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At the age of 39, Kevin, male, has undergone two brain surgeries due to chiari malformations and four spine fusions caused by pseudarthrosis. In addition to these conditions, Kevin suffers from PTSD, severe degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia and severe nerve pain. Living with just one of these conditions makes it hard for someone to get through their daily life. For Kevin to be able to get through the pain and discomfort that six conditions leave him in, without prescription medication, is worth sharing.
On a day where Kevin doesn’t take CBD he feels like a three; on a scale of 1 to 10. In comparison, when he consumes CBD he feels like a 7. CBD just doesn’t make him feel better but Kevin now feels more alert and functional. Being a parent, it is essential to make sure he is in great health; this meant eliminating suicidal thoughts, depression, prescription medications, anxiety, and gain back the ability to drive. Kevin even used CBD after surgeries to help with his bone growth. Since his bones do not heal on their own, CBD really helped during his healing process.

After Taking CBD

For two years now, Kevin has taken a daily dose of CBD to reduce the physical and mental pain that comes with his ailments. Negative past experiences with prescription medications contributed to the decision to stop taking them therefore leaving him in pain. Without pain medications and no current knowledge of CBD, his life became hopeless.
Considering the type of conditions that Kevin has, along with various surgeries he has endured; it is amazing that a daily dose of CBD has allowed him to eliminate ALL prescription medications. Throwing out prescribed medications has allowed him to rest easier, gain pain perception, reduce nausea, stop vomiting and other neurological condition are not negatively affected.

Chiari malformations type II

Chiari Malformations are an uncommon condition where your brain tissue extends past the spinal canal. Kevin experiences much discomfort from headaches to the point of not being able to do daily activities. CBD gives him the mental and physical well being to get through daily activities. Living with chiari malformations is different from person to person; while some experience wrenching side effects, some do not have symptoms and are diagnosed by accident.

Pseudarthrosis

Lucky for Kevin, dealing with pseudarthrosis has been a lot easier since on a regimen of CBD. Pseudarthrosis directly affects the growth of one’s bones therefore after surgeries and fusions his bones would not grow properly. CBD is a bone growth stimulant that he uses after surgery to allow his bones to heal.

Degenerative disc disease

Pain is one of the most common symptoms of degenerative disc disease. Due to inflammation there is pain throughout the neck and back that limit the amount of activities that can be done daily. Not only does CBD help to reduce the amount of pain Kevin is experiencing, but it also provides less damage to your discs. Kevin feels completely different while taking CBD then how he feels on prescription medications. He is able to be more present throughout his life and has a clear head.

Fibromyalgia

After being on pain medication for a number of years, Kevin made the switch to CBD. By not taking prescriptions Kevin has been able to have a clear mind a focus on what is going on in his life. Fibromyalgia is a disease that is known to misfire chemical responses in the brain. The brain becomes more sensitive which causes over reacting senses. CBD works on various receptors to ensure your body is in homeostasis.

Severe nerve pain

Years of taking nerve pain medications began to take a toll on his life just like the other prescription medications he was prescribed. CBD works with neuropathic pain, therefore damaged nerves are not sending incorrect signals to the brain. Since taking CBD, Kevin is able to eliminate all nerve medication that would have negative side effects.

Dose

For the last two years, Kevin has relied on a daily dose of CBD to get through the aches and pains his illnesses cause him. By taking 100mg of CBD daily, he is able to eliminate all other pharmaceutical drugs that doctor have prescribed. Even after surgeries, he continued to take CBD for the pain instead of taking narcotics.

Delivery Method

Kevin likes various products for their delivery method. He likes the tincture the best because it’s long-lasting, yet has fast results. Oral absorption is one of the most efficient ways to absorb CBD, one should start feeling the effects within 15 and 60 minutes. Capsules in Kevin’s opinion work well they just take awhile to feel the effects; upto two hours. CBD isolate is also an effective consumption method, but he does not feel the effects as long. He feels the effects fast but they also diminish fast.

CBD Research

Chiari malformations type II

CBD has been shown to provide relief for those who experience migraines and headaches. Chiari malformations are defects in the brain that apply pressure causing negative effects to your balance and an increase in headaches. There is not a ton of research on how CBD works with headaches and migraines but this study shows how medical marijuana helps with migraine frequency.
During this study, 121 adults who suffer from migraines were administered medical marijuana. The results conclude that medical marijuana helps to reduce frequency within adults, data states that migraines reduced from 10.4 to 4.6 per month. Almost 40% of the people claim that medical marijuana helped prevention of headaches and frequency.

Pseudarthrosis

Pseudarthrosis means false joint. When someone is diagnosed with pseudarthrosis it means that their bones create false joints after a break or fracture due to inadequate healing. Research shows that CBD is a great bone growth stimulant. CBD will act with one’s cannabinoid receptors to trigger bone formations and help aid broken bone growth by providing fracture callus.
In a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, results show that bones heal faster when taking CBD. A group of rats with mid-femoral fractures saw improvements after just 8 weeks in their bone development. Researchers also injected a group of mice with THC and CBD. Results show that CBD on its own was a better bone growth stimulant than when in combination with the two cannabinoids.
“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” said Dr. Gabet. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future, he continued.”

Degenerative disc disease

Overtime discs will begin to lose their water due to age or disease, when this happens it is called degenerative disc disease. As we age, we lose the elasticity and flexibility in our intervertebral discs. Ultimately this creates chronic pain in many people who experience degenerative disc disease.
During a study done by the University of Sao Paulo, the main objective was to determine the relationship between CBD and degenerative dysfunctions. This study gave mice various doses of CBD, injected directly into the intervertebral disc degeneration. MRIs were taken at two days and 15 days after injection. The results show that the group of mice with a higher dose of CBD had an improvement in their MRI results.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia creates a widespread pain in the muscles and bones. The disease takes a direct hit on trigger points or tender spots, where even the lightest pressure will cause discomfort. Although doctors do not know the causes of fibromyalgia, it affects about 5 million Americans over the age of 18.
The most common treatment for fibromyalgia is a variety of prescription medications. Doctors will prescribe pain relievers, anti-depressants and anti-seizure drugs. One of the most widely known effects of CBD is its ability to reduce chronic pain. Most studies looking at cannabinoids and fibromyalgia use medical cannabis which contains a wider variety of cannabinoids besides isolated CBD. Research reveals that after just two hours of cannabis use in patients with fibromyalgia, there was a reduction in pain and stiffness, enhancement of relaxation, increase in sleep desire and an overall better well-being.

Severe nerve pain

Severe nerve pain is uncomfortable and inconvenient to those who experience it. This limits what you can do on a daily basis and has a snowball effects of symptoms. People who experience nerve pain also commonly deal with sleep problems, anxiety and depression. Nerve pain is treated with natural remedies or pain killers will be used.
To avoid using prescription medication that result in negative side effects, patients are turning to CBD to find relief from nerve pain. Published in the European Journal of Pharmacology, a study shows results of CBD reversing thermal and mechanical hyperalgesia. The study states, “These two combined effects ultimately result in enhanced levels of anandamide outside and inside the cell, and this in turn might account for the anti-hyperalgesic and anti-inflammatory actions of cannabidiol, so cannabidiol may prove to be the first clinical pharmaceutical to influence endocannabinoid function.”

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