CBD a pain-control option
by Aging in Place: Claudette Hollenbeck
Mar 17, 2018 | 1469 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All these fluctuations in air temperature and barometric pressure seem to be dancing a rhumba on my joints. I have aches and pains I never had before and it is not fun. I have tried anything and everything that was recommended to me: Aleve, ibuprophen, Tylenol, turmeric capsules, arnica, hot baths, exercise, yoga, massage, even a cortisone shot in my shoulder, and on and on and on. Some things help somewhat but nothing works really well.

Then one of my dogs pulled a tendon or muscle or something in her hind quarters and was limping around unable to jump up on the bed or couch as she has always done. The veterinarian refused to give me a pain killer for her because he said, “If she doesn’t feel any pain, then she will be too active and only make it worse.”

I was worrying over that with a friend and she said, “Well, what about CBD?” Her husband is wheelchair confined and has a medical marijuana card that enables him to legally buy cannabis products to ease his muscle spasms and discomfort. I am a 1950s gal. There was no pot use in my era. By the time it was popular I was a mother of two and busy as a one-armed paperhanger. But for my dog, I would try anything. CBD is the abbreviation of cannabidiol, one of 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis (marijuana), and about 40% of the plant’s extract. It does not appear to have any of the psychoactive effects caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in pot that gives users a high. It is a relaxant and an anti-inflammatory agent.

The legal medical marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro, for which you must have a prescription and an ID card, is in a big, brown building just above the traffic circle at exit 3 from I-91, on the left, near where the Steak Out Restaurant used to be. That office is on an upper floor. However, on the main floor is a small store which sells the over-the-counter hemp products. So, I bought a bag of Edibites, peanut butter and banana flavor, from a company called pet.releaf. It was $27 and had to be paid in cash. For three nights in a row I gave my dog one cracker at bedtime. Within three days she was her old self, full of pep.

Well, I said to myself, if it works so well for the dog......! So, back I went to see what they could do for me. They have salves and ointments and oils, a dizzying array of choices. I bought a small bottle of The Remedy from a company called Mary’s Nutritionals out of Centennial, CO. It is an oil. The instructions suggest two to three drops under the tongue. I have used it occasionally at bedtime. It cost, I think, $99 cash. I certainly sleep well. I am not sure it has been any more effective than the other pills and unguents that I have tried, but, at least it is not going to ruin my stomach, liver or kidneys. It is, I guess, another possible choice I never knew anything about before. So I am passing on what I have learned.

I am ever hopeful that there is something out there, or a combination of somethings, that will allow me to move around more easily and with less discomfort.

I know that it is age- and osteoarthritis-related. I am basically trying to push that rock backup hill every morning. All the other options are worse.
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