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cbd and me

I noticed that I felt… lighter. Almost as if some of that heavy hazy fog I described earlier had been partially lifted, making the weight less cumbersome to bear. It was almost as if there was some distance put between myself and the difficult symptoms I was experiencing. A subtle difference, but a noticeable one.

If you can in any way relate to my experiences and you’re opening to trialling some new approaches, I would wholeheartedly recommend doing some research into CBD and whether it could be worthwhile for you. Carefully consider your circumstances, and always talk to a medical professional first. If you do feel ready to explore this approach further, CBDDirect2U is ready and waiting to support you along your way.

If you’re new to CBD yourself, I’d highly recommend heading to Jo Moss’ blog, where she has a wealth of comprehensive information about this approach, and the personal benefits she (as a fellow ME/CFS patient) has experienced. You can also find more in-depth discussion of the science and manufacturing of CBD in these CBD Direct2U articles.

What were my hopes and expectations?

Being honest, there was no magical miracle “I’m FREE!” moment that I think all of us secretly hope for when trialling new treatments or pain relief. There was a tiny part of me that deeply hoped this approach was going to be the thing that targeted my post-exertional malaise and provide the respite that modern medicine is yet to encompass. And I was about to conclude this post with this very sentiment, the idea that CBD Oil could be helpful but wouldn’t be the be-all and end-all cure or treatment we’re all hoping for… and then one more thing happened that once again altered my perceptions.

CBD Direct2U let me choose a product from their website, and on their recommendation, I opted for the Pure 10% CBD Oil in the flavour Mixed Berry. The product arrived in small and sleek packaging, bundled in protective materials to ensure it arrived in peak condition.

To use this product, 1-3 droplets are to be placed under the tongue for 60-90 seconds before swallowing. This approach offers the fastest method of absorption, and appealed to me far more than a tablet format would have done: the last thing I need is to be adding any more of those bad boys to my daily cocktail.

Personally, my own thoughts on CBD and whether it was something I’d be willing to try have fluctuated over the last couple of years. There were days where I told myself I’d rather wait until we had more evidence on the long-term effects freely available, so I could make a more informed decision. And then there were other days, so many other days, where I felt so broken from my chronic illness that I thought anything would be worth a try. If this approach really was having such a game-changing impact on other people like me, why on Earth was I sat here not-so-patiently waiting out these poorly days when there may well be something that could actually make a difference? Ultimately, I concluded that it had to be worth a try.

Fourth, CBD oil is believed to be effective against pain and inflammation, and, in its pure form, it’s generally regarded as safe. Especially in light of the theory that ME/CFS is related to neuroinflammation, and the wealth of evidence pointing to it being an inflammatory disease, it’s pretty obvious that there’s a potential benefit that should be explored.

As of June 25, 2018, CBD oil has been approved by the U.S. FDA as an oral solution (Epidiolex) for the treatment of seizures associated with two very severe forms of epilepsy that usually affect children: Lennox-Gaustaut and Dravet syndromes.  

Side Effects

CBD stands for “cannabidiol,” which comes from the cannabis plant. That’s the same plant that gives us marijuana. However, CBD—as an oil or in other forms—doesn’t have psychoactive properties. That means it doesn’t provide the “high” associated with marijuana.  

A 2017 ​paper   published in Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets suggested CBD as a possible way to diminish the activity of brain cells called glia that can lead to central sensitization. That’s a hypersensitive central nervous system and a major feature of ME/CFS and other central sensitivity syndromes such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraine.

CBD is believed to help with your body’s homeostasis, which is keeping things like temperature, respiration, and blood flow in proper balance. Homeostasis tends to be out of balance in ME/CFS.  

Broad spectrum cannabis oil with 250mg of CBD (cannabidiol) per 10ml.

20 drops (1000mg), which consists of 31.25mg of Cannabis Sativa L extract (standardised to contain 80% CBD) in a base of hemp seed oil. Provides 25mg of CBD (Cannabidiol).

Product Information

Hemp seed oil, derived from organically cultivated hemp. Hemp extract, derived from organically hemp (100% Cannabis Sativa L) which is rich in a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, essentials oils and terpenes. All are food and pharmaceutical grade.

Improve Me Broad Spectrum Cannabis Oil 250mg 10ml. Broad spectrum cannabis oil with 250mg of CBD (cannabidiol) per 10ml.

To obtain a 25mg dose of CBD, place 20 drops under the tongue. Keep the drops in your mouth for 5-10 minutes to maximise absorption. The oil can then be swallowed. This dosage can be repeated at regular intervals up to 4 times daily depending on your requirements.