Who Am I?
I am a woman in my 50s who has never smoked or done any drugs. I was one of many that perceived marijuana as harmful and did not condone its use. The same goes for CBD Oil, which I thought was just as bad. It was not until a surgery that I had that changed my mind. And, if I can help someone else feel better while healing, then it’s worth it.
In 2017, I underwent partial knee replacement surgery. The surgery was a success. For the pain, the doctor gave me a prescription for painkillers (opioids). I began taking the painkiller every 3–4 hours as instructed and they worked. But, when the doctor said he would not allow me to drive until I went off the prescribed medication, I knew I had to endure the pain somehow.
That night, I decided I would not take the painkiller, but I could not sleep because of the pain. I considered taking it when I realized this is how addiction begins! I was not about to go towards that route, so I opted for a couple of acetaminophens. Those did not work, but I continued it for a few days. I switched to ibuprofen and had no luck there either.
My husband and son sympathized with me but I know it worried them. Therefore, seeing me in constant pain and with little to no relief, my son purchased CBD Oil and explained the benefits to me. In fact, it bothered me he would think I was going to take such a thing.
“Are you crazy? I am NOT taking that!” I responded.
My son insisted the oil would help me without the highs or lows, or whatever happens when consuming drugs. I told him I would think about it. With no remedy in sight other than returning to the addictive painkiller and needing to get back to work, I reluctantly tried it. Before trying it, I did my research on it.
Here’s What I Found Out
According to what I read, CBD Oil does NOT contain the ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is what causes the “high” effect. CBD Oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation. I read article after article, with most of them talking about the positive results and little to no side effects. After researching and reading, I tried it. Still, with skepticism, I took less than the dose recommended before I went to sleep.
It was the first night, after stopping the painkiller, in which I did not wake up every three hours to take another dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The next day I was fine until around 10 a.m. — about 12 hours after taking the CBD Oil. I took another dose of CBD Oil. The second night I increased the dose to the recommended. Thereafter, I only took one dose before going to sleep. I went from taking painkillers every three hours to taking one dose of CBD oil a day!
It was funny to hear the doctor ask me if I needed another prescription for painkillers at my follow-up appointment. When I responded I did not, he asked, “Are you sure?” It surprised him to hear that I rarely took the painkiller, but I never told him why. I was no longer in pain after about a month of my surgery. Therefore, I stopped taking CBD Oil.
And There Was More
I was also experiencing ankle pain on the same leg. At first, I blamed it on the surgery. I just had surgery on that leg, so it was normal for my ankle swelling. It made sense, right? Well, it turns out that it was not related. Unbeknownst to me of how it happened, I had two torn tendons.
While taking the CBD Oil, I didn’t feel the pain, but as soon as I stopped taking it, the pain returned to my ankle area. When I did my follow-up visit to the doctor, he gave me another prescription for a painkiller, a CAM boot for 6-weeks, followed by physical therapy. I did not fill the painkiller prescription. I was so happy with the results of my knee after taking the CBD Oil, I preferred to take the oil instead.
To Share or Not to Share
Other than my immediate family, I did not tell anyone what I was taking until one day I came across an old friend. While catching up, he mentioned his wife had a real hard time with fibromyalgia. He said that most days she could not get out of bed and was suffering from severe pain. I debated whether to tell him about my experience with CBD Oil, but gave it a shot. I explained to him how it helped me. He asked for information on how to get it so he could pass it on to his wife.
About two months after that encounter, I saw him again and the first thing he did was give me a hug and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I asked, “For what?” He explained his wife took the oil.
“My wife is feeling so much better. She is back at work and happier than ever,” he said. I was so happy to hear that it worked for her too.
I also shared the info with a co-worker whom I’ll call Mary. Mary was suffering from fibromyalgia. I’m happy to report that she got back to me with splendid news. She tried it and it is working. Mary also saw positive results, allowing her to sleep without pain.
Sharing Is the Right Thing to do
Even though it was the CBD Oil that helped them both, I am so happy I shared this information with them. I vowed to share my experience with whoever I knew was suffering from an illness and needed a natural remedy. It is not something you can share with everybody. Not everyone has an open mind and may still consider it illegal.
Like I said in the beginning, I’m a woman in my 50s. I can assure you and anybody that knows me can affirm that I am not a drug addict. I cannot vouch for how others have felt about using it or its side effects. However, I will continue promoting CBD Oil because I am living proof that it does work and no one should live in pain!
Originally published at https://debbiesreflection.com on September 18, 2020.