I remember in high school when, if I wanted to smoke weed, I literally had to call a sketchy drug dealer, drive over to their house, awkwardly exchange money for some potentially awful marijuana that was grown WHO KNOWS WHERE and then hope I didn’t get pulled over by the police on my way home.
Now, with weed being fully legal in 11 states as I write this post, and medically legal/decriminalized in the majority of the others, a lot of people are coming around to using the plant as medicine, specifically in the form of CBD.
My older family member called me, and in their thick Chicago accent said:
“HAVE YA HEARD OF THIS BBD?”
“You mean CBD?”
“Ya, BBD! It’s made from marijuana but it won’t get you high!”
Giggling.. “Yes, I’ve heard of it.”
“Ya, well I’m usin’ it for this sciatica I got and it’s really helping!”
My father, on the other hand, is still pretty skeptical. He struggles with eczema, knee pain, and arthritic-like hands (undiagnosed). I tried talking to him about taking oral CBD to help with inflammation, but he’s only willing to use it topically. Even then, the topical cream I got him for Christmas seems to be helping. He uses it regularly after working in the yard and found that it helps dull the pain a bit. It seems he’s still opposed to ingesting it due to the stigma associated with taking something derived from hemp, which is too bad because I believe taking it internally would be far more effective.
Since my family members were having success using CBD for pain management, I decided to look into what else it could help with. One of the major things I saw over and over again was its ability to help with inflammation, something I struggle with due to my autoimmune diseases, three years of toxic mold exposure, and food sensitivities. I know the root of all disease stems from inflammation, so I thought adding CBD oil into my supplement routine could be beneficial.
I was absolutely right.
I took CBD oil for 30 days and this is what happened:
NOTE: do not introduce new supplements, including CBD, without consulting your healthcare provider.
I’ve only taken hemp products medicinally on a regular basis twice in my life. Once when I was coming off antidepressants to help relieve some of the withdrawal/anxiety/panic, and now as I’m detoxing from mold and trying to rebalance my hormones.
Both times, I’ve found it to be a very helpful tool. I was able to successfully get off antidepressants after taking them for 15 years. The CBD oil helped ease some of the symptoms and I don’t know that I would have been successful coming off them without it. I took 20 mg daily from a company called Supergood Hemp, which has turmeric for added anti-inflammatory benefits. I also used Alchemy Food Co paleo-friendly edibles (only available in Colorado), which have THC in them and helped me escape on my deeply depressed days.
Now, a year later (and still off anti-depressants!) I’ve decided to pair Winged CBD with my toxic mold treatment. I’ve been dealing with androgenic alopecia (which creates male pattern balding) and severe PMS symptoms due to high levels of toxicity in my body. Winged CBD has a formula specifically designed to help balance out women’s hormones. That’s because the CBD is paired with evening primrose oil, known to help with PMS symptoms, menopause, fertility and hair growth.
After 30 days of use, I’m happy to report that my hair is growing back and my most recent cycle was far less painful than those before. While I cannot say for certain it was the oil alone (I’m on a strict detox protocol as well), I believe Winged CBD has had a hand in the rebalancing of my hormones. It has also helped improve my sleep (I take it every night before bed) and reduce my anxiety.
Paleo-friendly CBD products I recommned:
I love both of the products I mentioned above, but lately Winged CBD’s Balance is my go-to because of the evening primrose oil blend and my need to balance my hormones. It’s also a lower price point, and you can get 10% off by using the code WHITNEY10 during checkout.
I recommend Supergood’s golden oil to people who are on the autoimmune paleo protocol because it doesn’t have stevia and it’s infused with turmeric. It does have a small amount black pepper, which is not AIP compliant, but I believe the benefits of CBD and turmeric far outweigh the very small chance there is a black pepper sensitivity. Note, this oil does taste quite “marijuana-y” due to the minimal filtration it goes through.
Both products promise non-GMO, organically grown, transparency with Certificate of Analysis, gluten free and CO2 extraction. You can’t beat that!
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