My Pain Story and how CBD has restored my faith in the ability to manage it
This post is sponsored by CBDMEDIC but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Let’s rewind back to my junior year of high school - which, for me feels like forever ago! I was running Track & Field- a sport that was originally intended to keep me in shape during the off-season from basketball (my primary sport), but ended up being an activity I grew to love.
It was at the regional track meet that year where a life-altering incident occurred.
During my race, I powered out of the starting blocks for the 100M dash - and from what I’m assuming was because my body was twisted at just the wrong angle, I herniated a disk in my spine. OUCH.
After a few years of physical therapy, pain management shots in my spine (DOUBLE OUCH) and lots of medication, it was determined that I would need surgery to truly repair my damaged disk. While the surgery definitely helped a lot with the sometimes agonizing pain, I still experience lingering lower back pain that flares up after things like excessive walking, standing or lifting heavy weights. I don’t want to constantly load my body up with various medications to temporarily mask the pain, and let’s face it- physical therapy is expensive. That’s why I was super intrigued by the growing popularity of CBD.
Okay time out - “what is CBD” you ask?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a THC-free cannabinoid-rich hemp extractor oil from the Cannabis sativa L. plant that’s a natural alternative for pain relief.
CBD is safe and legal. There are so many products that contain CBD in them these days- oils, skincare, gummies, you name it! And while I do consume CBD oil orally to help with anxiety, I find that for pain relief, it’s best if I apply it topically- directly on the areas that are hurting/aching. The product that has worked the best for me has been the CBDMEDIC™ Back & Neck Pain Relief Ointment. Y’all - this works. Made with natural ingredients like eucalyptus oil and camphor, it provides me with safe, powerful, and effective pain relief!
Sometimes my back flare-ups can be really bad, and this ointment is powerful and effective in reducing inflammation- which is exactly what I need.
To apply it, I squeeze about a pearl sized amount on my fingers and massage the ointment into my lower back. It does have a bit of a menthol smell, but it is not as extreme as some of the other products that I’ve used in the past.
What’s super exciting is that CBDMEDIC™ products can be found in existing CVS locations! I can swing by one on my way home from work to stock back up when needed. Click here to find the nearest CVS store to you so you can pick up the Back & Neck Pain Relief Ointment, or one of their other pain relief product offerings!
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