CBD For Pain | Chronic Illness

Thursday, 2 August 2018


CBD oil seems to be the new big thing for chronic pain. Its a natural form of pain relief and sounds a bit good to be true honestly. Usually if you have chronic pain the only thing that will help is prescription pain killers- well that was the case for me. Id had enough of taking strong pain killers that would leave me feeling "high" and sick and Id hear from family friends how CBD had helped them and I just thought why not give it a go. Whats the worst that can happen?


What is CBD?
According to the Holland & Barrett website "CBD (cannabidiol) is an active substance found in hemp oil, which is extracted from the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant." CBD comes from the cannabis plant but its completely legal because its a non-psychoactive and its been used as a form of pain management for thousands of years. Its naturally vegan and vegetarian which is a great plus. It comes in the form of drops or easy to swallow pills. I personally take the pills because its easier for me.

CBD for fibromyalgia 
So if you're new to my blog you wont know that I have fibromyalgia which is a chronic pain syndrome. I was diagnosed officially when I was 18 years old but I'd been suffering for a while before that. So Ive had chronic pain for over 4-5 years and Ive tried a lot to help ease the pain. The NHS estimates that around 1 in 24 people have fibromyalgia and women are 7 times more likely to develop the illness than men. CBD can reduce pain and inflammation that comes along with fibromyalgia. Personally, I would get a lot of my pain in my back, neck and ribs to the point where I wouldn't be able to talk or even open my eyes because the pain would be so overwhelming but it can come in so many different forms of pain. I know a lot of people have the majority of their pain in their limbs or in their head. Its different for everyone and symptoms can change all the time. 

Is it a high?
As Ive already said, CBD is a non-psychoactive drug so its 100% legal because it doesnt make you high and you can go about your normal business whilst taking them. When I first heard of CBD and knew what it was made from I did wonder if it gave you the high normal cannabis based drugs do and when I tell people I take it they do give me a WTF look until I explain it! haha!

Side effects
As with all vitamins, supplements and medication theres always possible side effects. Personally, I normally suffer with EVERY mild side effect that comes with medication but Ive not had any side effects with CBD. Thats very rare for me! But I've done my research and there are a few side effects to be aware of. CBD can leave you feeling lightheaded, give you a dry mouth, dizziness and low blood pressure. And like everything else please speak to your Doctor before you try any new supplements, medication or treatments.  

Where to buy CBD
I have always bought my CBD tablets from Holland & Barrett. They sell the oil and pill version so you can choose whats is easier for you to take. The bottles come with 60 tablets that each contain 10mg of CBD and you take one a day before breakfast. Each bottle retails for £34.99 so they arent the cheapest thing but they are definitely worth the investment and Holland & Barrett often do different offers so you will save money. Right now the tablets are on the buy one get one for a penny sale so you get 120 tablets for £35! Ive just ordered another 2 bottles!

My experience
Ive been taking one of these pill daily for about 3-4 months and honestly, this little pill has changed my life when it comes to pain! I take one tablet 30 minutes before I eat breakfast with a large glass of water. Before I started taking them I would rarely go a day without having to take pain killers or lying on my heating pad and now I haven't had to use my heating pad in over 2 months! I can now go weeks without being in chronic pain but before I started taking it I would almost be throwing up and sobbing because I would be in so much pain. Pain would stop me from doing so much and it made me miserable. I still have other health issues but now that pain isnt an everyday issue its made my life so much easier and I am so grateful. Im definitely not pain-free but now I can go about my normal life without suffering. Now I barely have any pain other than normal aches and its 100% down to CBD pills because Ive done nothing else differently.


So if you suffer with chronic pain I would highly recommend you try out taking CBD oil after talking to your Doctor. Im not a medical professional after all! This is all just from personal experience. Its worth a go and it may change your life! (wow that sounds like an ad, I promise it isnt!)


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These tablet were bought out of my own money and this post isnt sponsored in any way. This is all my genuine opinion and I love it!

4 comments:

  1. OMG so interesting.. never heard about it before!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    1. I only heard about it at the beginning of the year x

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  2. I know so many people that take CBD oil for medical purposes and they all say that it works wonders!

    Danielle xx
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    1. It really does. I know of a lot of people who swear by it too x

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