You’ve probably heard of CBD by now if you’re not already using it. It’s that new hemp product containing non-psychoactive the cannabinoid Cannabidiol that people are taking for inflammation and stress. As a recent convert myself, I thought I’d offer my experience treating long-term chronic neck and shoulder pain with CBD Oil. The short version is simply this: it works.
When I say chronic, I mean that the pain in my neck (I know) has been there since at least 2005 when I started doing yoga in an effort to relieve it. That didn’t work, and neither did stretching, deep relaxation, or massage. I wasn’t able to stop doing the thing that was causing the problem because it’s a constant and necessary part of my job. I’m referring to mousing, which is how I make the cursor move around. Typing is no problem but mousing is killer. I now use a trackball but even that hasn’t put a dent in the problem.
Around the time I was reaching my breaking point with neck and shoulder pain, a bunch of people my age — in their 50s — started spontaneously telling me about CBD. It was good for arthritis, muscle pain, and even wrinkles, they told me. I decided to try it.
Turns out there are more than a couple places you can get CBD in Brattleboro. Downtown, there’s the Brattleboro Food Co-op who have a lighted display under the counter in the Health and Wellness area. Their choices were limited but they have several brands of tincture and oil to fit your needs. The staffer told me their CBD options are growing all the time.
If you’re looking for an all-out hemp store (or you’d like to take your CBD in the form of gummy bears), then Hempicurean on Flat Street has you covered. They have many brands of CBD oils and tinctures, as well as ingestibles such as candy and other novelties. They’ve got your pets covered too with products just for them.
And finally, hyperlocal producers are also making the product — I saw it for sale at the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market the last time I was there.
Given my particular issues, I settled on a locally made CBD salve from a company called Green Mountain CBD out of Hardwick, VT. It’s a little tub of green goo and yes, it smells weedy. Although they say you can eat it, I just rubbed some on my neck and shoulders to see what it would do. Immediately my shoulders relaxed and the pain subsided. So I kept it up twice a day, and it definitely seemed to be helping.
It wasn’t until a week later though that I had a real breakthrough — the hearing in my right ear, which had been muffled for a while, suddenly came back. CBD reduced the inflammation in the back of my neck, relieving pressure on the ear — or at least, that’s my theory.
At any rate, CBD seems to have solved my most pressing problem, and while ergonomics and work habits need to be altered too, it’s nice to know there’s something you can buy relatively easily that can help. Ain’t Nature grand? If only we had known about this years ago.