Recently I have experimented with vaped THC marijuana flowers which gives me about 5 hours of better-than-Tramadol pain relief from a single puff. The accompanying high is very mild, like an ounce or two of wine. This may be working for me due to the THC reaching my blood stream directly without having to go through my liver. In any case, the pain relief from vaping greatly exceeds the pain relief from taking essentially the same dose orally, even though the oral dose is more intoxicating. I’m not sure I will be able to completely stop using Tramadol this way, but this seems to offer a hopeful path. FWIW correctly dosing vaped cannabis is very tricky, best to get some coaching from an experienced vaper otherwise you will initially grossly overdose which will not kill you but may not be to your liking. I have also tried vaping CBD-only hemp flowers with essentially no results, would be interested to hear from others about their experiences with that…
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Connie, I was happy to read your comment & recommendation. I have found CBD to be extremely helpful also. My main issue with it is that I have bought from 3 different companies, and now I just bought Plus CBD because it was the only brand available in my home town, and I didn’t want to wait for the mail order. Unfortunately, in my inexperience, I thought I I was buying a high potency, and now find it is LOW, and very expensive for that. However, my story sounds very similar to yours, cancer, chemo killed my veins, used Norco for years, and now my body has VERY poor muscle tone. I will continue on, though, and wanted you to know that I was very encouraged by your inspirational story. I saw my primary MD today, and she was excited about my progress & success with CBD, especially since I have discontinued 3 medications. Now, to be able to get in good shape, and lose weight like you have also. THANK YOU!
CBD works by attaching itself to specific receptors of the body’s own endocannabinoid system. The human body is known to produce cannabinoids of its own, which affect the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptors are generally found in the brain, and deal with pain, mood and emotions, movement, appetite, among others. THC acts upon the CB1 receptors. Meanwhile, CB2 receptors are more commonly found throughout the immune system, affecting inflammation and thus pain. CBD is thought to act upon these receptors, by influencing the body to produce its own cannabinoids in order to rebalance itself.
Tinctures are very popular and for a good reason. They offer a unique opportunity for manufacturers to add other robust ingredients, such as coconut oil, terpenes, spearmint, and other natural herbs and essential oils. These additions help mask the pungent taste of natural hemp. The flavor of tinctures is typically more well-received than the pure CBD concentrates, which you’ll find in the next section.
When extracting THC from the cannabis plant, it’s not easy to separate the THC from the mixture. This requires skill, expertise, and technology. Some shady brands create DIY CBD oils by using dangerous solvents, and then try to sell their products online. They sell them at extremely low prices, looking to make a quick buck. Before purchasing, always make sure that the CBD oil you are looking at has no psychoactive effects, and makes sure that it has been extracted with CO2 techniques as this ensures that no dangerous chemical solvents were used. And remember that THC is illegal in most states, so you don’t want to get on the wrong side of the law.