the fuss about and how exactly does CBD help those with anxiety disorders?

Let’s delve into the science of it.

CBD interacts with your body’s own natural endocannabinoid system or (ECS). Present in nearly every cell in the body the ECS plays a vital role regulating such things as your digestive system, appetite, mood, memory and perception of pain.

Stress recovery and management is a primary function of the ECS as it relentlessly strives to achieve balance within your body, no matter what type of mayhem or serenity is occurring externally.

While interfacing with CB2 receptors CBD communicates with a neurotransmitter called GABA. Individual messages are then sent by GABA to a series of brain cells, or neurons.

That message usually tells the body it’s an appropriate time to shut down. Since a vast amount of brains cells are inhibited by GABA the results of that shut down are beneficial. They include a reduction in anxiety and a relaxing of the muscles which highlights CBD’s anticonvulsant and anxiolytic qualities.

Then there’s its versatility. A 2015 summary of prior CBD studies came to the conclusion that it’s a very promising treatment for several anxiety disorders. Which includes many of the above-mentioned types such as PTSD, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, OCD, and generalized anxiety disorder.

CBD oil vs conventional anti-anxiety medicine

So you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you’re obviously upset and wondering how to proceed. Before going straight to your doctor in search of medication try using natural methods to tackle your condition first.

Exercise of all kinds such as walking, running, swimming and yoga can help with stress reduction in your life. The same can be said for relaxation methods like meditation, reading or simply taking a warm bath in silence.

This approach should be given a try before medicine is considered. However, if the natural route fails it’s time to make an important choice. Prescription drugs or cannabis extracts. Conventional anti-anxiety medicines are called benzodiazepines. They are like minor tranquilizers and are versatile sedatives.

‘Benzos’ are used as muscle relaxants, to induce sedation for surgery, to treat seizures and to aid those in the depths of alcohol withdrawal. Yes, they have useful functions and can soothe anxiety but what about the downside?

It’s been well documented that benzodiazepines come with an unpleasant collection of side effects. The tamer and most common of these side effects are drowsiness, sedation, loss of balance and dizziness.

However, people on heavier doses may experience amnesia, depression, problems breathing, confusion and disorientation. It seems wrong that a pill to treat an anxiety disorder comes laden with a whole other range of problems.

CBD oil, on the other hand, has very few side effects, none of which are too serious.

It can cause reactions like diarrhea and fatigue in some people and may interfere with certain medications so consult a doctor before trying it.

Although studies are still in their infancy CBD’s  safety profile is already established in a plethora of ways.  With a growing reputation as a respected treatment for several anxiety disorders it seems like the safer, healthier choice.

Aside from benefiting anxiety sufferers CBD appears to be a real cure-all that has the potential to change the world’s medical landscape forever. Multiple studies point to it being a promising treatment for depression, arthritis, epilepsy, certain cancers, psychosis and more.

How to best consume CBD oil

There a few ways to send your CBD oil to its destination. For the fastest results the oil should be dropped straight under the tongue for sublingual ingestion. Another very efficient method is to inhale it through vape pen but avoiding this method with children is recommended.

Then there’s edibles and drinks. CBD oil can be purchased as capsules, candy, foods, or beverages but for convenience you can always just add some of your oil bottle to a meal or a drink.

What about cannabis oil with THC for anxiety?

Cannabis oil goes by several different names. CBD oil falls under its umbrella as does THC oil. It’s a tad confusing but the simple difference is some oils contain non-psychoactive CBD and some contain psychoactive THC. Mixtures of the two are also popular for medical purposes.

THC is the most studied, present and stigmatized of the cannabinoid family. Also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, it is best known as the compound that gets you ‘high’ but that doesn’t mean its therapeutic uses should be overlooked.

Can a psychoactive compound like THC really help with anxiety?

THC and anxiety have a complicated relationship. For some, just one pull off a joint can flare up their anxiety symptoms, inducing worry, panic and stress. Sadly, it doesn’t end there. Heightened paranoia can afflict others following even minimal THC use.

This is understandable because, honestly, today’s THC levels in cannabis have never been higher, excuse the pun. However studies show that most anxiety disorders are not linked to increased cannabis use.

So what about the other side to THC? The one many fail to notice, the more useful side.

When it comes to treating anxiety the majority of people aren’t aware of the low-THC strains out there. CBD heavy strains with just a dash of THC are changing the way anxiety sufferers view the stigmatized cannabinoid. These CBD-THC hybrid strains help with several anxiety disorders, whether they’re turned into oil or consumed in another way.

However, that’s not to say THC-rich strains don’t serve a purpose too. When used in low doses, carefully chosen indicas, sativas and hybrids of the pair can help with the symptoms of GAD, PTSD and SAD.

To sum up

Right now it appears the sky’s the limit for the medicinal capabilities of CBD oil and for anxiety.

The truth is though it’s not going to help everyone — no drug in the anxiety field can claim it will — but it could prove to be a healthier alternative to ‘benzos’ and their harmful side effects.

As always, consult your doctor before trying CBD oil for your anxiety, and remember that calculating your dosage is key.

GOT SHINGLES? USE CANNABIS!

If it could happen to anyone, it usually does to me. In this case, I am one of those people who had chickenpox as a child and the varicella-zoster virus didn’t want to stay dormant in my adult nerves, giving me shingles… three separate times.

Ask those who have experienced it and they will tell you, shingles is excruciatingly painful. Treatments include skin patches with painkillers put directly on the area and nerve-affecting drugs such as gabapentin or lyrica; but, most people need opiates to deal with the level of pain that it causes and doctors are happy to prescribe them.

Lucky for me, I know an incredible secret; cannabis and its effects make it one of the best and most effective options when it comes to shingles. The level of relief that it brings it unfathomable and if it ever happens to you, this is what you need to know.

What is shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection of a sensory nerve connected to an area of skin. It is characterized by the rash that appears and the painful symptoms it causes. It can cause a great deal of pain as well as other symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, severe muscle aches and flu like symptoms. The pain is pretty intense and I like to describe it as coming in a few forms.

What does shingles feel like?

Essentially, I have narrowed down the three different types of pain that you experience when you have a shingles rash:

1, You know the feeling that you get when you take a bad burn off of ice or cold water? The surface of your skin feels that way wherever you have the rash. I would rate this pain level at a solid 9 out of 10.

2, It comes with severe muscle pain. I have had it both times on my neck and shoulder and it felt like I broke my collarbone. I could hardly lift my arm and it caused some seriously weird shooting pains down my arm.

3, You can feel the length of your entire nerves themselves, right from the edge of your skin down to the bone; the rash sends lightning shocks through each one. It is a very bizarre and stressful sensation and the worst part is that you never know when it is coming.

How could cannabis help?

Topical Cannabis

If you have had chickenpox, then you could get shingles and it would be wise to go out right now and make sure you are fully stocked with topical products. The amount of pain relief that a cannabis cream can give is miraculously effective and instantaneous; the second its on the rash, the bad burn pain excruciating drops from a level 9 to a 2.

Edibles

I don’t think I would ever be able handle a shingles outbreak without high THC, edible cannabis. The type of pain I described as electric shocks throughout the nerves can literally cause severe anxiety because its so weird and uncomfortable. Like hitting a mute button, the moment I felt the effects of the edible starting to take effect, it was like it sent all the shocks and pain far away to someplace else.

With such a large concentration of pain receptors residing in the intestines, using edible cannabis to effectively treat the pain caused by shingles, makes sense and it works.

I can’t explain this but it’s true

I swear that using cannabis to deal with the symptoms of my shingles outbreak made me heal faster; I can’t tell you exactly why but I imagine it has something to do with the neuroprotective properties of cannabis.

In most cases, you can expect shingles to last between 3 to 5 weeks. The longest it has ever taken my body to fully heal, start to finish was 10 days… I really believe I healed faster thanks to cannabis.

For me, the onset has always been rapid but I noticed that the second I saturate the area in THC, it slowed right down. Yes, I started taking antiviral medication immediately all three times but the effect that cannabis had on the area was instantaneous. Taking the antiviral medication was nowhere near as quick or obvious in taking effect.

Cannabis plays a huge role in promoting proper nerve function for conditions such as Epilepsy and MS so it makes sense to me that it could make a big impact in treating an infected nerve.

What to do if you have shingles right now

  • Go to your local dispensary and overstock yourself on edible and topical products. Despite whatever legal status they might be operating under, you will need to go to a dispensary because licensed producers don’t sell either of these life saving products.
  • Try to relax and de-stress as much as possible. The more you sleep and relax, the easier it is for your body to regenerate.
  • Drink lots of fluid and eat food that provides your body with benefits, not takes them from it.

1 in 3 people are going to experience shingles. If there was one thing I could say to everyone who is or is about to get a shingles outbreak, it would be that for me, having shingles three times was easy, not really painful and no big deal…as long as I had enough cannabis.

 

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Just a cool blog post with Images

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Another post with A Gallery

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