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Old 06-30-2019, 12:36 AM   #111
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Is it the isolate tincture and not the powder? With the tincture, you place some under your tongue and hold for a few minutes. You can start low and slowly increase the dose. There's no real way to know how much to take. It's very safe and you can't really overdose. Maybe start with 15-30mg and go from there. It all depends on your body weight and what you're treating. Chronic pain needs more, so do larger people.


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I have bought the isolate tincture from fully activate.. i wanted to know how much do you use.. a full dropper each time? And how many times a day???

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It doesn't remove the pain for me. I don't disbelieve those who claim that it does, but expectations are a big part of our response to CBD.
Ive tried high quality CBD a number of times and in my experience, it was no more effective than water.

I find THC is much more effective and helpful with pain management.
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Old 07-27-2019, 09:08 AM   #114
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Hey guys.. excellent thread.. I am waiting for an official SFN diagnosis.. I am from Costa Rica and I am thinking to get the CBD oil from Amazon.. however something has me confused.. does hemp oil contain CBD.. because that is what you can get from Amazon.
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Amazon isn't allowed to sell CBD. Everything sold on Amazon is hemp oil.

There are several online sellers. Floyds of Leadville is one that comes to mind.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:19 PM   #115
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Hey DavidHC,

I have been studying the different types of plants Sativa and Indica and the cross breeding of these into desirable strains for the type of diseases most of us have on this forum. I recently tried CBD that you spoke of, Lazarus Naturals and I have been able to eliminate 100mg of Imipramine I was taking each day.
I feel better, less burning/pain/joint pain and I think it may even be helping my Psoriasis. I still dabble in the real stuff when I am having a flare up, but for the most part only use that for fun now...

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I haven't posted much of anything on here for a long time. But Ive been wanting to write this very long post about cannabidiol or CBD for a while but Ive held off for two reasons. One is a simply that Ive just been very busy with work and getting things done that I havent been able to get to for months, and sometimes for years. This is actually because of what CBD has done for me. The second reason is that I wanted to have enough time and data before I wrote anything.

First some background/context. I have full body idiopathic small fiber neuropathy, but thats just a formal diagnosis. In addition to this, with all the sensory and autonomic issues, I clearly also have large fiber involvement, since I have tremors or shaking and muscle weakness. Multiple attempts to pick up on the large fiber involvement has failed, but all of them were about 3-4 years ago, and my neuropathy has definitely progressed since then. My disease has progressed overall but at a moderate pace.

To give you some idea about what life is like for me on a day to day basis, Ill list some things. Sometimes I drop things, sometimes I feel some burning, sometimes I have heart palpitations and difficulty catching my breath, and then there is the skin damage, muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, and much more. The worst symptom to me is my constant tremors or shaking or vibration, however you want to phrase it. It happens throughout my whole body and it gets worse when my body is stressed, so when Im tired, angry, hungry, and so on. There are other symptoms, but I dont want to go on and on.

In addition to the nerve related issues, I have been depressed and anxious for years, even before my diagnoses, but likely concurrent with when the disease started without me knowing it had started. My life has gone nowhere for years even though Im in my 30s and in the prime of my life. I have felt no desire or motivation for anything, but instead Ive been living day by day. This is partly because I have no energy, but also because I was severely depressed. As many of you know, this is a common symptom of chronic conditions, especially ones that are left undiagnosed and degenerative.

I write all this by way of background/context, so that it becomes clear what CBD has done for me. Over the years Ive taken every supplement under the sun. Now let me get to the point. About 3 months ago, I began taking CBD derived from hemp. I had smoked marijuana for years, but only recreationally and sometimes as a sedative for sleep. But as my anxiety and depression worsened with my disease, THC caused me more problems than it did good. I also knew my fair share about CBD and other cannabinoids. But I had never thought to take CBD in its pure form or that it was available in this form, and shamefully I didnt know that many (though by no means all) of the medicinal benefits of cannabis were from CBD and crucially and embarrassingly that it was not psychotropic, that it didnt get you high but quite the opposite.

The impact on my health was immediate. The depression and anxiety lifted, my energy and motivation noticeably increased, and I felt positive about life for the first time in years. My pain significantly reduced, there were no blood pressure issues or heart palpitations, and a number of my other symptoms disappeared entirely. This includes my worst symptom, the shaking/tremors, which shouldnt be surprising given how effectively CBD works for epileptics. My sleep, focus and memory all dramatically improved. The stiffness and horrible aching pain in my joints and the numbness in my feet and hands lessened, which is likely partly because CBD is a vasodilator. Actually, when Im on it, my joint pain disappears entirely.

I had read about all these things, having read all the animal and human studies I could find, which are thin to be sure given the idiotic, politically driven and unscientific prohibition of Cannabis throughout the world but especially in the states, where so much of the research funding originates. But I didnt believe it could be such a panacea! Who could? But it turned out its all true.

A few months in and its clear that CBD is a game changer for me. Sometimes I notice how effective it is when Im not on it, when I miss a dose because Im out or cant get to it. I start shaking, my temperature starts changing, my hands and feet hurt and feel stiff and numb. The tingling and sharp needle like pain returns. I start to shake and to feel joint pain again. I could go on and on.

Ive since also met about a dozen neuropathy sufferers in person and online who have seen similar results, some even better than mine. Two people have seen an almost complete reversal of their neuropathy over 2-3 years of daily use. Others have at least seen their symptoms lessen and their quality of life improve. Its too early to tell for me, but at this early stage Im at least in the latter camp. I wish I had started earlier, I wish I had known about CBD in this pure form before. But Im grateful I am using it now. Im thinking long term, since nothing changes overnight. The best results Ive seen are from people who have used it for many months and years and who have been patient. One person I spoke to felt nothing for an entire 2 months until she started to feel the benefits. Most people feel it immediately once they have figured out the right dose for them.

You can get hemp derived CBD in many countries in the world, certainly in the states, Canada, and most European countries. The legality of it is unclear in many places, but its sold and shipped to every corner of the USA, Canada, and again most of Europe. In some of these places its also entirely legal. Its not like marijuana in that hemp has a legal amount of THC so to speak. That is, what qualifies as hemp are cannabis plants that have less than .3% THC, and often less than .2 or even .1 percent THC. Some of the best companies for quality CBD are in the states, so Americans have it good. Canada, where I am, is more complicated, and Ive had to work hard to find a quality affordable product that is effective. I dont know Europe as well, but Im happy to help with suggestions where I think I can help. Any Canadians out there who need help, should send me a message. Things are more complicated in Canada but we have a few options including legal ones.

Here are a few important facts for those considering CBD:

1. There are two main kinds of CBD, full spectrum and isolate. Full spectrum is about 90 or so percent CBD and 10 percent or so other phytochemicals, so other cannabinoids and terpenes, including trace amounts of THC (not nearly enough to have any psychotropic effect even if you consume massive amounts). A few preliminary studies seem to show that full spectrum is more effective in various ways, because of the so called entourage effect arising from the other phytochemicals. For example, CBN, CBC, CBG and even THC have all been shown in preliminary research to have immense medicinal benefits of their own, not to mention some of the terpenes and their medicinal properties. However, Im one of the few who tolerates CBD isolate much better. In fact, for whatever reason, two thirds of the neuropathy sufferers Ive spoken to have all had the same experience and so use isolate. My suggestion would be to try both. Also, its important to know that every full spectrum product from a specific plant/farm is like a unique strain or combination of phytochemicals, so if you cant tolerate one full spectrum oil, it doesnt mean you cant tolerate them all. Ive actually found one full spectrum product that I like at times. But I still use isolate 90% of the time.

2. Dosing is complicated and specific to each person. CBD can have a biphasic effect. Low doses work as stimulants and high doses can lead to drowsiness and a good nights sleep. I take lower doses in the morning and afternoon when I need to be energized and focused on my work, and higher doses in the evening when I need to relax and wind down for bedtime. What constitutes a low dose and what a high dose will be specific to each person. There are a number of factors, such as weight and what youre treating. This is very important. Depending on your condition, you may require higher doses, so pain requires higher doses, whereas relief from anxiety requires much lower. These general principles are for the most part true across the board, but you will still have to experiment and figure out your own high and low doses on your own.

3. CBD is unregulated in most places including in Canada and the states. I can recommend CBD companies (all online) that are excellent, and there are a number of them, so feel free to ask me. But as a general rule, what you want and what makes the companies I use good, is transparency. You want third-party testing for as many markers are possible. Testing for potency, residual solvents and heavy metals are ideal. Some places have these and also testing for pesticides and microbes. This is rare because its expensive to do. But at a minimum you want testing for potency (and for residual solvents for CBD isolate at least). There are lots of places selling dangerous and often synthetic things so be careful. You dont want to be consuming chemicals and you dont have to if you attend to what matters and make sure the company is properly vetted. There are also lots of places that have terrible markups. CBD is not that expensive, so you dont need to pay high prices for a quality product.

There is so much more to say, so below are some articles you can read. These are the ones that make the rounds on CBD forums, and they will have links to a few studies. One of them is a survey of side effects. So I also include something on the side effects, which are minimal. Even at very high doses CBD is very well tolerated by humans and animals. The few side effects are almost always reported at very high doses, often thousands of mg per day, and in a small minority.

What Are The Medical Benefits of CBD? - Leaf Science
Why Doesn't CBD Do Anything For Me? | POPSUGAR Fitness
Does CBD Make You Sleepy or More Alert? - Leaf Science
An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies
What Are The Side Effects of CBD? - Leaf Science

I dont want to give anyone false hope. Lord knows I experienced my fair share of false hope over the last few years. I had given up and had zero expectation when I tried CBD. And so the story goes. I very much hope that CBD can help some of you out there as it has helped me so much. Just know that you have to give it a real chance and experiment with different forms, brands and doses. I use a tincture and a topical (for neuropathic itch and muscle/joint pain), but you can also vape or ingest it. You have options. The tincture works the best for most, because its safe and gets into your blood stream immediately. In the end, all you need is time and patience to experiment and see what works for you. The first product or two (or even three) may not be effective for you, but then you may find one that changes everything. I had to try a few before I found what worked for me.

Good luck!
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:27 PM   #116
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Hey Beatle,

Try Lazarus Naturals- Lazarus Naturals | Consciously Crafted CBD
I have been using the 3000mg - 50MG/ML

I have been able to completely eliminate the 100mg of Imipramine I have been taking! I still use the other, but only on bad days or for fun now...

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Hey Nervous1,

Glad to hear it! Lazarus is good and I'm not surprised it's helping. Being able to eliminate undesirable meds is always wonderful.

For psoriasis, CBD can be very helpful, as well as for other skin conditions. There are studies on this if you check PubMed. In additional to oral usage, topical usage has been shown to help too. There's also a great vitamin D3 cream from NOW that helps with this. I have two friends who swear by it, and it's what I use myself for my poor, suffering skin.
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