As many of you know Lucas suffers from IBS and it suddenly came on about 8 years ago. He went through all the testing with no findings so his GI doctor put him on amitryptiline as this was standard Western Medicine treatment for IBS at the time. He took that for quite awhile and while it seemed to help a bit he still had symptoms and significant side effects.
Since he’s the type of person to take matters into his own hands he started doing research and this is how we found Paleo. We started immediately and after about a year of strict Paleo his symptoms were almost completely gone. It was amazing and a true testament to what food can truly do to hurt or help your health. This was before Paleo was even known and Functional Medicine was just picking up steam.
Every once in awhile he will have a flare up and those triggers are a bit of a mystery. We believe stress has a lot to do with it and summer seems to be when it happens. This past summer when it happened he did more research and started taking several new supplements. This regimen seemed to cut his flare up down drastically. One of the supplements he started was CBD oil.
Over the past year I’ve done some pretty thorough research on it and have been extremely impressed with it’s benefits for many medical conditions. It needs to have more research done, but things are promising! It works on the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in a host of homeostatic and physiologic functions, including modulation of pain and inflammation. A few days ago a new study emerged on it’s benefit for pain and anxiety.
I was intrigued by CBD oil as with my chronic knee issues I have chronic pain and inflammation and waited to stop breast feeding before giving it a try. Lucas has been buying it from Fresh and Natural in Hudson so I started taking what he had bought. I’m also using a topical CBD cream on my knees from Mary’s Nutritionals.
I recently had a knee flare up with a lot of pain and swelling and between seeing Dr. Whitney for cup therapy and the CBD oil things calmed down quickly. I was shocked!
If this is something that interests you, be sure to find a reputable brand. I’ll attach some studies/info below to peruse.