One Lupus Patient’s Candid Perspective on CBD

by Amanda “LA Lupus Lady” Greene

TO CBD or NOT TO CBD?

If you have read any online content regarding CBD (the term for cannabidiol),), you will know that the messaging can be confusing and/or overwhelming with facts and information and lots of pros and cons. Therefore, as a person who is in the “thick” of medical issues, I think it might be helpful to wade through all the rhetoric and medical journal articles and learn about CBD from a person who has Lupus who has seen first – hand seen many positive benefits. 

Please note –   Every person is different and will have their own story. 

My Why for CBD?

Recently, people with chronic illnesses and other forms of pain are discovering how CBD can help them.  I have known about the benefits of CBD for years, well before it became “mainstream”.  As a person living with Lupus and other autoimmune conditions for more than three decades, chronic pain and inflammation are two symptoms that I experience often.  After years of living with pain, the prescribed medications typically left me with side – effects that were often worse than the symptoms they were designed to ease. 

I was willing to try anythingto ease my pain which was making it difficult for me to fall and stay asleep.

Thankfully, I discovered that CBD infused edibles often would work for me and relieve my symptoms more than the prescribed or over the counter medicines that were often suggested.  I made sure to be transparent with my medical practitioners as I discussed that I was using CBD products with my physician.  He concurred that using CBD or any alternative treatment to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation was acceptable for my patient care.

Read more about Lupus and autoimmune diseases related here  

What I Experience with CBD

When I take CBD edibles such as the ones that are offered by Calm Sunshine, my body feels the impact in a timely manner.  There is no long – term waiting period. The impact is rather quick and effective. CBD almost immediately calms me down, reduces my feelings of anxiousness and pain and inflammation in my lupus joints and nerves. Sleeping comes easier as my body is relaxed and my mind at ease. 

Keep in mind I am referring to the non-THC forms of CBD – so there is no “high”.   

One example of how I use CBD is that I will take an edible ‘gummy’ before I exercise.  The fact that I am able to exercise at all is because CBD helps my body relieve tension and pain so that I can “move more” in addition to being able to exercise, CBD products such as the ones from Calm Sunshine helps my body to recover from a workout easier, as there is no tension and post workout cramping.  

“Best of all, I have not experienced any harsh side – effects from taking and using CBD.”

Why I am an Ambassador for Calm Sunshine?

I joined “Team Calm Sunshine” (#TeamCalmSunshine) because it is a business that is owned and operated by women who have taken the time to be educated and understand the products they sell. They recognize the importance of educating consumers.  Calm Sunshine promotes open discussion and queries.  Plus, they are highly collaborative.   The people and team share corporate values that stress transparency and integrity.  

Please explore this website for additional information about CBD and related content.

About the Author:

Amanda Greene is a member of “Team Calm Sunshine” and a woman who lives with lupus, fibromyalgia, her husband Steve and their cat “Ally” in Los Angeles.  .  She was the recipient of the WEGO Health “Healthcare Collaborator: Patient” Award and was recognized by the International Pain Foundation as the PATIENT ADVOCATE of the YEAR in 2018.

You may find her on Facebook, Instagram and especially on Twitter at @LAlupusLady.

Amanda is a brand ambassador for Calm Sunshine and this is a sponsored blog. However, all the information is organic and verified.

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