Got Autism? Got Seizures? Got Aggression? Got Inflammation? Yeah you do! Read on:
(And the product I am going to tell you about is legal in all 50 states)
A few of my favorite things…
I am going to avoid my usual f-bombs because this is serious info that I want you all to share. And if gratuitous cursing offends you and you have somehow found this post, beware and don’t go reading my other ones
I joke about smoking ALL THE TIME. I am pretty sure even my friends think I am a pot head. But truth is I am not. I don’t like being stoned. I don’t like feeling like an idiot –which is how pot smoking affects me.. that one time… where I tried it… but didn’t inhale… much. I learned that over the years breeders bred the plants to have MORE THC to please the stoner crowd (not that there is anything wrong with that). But now, what we’ve learned about CBD (Cannabidiol) has them breeding higher CBD plants. CBD has some great medicinal effects (understatement) but isn’t psychoactive.
I wanted to get that out of the way, because Cibdex’s CBD drops do not have THC. It is made from industrial hemp and legal in all 50 states.
Where we were.
I don’t remember how much I blogged about my son’s aggression vs. how much I just vented about it on Facebook, but it was getting bad. Getting? It was bad. Period. His sound issues with sirens control our life. Not only do we have to live out in the middle of nowhere, but when the occasional ambulance goes by, we are… screwed. He flips out immediately. Putting holes in walls and punching me. He really downward spiraled last spring, developed severe OCD, and the aggression worsened. (which I now realize is a mold issue and I am looking at moving out of this old house ASAP, more on mold in a future post. However, do know that I found an article on OCD/mold toxicity, it mentioned an increase in glutamate in the brain from mold, and we know that medical marijuana helps with glutamate, which can reduce seizures… so this is all tied in.)
I was to the point where I would completely shut down at the first, “OH NO!” from my son –usually a sign of a computer issue, and the all day scream and yell fest to come. I emailed my friend Liam Scheff to vent on this. Because it is frustrating when all your brain can handle, day after day, is Farmville and maybe a shower… maybe. Feeding the kids was my bare minimum. (Happy to report that since I started taking the CBD drops, my crops on Farmville have wilted ). Liam pointed me to HempMedsPX, specifically, Cibdex CBD Drops. Up to this point, I had no idea CBD oil could be legally obtained in non-compassionate states. I ordered it the second I could.
What I saw.
Here I will copy and paste some of the comments I have left all over FB about this stuff:
“Dose after dose the CBD drops are making things better here. When my moderate-severe autistic son starts to escalate (to a point where I know we are going to hit full on, aggressive, violent melt down) I give him a dose… and it stops. The other day he hadn’t had a dose yet and ambulance sirens went off (these make him snap instantly, the sound hurts him) –he got a little agitated, but it didn’t escalate. Before I could dose him, more sirens. He snapped. I got a dose in him he settled down in a couple minutes. UNHEARD OF. A bit later… third round of sirens. NOT A PEEP from him. I have no doubt before the oil things would have hit crisis level after three rounds of sirens in one hours time.
He’s also been a bit more verbal. Usually, he is not conversational. But the other day as I was freezing and my hands began to HURT in the few minutes it took to load groceries into my car, I said, “I HATE WINTER!” and he said, “Me too!” Also, when he stepped in water in the kitchen instead of just screaming, “SOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” like he normally does, he said with a sigh, “OH GOD! Socks is soggy!” and simply took them off!!!!!
That is the gist of what I have been seeing/experiencing. I got the oil on Dec 21st. We haven’t had a bad day since. As for me and all my issues, I noticed more focus, more energy, more ‘getting shiz done’. I got more done the first morning I took it, than I would normally get done in a week. And I am not completely shutting down if he flips… I just go grab Cibdex CBD drops and wait for the calm to take effect.
As for his OCD… He is still doing his bedtime routine. But that was something so engrained in him since this past Spring that I think it will take moving into a new environment to ditch it completely. He still has his other, smaller routines as well. HOWEVER, he’s not as… militant about them. It’s like he’s just going thru the motions at this point, and not so much of a “OMG I MUST DO THIS”, and when things go wrong, he is much much much more calm about it.
And we still live in a house full of mold –so we are fighting through that. I have high hopes between this oil and his diet fixing so many issues once we get out of this house.
Also, my son’s damn near life long gingivitis and horrid build up of plaque along his lower teeth… gone. One night he told me his tooth fell out and I panicked!! I ran to his room to see that what he was talking about was a bit of plaque. I looked at his gums and they looked GREAT. I was literally jumping for joy. You don’t know what a stress this has been. CBD has anti-bug properties. I have no doubt it was the oil (it sits sub-lingual and soaks the gums for 30-60 seconds before he swallows it.)
The Nitty Gritty.
To be honest, the taste is …not great. The taste of the oil is.. um… yeah. But it’s not a deal breaker. Heck no! We let it sit under our tongue as long as we can (which isn’t bad b/c there are no taste buds there). Then we swallow and chase it right away with a few gulps of water, followed by a spoon of nut butter. That makes the taste go away quick. I originally wrote half this blog about a month ago. We’ve gotten used to the flavor. It’s not bad. I did order the peppermint and I prefer it. There is a slight aftertaste of the original flavor but the peppermint over powers that. Too, remember that peppermint oil is great for digestion. Win/win.
Friends have reported to me that they have successfully hidden the “original” flavor in juice.
I learned that CBD oil at lower doses has the effect of focus and energy, and that at higher doses it can have a more calming, sedating effect. But I am not sure what the threshold of high and low dose is (like 2 mg vs 6 mg OR are we talking 4 mg vs. 100 mg. I don’t know and I will research this for you). Personally, I order the 2 oz, 500 mg version bottle. I take about 7 drops 1-2 times a day (If I have any sort of inflammatory flare, I take a 15 drop dose), and I give my son 15 drops as a regular dose twice a day, and a 20 drop dose if the crud hits the fan and there is a rage brewing.
The above paragraph was written one month ago. Here is what happened since. Those 15 drops of the 500 mg tincture are 3.75 mg each (the total dose of the WHOLE bottle is 500 mg). Know that my son is man sized he is 6 feet tall and 165 pounds. Cibdex also has 25 mg capsules. MUCH higher dose comparatively. I was excited to try them. But the first thing I noticed was that “bad days” were creeping back in. I did notice that his sleep was a little better –it would still take him hours to fall asleep, but he’d sleep in until 11 or so giving him a better nights sleep, and he’d wake less at night. But to me, they just didn’t seem to be working as well overall. I even cut one open to make sure there was stuff in them (the capsule is dark green and you can’t see in). Yes, there was “stuff” it is powdered. I swallowed the cut open capsule because I had a horrid headache. The capsule didn’t help my head ache, where the oil will. I STILL see a benefit in his sleep though. SO…. I went back to giving him a 20 drop dose of oil in the morning, and I give him a capsule with dinner. This is our new routine that I started 3 days ago and already the bad days are gone and he is doing much better again. I am going to do this for a solid month and then take away the evening capsule to see if there is a decline.
I still give him a dropper full (about 30 drops) for urgent situations. I will say yesterday an ambulance went by and he didn’t even bat an eye.
I have gotten some sweet deals with their sales, be sure to visit their webpage and scroll down to sign up for their mailing list/newsletters/deals etc. They had a 50% sale on Super Bowl Sunday!! I also got a couple of the Brain Dart Hempvap vaporizers for $9.99 each! (I have been trying that method for myself since I am an e-cig “smoker”. I am loving the vape pen from them, a pre-filled cartomizer comes with 1 gram of CBD in it. Just a warning, it has one hell of a throat hit.)
To order: I am not selling it or making any money to tell you about it. It’s saved my sanity and it’s helping my son so I am sharing the info with you. I learned of a 30% off code brought to you by The Robert Scott Bell Show. Use Bell30 to save 30% off your order, it is case sensitive, use an uppercase B, that code is still active at the moment I posted this.
We started a group on Facebook for all of us to discuss how we are dosing and what we are seeing as a result of it’s use: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1382601052007242/ Come learn along with us! I will be blogging a lot more about this issue. (I promise… no… really!) There are NO PHYSICIANS in that group. Just moms. It is not affiliated with HempMedsPX in any way, nor Cibdex.
Here are some links and videos I come across in the past couple weeks.
Read: CBD: How it works.
Read: The Science of CBD
Read: More on CBD Oil.
Know your medicine
CBD oil stops seizures from Dravet Syndrome –you need to watch the whole thing.
Read: Meet the Children Who Rely on Marijuana to Survive