You don’t need to spend a fortune to feel the benefits of CBD


I recently conducted a survey asking regular CBD users, ‘How many mg of CBD do you take a day?’

The results are in and they may surprise some people.

Results:

0-10mg       16        32%
11-20mg     20        40%
21-30mg       8        16%
31-40mg       1          2%
41-50mg       1         2%
51-60mg       2        4%
61-80mg       0        0%
81mg+             2        4%

Conclusion:

Almost a third (32%) of people who responded, take 10mg or less a day, and nearly three quarters (72%) take 20mg or less a day. This shows, you don’t always have to spend a lot of money, taking large doses, to feel the benefits from CBD.

It’s also why a ‘low and slow’ approach to introducing CBD is often recommended. By starting with a low dose, and slowly increasing it until you reach an optimum level, you minimizes any unwanted side effects but you could also save yourself money. And stronger isn’t necessarily better. I’ve spoken to many people taking high doses of CBD who found that, after experimenting with their dose, they experienced the same level of relief from a much lower dose.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with taking high doses of CBD. What I am saying is, don’t assume you need to take a high dose, experiment, why pay more than you need to?

**Please note: there are some conditions, like epilepsy, that require higher doses**

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What is CBD? FAQs

I’ve had a few people private message me asking questions about CBD, so I thought I would write a post about what I’ve learnt along the way and also invite people to ask me questions.

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*What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non psychoactive so therefore will not get you high.
https://herb.co/…/07/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-…/

*Is CBD Legal?
Just to reassure everyone CBD is 100% legal in the UK and is sold as a food supplement, just like vitamins are. Many high street health food shops sell it. Please make sure you buy from a reputable company.

*Reputable suppliers of CBD
http://cannabistrades.uk/membership-account/directory/

*How do I take It? Methods of ingestion.
CBD comes in many forms including oil and paste (oral use) vape liquid, capsules, edibles, tea and balm.
https://meetharmony.com/20…/…/28/know-cbd-methods-ingestion/

What CBD products do I personally use?
I take the Hybrid oil (during the day) and the Nights oil (before bed) from Molytor I vape Wax/crumble (a concentrated form of CBD with other cannabinoids and terpenes) from CBDLife UK using their dab pen, when needed. I also use hemp balm and drink hemp tea, both I buy from Fiddler’s Elbow Grease – Hemp Balm

*How long does it take to work?
Some people notice the benefits of CBD almost immediately but for others it can take a few weeks. So don’t feel disheartened if you don’t notice improvements straight away. Please read about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
http://www.leafscience.com/…/the-endocannabinoid-system-a-…/

http://reset.me/…/beginners-guide-to-the-endocannabinoid-s…/

*Interactions and Side Effects
CBD can interact with certain prescription medication. I would always recommend you speak to your pharmacist or GP about any possible interactions. If you have been advised not to consume grapefruit with your medication then you may need to reconsider CBD.
https://cbdoilreview.org/cbd-cannabidiol/cbd-p-450-enzyme/

The only side effect I’ve experienced is drowsiness but some people also get headaches and other minor symptoms. Compared to prescription medication these side effects are minimal. By introducing CBD slowly you can minimise these unwanted symptoms.

It is worth noting that Cannabis compounds, like CBD, have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. So taking too much can actually make you feel worse.
https://cbdoilreview.org/cbd-cannab…/cbd-biphasic-properties

*What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that naturally occur in the resin of the Cannabis sativa plant. These chemicals have a drug-like effect on the human central nervous system and immune system, leading to altered moods, pain relief, and other temporary changes. CBD is one of the many Cannabinoids found in Cannabis.
https://cbdoilreview.org/cbd-cannabidiol/cannabinoids

*Terpenes and the Entourage Effect
Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity. They also have their own individual beneficial properties, and when taken alongside cannabinoids, produce what’s called the Entourage Effect. Please see image in comments.
https://www.medicaljane.com/ca…/cannabis-classroom/terpenes/

https://www.projectcbd.org/…/…/terpenes-and-entourage-effect

*Should I tell my GP?
I would always recommend you speak to your GP about any treatment changes including taking CBD. My GP knows I take CBD and she’s supportive.

*What conditions can be treated with CBD?
CBD is beneficial for a number of conditions including: Chronic pain, anxiety, depression, MS, Epilepsy, CFS/ME, migraines, IBS and sleep disorders and many more.
https://international-highlife.com/conditions-can-treat-ca…/

https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/conditions

What I’ve learnt:

*I find that CBD alone isn’t as effective as whole plant products. There are many cannabinoids and terpenes that work best when taken together. This is called the entourage effect.

*I find a combination of products work better for my Fibromyalgia pain and anxiety than just one product e.g a CBD oil. I mainly use CBD oil (oral use) but I top up with a vape when needed. I also use hemp balm and drink hemp tea. You will find the right combination for you.

*Often less is better. For conditions like anxiety smaller doses seem to be more effective than larger ones and larger doses can actually increase anxiety. Also some people are very sensitive to CBD and respond well to lower doses.

*Introduce CBD slowly. By starting Start low and slowly increasing to an effective dose (please note this is not the case with conditions involving seizures like epilepsy) you can lessen the effects of herxing but also avoid the biphasic effects.

*Take time to do your research. You will save yourself a lot of money in the long run. We are lucky enough to have a thriving CBD market in the UK. You don’t have to buy from the first company you are told about, shop around.

*One size does not fit all. You may need to try a few products to find the right one for you. We are all unique and react differently.

*Teach yourself about how CBD works. Please see above links about The Endocannabinoid System.

*Be aware of scammers. There are many people who will jump at the chance to rip you off. I was a victim of a scammer selling on Amazon when I first started taking CBD. I personally wouldn’t advise buying CBD from eBay or Amazon, you have no idea who you are buying from and what is in their products. And please don’t be tempted to buy from someone who contacts you via Facebook Messenger, as this is the preferred method used by scammers.

NB: the above is just my experience with CBD. I’m not a medical professional and what works for me may not work for you.

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What has helped you?

What one thing has had the biggest positive impact on your health? It could be a supplement or medication, a therapy like CBT, hypnotherapy or acupuncture, or maybe a dietary or lifestyle change. By sharing your experiences you may be able to help others.

For me it’s CBD oil, with mindfulness meditation coming a close second.

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What brand of CBD do I use?

A few people have asked which brand of CBD oil I take. I currently use Molytor products as I’ve found them to be the most effective for my Fibromyalgia pain, anxiety and insomnia. They have a sale on at the moment with more products being added over the next couple of days.

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What is CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non psychoactive so therefore will not get you high. Just to reassure everyone CBD is 100% legal in the UK and is sold as a food supplement just like vitamins are. Many high street health food shops sell it. It does not have nasty side effects unlike a lot of prescription medication and it works (for me). It comes in many forms including oil and paste (oral use) vape liquid, capsules, edibles, tea and balm.

#ajourneythroughthefog
#CBD
#CBDusersuk
#Molytor

https://herb.co/…/07/26/everything-you-need-to-know-about-…/

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My CBD Journey

I can’t tell my story without discussing CBD. It’s made a big positive impact in my life and I would like to share my experiences with you.

I’ve been virtually bedbound with severe ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia for about 4 years now. I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, depression, osteoporosis, migraines and insomnia. Desperate to find anything to help I searched the internet for possible treatments and came across CBD.

Being diagnosed with an incurable and largely untreatable condition is devastating. You will go to any lengths and try almost anything to relieve your systems, and believe me, the internet is full of crazy ideas and promises of cures. While searching through the myriad of possible ‘cures’ I came across CBD. I did a lot of research and it seemed to be a promising treatment. So, 16 months ago I started taking CBD oil.

If I’m honest I didn’t expect much but I was willing to try anything at this stage. I was pleasantly surprised. I noticed an almost instant improvement in my anxiety levels and my general well-being. It took quite a lot of trial and error to find the right oil to tackle my pain but for the first time in years I could see a future for myself.

My pain is now a lot more manageable and I can finally sleep. It’s very effective for my everyday pain and my flares are less frequent. When I do have a flare it helps me stay calm which I find is half the battle. Unfortunately it doesn’t take away the ‘flare’ pain but it does ‘numb’ it. I’ve managed to wean myself off Tramadol, Propranolol and sleeping tablets and Omeprazole (gradually) and I feel so much better for it. If you choose to reduce your medication please do so under the supervision of your GP

To begin with I only noticed a slight improvement in my fatigue but I have severe ME and it’s taken years for my body to get this weak and exhausted. After a few months of sleeping better and with reduced pain and anxiety levels my body has started to respond. I have less fatigue and flu-like symptoms. I don’t crash as much and they are not as severe even though my activity levels have actually increased. With every day that goes by I feel physically and mentally stronger. Considering I’ve spent the last 20+ years with my health deteriorating this is a huge step for me.

I don’t want to give people false hope. CBD is not a miracle cure or a quick fix. It hasn’t taken away my symptoms but it has allowed me to manage them far more effectively than any prescription medication ever has and without all the nasty side effects. But you still need to listen to your body, pace yourself and rest when you feel a flare coming on.

I believe it’s important to take an holistic approach when dealing with your health and well being. I have developed a number of coping mechanisms over the years and have found a combination of things that have helped to improve my overall health. CBD is just one part of this but it has made a big impact in my life.

Please note I am not a medical professional and I can only comment on my own experiences. Please speak to your GP before taking CBD as it can interact with some medication. Please include your GP in any treatment changes.

Have you tried CBD? What improvements have you noticed?

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What is brain fog?

Since I have named my blog ‘A Journey Through the Fog’ I thought I’d better spend a few minutes explaining what brain fog is for those who don’t already know.

Brain fog, also commonly known as brain fatigue, mental fog or fibro fog, can be a mild to severe episode of mental confusion that can strike without warning. When this occurs, it is common to experience a lack of focus, poor memory recall and reduced mental acuity. My brain fog is caused by fatigue, stress and anxiety. It can make even the simplest tasks very challenging.

I’ve always been able to rely on my brain. My thoughts were clear, my memory and problem solving skills were particularly sharp. But when I developed ME that all changed.

It’s like trying to see your thoughts through thick fog. You know what you want to say but can’t formulate a sentence or find the right words to explain yourself. You often come out with completely unrelated words which make no sense. Although this can have hilarious consequences, it is extremely frustrating and at times, embarrassing and isolating. You feel stupid and that can knock your confidence too.

You know when your alarm wakes you up from a deep sleep; for a few moments you feel dazed and disoriented? Where I am? What time is it? What day is it? You feel groggy and it’s hard to think straight. Brain fog feels like that all the time. Or when you are hungover after a particularly eventful night of drinking. Your friends start saying; “Do you remember when you did…? Or “I can’t believe you said…” To begin with you have no recollection of the events they are talking about, but slowly a hazy memory comes into view.

Brain fog can be very frustrating  and trying to think through the fog can be painful and exhausting.

When you suffer from brain fog everyday is a challenge. You’ll be convinced you have done something, but you haven’t. You will put salt in your coffee, milk in the freezer and cereal in the fridge. You’ll walk into a room and completely forget why you went there. You will reply to the wrong person’s text or the wrong post on Facebook. Making even the most basic decisions like, what shall I eat? or what should I wear?, will seem like an impossible task. You’ll forget people’s names, and on really bad days, lose the ability to formulate a sentence or carry out a conversation. The simplest addition will look like the most complex mathematical equation. You will read the same paragraph 5 times and still have no clue what the author is talking about. You’ll forget how to spell simple words like author (Yes, I just had to rely on spell check to spell author) You will forget your address, telephone number and email address and quite possibly your own name.

Instinct tells you to fight through the Fog but I’ve learnt from experience it’s better to just accept it, laugh about it and try again later. Ever find yourself searching for a word, name, memory or fact but the more you try the further away you seem to be from finding it? Often once you stop searching it comes to you with no effort. I’ve found brain fog works like that, just relax and accept it.

I find the best way to overcome these challenges is to be very organised. I write lists, use post it notes and stick to strict routines. I use a voice recorder to note my thoughts and everything has its place, so I always know where to find things when I need them. I have a list of names, telephone numbers and addresses on my mobile (even my own). I take tablets the same time everyday and set reminders if anything changes. I know all this sounds boring but it definitely helps reduce the frustration caused by brain fog.

What are your experiences with brain fog? How do you overcome these challenges?

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