Ten years ago, Richard Holt was on a back-packing trip and tried exiting his bunk bed, but instead of turning left and climbing down the ladder, he turned right and fell straight out of the window. 24 feet later, he landed on his feet on concrete. His left heel was crushed, and his right tibia and fibula detached form their couplings upon shattering.
Over the next few weeks, operations occurred involving plates, screws, and agony. About eight months ago, he started taking CBD oil under his tongue when the pain becomes difficult to ignore, according to this article.
Because CBD doesn’t contain any THC, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects and became legal in the UK where Richard resides. Not only is it legal, but the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHPR) approved its use as an actual and effective medicine. CBD influences the release and uptake of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.
“There has been some early scientific evidence that CBD can help with inflammation,” says Dr Henry Fisher, of drug policy thinktank Volteface. “There is also a lot of anecdotal evidence that it helps people who do contact sports, because of the tendency to get inflamed joints. Taking other anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen on a long-term basis – as many sportspeople do – is not a good idea because of potential damage to your liver. With CBD, there is no evidence of any long-term negative impact, and no likelihood of addiction. And, of course, there are no known cases of anybody overdosing on CBD.”
Richard was initially taking Oxycontin, and recalls how much it helped initially. However, after some time, he started waking up feeling crushed and groggy. So he stopped – which led to horrible withdrawals. He claims the withdrawals were far worse than the pain experienced from the injury itself.
Richard turned to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as “therapy”. It helped him to focus on something other than the pain and remain in good shape. The men he trained with were the first to tell him about CBD. He says, “Everyone that uses it tells a similar story: they sleep better and feel less pain. While there are ongoing trials for CBD as a treatment for everything from multiple sclerosis to Parkinson’s disease, all I know is that for me it can make the difference being sitting on the sofa and being able to go training. I can now lift and carry my children without wincing.”
He admits that CBD does not completely alleviate the pain, but he is ok with that. He insists that a little bit of pain is necessary to remind him that peril is just around the corner, at which point he can slow down with his workouts.
There is even research to back up the claims of people using CBD for pain. This article explains, and links to two different studies explaining how CBD has helped those struggling with pain, including Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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