I have always been very narrow minded when it comes to doing things outside of my comfort zone. Typically, if I am not ok with it then it’s a “no” from me…no room for argument or possibility. When I first started hearing rumors a few years ago that people were using CBD oil to control pain or help with sleep, I was super judge-y. Like, seriously…that stuff is weed, dude. We grew up saying “NO!” to drugs and, in case you weren’t aware, marijuana is one of those. So, clearly, my mind was made up.
Fast forward to the past year…
My husband spent 10 years in the military, where he had multiple deployments, training exercises, and airborne jumps from actual airplanes. For many years, he has dealt with pain from injuries that resulted from his military career. The Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital has given him many types of medicines for pain management, but he does not like to use medications for pain unless it is absolutely necessary. And even then, the man will push through it, which I highly admire. He has cysts and tendinosis along his knee caps, disc space/height loss between many of his cervical vertebra, multilevel degenerative disc disease, mild multilevel facet arthropathy, osteophytic spurring, along with injuries to his shoulder as well as plantar fasciitis….the list goes on to the point where some days, I am really not sure how he comes home from work and still wrestles with our kids without falling apart.
In the last six to eight months, it seems the pain has worsened and he’s gone through multiple scanning and testing to see what would be best for him in terms of pain management or perhaps, surgery, at some point but none of it will be a 100% fix. And there’s no guarantee it will even help long-term. So, we have been icing and heating and stretching and he even stopped working out for a bit (the one thing he really enjoys as a hobby for himself) just to ease the pain. Unfortunately, this caused him to put on a little weight which began causing depression because my husband is a total health nut (I know, *eye roll*). This just wouldn’t do, so we started researching other methods of pain management. Cue the intro to CBD oil.
You can isolate it?
Since the legalization of Cannabidiol oil (CBD), many shops have been popping up all around our city so many people we knew had begun to get curious and try the stuff. I finally gave in and stopped being such a jerk about the CBD oil because I was hearing more and more about how it wasn’t an illegal drug, so we did our research.
In our minds, the big issue with my husband using CBD is that, if not isolated, there could be traces of THC because these products are allowed a 0.3% variance. Studies have shown that with the 0.3% variance (a 0.3% chance of the product containing THC) one could fail a drug test. Like my husband, that could cost many people their jobs so my judge-y nature reared its ugly head and he felt the same way (for once) as I did. But, guess what…CBD can be broken down into two categories: Full Spectrum and CBD Isolate. The CBD isolate is extracted from the marijuana plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids which makes it purified, guaranteed 0% THC…no variance.
Through learning about this method, we were introduced to a CBD oil by a company called Vive Mood. These products come with a certificate of analysis showing that there is 0% THC in every batch that they produce. They can achieve this because they use the hemp part of the plant. What makes me feel even more comfortable with this product is that these tests are completed by a third party facility to ensure that no numbers have been misconstrued.
Vive Mood even has a patent on extracting the CBD isolate that no other company has. They have marketed this idea for consumers that are in government positions, military, and other occupations that get drug tested on a random basis. Currently they have a roll on which is 300mg CBD per oz and a tincture (dropper) that is organic, 1,000mg CBD with Cinnamon Bark Oil.
What it does for you
Studies are showing that CBD oil may
- create calmness for when you have reached your limit (i.e. when people drive you insane in the school drop off line)
- support a healthy immune system
- maintains digestive function
- support occasional sleeplessness
- support healthy energy level
- promote a stable mood
- and the list goes on….
We love our CBD!
…is something I never thought I would say. My husband’s chronic pain is being managed with this stuff. I am still in disbelief. Like, I still try to think of reasons (beside that it actually works) of how his pain is taken away with the use of this oil. I have family members and friends that have used it and their pain has been eased (disclaimer: individual results may vary) but I have yet to hear of someone say it hasn’t worked for them in some way.
I laugh to myself sometimes when I think of how my past self would react to knowing my view on using CBD oil now. It’s a beautiful thing, friends, so do your research and judge for yourself. Don’t let your lack of knowledge cause you to miss out on something that could potentially change your life (or the life of someone you love)!
If you are interested in purchasing CBD oil from Vive Mood, sign up as a customer (yes, it’s free) and start ordering today!