My Instagram feed has mentioned CBD quite a lot recently. I was using it in vape form before lock down happened and then due to that, I couldn’t get any juice from my normal supplier. I didn’t actually realise quite how much it was doing for me though. My pain flare ups have increased quite considerably since we went into lock down unfortunately. I was looking at some different options when the lovely people at Herts Hemp offered me a trial of their CBD oil.
Disclaimer – Herts Hemp gifted me their products, all thoughts and feelings are my own and in no way influenced by the company.
I’ve tried CBD oil once before but didn’t find it done much. It literally just left a nasty taste in my mouth! It was from Holland and Barrett and was the lowest strength going so no wonder I felt like it done nothing.
Herts Hemp sent me over 2 bottles of different oil. Their 18% CBD and 5% CBG. Both are 10ml bottles and will last varying amounts of time depending on how much you take.
CBD can be used for so many different things from anxiety to chronic pain. It is derived from the cannabis plant which is why there is still a bit of a stigma around it. I remember suggesting to my Mum that she should try some on her dog. He’s a shivering wreck during high winds and storms so he would be a perfect candidate. Her response was “I don’t want my dog to be high!”. I think the biggest misconception around CBD is that you’ll get high. I promise, you won’t!
What’s the difference between CBD and CBG?
As I mentioned, I received CBD and CBG. They are both natural oils derived from the hemp plant but CBG is formed only at the beginning of the plants growth cycle. It is a lot harder to harvest so therfore it’s not offered by many companies at the moment. Herts Hemp is one of very few!
It has been proven to reduce inflammation, kill or slow bacterial growth and can even slow growth in tumours and cancerous cells. Studies are still going on and I’m sure they will find lots of other things it’s good for.
CBD has been proven to work for many different conditions including epilepsy and Parkinsons Disease. For myself, I’m using it for chronic pain. My condition means I spend a lot of time in pain. My joints ache all day every day to varying degrees (read more here) and I currently have a broken hip too.
How do you take it?
The oil is in a little dropper bottle so it’s quite easy. Pop a few drops under your tongue and hold it there for 1 minute then swallow. Simples! I’m still not a fan of the taste and usually have a drink ready to wash it out.
I’ve been using the CBD mostly, topped up with the CBG about halfway through the day.
How do you feel?
I can’t say it works miracles for my pain but I’m still increasing my dosage to find the right balance. I have noticed that I am a lot less anxious though. It has a calming effect on me that’s for sure (don’t get me wrong, I’m still snappy some days!). My pain still exists but a calmer me does mean less pain and less likely to mean a big pain flare.
It’s quite a challenge to get anything to work on me thanks to my high tolerance of everything! So Herts Hemp did have a bit of a challenge on their hands but I’m feeling better for giving it a go and I’m hoping that the longer I use it the more it will have an effect. I can’t see me coming off my pharmaceuticals any time soon but I’m hopeful it will keep my flares down. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last one so we’re doing well. I can deal with the every day aches and pains but the flares are the worst!
I’m definitely going to keep it up to see if I improve any further. I’d love to say I’m pain free but I think expecting that is like expecting the clouds to rain chocolate! I can definitely feel an improvement though and that’s what matters more than anything!
I’d like to say thank you the Herts Hemp for sending these over. It has been great to try it again and at a decent strength this time.
If you want to try some for yourself then head over to the Herts Hemp website and use the code CB15 to get 15% off.
Thanks for reading and let me know in the comments below if you have a queries or questions.