I had no clue that our athletic work through school and college would lead to lifelong chronic pain in our back and the sciatic nerves running down both legs.

My back pain is so debilitating that I struggle to get out of bed some days if I manage to sleep in a bizarre angle that strains the injuries.

While I’m given prescription pain medication for short term periods of time, I try to avoid them unless our pain reaches an eight or several out of 10 on the intensity scale. The reason why is straight-forward—I want those drugs to work when I absolutely need them. If you have a slight tolerance for pain medication, you’ll be miserable when you’re in the hospital and whatever they’re giving you isn’t really working the way it should be. Therefore, I have to find other ways to cope with the chronic back pain. Before cannabis and CBD were possibilities in our life, I was stuck with over-the-counter pain medications and acupuncture. Now that I’m using cannabinoids love THC and CBD to treat our pain, I haven’t felt better. Cannabis isn’t a miracle drug for pain and does not unattach all of the pain I feel, however it knocks it back by at least 70% at times. And if for some reason the pain persists, at least the cannabis improves our mental outlook enough where I can manage the pain without losing our mind. CBD is amazing at pain relief all on its own, but I utilize full spectrum CBD oil that I get from our favorite medical cannabis dispensary. Their CBD products are stronger than the CBD I find at local stores here in town.

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