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Two Simple Ways to Use CBD Isolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I first began using CBD to combat chronic pain, anxiety, and depression in 2013. At that time the only forms I knew of and was comfortable using were tinctures, topicals, and edibles.  In the past year I gave two more forms a try and fell in love with them! Vaping and isolates have become my favorite forms of CBD.  What I love about using a CBD isolate is that there are many different ways to use it, it’s easy to measure, and since a little goes a long way it is also cost effective.  Here are two of my favorite ways to medicate with CBD isolates.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. Any medical statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Straight up

The easiest and quickest way to consume a CBD isolate is to place it under your tongue.  It is flavorless and dissolves quickly.  Click here for milligram measuring spoons.  I have yet to experiment to see what dosage would work best for me for daytime use or to quiet an anxiety attack, but for night time muscle relaxation and calming I consume 25-30mgs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sprinkled

I haven’t tried cooking with it yet, as I have heard that if you cook at too high of a temperature the isolate loses effectiveness.  Instead I like to sprinkle it on a bedtime smoothie bowl or ice cream. I also like to add it to an evening cup of hot cocoa, but not until I give the cocoa a moment to cool off.  Again it has no flavor so it you don’t even notice it, that is until it kicks in!

My next project will be to make my own topical oil!

Anyways, if you are looking for an easy and affordable way to use CBD, I would recommend starting with an isolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Recap January 21-25 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life can be tough, but so are you!

CBD: Does the form you choose make a difference?

How to protect your immune system during flu season

Migraine Eclipse?

5 Benefits of Walking Indoors

The Disabled Diva’s Pain Management Plan

How to treat lower back pain at home and on the go

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBD: Does the form you choose make a difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you tried CBD once and didn’t achieve the relief you expected…. Maybe you tried a different brand and still didn’t reach the level of relief that you hoped for…..  Or maybe you just don’t know where to begin.  While the effects can vary from one brand to another, the form you choose can also make a difference.

Before I share the forms and dosages I take for various symptoms, I want to disclose that CBD is just one part of my pain management plan.  I am successfully reducing chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and abdominal adhesions with a combination of natural and alternative treatments.  Click here to learn more.

With that said, CBD helps me with many symptoms.  Below are the various forms that CBD is available in, which of my symptoms they help the best with, and my dosage.  When choosing for yourself, keep in mind that there is no right dosage.  You will have to experiment to find yours as I did to discover mine.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice.  I am sharing my experience and results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vape

I prefer vaping CBD for anxiety.  One or two draws from my cartridge is all I need to return to my normal state when I feel anxious.  Normal is my goal, not sedated.  Vaping to relax muscles and reduce inflammation will put me to sleep.  Because I take CBD in other forms, I don’t have to use my vape pen every day to keep my anxiety and depression in line.  Vaping is convenient and affordable.

Medical marijuana dispensaries often carry CBD cartridges and battery pens for much less than what is available online. For those of you who don’t have access to dispensaries or would rather order online, there are many quality options.

CBD vape options

BioCBD+ “I am Peace”: CBD cartridge only or Combo kit which includes cartridge, battery, and carrying case.

Soothe puff CBD vaporizer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topical oils, balms, salves, and lotions

I use CBD lotions and oils daily! They provide immediate relief for minor muscle aches, reduces pain from severe aches, spasms, nerve pain, and stops reactionary pain in its tracks.  The best part about using topicals is that they don’t make me sleepy. I apply CBD topicals as needed throughout my day.

BioCBD+ Muscle & Joint Relief Topical Oil

Soothe Nano Relief Lotion

CBDfx CBD Hemp Cream

Tincture

Even though tinctures are the most popular form of consuming CBD, I personally do not use them.  The reason I don’t isn’t because they don’t work, because they do, instead it is because I have had one too many allergic reactions to the oils used to make them.  I do not know of anyone else who has the issue that I have, in fact many of my friends and family members love them and have had no problems at all.  With that said, tinctures are great for daily dosing for pain relief, muscle spasms, depression, and anxiety.  Like vaping, using a tincture will give you immediate results, which is important when hit with a panic or anxiety attack.

To use a tincture, place a few drops under your tongue.  How many drops and how often you will need to do it will vary from person to person.  Just remember that larger doses will act as a sedative.

The following recommendations are what works best for my friends and family:

Honey Colony

Remedi CBD Essential Drops CBD Tincture

Blue Moon Hemp Tru Blu CBD Tincture – Peppermint Flavor

Isolate

Medicating with a CBD isolate has recently become one of my favorite forms.  I take 25-30mgs of CBD isolate most nights, approximately one hour before bedtime.  I double my dosage when suffering from severe muscle tension.  Within an hour my mind and body are relaxed and ready for bed.  I add the isolate to a bowl of ice cream, a glass of juice, or just place it under my tongue and let it dissolve.  It is flavorless and effective.

MTN CBD Premium Hemp CBD Isolate Powder

CBDistillery 99+% Pure CBD Isolate Powder from Hemp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsules

Capsules are perfect for the person who doesn’t want to measure dosages, like the flavor of tinctures, or is unable to vape due to respiratory issues such as COPD or asthma.

Follow manufacture’s guidelines for dosing, as not every product is the same.  Also, note that some products are stronger than others.  While I may need 50mgs of an isolate at night, I can also get the same result from one 5mg capsule from BioCBD+.

BioCBD+™ Total Body Care

CBDistillery Full Spectrum CBD Infused Softgels

Edibles

Medicating with premade edibles is the most expensive form.  With that said, if premade edibles are what you would like to try, click here to see some options.  FYI, I have not tried any of the edible products featured in the link provided.

Take away

To answer the question of whether the form you choose makes a difference, it depends on which form works best with your body and achieves the results you desire.  If one brand doesn’t help you, try another… If one form doesn’t work, try another….. It may take some experimenting to find the right form, combination, and dosage, but whatever you do, don’t give up until you have tried various forms and dosages.  Also keep in mind that you may need more or less from one day to the next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Recap January 14-18 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend recap January 14-18 2019

It was a long, wet, and painful week here in southern California! I hope this post finds you feeling the best that you possibly can despite whatever winter weather is headed your way!!  Whether you are sitting beside the fireplace or snuggled under your covers in bed, spend a few minutes catching up on any of my blog posts that you may have missed this past week.

Two Reasons You Should Try Topical CBD Products For Pain Relief
Kicking rain pain down the storm drain with PEMF therapy
Riding out the storm: How I deal with rain pain
Three ways I relieve chronic pain at Disneyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Reasons You Should Try Topical CBD Products For Pain Relief

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wondering if topical CBD products are worth trying?

My answer is YES!!

I have been using topical CBD products for seven years to relieve chronic muscle pain from fibromyalgia.  I also use them to reduce the reactionary pain I experience in my muscles and tendons from psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia.

Here are two reasons why you should try a topical CBD product for pain relief!

Topicals won’t get you high

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that won’t get you high.  By using a topical CBD lotion, oil, or salve you will only experience relief in the area that you applied it to.  Although CBD tinctures, pills, and edibles won’t get you high, depending on the dosage, they may make you sleepy.  Topicals are perfect when you are on the go and need to stay awake.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Fast acting

CBD topicals are fast acting.  When degenerative disc disease, coccydynia, and psoriatic arthritis cause the tendons and muscles in my lower back to stiffen and scream out in pain, I apply a CBD topical oil on the area.  Within minutes the muscle pain is gone, my muscles relax, and then I am able to relax too.  I use it to combat muscle tension in my lower back, legs, feet, shoulders, and neck daily.  I also use them on my temples and base of my neck to relieve pain and reduce pressure from headaches and migraines.

Not sure which product to use?

I recommend that you try one of these!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pros and Cons of Edibles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edibles were my first choice when I began medicating with marijuana. You will understand why after you read my pro list.  However, there are a few drawbacks.  Today we take a look at both to help you decide if edibles are for you or not.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros

  1. Discretion:  Unless I announce it, nobody has a clue that the candy or baked good I am eating has cannabis in it.
  2. Easy on the lungs:  Unlike smoking or vaping, you won’t cough up a lung while medicating.
  3. Long lasting: The high from edibles lasts much longer than from smoking or vaping.  The long lasting high is what gifted me with restorative sleep right from the beginning.  With smoking or vaping I would wake up in pain after a few hours, whereas I would sleep through the night, minus a quick potty break, and wake up feeling well rested.
  4. Cost: The price tag on edibles terrified me when I first began looking at dispensary menus.  But after I realized that each product was more than one or two doses, I discovered just how affordable edibles were.  For example, a $12 chew caramel candy that was marked as 4 doses turned out to be 6-8 doses for me.  Another thing I didn’t expect was that I only needed a full dose before bed.  I could get through most days waiting to medicate until evening and when I couldn’t I only needed a small portion of the sixth or eighth that I would need at bedtime.  Last month during my bout of bronchitis I turned back to edibles.  Each night I would eat either a half or whole square from a 12 piece candy bar.  I paid $15 for the bar which at half a piece per night would yield 24 doses.  The only way edibles wouldn’t be cost effective is if you purchase baked goods that will go stale after a day or two.
  5. Easy to micro-dose:  Knowing the dosage of each edible makes it easy to breakdown and know how much you are taking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cons

  1. Storage: First, you want to make sure you keep edibles out of the reach of children.  Secondly, depending on the type of edible you need to make sure that you store your edibles at a temperature that it won’t melt in.  Thirdly, make sure that ants, other insects, or your pets can’t get into your storage container.
  2. Strains: Unlike flower and vape, it is almost impossible to find an edible manufacturer that lists what strain was used.  Some will notate whether they used a hybrid, indica, or sativa, but even that isn’t enough to know exactly what to expect.
  3. Waiting for it to kick in:  Edibles are not my go to form when I need to fall asleep fast.  It can take anywhere from 30-120 minutes to kick in.  This can make it difficult to follow a strict schedule.
  4. Different effect from same product: One piece of candy from the same package doesn’t always end with the same result.  Everything can vary from one bite to the next.  From how long it takes to take effect, how long the high lasts, and the high itself.
  5. Long lasting: While mostly a pro, the long lasting effect can become a con when you need aren’t able to carve out a solid 8 hours of sleep.  I am not talking about 8 hours from the point of consumption, but from the point when your meds take effect.

 

Be smart when first trying a cannabis edible of any kind.  Start with a small dosage, approx. 2-5mgs for first timers.  If you aren’t feeling any effect, wait 90 minutes after consumption before increasing your dosage.  Remember that you cannot overdose from cannabis alone.  With that said, DO NOT take with opioids or other narcotics.  If you are feeling too high, you can try combatting the effect by eating, sleeping it off, or take some CBD.

 

 

 

 

Cannabis versus Opioids: A Different Kind of Relief

 

 

 

 

Cannabis versus Opioids: A Different Kind of Relief

The pain relief I receive from cannabis varies from the “relief” I received from opioids.  For some this is a deal breaker, for others it opens the door to a new way of living.  Today I will share the difference between how cannabis and opioids relieve my chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, psoriasis, and abdominal adhesions from endometriosis and surgical scarring and how the difference changed how I go about my life.

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

Was it really relief?

When I was fighting chronic pain with opioids, I defined relief as no longer feeling pain.  With the right combination of anxiety medication, valium, muscle relaxers, and opioids, I was able to reach my definition of pain relief, but it came at a cost.  I could not function on the amount of medication I was taking.  Every day I had to make the choice between being present and functioning for my family or relieving chronic pain.  I want to say that I was tough and chose my family over my chronic pain, but I didn’t…… Truth was that I couldn’t!! My daily pain level was so intense that I couldn’t function without my cocktail of meds either. Each pill came with a handful of side effects that created a need for more medication.  Opioids were the cause of my frequent and painful urinary tract infections.  The money spent on emergency room visits due to new pains and complications from my medications killed my bank account.  I feared life without my meds.  I feared the how much worse my pain would be if I wasn’t able to have opioids in my system 24/7.  Even worse, I feared the pain that I would experience when they wore off.  Pharmaceutical pain medication at its best masked my pain and at its worst made me sicker than I really was.

The ZZZZZ factor

One of the problems I had with opioids is that they made me hyper.  They didn’t knock me out or make me sleepy, instead because they masked pain so well, I felt like I was super woman.  Instead of allowing my body to rest or heal, I would clean the house or do yardwork.  The problem with this was that my pain sources weren’t being addressed and although I couldn’t feel the pain increasing while medicated, I surely felt it once my meds wore off.  The aftermath also prevented sleep because I was in too much pain. My only choice was to pop more pills to numb that pain.  Unfortunately that only created more problems.  The first difference I noticed between treating pain with opioids and cannabis is that with marijuana I was able to sleep.  And I am not talking about a short nap or what I used to refer to as my opioid pain comas (medicating to the point of sleeping for days with only short intervals of being awake/alert), I am talking about getting a solid 7-10 hours of sleep per night! For the first time in my chronic life I was actually reaching levels of restorative sleep and wow, what a difference getting a good night’s sleep makes!!!! Sleeping like I should have also reduced how often I needed daytime naps.

Fully aware of pain sources

When I was treating pain with prescription narcotics I couldn’t tell you where my pain sources were.  Without pain meds my entire body, every inch, inside and out was screaming for relief.  With opioids I felt nothing. Cannabis not only made me aware of where my pain sources were, but what movements or activities would aggravate them.  Marijuana does not mask my pain, but it does provide relief.  As my medical marijuana kicks in, all my reactionary pain subsides and I am fully aware of my pain sources.  Instead of numbing my body, cannabis takes the pain from my sources and reduces it to a tingling sensation.  The perk of being able to recognize exactly where my pain is stemming from gives me the knowledge I need to make better self-care choices.

A guiding light

Cannabis guides me.  It shows me where my pain is coming from and helps me prevent it from worsening.  When medicated I can feel by whether the tingling sensation gets more intense or not if what I am doing is contributing to my pain level.  Between getting the sleep and relief I needed each night, I only had to micro-dose occasionally during the day.  To this day I rarely medicate during the day unless I have pushed too far.  Typically since I began medicating with cannabis 6 six years ago, I do so in the evenings only.  Not waking up totally inflamed made it easier for me to recognize which of my daily activities were increasing my pain and causing more damage to my body.  This prompted me to make changes to my life by changing my expectations, modifying how I did things, and discovering new ways of living a good life despite my chronic illnesses.

No longer living for a pill

Before cannabis, CBD, and PEMF therapy, pain and the pills I took to mask it ruled my life.  I only made plans if I knew I had enough pills to get through them.  If I planned something that didn’t allow me to medicate until I returned home I would spend my entire time out wishing I was at home.  I needed pills to function, but functioning led to increasing my pain, and then being sentenced to bed for weeks or months because my body couldn’t go on.  With cannabis I no longer worry about being out without it.  I know that whatever I put myself through that day, I will be able to undo it that evening.  This is something that would have never occurred with pharmaceutical pain meds.  As long as I was masking pain and unable to recognize exact pain sources and what made them worse or better, I would have never made any changes to how I lived.  Cannabis made those changes visible and possible, which in turn gifted me a life that I love.

Masking pain is not pain relief, it does not improve the quality of your life.  If you feel worse after your meds wear off, then your pain management plan is not working! My advice to someone who is new to cannabis or only tried it a few times is to commit to it and be open to making changes. Whether you start with CBD only or with THC, make it a regular part of your life.  With both, I only noticed significant changes after extended periods of time.  In regards to the pain in my feet, twelve years of opioids did nothing and I ended up not being able to walk or stand for more than five minutes.  After cannabis, it took several years before I could walk any distance without excruciating pain, but it happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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