Time for a more proper update. I posted a thread a bit over a week ago about a flare starting up and how I was trying CBD oil for it and it seems CBD oil is something people are interested in so...
First off the flare wasn't/ isn't too bad. I'm aching and feeling a bit naff, but it's manageable aches and isn't in my knees so it's fine.
Now onto the topic at hand- CBD oil.
For some background: I'm using Koi 250mg and basing a "dose" on one dropper full. I have Palindromic Rheumatism and since starting the CBD I've mostly had issues with aches (from meh to around borderline would stop me doing stuff) and a more stabby pain (ditto extent). They come on randomly and last anywhere from a minuet to the whole day. Usually the lesser aches last the day and the worse stuff pops up for a while or hangs around if I'm doing things like walking.
I haven't had a "proper" flare since starting CBD so don't know how that might go yet. I've also been trying the CBD oil for other odd pains like headaches.
It seems to be working well for short term relief. It doesn't seem to last massively long, but nor do my pains so usually it's enough to deal with an episode.
It seems to help make the pains more ignorable rather than get rid of them. I think if I was sat thinking about the pain i'd still feel it, but if I'm doing something I seem to be able to ignore it with the help of CBD.
I can still get new pains with it too, but again they don't seem as bad as I think they would be otherwise.
I've taken it while out and about to try to fight off the general ache of walking or sitting on uncomfy seats. I'll use it if I'm noticing something and then I tend to not notice anything significant again for an hour to a few hours.
Using it for headaches it has about the same effect- don't notice it for a couple of hours (or ever again if I take it before bed then sleep it off).
I had one meal which was in a noisy restaurant with really annoying stool chairs. That took about two to 3 doses to get me through it which I think was down to there being a constant trigger for the pain.
I've recently managed to hurt my leg and it seems to be helping for that too. I was borderline limping, took a dose and managed fine for an hour of moving around, felt it again (worse) after getting home and have now taken another dose which seems to have taken limping with pain to normal walking with a slightly softer pain.
I gave my dad a bit to try cos he seemed to be having migraine-ish issues starting up (headache and some visual issues) and it seems to have nipped that in the bud.
I like having it around cos I can take it for minor stuff which I'd usually weigh up if it was worth taking a painkiller or not. I can use it to generally keep me going and haven't yet considered taking painkillers on top so that seems to be going well.
Haven't tried it for actual walking pains yet (like where I'm trying to keep up with people so my knees are constantly in pain). That's the worst pain I've had so far, but also goes away pretty much as soon as I stop walking anyway. I don't think what I am taking right now would make a significant difference to that sort of pain since it is properly being triggered and is so bad. Kinda glad about that though cos it's a big "stop doing that" from my body which I don't think I should ignore.
Worst issue I've had with taking it is it making my tongue a little sensitive after taking it, but I think that goes away soon and I think it would be fine if I just took it in a drink instead of straight into my mouth. That includes when taking 3-4 doses in as many hours.
So all in all I'm having a good experience. It's not a miracle cure, but it does make a difference and is making me a bit more confident about pushing myself that little bit to spend time out with bf even in the cold. I would say it's worth trying to see how it works if you're willing to spend like £30 on a potential meh product. I think I'll keep on using it- if nothing else it works for headaches as well as paracetamol does. I'll also be keeping on trying it first for any pains I get to see how well it works for different stuff. Currently it seems better for headaches than joint pains.
Given my experiences I wouldn't think it would be a "throw away all your meds and use this instead" kinda thing, but I do think it's worth a try to see how it works for you cos it does at least have some painkilling effects for me and can be taken (as far as I know) with anything as a top off so could be good for that extra relief or for little bits and bobs.
That's about it I think. Any questions?
It would be great to hear other people's experiences or thoughts too.