CBD Oil For Withdrawal Symptoms
CBD (Cannabidiol) is here to stay! More and more people are using CBD for a growing number of conditions or ailments, despite the lack of medical research that would support the healing properties of CBD.
The 'foot dragging' by the FDA created a confusing legal status. Although legal in all 50 states IF the THC content is 0.3% or lower, CBD does not meet the definition of a dietary supplement, says the FDA. In addition, it seems that the agency totally ignores the fact that CBD is widely accepted as a holistic alternative for many health problems (check different uses of CBD).
As the usefulness of CBD in treating a variety of conditions becomes more obvious, it comes as no surprise that recovering opioid addicts are looking to CBD for relieve of their withdrawal symptoms. During our research into this particular subject we met recovering addicts who use CBD oil, and several of them agreed to tell their story.
We soon realized that their life stories are best told in their own words, and kept editing restricted to grammatical errors.
So, what you say? Let's get after it. Here is the first in a series of anecdotal accounts of recovering drug addicts, told in their own words.
CBD Oil For Withdrawal Symptoms - Maurice K.
"My name is Maurice, and I am a drug addict". I must have mumbled this words over 5,000 times over the past 3 1/2 years. That's how long it is since I got high for the last time. And I know that I will say these words 'til the day I die.
"Why?" you ask? Because I am gonna be a recovering addict for the rest of my life. There is 'no ex-addict', or 'former druggy'. Wanna know WHY that is? Because there is this little devil who is inside me, and will be there always, no matter how hard I try to get rid of him. And if I am not careful, or if I let my guard down, he's gonna take me right back to the well full of drugs.
But let me start at the beginning...
How I Became A Drug Addict
Getting hooked is easy and I was not looking for it, believe me. Curiosity, stupidity and a little nudge by someone I called a friend was enough to change my life drastically. You see, I was a 'functioning drunk', meaning that I could drink a lot of hard liquor, but, unlike most people, didn't really get drunk.
In addition, I snorted coke; that's cocaine to be precise. You don't get high from snorting a line or two, but it amplifies your stamina, prolongs the time you can stay awake, and most importantly, coke keeps you going.
Coke was 'IN', and not only among rock'n roll musicians. You would be surprised how many well known computer geeks were snorting coke in the 80s' and 90s' while inventing machines and processes which made possible the Internet.
However, most of the snorters didn't go down the drain. Eventually, they simply quit, sobered up, shook loose of their bad habit and live happily ever after.
Unfortunately, I wasn't one of them. For reasons I never could figure out, I tried HEROIN! And that was the 'end of good old Maurice'. The first high was exactly how I envisioned heaven to be, beautiful beyond describable.
Everything that happened AFTER the first high, happened in pursuit of that wonderful feeling that NEVER came back.
To Hell And Back
The chase after the first and beautiful high brings a lot of sensations, none of which are pleasant. I suffered through all of them, believe you me.
And not only once, but thousands of times. You know, once you hit the skid, the ability of logic thinking has left long ago.
The transformation from a thinking human being into a full blown junkie doesn't happen over night, but takes place gradually and at slow pace
- Slowed breathing
- Dry mouth
- Flushed Skin
- Constricted Pupils
- Nausea & vomiting
- Itchiness & scratching
- Memory loss & blackouts
I was able to hide what was happening for a few months. For example, I didn't miss a day of work, not one of my coworkers noticed anything. Come Friday evening, I didn't go home after work, but made a stop at my dealer's place. Didn't even eat dinner before I stuck the needle in my arm and sank into this dark cloud of nothingness, to come up only to take another shot, then two more on Saturday. Sunday I sobered up, ate something, showered and got myself presentable again for a week of work.
I told myself for a few months that I can do that, go to work, function and be a happy 'weekend junkie'. Of course, I fooled myself. It didn't take too lang for the inevitable to happen.
I missed work on a Monday, then called in sick again just 2 weeks later, on a Monday again. Then I was a no show on a Friday, and before I even realized it, I had used up all of the 10 sick days allowed for the year.
I am sure you can guess how this continued. By the time I had used up all of my vacation days, my performance at work took a big hit. So big, I got fired.
That didn't shake me up, or out of it. What happened over the next 4 months is a 'big blur' ... and here is what happened:
- I got my fiancee' hooked on smack, one of the street names for Heroin, and we shut up every single day
- Once my savings were gone, I sold my car after everything else went to the pawn shop. A cabby gave me a $60 deal on a round trip from home to my dealer and back, with a quick stop at a 'port-a-potty' where I fixed my first shot for the day
- He also gave me rides on credit when I didn't have the cash until I got my monthly check from the tribe (I am Native American and get over $1,200 per month)
- One day in month 4 we got some bad stuff and my fiancee didn't make it out of her high
- I should have died also, but the cabby was on time, found us and saved my sorry behind
- And I went to hell and back and am sober for over 1 year.
Staying Sober Hurts
Everything comes at a price, it seems, and the physical pain to stay sober is bad. Of course, its all in the brain, as they say. Physically I am good now. I gained the weight back I had lost and working out 3 times a week put me in great shape. And still, my body hurts, real bad at times.
Yea, that's the brain playing tricks, trying to get you back into using again. Since this gray mass controls everything, it just decides to make your heart hurt, makes you think you have a heart attack. Or it gives you an anxiety attack, just minutes before your job interview is set to begin. You start to ache all over, sweat is forming on your forehead and your hands feel like a wet face cloth.
Or you wake up from a deep sleep, soaking wet from sweat, shivering and shaking like you have been locked up in a walking freezer.
All this is happening to get you back into using, you know that it's your brain playing tricks, but it is not easy to not give in. This too will be with me for the rest of my life.
How I Found Relief From Withdrawal Pain
Guess what? There is something that can help making the withdrawal symptoms bearable.
Recovery is an ongoing journey, and to be successful you have to adopt a Abstinence Mentality.
That means ONE thing:
Anything that looks just a little like a drug, YOU DO NOT TAKE IT. Period!
This goes to the extreme that you check with your sponsor (at your recovery group) whenever your doctor changes a prescription of yours.
Therefore, I was totally surprised and taken aback when MY SPONSOR introduced me to CBD Oil as a medium to deal with my withdrawal symptoms.
However, my sponsor also laid out some important key facts about CBD
CBD Key Facts
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of the 400 compounds found in a cannabis plant' The key facts to know are:
- CBD derived from Hemp is NOT psychoactive and will not get you high. The THC content in Full Spectrum CBD is less than 0.3% and 100% legal in all 50 states.
- CBD is NOT mind altering
- You do not need a prescription
- CBD has proven anti seizure properties
- CBD Advocates claim medicinal and therapeutic effects, such as relieving chronic pain, anti-inflammatory effects, promoting relaxation, and reduced anxiety
My Experience With CBD Oil
Having learnt about these CBD facts, I still had these fears that taking something related to pot might trigger a relapse. However, contacting some support groups on Facebook and hearing firsthand reports from former addicts, I decided to give it a try.
I started taking CBD about 4 month ago, again trusting the advice from recovering addicts. It took a little bit of experimenting as far as the brand of CBD was concerned, and also to figure out the correct dosage.
I settled on Savage Full Spectrum CBD Tincture 2,000 mg, lemon-lime flavored, and it took about 1 week before I could see results. The number of anxiety attacks reduced from 6 or 8 per day to 1 or 2, and it took me out of the deep depression I was in since the day my fiancee died.
The CBD did wonders on my physical condition...appetite for real food came back, I gained some much needed weight and started to take care of my appearance again. Extra energy allows me to slowly do some work-out exercises, and walking doesn't feel like wading in hip high water any longer.
Overall, I feel like a human being again. Since taking CBD I want to do things again, find a real job and prove, not only to myself, but to the world that I am ME once more!
I want to shout out to all recovering addicts "CBD for opiate withdrawal"
The CBD Oil Chronicle staff thanks Maurice for sharing his experience with us and our readers. Let us add that Maurice has been sober now for 1 year and that CBD has become an important part of his healing process.
CBD And Opiate Research
It is a well known fact that CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system is beneficial for many functions of the human body, including those with opioid dependency.
Unfortunately, scientific studies are far and between, but a May 2019 study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry show CBD may be beneficial in helping with withdrawal symptoms and that the immediate effects were significant in reducing these symptoms.
This suggests strongly that CBD has the potential to help recovering addicts by improving their quality of life during their sobriety, simply by reducing withdrawal symptoms.
How To Use CBD Products
First of, CBD comes in different forms:
- Oil - Tincture
- Edibles (Gummies)
- Cremes, Lotions & Salves
Personally, I cannot recommend 'vaping', although the effect is almost immediately. However, despite the fact that vaping is NOT smoking, it still requires to 'suck something into your lungs' and I just don't think that it is harmless even there is no nicotine involved.
I recommend you choose CBD Oil which is taken sublingual, meaning to put it under your tongue and hold it for at least 30 seconds before swallowing. That way, the CBD is infused directly into the blood stream.
One serving out of the 'dropper' is usually 25 mg of CBD. It takes some experimenting to find the correct dosage, but start out by taking 1 serving. You should feel some effect within 20 minutes or so. Take notes how you feel, how long one serving lasts and so on until you figured out what's best for you.
We heard from Malcolm and how CBD helps him in his ongoing struggle with addiction and withdrawal symptoms. If you have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to leave word in the box below. We promise to get back with you within 24 hours or less.
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