CBD Oil and Pain-Suffer Less, Live More!

By | 09/10/2019

To tell you the truth, my initial intention was an article about CBD and joint pain.

I changed direction when, after discussing my idea with Marlene, she told me:

I thought you covered this, though. With your article about arthritis.

Hold on! 

My order-freak and deviating brain took charge of the situation putting me and my intentions and wills aside. I realized there are so many types of discomfort, physical and emotional and so much confusion about their origin, causes and potential treatments! So I thought I should put things in order and dedicate a whole article to CBD oil and pain in general, before going on exploring its potential to specific types of pain.

Then the universe sent me a message: I came to know that Brian hurt his knee at work. (According to doctors, he has probably torn a tendon.)

Ouch!  

I was sure that my decision was right. Pain is everywhere, in many forms and intensities and has the power to make our lives really unbearable. 

So, get ready: find a comfortable armchair and prepare your heart and mind.

This will be a painful article! 

What is pain 

It seems an easy question but I am sure if I present it to hundreds of people I will get as many different answers. 

Some of you will say that pain is the message our body sends to warn us about trauma or damage or a health-issue. Sure! Have you ever heard of the term pain-free major trauma

Others will respond that pain is the way our body informs us that something is wrong. But what about phantom limb pain, that constant and devastating discomfort that comes from the part of the limb that isn’t there anymore? 

Or even worse, how would one explain the soul pain, this growing mental and emotional ache that gradually becomes chronic tearing you and your life apart? 

As stated by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) pain is

“an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.”

Statue In Pain

Are you satisfied with this definition? 

I am not.

I totally agree that pain is a warning signal. I object to the anachronistic belief that it is a way of measuring tissue damage.

Let me explain why. For my whole life, I have been discovering bruises all over my body with no recollection of when or how they happened. A bruise is proof of tissue damage with no pain. This means we can have one without the other, right?

So what the heck IS pain?

According to the latest scientific point of view, pain as a complex and advanced mechanism that involves both the physiological and psychological functions of our system with one simple but crucial aim: to protect us. 

It’s pain that commands us not to do things. 

It is hip pain that tells Theresa to stop mowing the lawn and take a break. It is knee pain that requires Brian not to work in a heavy-duty status. It is joint pain that tries to force my mum to stop cleaning her house. (In vain: her OCD is stronger than pain.) 

It’s pain that orders us to do things. 

It’s knee pain that restricts Brian to light work, using a cane and relaxing for 40 out of 60 minutes each hour. It’s your toothache that drives you directly to the dentist. It’s your back pain that obliges you to make a physio appointment or to get some rest. 

It sounds familiar to all of you, doesn’t it?

Right, but how, why and where is pain created?

Your body contains specialized neurons (nociceptors) that act as “danger indicators” and transmit signals to alert your brain every time a potential hazardous alteration in your body is detected. These “never sleeping eyes of the brain” can only convey warning messages. Not pain. 

How could they? Pain isn’t produced by your body. It is born in your brain. 

So next time, don’t blame your hip, knee, joints or any other part of your body for the discomfort they cause you. 

Simply, thank your nociceptors and brain for always being in alert and protecting your well-being and health.

By making your life hell!

Types of pain 

My research for the different types of pain revealed different classifications related to its physiology, intensity, duration, the kind of tissue involved and the syndrome it is related to. 

Here follow the different categories of pain based on: 

  1. Pain physiology: Nociceptive, Inflammatory, Neuropathic
  2. Intensity: Mild, Moderate, Severe
  3. Time course: Acute, Chronic, Acute-on-chronic pain
  4. Type of damaged tissue: Skin, Muscles, Viscera, Joints, Tendons, Bones
  5. Syndromes: Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Migraine, etc.

While some of the above classifications are self-explanatory, others are “all Greek” to you.

So, let me clarify the more difficult ones to help you understand (alas not tolerate) better the type of pain you suffer from.  

Nociceptive pain

“Oh wow! This is too scientific for me” you might think.

No, sir! 

Nociceptive pain is the result of tissue injury or damage. In simple words, when you bump your hip on the corner of the desk, get burnt while carrying the boiling pot without a potholder, jam your finger in the door or twist your ankle walking on those high-heeled stilettos, you perceive what is called nociceptive pain.    

Inflammatory pain

Ok, you twisted your ankle and promised you’ll never wear high-heeled stilettos (liar!).

The terrible pain you experienced during the “accident” has passed. But now your ankle is bruised, swollen and continues to hurt. These are signs of inflammation. The pain is there and has evolved from nociceptive to inflammatory. 

Neuropathic pain 

Neuropathic pain is associated with an injury or malfunction in the peripheral or central nervous system.

Examples of this type of discomfort include, but are not limited to, diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, shingles, spinal cord injury pain, post-amputation pain, and post-stroke central pain. 

Acute pain 

It refers to the kind of discomfort that lasts less than 3 to 6 months. That terrible toothache that made you count sheep all night long or the dreadful pain from the sprained ankle (darn stilettos!) are classified as acute types of pain.   

Chronic pain 

Well, this type of pain is horrible (arthritis sufferers know what I mean). It lasts more than 3 -6 months or insists on making you suffer after an acute ailment or tissue damage has been healed. 

Acute-on-chronic pain

I wouldn’t wish this type of pain on my worst enemy. It’s the lethal combination of both acute and chronic pain and implies sudden flare-ups of acute pain superimposed on existing chronic pain. 

What about pain intensity? 

Body With Back Pain

I am sure you can describe your pain with hundreds of adjectives or even invent new ones to explain to others how you feel. (my favorite adjective is the following: #%$&$#@ 😉 )

But neither your doctor nor your sweetheart will understand how intolerable your pain is unless you use three magic words: mild, moderate and severe

No, not all pains are severe! 

To be able to self-report pain clearly and with the most possible precision, you should use the Numeric Rating Scale (NRS-11), an 11-point scale developed for adults and children at or above the age of 10. 

The following table can help you understand what the words mild, moderate and severe mean in terms of pain. 

RatingPain Level 
0No pain at all
1-3Mild pain with no or little interference with activities of daily living
4-6Moderate pain with significant interference with activities of daily living 
7-10Severe pain. The sufferer is unable to perform any activity of daily living 

It’s obvious that your pain doesn’t belong to a “one-and-only-one” category.

We can describe the pain sensed by an arthritis sufferer as inflammatory, chronic, severe, joint pain. Your burnt hand makes you feel a nociceptive, acute, moderate, skin discomfort and so on. 

Ok, sure!

No matter its type, intensity level or whatever category scientists may come up with to classify pain, one thing is for certain: pain sucks and makes your life suck too! 

What does pain do to you? 

According to a Buddhist proverb, 

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

Yeah, right! Very convincing! 

Try to repeat it to me during one of my herniated disc crises and I can assure you, you will not appreciate that not-so-Buddhist-China-vase that will land on your head. 

Try to remind me of this proverb while I am experiencing one of my immense and so emotionally painful anxiety attacks and you will see Jack the Ripper rising from his tomb right in front of your eyes. 

I won’t tell you what unrelieved pain does to you. We are all in the same boat and experience the same agonizing tempest. 

I will reveal to you the monsters hiding in the shadows of pain and the possible hazards they bring along. 

Health Risks

As if living with recurrent pain weren’t enough, constant and unrelieved discomfort can cause you prolonged stress which might increase your blood pressure and your heart rate. Chronic stress can reduce your body’s ability to combat illnesses and be the cause of conditions such as heart disease.

Wait, there is more! 

Persistent pain is responsible for tense and sore muscles. You lack energy and, therefore, your ability to move about is limited. There might be significant changes in your appetite leading you to eating-disorders. 

Emotional Reactions  

One thing is certain. Pain is responsible for emotional suffering. How couldn’t it be? Your physical and emotional selves are so closely interconnected… 

Constant distress leads to irritability, anger, and anxiety disorders. Moreover, it is strongly correlated with depression which usually remains undiagnosed. When these two conditions coexist -a rather frequent phenomenon- they tend to exacerbate every condition-related symptom. Your pain gets more and more unbearable and the darkness of depression deeper and deeper. 

Nightmarish, isn’t it?  

Behavioral Changes

I could write a whole encyclopedia about how pain affects your behavior judging from my own reactions and conduct.  

Relax, I won’t! (I can only say that there is a male or female primitive beast lurking in every suffering person on this planet)

Pain carries so many changes in your life that it inevitably has an impact on your behavior.

Having to live with intolerable, ineliminable, and unending pain may cause you to lose not only your mental and physical wellness but your financial independence as well.

No wonder it leads to changes in your behavior and personality by affecting your mood and character and by lowering your self-esteem in almost no time. 

Social Repercussions

Persistent pain often causes you to experience relationship breakdowns. 

Being unable to socialize and keep up with the activities and hobbies you used to enjoy with your friends, you tend to isolate yourselves and watch your mates fade away, gradually but steadily. 

No one can understand the intensity of the pain you live with, not even your loved ones. You may feel you have been losing yourselves and instead of that independent, vigorous and productive man or woman, you are becoming a weak individual and a burden on the others.

Yes, pain is debilitating. It drains your energy, spirit, liveliness, and strength. It puts out your fire and passion.

And empties your wallets.

Health economists have announced that the annual cost of pain in the USA has risen to $635 billion. The sum includes both the total incremental costs of health care and the value of lost productivity.

I would have been amazed by the amount if I hadn’t examined the pain relief section of a drugstore. 

Pain Relief Section Of A Drugstore

I couldn’t help noticing, though, that it appears that the store struggles to keep painkillers in stock. There were empty spaces meaning that the medicine cabinets at the customers’ houses are packed up with analgesics.  

Not mine.

I have always resisted medicines. I deliberately refused to take any painkillers. I wanted to avoid both their side effects and the addiction they can cause. Having no natural and non-addictive alternative, I had no other choice but to let pain conquer me and then get tired and leave me. 

It may sound strange but that was my way of dealing with pain. Whether it was a migraine, PMS, cervical or even back pain, I just tolerated it waiting for it to stop. (Had I developed a high level of pain tolerance or was I a total moron? Science still investigates the issue.) 

Those days are gone forever! 

I have recently discovered a natural and non-addictive substance contained in the cannabis plant that won’t give me a “high” but it will help me manage pain. 

Yes, you guessed right! It’s my favorite cannabinoid I am talking about.

CBD is a sworn enemy of pain! Any enemy of pain is definitely a friend of mine. And it should be yours too! 

What does CBD do to pain? 

First things first.

Let me give you some information about how CBD cooperates with your body. 

Two cannabinoid receptors exist in your body: the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Most of the CB1 receptors are located in your brain and are linked to cognitive actions related to coordination, mood, reasoning, memory, and appetite. The CB2 receptors can be found in the immune system. They are responsible for the way your body responds to pain and inflammation.

CBD oil interacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors causing the reduction of pain and inflammation.

According to Dr. Rim of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY: 

“These receptors are primarily involved with coordination, movement, pain, emotional output, and the immune system,” 

She emphasizes that this might be the reason why an increasing number of her patients who suffer from recurring pain have found relief from their suffering.  

Enough with science and its baffling terms and definitions.

Let’s stop the chitchat and get down to the nitty-gritty!

CBD oil Relieves Neuropathic Pain. 

The glutamatergic system, a significant neurotransmitter pathway is largely responsible for the creation and the sustaining of neuropathic pain. Glutamate is a predominant excitative neurotransmitter released by nerve cells in the brain.

High levels of glutamate in the brain are associated with enhanced perceptions of pain and chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia. Decreasing the levels of glutamate helps to decrease pain sensation.

CBD represses the release of glutamate along with other inflammatory agents. This is the reason why it is considered ‘neuroprotective’ and excellent at lessening the itching, stinging and burning sensations that characterize neuropathic pain.

CBD oil Relieves Inflammatory Pain.

All types of arthritis, autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s and simple conditions like headaches, toothaches, cramps, and muscle aches are examples of inflammatory pain. 

Inflammation and oxidative stress are intimately involved in the genesis of many human diseases. Unraveling that relationship therapeutically has proven challenging, in part because inflammation and oxidative stress “feed off” each other.

However, CBD would seem to be a promising starting point for further drug development given anti-inflammatory actions on immune cells… CBD also has the advantage of not having psychotropic side effects. Studies on models of human diseases support the idea that CBD attenuates inflammation far beyond its antioxidant properties, for example, by targeting inflammation-related intracellular signaling events. 

George W. Booz

In addition to the scientific results, there are also the personal experiences of CBD users. Here follows the finding of a reader, friend of mine and CBD advocate after experimenting cannabidiol’s analgesic power with a toothache, made known to me with a comment on one of my articles: 

Reading this article while battling the second day of a toothache prompted me to try rubbing CBD oil on the painful area and that worked! What a relief! I’m not really a fan of soup but I thought for sure that’s what I would be eating this evening.

Are you still wondering why the US government has patented cannabidiol and all the phytocannabinoids for their antioxidant, neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory properties?

Pain Relief

CBD Eases Chronic Pain 

It has been found that CBD oil is effective in easing chronic pain. Patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and cancer have been found to experience less suffering. The same positive effects have been reported by patients taking CBD oil to relieve their fibromyalgia pain.

Cannabidiol’s action doesn’t affect only pain.

High blood pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep dysfunctions even appetite alterations can only tremble in front of this magnificent natural phytocannabinoid. 

I won’t repeat myself. If I get tired and bored with it, I can only imagine what it can do to you. I will let you take your time and consult the detailed articles I have dedicated to all of these topics. 

Types of CBD products

Got ya! 

I know you were wondering about which CBD product will benefit you the most. I understand you are interested in knowing the different forms of cannabidiol the market offers.

CBD producers and manufacturers are very imaginative. Perhaps, because CBD is a highly adaptable product. 

The most widespread and popular methods of CBD consumption are:

  • Tinctures or oils or sprays (sublingual administration)
  • Vaping products (through the lungs)
  • Topicals (balms, salves, massage oils, and creams applied to the skin)  
  • Suppositories (rectal administration) 
  • Edibles (through the digestive system)

I personally consume cannabidiol in the form of oil and edibles. I have recently received my CBD isolate crystals and I am currently experimenting with adding it to snacks, cakes, various dishes, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Though I am not keen on cooking (frankly I am a terrible cook), I think it’s interesting trying different recipes and combining the pleasure of a tasteful dish with the relieving effects of CBD. Two birds with one stone! 

My parents use CBD topicals and more specifically a highly potent CBD body butter that works wonders with my mum’s joint pains and my dad’s psoriasis.   

Most of my friends use the sublingual method of administration and some of them use topicals to cope with DOMS

Along with all of us mere mortals, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MMA athletes and an increasing number of Olympians have ditched opioids and embraced CBD oil products to treat the pain and the issues their intense training sessions cause to them. If we add the Holywood celebrities to the equation, it becomes obvious that CBD oil has taken the world by storm!

Which is the most appropriate method of cannabidiol administration for you? 

Find out the best way to take CBD oil, learn all you need about cannabidiol and get all your questions answered. 

The Takeaway 

Cannabidiol is a potent analgesic with significant anti-inflammatory properties.

Even though science is still in the infancy stage of unveiling CBD potential to health and wellness, the scientific findings are promising and open new horizons in pain management and treatment. 

You should have in mind that, along with other nutraceuticals, cannabidiol can interact with the pharmaceuticals you might be using. 

For this reason, talk with your trusted physician and ask for suggestions and advice regarding any possible interactions of CBD with your medications.

There’s no better time than now to enlist cannabidiol to fight your battles against pain and live your life to the fullest! 

Now that you know that cannabidiol can relieve you from pain, I am sure you are wondering which brand you should trust.

When it comes to CBD and health, you should be careful to commit to a brand that is reliable, trustworthy and transparent.

Here follows a list of my personal brand choices.

Their sourcing, extraction methods, lab tests, client reviews, and my readers’ personal positive experiences prove their claims regarding the quality of their products.

Verified CBD

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Joy Organics

Avid Hemp

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Nganic

Nganic CBD Oil Premium + Organically Grown

Endoca

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Elixinol

Elixinol CBD Oil

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14 thoughts on “CBD Oil and Pain-Suffer Less, Live More!

  1. Max

    Hey Effie,

    Great Post on CBD oil. My mother had Crohns disease for most of my teenage years. As research into CBD and medical marijuana progressed, we found that her smoking a joint or two everyday would severely lower the amount of inflammation that her disease caused. It was great for her. We couldn’t get her any medical CBD oil or anything because it wasn’t, and still isn’t, medically legal in my state.

    I have recently started doing Judo where I live in China, and I’ll tell you that man am I sore after a few throws to the mat. CBD oil isn’t legal here either but I am sure it would be great to relieve some of the soreness I feel after a few judo classes.

    My friend did give me some CBD infused tea the other night (not sure how he got it into the country) and it actually did relieve some of my soreness for a bit, which was great. I also realized that I learned a lot about the different types of pains just from reading your article. This is all great stuff. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    Max

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    1. Effie Post author

      Wow, Max! Martial Arts! I bet Judo is difficult and exhausting. And I can imagine your soreness, too! (by the way, you can learn more about how CBD oil can be your best gym buddy)
      I am sorry to hear that medical CBD oil isn’t legal in your state. I think, all this mess about legality issues on marijuana and its components is hypocritical. There is an opioids crisis in the US, people get addicted to them and die because of their side effects, but it’s cannabis the dangerous stuff.
      CBD oil which contains 0.3% THC is “tolerable” in all states, though. Perhaps your mum should give it a try to cope with her health issues.
      CBD oils are technically legal for sale in China but I wouldn’t advise you to buy any CBD product manufactured there. The cannabis plant is a hyperaccumulator. It absorbs everything: from heavy metals to pesticides. The final CBD product will contain all of these substances. And you know better than me how polluted China and its soil are.
      Thanks a lot, Max! Take care!

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  2. Joo

    Lol pardon me, I know pain is a serious issue, nothing funny about it, but I just had to laugh at the image of you hurling that China vase at an unfortunate person.

    Agree that chronic pain must be the worst kind of pain, it can completely change a person’s behaviour and outlook on life. Thank you for all that research, and trying to show people that they can relieve their pain with CBD oil, totally natural, Mother Earth’s gift to us mankind.

    The worst kind of pain I personally endured is labour pain. That pain obviously serves a purpose, but I as I read your article, I was just randomly thinking if CBD could help with it too, in place of laughing gas, epidural, and other conventional forms of pain relief.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Joo, don’t excuse yourself for laughing at the China case situation.IMHO, a bit of humor is essential when dealing with serious health issues. It alleviates the tension- I don’t know about my readers but I really need it to be able to continue writing.
      I am not sure if CBD oil can be used to relieve labor pain. There are no studies related to the safety of its use on fetuses or babies yet. Unless science says it’s ok, I personally can’t take the responsibility of recommending its use in these cases.
      Thanks for your comment, my friend!

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  3. John

    This is very helpful information for those who have not yet used CBD oil for chronic pain. I found after breaking my heel bone and having a plate with 14 screws that I would always have pain.
    With the small dose of CBD oil daily the pain is almost gone and I am very much more active than a normal person at my age.
    I do not suffer from any other old persons pains like some of the people around me, I think that has a lot to do with the daily dose of CBD oil also.
    Do you think us people of age will be more active if we continue our routines of daily CBD oil intake, I feel that it makes me more active without pain than others of my age.
    John

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    1. Effie Post author

      Thank you so much, John! And welcome back!
      Your personal experience is proof that CBD works with pain and i thank you for sharing it with all of us.
      I think you are right. Your daily intake of doses of CBD has to do with the lack of any other old persona pains.
      CBD in small doses gives you energy so I think that old people would be more active if they made CBD oil intake part of their daily routine. They should have in mind the possible interaction with their medications, though.I would recommend talking with their trusted physician and asking for his/her advice.

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  4. Wenhua chen

    Thank you so much for the information, I did not realize pain can have many types. It seems like you are a doctor. In my opinion, if you can break down your paragraph a little bit(make it not too long)that would be better. What do you think?

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    1. Effie Post author

      Hey there! Welcome to my blog!
      Nope. I am not a doctor. I am a mere mortal who is interested in researching and discovering things and sharing my findings with the rest of the world 🙂
      I bet the paragraph that seemed long to you was the “quoted” one from the scientific study. To tell you the truth, I thought of breaking it down but then I decided to leave it as it was. I don’t like changing the scientific parts-perhaps out of respect for scientists and their efforts and dedication to revealing the truth.
      Thank you for your suggestion, though. Be well!

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  5. Theresa Horn

    CBD products have truly changed my life! I have found it very helpful to take CBD capsules on days when I know I will be putting undue stress on my body. For example, driving causes the pain from osteoarthritis to flare up in my hip but a dose of CBD early in the day prevents pain later on. Similarly, I often take CBD before participating in activities that cause me anxiety and it puts me at ease. When I know that I will be active late in the day, I take CBD to help me get to sleep that night. Many days may pass between my doses of CBD but it has become my “go-to” remedy for nearly everything–because it works for nearly everything!

    Before reading your article, I had never considered that there might be more than one type of pain. It gives me great comfort to know that pain is born in our brain, not in our bodies. I suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities which causes so many varied symptoms (headache, breathing issues, brain fog, seizures) in its victims that people tend to think that it’s “all in our heads” meaning that we are imagining things. Now, I can respond with confidence, “Why, yes, you are right. All pain is born in our heads and I can point you to an article that will explain it all very nicely.” 🙂

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    1. Effie Post author

      What can I say other than thank you for such a comment! You are the living proof of the analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties of CBD oil, Theresa. I have been following you since you first tried CBD and I know how much it has improved your life. Perhaps I should stop writing articles and let you talk about it 🙂

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  6. Travis Hendrix

    Very nice explanation of what pain is and different types of pain! I agree CBD oil is a much safer and better alternative to opioids and hope that the trend continues away from them. Thank you for offering your opinion on which products to use, and ways to use CBD oil. I especially like the idea of mixing it into your meals!

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    1. Effie Post author

      Travis, I warned you I am a terrible cook! But it’s fun experimenting. Whatever the outcome, it’s fun and beneficial.
      I totally agree with you that cannabidiol is much safer than opioids. All the athletes that have ditched them and turned to CBD prove this claim, don’t you think?
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your point of view with all of us! Cheers!

      Reply
  7. Jack

    I appreciate your information. You sure have broken it down a lot! I never considered all the different types of pain. I just know when it hurts. A while back I had purchased some CDB oil liquid and capsules (CBD-XRP brand) for my wife who has back and shoulder aches. She was hesitant to use them because of the association with marijuana and was concerned about either addiction or getting a “high”. She found both fears to be unfounded and has used them frequently ever since. Thanks for the great article.

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    1. Effie Post author

      Hey Jack! I appreciate your comment and the story of your wife’s pain issues and how CBD helped her cope with them.
      I hope you weren’t part of the consumers that have been scammed by brands like CBD-XRP. It’s part of my no-no list as I stated in my CBD oil brands to avoid article. Be well!

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