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Dec 12, 2019

Interview with cancer specialist Mark Rosen. featured CBD health benefits for cancer.

A little over a month ago, I wrote an article about the possibilities of using medical marijuana and CBD for cancer pain. In this follow-up post, I’d like to add more information from my personal experience with cannabidiol, also known as CBD. 

When my naturopathic doctor recommended I begin using CBD oil to help manage pain, I was shocked. I was very unfamiliar with CBD. Although I’d been seeing and hearing a lot about it on social media, the only thing I really knew was what I’d read. I had no first-hand knowledge. I did understand that CBD gummies were derived from the same plant known as marijuana, or Cannabis Sativa. CBD, according to my doctor, was the good part—without the psychoactive component of the plant called tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. Taking CBD oil, he assured, would not cause me to feel “high.”  

For many months, the post-cancer pain I’d been experiencing had grown increasingly troublesome. I’d visited the doctor, who recommended CBD oil several times to find a solution and we’d discussed options such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, nerve blocks and even surgery. Not only was I suffering from post-cancer body pain, I also struggled with secondary lymphedema, degenerative spinal issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The pain and the anxiety I felt on a daily basis had become overwhelming. I needed help but didn’t want to go the prescription pain medication route. I was fearful about the possibility of chemical dependency and addiction