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Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen Offers Smooth, Citrus-Flavored Natural Relief

Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen provides all-natural CBD oil in a gentle, tasty vape that is simple to operate and pleasant to use. This rechargeable vape from Joy Organics works…

Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen provides all-natural CBD oil in a gentle, tasty vape that is simple to operate and pleasant to use.

This rechargeable vape from Joy Organics works through simple inhalation with no need to press buttons or turn on or off, which makes for a more intuitive process than many other rechargeable pens. We enjoyed the mild citrus flavor and smoothness of this vape and were impressed by its elegant design.

Photo: A brunette woman in an orange sweater and long pearl necklace holds an elegant Joy Organics CBD vape pen in one hand.

We were impressed by the elegant design, ease of use, and delicious citrus flavor of Joy Organics CBD vape pen. Most of all, we enjoyed its potent, relaxing effects.

Joy Organics paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on to learn more about Joy Organics and their delicious CBD vape.

A CONVENIENT, TASTY, HIGHLY BIOAVAILABLE VAPE

The advantage to vaping over other methods of CBD oil delivery is that the user should feel a response to the oil within a minute or two, so dosing can be very straightforward. You know if you’ve had enough to relax, feel better, or sleep deeper quite quickly. That said, if you are new to vaping, it might be a good idea to inhale a small amount at first and only hold it in the lungs for 10-15 seconds, as suggested on the box.

Even if you are accustomed to vaping, keep in mind that Joy Organics uses a distillation process that transforms their oil into nano-sized emulsions. Their CBD is more bioavailable than many other oils. This means that each inhalation goes far. We experienced relaxing effects using half the amount our reviewer generally requires.

Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen comes with everything you need to get started. The box includes a battery and a cartridge containing 450ml of CBD. We almost missed the USB charger, tucked away under the white insert in the vape’s box. This vape uses standard 510 threading, so it is compatible with your existing equipment. You can also buy just Joy Organics CBD Vape Cartridge as a refill or use it with your existing batteries.

The Joy Organics rechargeable vape pen requires no button to press and works with a simple inhalation, similar to an e-cigarette. The vape is smooth, with absolutely no harshness, and the taste is decidedly grown-up: a faint citrus flavor with hints of vanilla.

JOY ORGANICS OFFERS ORGANIC CBD OIL FROM A RESPONSIBLE COMPANY

Joy Organics makes their CBD from industrial hemp then further processes it remove any trace of THC. Their CBD is broad spectrum and organic, using only hemp grown in the United States. All products are shipped free, and Joy Organics offers a 30-day 100% money back guarantee if you don’t find that the products work for you.

Joy Organics is a family-owned company with a commitment to giving back. They give a portion of sales to nonprofits, and offer products from charitable organizations at their retail locations.

Joy Organics also posts some of the most detailed third-party lab results we’ve seen. Both internal and third-party tests verify that each lot contains the right amount of CBD oil as well as passes pesticide tests. The third-party certificates even include a QR code customers can scan to verify the authenticity of the report.

Joy Organics offers their products online as well as at three retail locations in Fort Collins, CO, Austin, TX, and Deer Park, IL.

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  • Highlights: Joy Organics CBD Vape Pen provides smooth, pleasant vaping delivery of pharmaceutical-grade CBD oil in one convenient, elegant package.
  • Strength: 450mg of broad-spectrum CBD oil per cartridge.
  • Price: $99.95 for a vape pen + cartridge; $79.95 for replacement cartridge only.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: 30-day money-back guarantee on all products. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Feel: This vape oil and pen provides a mellow, gentle vape with a mild citrus flavor and no harshness. The effects were more relaxing than some other CBD we’ve tried.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Broad-spectrum Hemp extract in Organic MCT Coconut Oil, plus Added Terpenes from Fruits and Plants.
  • Other: This brand offers a generous 30-day money back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

Joy Organics makes their products from organic hemp grown in the USA. Joy Organics is one of our Top CBD Brands. They also offer tinctures, softgels, salves, pet products, and beauty products.

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Holmes Organics CBD Oil Tincture Is A Pleasantly Relaxing Experience

Holmes Organics CBD Oil relaxed our reviewer and promoted restful sleep by combining potent cannabidiol with delicious, lightly sweet peppermint flavor. Their website also offers great information on uses for hemp and CBD.

Holmes Organics CBD Oil Tinctures provides broad-spectrum, completely THC-free CBD with a delightful taste.

Their Tranquil Peppermint CBD oil provides its dose in an easy-to-take light oil that, for peppermint connoisseurs, delivers a true peppermint flavor: bright, smooth, and with a very gentle peppery bite, gently softened with natural stevia sweetener. Those who do not particularly enjoy the earthy taste often associated with CBD oil will be pleasantly surprised by the light, fresh quality of the taste. And those who do not like overly-sweetened oils will also be pleased with the light hand Holmes Organics uses with the stevia.

Think “peppermint tea,” not “mint gum.”

Those who do enjoy the natural earthy flavor of CBD oil are in luck: Holmes Organics also offers a Natural flavor.

While Holmes Organics does not suggest any specific dosages, our reviewer noticed definite relaxation and sleep-promoting effects with a dosage of about two dropperfuls (30 mg). Everyone’s chemistry and experience with CBD oil is different, however — so it’s always a good idea to start small and work your way up if you desire a stronger effect. Two flavors and three different strengths of oil to meet your specific needs.

A woman using a laptop drops Holmes Organics CBD Tincture

Holmes Organics CBD Oil Tincture left us relaxed and promoted restful sleep, while delighting our tastebuds with its lightly sweet mint flavor.

Holmes Organics paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Keep reading for our full review of Holmes Organics CBD Oil.

HOLMES ORGANICS PROVIDES THC-FREE AMERICAN-GROWN CBD OIL

Holmes Organics is a minority-owned company offers that rare combination: broad-spectrum THC free CBD oil. It’s made from a specialty strain of hemp bred to be high in CBD.

As a black business owner, founder Cory Holmes believes producing completely THC-free CBD oil is vital for his and other marginalized communities.

“The challenge,” as a company’s recent blog post on the topic explains, “is that adoption of both medical marijuana and CBD supplements is lower than in white communities, as illegal drug and substance abuse is a stereotype minority communities work hard to overcome, so there must be more education regarding the difference between no-THC supplements and THC products.”

Holmes understands this reality only too well, and started Holmes Organics when he discovered the benefits of CBD oil on his own when researching ways to combat his own stress and trauma from dealing with the legacy of racism and violence in his own neighborhood, as well as head trauma from college football injuries.

In addition to offering products with high-quality THC-free CBD oil, Holmes Organics has a particularly robust hemp-based wellness blog full of timely information, recipes, and focused articles on mental health and sexual health. Many pieces devote time to focusing on information especially helpful to those from marginalized communities.

Holmes Organics offers two types of lab results, both internal and backed up by a third-party.

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  • Highlights: Holmes Organics CBD Oil is an organic, broad-spectrum oil with all natural beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids and flavonoids contained in hemp preserved.
  • Strength: 16.67 mg of organic full-spectrum CBD oil per dropperful, 30 servings per bottle.
  • Price: $69.95 ($44.95 current sale price) for 500 mg.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, helpful customer service. Free shipping within the US.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: This oil-based tincture has a light mouthfeel and a pleasant, true-peppermint flavor that is not too sweet. It is also available in Natural flavor.
  • Ingredients: Organically-grown full-spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil, hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, peppermint oil, and stevia.

Holmes Organics makes their products from organic hemp grown in Colorado. They also make CBD dog treats, along with salve, softgels and even CBD bath bombs. They also plan on releasing skincare and hair care products infused with their CBD oil soon. Holmes Organics also offers an unlimited 15 percent discount on all products for veterans.

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Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies Deliver Delicious Relief With A Laugh

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke. Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously.

Do you know what the Sunday Scaries are?

According to the makers of Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies, it’s that feeling a person gets Sunday evening after a weekend of perhaps too much fun as they face the economic and physical realities of a sober, frugal Monday morning.

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke.

Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously. As the name suggests, these gummies are 100 percent vegan, but even non-vegans will enjoy these gummies. They have a soft texture that gives gently and does not stick to the teeth. The sweetness of citrus or cherry flavor is cut nicely with a tart zip. Just the tiniest hint of earthiness and mineral taste from the full spectrum CBD oil and vitamins remains, adding to the taste.

A person in dark clothes with bright yellow nail polish pours Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies into the palm of their hand.

Despite their humorous branding, Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD gummies are a quality CBD product that offered noticeable relief to symptoms of anxiety in our reviewer.

Sunday Scaries paid us a fee and offered us free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

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SUNDAY SCARIES VEGAN AF CBD GUMMIES FORMULATED FOR ANXIETY RELIEF

Sunday Scaries obviously doesn’t take its branding too seriously. We loved the amusing product names, the hilarious list of causes of the Sunday Scaries (including “Did you rage too hard?”) and their tagline: “Make Life a Little More Chill,”

But Sunday Scaries takes their product very seriously.

Their CBD oil is full spectrum and organic. Free shipping and discounts for people who buy via “subscription” make Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies more affordable. They make a very targeted product line: just CBD tinctures and gummies formulated for anxiety. Sunday Scaries prominently posts their up-to-date third-party lab results verifying the cannabinoid content and quality. This is a must-have to ensure that the CBD oil you use is indeed CBD.

This company’s hemp extract products are specifically designed to tackle anxiety. Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies combine full-spectrum CBD oil with vitamins B12 and D3. Some research links a deficiency of these vitamins to depression and anxiety. While the jury is still out, the the National Institutes of Health called for more studies on the possible links between Vitamin B12Vitamin D and anxiety.

Of course, you can take Sunday Scaries on any day, whenever needed. Anxiety does not restrict itself to any day or hour. The recommended dosage for Sunday Scaries Vegan AF 10mg gummies is 2-3 as needed, but those new to CBD gummies should start small. Every person’s response to CBD oil varies, both based on their personal chemistry and due to differing delivery methods. Sunday Scaries uses nano CBD oil, meaning the extremely small droplets of oil are said to increase the body’s ability to absorb CBD.

We found that Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies offered a noticeable anti-anxiety effect that aided in sleep when our reviewer used the suggested dosage.

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  • Highlights: Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies are sugar coated, soft, and tasty — and include Vitamins B12 and D.
  • Strength: 10mg of full-spectrum CBD oil with 400 IU Vitamin of D3, 44 mcg of Vitamin B12 per gummy, 20 gummies per bottle.
  • Price: $44.95
  • Special: Use coupon code ministry for 10% off your order.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast (and funny!) customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These vegan CBD gummies are pleasantly soft, with deliciously tangy citrus fruit flavors that aren’t too sweet or too tangy.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Vitamins D & B12 with Organic Sugar, Corn syrup, Modified Food starch, Marice acid, Citric acid, Natural and Artificial flavors, Natural and Artificial colors.
  • Other: Sunday Scaries offers a generous refund policy for unsatisfied customers.

Sunday Scaries makes their products from organic hemp grown in the U.S. They also make also make non-vegan CBD gummy bears and 100 percent vegan CBD tinctures.

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How To Research CBD Oil: Discovering CBD After An Injury

When Haddayr Copley-Woods injured herself cycling, she started to research whether CBD could relieve her pain. It did, but she also discovered that vaping CBD offers almost miraculous relief to her anxiety, too.

Editor’s Note: In the second part of our series of first-person accounts about CBD oil, author Haddayr Copley-Woods explains how she learned to research CBD oil. In the previous installment, Annalise Mabe told us about using CBD for Crohn’s disease. -KO

“You’ve turned into a filthy hippy,” my son told me as I drove him to school yesterday morning. “You think weed cures everything.”

“I don’t think it cures everything,” I said.

“And,” I added with the enormous dignity appropriate to my age and station in life (48, crippled, insane, living paycheck-to-paycheck), “I’m too young to be a hippy. Also, it’s not weed. It’s hemp.”

“It’s the same plant,” he said with obnoxious adolescent assurance.

“No, it isn’t,” I said.

“It’s a different strain, but the same plant,” he said, rolling his eyes. Moms don’t know anything.

“No, it isn’t — infinity plus one,” I said.

A woman types on a laptop on a desk with books and notepads nearby. After an injury left her hurting, Haddayr Copley-Woods needed to research CBD in order to discover how it could help her chronic pain and anxiety.

When Haddayr Copley-Woods injured herself cycling, she began to research CBD in order to understand how it could help her chronic pain and anxiety.

“Okay,” he said, getting out of the car, “but there is no such thing as infinity plus one. And maybe look it up. Ya damned hippy.”

HOW TO RESEARCH CBD WHEN YOU DON’T LIKE MARIJUANA

So that’s how I wound up writing YOU WERE RIGHT I WAS WRONG on the Facebook page he only keeps to humor me a few days later.

Same species: “cannabis sativa,” different strain.

Because I’m now using CBD oil regularly, it was SO important to me that it not be the same. Because, you see, my mom was actually a hippy. And years ago, when a traitorous sister told her that I’d tried pot, she called me on the pay phone at my college dorm, weeping with joy. “You know,” she said. “Now you understand.”

“I was stoned,” I said. “I understand that I was stoned.”

And I hung up on her.

See, my mom likes to feel altered. While pot is what she thought made me Deep and understand the Mysteries of the Universe, she mainly prefers alcohol.

Related: I have complex PTSD from a rough childhood. And I HATE feeling out of control in any way. When your childhood feels like one big mess you’re endlessly failing to clean up, and the adults are so out of control that you feel that you have to create order yourself (but you have no skills to do it), when you experience gaslighting so thorough that you can’t even trust your own instincts or memories — you sometimes become a control freak.

Well, I did, at any rate.

The feeling I got the first time I tried pot: that I couldn’t control the hysterical laughter, like I couldn’t trust my eyes or my thoughts or my sensations — it was far too familiar of a feeling.

I don’t want to feel that way ever again.

Not a hippy. Not by a long shot.

WHY I NEEDED CBD: HOW I GOT MYSELF INTO THIS

The accident happened so slowly that I was able to think: “I’ll bet this is going to be fun to watch,” before I fell.

A bicycle with basket, bell, and flower-print decorations leans against a wall. A cycling accident left Haddayr Copley-Woods hurting, and started her on a journey towards discovering CBD oil's benefits.

A cycling accident left Haddayr Copley-Woods hurting, and started her on a journey towards discovering CBD oil’s benefits.

I was biking illegally on US Bank Plaza in downtown Minneapolis, like you do, looking around for an address which wound up being (duh) the US Bank Building. I was biking so slowly I could barely stay upright, keeping my eyes peeled for pedestrians and craning my neck at addresses, which is why I missed the very short yet very solid concrete driving barrier directly in front of me.

“Huh,” I thought. “I’m going to crash. Maybe I should put down my foot or brake or something.”

Instead, I hit the barrier with a delicate bump that could hardly be called a crash and then verrrrryyyyy   slooooooooow w w w w lyyyyy fell to the ground, twisting so that I fell on my back.

I lay there for a while, contemplating my folly and looking up at the beautiful blue sky with perfect puffy cartoon clouds framed by skyscrapers.

“Wow,” I said aloud. “Wow. Even for me, that was impressive. Wow wow wow.”

Very soon, a small group of people surrounded me, asking if I were all right.

“If you have some liniment.” I quoted from the classic science fiction novel “A Wrinkle in Time” as I scrambled out from under the bicycle and onto my feet, then continued, “I’ll put it on my dignity. I think it’s sprained.”

I have this quote well in-hand not only because I am a giant nerd but also because I fall down in public a LOT. In addition to PTSD, I have a mobility disorder, and I love to bike, and I apparently make bad decisions.

“Well,” said a man whose outstretched hand I’d declined as I rose, “It was a very graceful fall!”

See? I told you. Fun to watch.

HOW LINGERING PAIN LEAD ME TO RESEARCH CBD

I could tell I had a very minor concussion (my Very Storied Past has made me a connoisseur of concussions) based on the sort of pixelated overly-bright world around me. My butt hurt.

After sitting down on a hard plastic chair for three hours of instruction, I requested a standing desk at work.

After a while, I was rocking and letting out teeny tiny moans much like I had years ago when in the early stages of labor.

So I took some Advil and Tylenol, which are the drugs I used to combat my post-C-section pain sixteen years ago because I hated the experience of Vicodin so much. Anyway, they were enough. I am not macho about this; I just have a very high pain tolerance. Usually, they take care of anything life can throw at me.

This time, they didn’t even make a dent in my pain.

“I’m friends with a lot of potheads, and they love me very much and want to help.”

My doctor, who is excellent, told me to ice it, referred me to physical therapy, and sent me home. (We had already rejected opiates — she knows my background and my need to feel alert at all times. Hypervigilance, they call it.)

So I asked friends for pain control advice.

DANG I’m friends with a lot of potheads, and they love me very much and want to help.

I turned them down for the reasons outlined above, and I was very skeptical when some suggested hemp oil. But after several people suggested CBD oil for my pain and my anxiety, I started to google.

A stethoscope rests near a hemp leaf, some hemp flower buds, and a jar of CBD oil. Although CBD is widely recognized as safe, many medical professionals are still reluctant to recommend it. Patients are often forced to research CBD for themselves.

Although CBD is widely recognized as safe, many medical professionals are still reluctant to recommend it. Patients are often forced to research CBD for themselves.

“Do your research!” Everything I read told me.

So, first I turned to the experts.

WHAT MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY ABOUT CBD OIL

Does CBD oil help anxiety?

Cincinnati-area psychiatrist Andrew Nachum Klafter, MD, HATES pot.

“Marijuana is a terrible drug for your brain,” he says. “Absolutely awful. It saps all your motivation. It’s incredibly addictive. It messes up your brain really badly.”

Except he didn’t say ‘messes.’

While I’m not quoting him as stating a fact (studies are conflicted on this one), I wanted you, Dear Reader, to understand that he hates pot even more than I do.

“It’s figuring out what’s going to work for you. When it comes to ways to helping people feel better, why wouldn’t we want to do that?”

And yet, Klafter feels differently about CBD oil. Some patients tell him that it helps with anxiety. “There aren’t good studies on efficacy,” he says, “but the studies I have seen have convinced me that CBD oil, assuming that’s what they are buying, is probably relatively safe.”

St. Louis Park-based Kathleen Mathews, LICSW, is also concerned about her patient’s safety, and has found online research bewildering.

“That said, I’ve seen enough anecdotal evidence that it’s something that I probably will suggest to some people with sleep issues, PTSD, and anxiety,” says Mathews.

She is quick to say she doesn’t believe it’s a miracle cure.

“I know it doesn’t work for everyone. But (psychiatric) meds don’t work for everybody. It’s figuring out what’s going to work for you. When it comes to ways to helping people feel better, why wouldn’t we want to do that?”

Does CBD Oil help pain?

Since my primary concern at first was pain, I turned to a family practice doc to talk about that.

“I have heard from patients that the use of cannabidiol is somewhat effective for pain relief and anxiety,” says Minneapolis doctor Jared Frandson, MD, “so I have suggested that patients could seek this out as an alternative to medical cannabis from a dispensary … which is very expensive.”

Outside of this specific application, Frandson is not so sure about recommending it to clients. “There are few large randomized trials on cannabidiol and the ones that I’ve seen are relatively small and have mixed results,” he says.

How much CBD Oil should I take?

Because the supplement industry is not regulated by the FDA, Frandson also doesn’t know where to tell his patients to get quality CBD oil or how much they should take — although one interesting study suggests that a middling dose rather than a very high or very low one is best for anxiety.

Why aren’t there large studies on CBD oil?

“I think the larger barrier is the fact that it’s still considered a Schedule I controlled substance,” says Frandson.

Outside of one very narrow and recent exception to this rule, this designation places hemp and CBD in the same category as drugs such as heroin and meth, and puts a near halt to most studies in the U.S. Applying for permission has been extremely cumbersome if not impossible over the past decades.

A gloved scientist with a vial of CBD and a hemp leaf. Scientists are reluctant to research CBD due to legal and regulatory barriers, but that's beginning to change.

Scientists are reluctant to research CBD due to legal and regulatory barriers, but that’s beginning to change.

Part of Frandson and Klafter’s worries are about whether or not their patients are getting actual CBD oil. “I would want to have some reassurance that the product itself is what it says it is and that it is pure,” says Frandson.

MEDICAL EXPERTS ON THE FUTURE OF CBD

Andrew Klafter can see a future for CBD oil-derived pharmaceuticals for anxiety and PTSD.

“I’m confident that sometime in the next ten years we will see FDA-approved medications,” he says.

There are a few reasons for that.

First, the DEA has attempted to smooth its application process for large research institutions seeking to study Schedule I Drugs as of January of this year. Due to the popularity of CBD oil and explosion of the industry, it’s hard to imagine Big Pharma won’t salivate over that market.

Second, the DEA’s exception-to-the-rule approval of a CBD-based medication has opened the door to more companies getting this exception. Knowing that it’s possible to make a profit is going to be enticing.

Third, America is just getting fed up with the illegalization of cannabis. State after state is flouting the federal law, and it seems only a matter of time before the ban is lifted completely.

So if you prefer your medicines to be pharmaceutical, in ten years you just might be in luck.

Here’s the thing, though: I don’t prefer my medicines to be pharmaceutical. While I think there is a time and a place for the Medicine Industrial Complex (namely: emergency care, birth control, antibiotics, and vaccinations), a lot of this distillation and studying and patenting and distributing sounds a lot like barring me from what will help me NOW.

And even Frandson and Klafter, both MDs who are heavily invested in Western Medicine, suggest that people try CBD now, because they are both convinced at the very least that it is safe.

I get acupuncture for tendonitis and depression and I take goldenseal tincture to prevent colds, I use slippery elm bark for sore throats and dandelion root for bloating. I figured all of this stuff out without help from drug companies, and I found I could research CBD oil and safely try it without them, too.

In addition, the pharmaceuticalization of a plant could threaten existing growers and distributors, many of whom prefer to sell the whole plant (I will get into that later). There are reasons people search for healing on their own.

One of those reasons is cost: the oil I wound up buying is around $50-75 a month for what I needed. When this plant is ground down and separated and synthesized and someone puts a patent on it, you can bet your sore butt it will be many, many times that cost.

Yes — all the talk about how impossible it is to know what you’re really getting is intimidating. But it’s not really true.

HOW TO RESEARCH CBD OIL FOR YOURSELF

1. Search for scientific studies online

First, I googled the obvious: “CBD oil and pain studies,” “CBD oil and anxiety studies,” “CBD oil and PTSD studies.”

Particularly when it came to pain, it was impossible for me to separate CBD oil from marijuana, such as in this British study: Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain.

A woman in a cafe studies her smartphone screen. One way to research CBD for yourself is by searching online for studies and articles about using CBD oil to treat your symptoms or conditions.

One way to research CBD for yourself is by searching online for studies and articles about using CBD oil to treat your symptoms or conditions.

Nearly everything else I found was exactly what the MDs had told me: relatively small studies, mainly outside of the US, that were not double-blind or long enough to satisfy my science brain. Still, it was hopeful enough to make me want to try it anyway, because my butt HURT, man.

So I knew I wanted to do this.

2. Learn more about CBD oil

This wonderful article about finding the correct CBD oil helped me to understand the basic bones of the product: Top 5 Ways to Identify High Quality CBD Oil.

I knew I wanted:

  • Oil distilled through pharmaceutical-grade ethanol or supercritical CO2 extraction.
  • Hemp grown in the U.S.
  • THC lower than 0.3 percent
  • Full spectrum (the whole plant)
  • Recent third-party lab results prominently displayed
  • Vaping oil that did not contain Polyethylene or propylene glycol as thinning agents

3. Where to buy?

What company is reputable? How soon can I get my hands on some?

I mean by butt was on FIRE.

Knowing I wanted oral oil for pain (slower acting but longer lasting) and the vape for anxiety (shorter-lasting but nearly instantaneous), I googled Top Ten CBD Oil Companies, and I started inputting dates. Who was on several lists for multiple years? Why?

I created a list of companies that were on multiple lists for multiple years, or companies that had a long track record, and then narrowed down my search by my checklist above. I did some pricing comparisons (see ‘paycheck-to-paycheck’ above), I sent the companies I’d like to buy from questions and noted how complete and how fast their responses were, and decided who I’d buy from.

HOW CBD OIL WORKED ON MY PAIN

Then, I experimented on myself.

I’m going to admit that I had high hopes. I have always been the friend who helped loved ones with cancer find psychoactive cannabis, and I saw what pot did for their pain. It seemed like a miracle. (Oh, dang. Is my kid right about me being a hippy, too?)

But when I took the CBD oil — a nice big mouthful of the oral oil — it didn’t even make a dent in the pain. Not after I waited patiently for the hour several places online recommended.

Aw, damnit, I thought. I guess it has to have THC in it. I’ll take my equally useless Advil/Tylenol cocktail for reasons I can’t articulate and call it a night, even though I can’t sleep with this pain.

But somehow, the combination of Tylenol, Advil, and CBD oil DID make a dent in my pain. I was able to stay at my desk (still standing; I am not a superhero) without lamaze breathing. The pain stopped waking me up. I was just a lady with a pretty damn sore butt.

Googling around, I found a few other anecdotal stories of CBD oil making other pain relievers far more effective, and one or two studies saying the same thing. It was an enormous relief for me.

So I would say if you are a middle-aged mom who hates the feeling of being stoned because you have Issues and constantly have to drive your obnoxious, insulting kids around so you need to stay sharp and also probably the illegality of pot in your state gives you pause, go ahead and try some CBD oil with your Tylenol and Advil.

If CBD doesn’t help and, depending on the laws around you, you may need to investigate THC or other cannabinoids, which may have more effect on some kinds of pain.

A woman exhales vapor after using a CBD vape. After doing her research CBD, Haddayr Copley-Woods discovered that vaping CBD offered instant and profound relief to symptoms of anxiety caused by Complex PTSD.

After doing her research CBD, Haddayr Copley-Woods discovered that vaping CBD offered instant and profound relief to symptoms of anxiety caused by Complex PTSD. (Photo: Flickr / Electric Tobacconist, CC-BY license)

HOW VAPING CBD OIL WORKED ON MY PTSD ANXIETY

This is the big OH MY GAWD moment.

My PTSD is pernicious — I am always hypervigilant, I have flashbacks in embarrassing awkward places. I freak out over stupid crap and then over nothing at all.

It affects my parenting, because I become so anxious I start snapping at my kids, or I freak out and tremble and freak them out. It affects my partnership, because living with someone who has PTSD has been likened to living with an alcoholic — despite my six years of treatment, you never know which person I’m going to be from minute-to-minute.

I take an antidepressant which helps the anxiety in a rather nebulous sort of way. I sometimes can control things with yogic breathing, but often it’s too late and I’m punching myself in the head, hyperventilating, and crying.

“Oh, honey,” she said. “You just don’t know what calm feels like.”

So I got the vape pen, and on my first incredibly anxious night I tried it.

Went out on the porch. Clicked the thing five times to activate the battery. Inhaled. Held it in my lungs for a long time. Exhaled.

And it was like an anvil came down out of nowhere and squashed the panic. It was just blocked. It was just gone.

“Are you sure I’m not high?” I asked my partner, five minutes later as I sat at the dinner table wondering if I had the munchies.

“Oh, honey,” she said. “You just don’t know what calm feels like.”

And that was it. The vape didn’t fog my brain. It didn’t draw a cloud of cotton over my hurt. It didn’t make me feel out of control. CBD just … stopped the panic. Instantly. And I felt calm. Peaceful. Still.

Writing this now, a month or so later, I am getting tears in my eyes over the simple fact of it.

SOME FINAL TIPS ON RESEARCHING CBD

I’ve become that person now, the one who demands her friends with anxiety try just ONE HIT off of my vape. I watch them as their faces slowly light up with amazement. As their panic just … stops.

My sample size is tiny. But for my friends and I, vaping CBD for anxiety is 100 percent effective.

If you’ve been wondering about CBD oil, and you have a complex background like I do with feeling high or buzzed, follow my steps:

  1. Figure out the best type of CBD for you (full spectrum or isolate; edibles or CBD tinctures for slower, longer-lasting help, CBD vape for nearly instantaneous help).
  2. Find the company by comparing ‘top CBD’ lists and ensuring quality by following my checklist above.
  3. Google for reviews of the company, and ask customer service questions.
  4. Start with a very small dose of CBD and go from there.

Maybe it won’t work, like half of the damn antidepressants I’ve tried. But maybe it will, and you can take some of your health care into your own hands.

Anyway, maybe that makes me a hippy. And maybe it’s the same damn plant as weed. But CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, it helps an awful lot of people, and it’s something you can do for yourself NOW.

A woman poses with a hemp leaf in hand, partially obscuring the right side of her face. Haddayr Copley-Woods believes everyone has a right to find relief from pain and discomfort. For her, the first step was to research CBD.

Haddayr Copley-Woods believes everyone has a right to find relief from pain and discomfort. For her, the first step was to research CBD.

I’ve spent my life hearing from people that doing something for myself was wrong for so many reasons: because as an unlovable kid and teen I wasn’t worth being taken care of by anyone. Because moms should put everyone else’s needs before our own. Because disabled lives just aren’t worth bothering much about and we are SUPPOSED to be in pain and pretty miserable.

It has taken me many years of therapy to shout down those lying voices.

I now know that if I can get closer to a calmer and less painful place, it is all right for me to try to get there.

And you — you, reading this now — it’s all right for you to seek relief, too.

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