This sponsored post was written in collaboration with Zion Medicinals and the Chronic Illness Network.
CBD oil has recently taken the market by storm, promoted as a treatment with the potential to reduce pain, inflammation and general discomfort that stem from many health conditions.
CBD oil is a product made from the cannabis plant, but does not always contain THC. THC is the component in marijuana that gives users a “high” feeling. CBD, on the other hand, provides similar health benefits from medical marijuana without altering the user’s mood. When CBD oil does contain THC, it only contains small amounts.
Studies have found that CBD is a very promising treatment for chronic pain, and has the potential to replace opioids for the treatment of pain. That being said, more research needs to be conducted, and CBD products are not currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for any medical condition. This means that CBD products are not regulated like other drugs and medications.
30-Day Trial of Zion Medicinals CBD Oil
I tried CBD oil from Zion Medicinals for 30 days. It was a high potency formula, containing 750 mg cannabinoids per 30 ml and .3% THC. I often feel muscle and joint pain from working out, particularly in my hips and left shoulder blade. I also feel back fatigue from sitting in front of a computer for most of the day. I wanted to see if the CBD oil would help.
The CBD oil comes with a dropper, and you take the recommended dose, and place it under your tongue. You hold the CBD oil under your tongue for about 30 seconds or so before swallowing.
The CBD oil has a very earthy taste, similar to wheat grass. The texture is thick, like oil, but not as thick as olive oil.
The first time I tried it, I felt a little anxious, and experienced brain fog. The next time I tried it, I reduced the dosage, and that eliminated the side effects.
I took it every morning for 30 days, and have to admit, the pain reduction was very subtle. In fact, it wasn’t until I stopped taking the CBD oil and the pain came back that I realized it had truly helped to reduce my aches and pains.
How Does CBD Oil Work?
Researchers believe that CBD affects receptors in your brain that signal pain. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that signal cell response, and can effectively work to reduce inflammation and pain. This is why CBD is so promising for pain management.
One study conducted in 2008 concluded that CBD is effective in pain management and, just as good, does not come with any negative side effects. The study also found that CBD helps in treating insomnia that is associated with chronic pain. It is important to note that the study found CBD to be most helpful in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
What Conditions can CBD Oil Treat?
In addition to multiple sclerosis, CBD has also been found to help some people with arthritis and some types of cancer. It has even been considered to help reduce some of the negative side effects associated with chemotherapy.