Carly: How I dose…
Initially, I started taking CBD randomly whenever I felt stressed or during painful times of my cycle due to endometriosis. Although it was somewhat helpful in the moments I took it, I didn’t feel deeper relief from CBD until I started taking it consistently.
I took CBD for two weeks straight, and this is what happened…
When I started taking CBD consistently, I was dosing about 1/2 dropper of 600mg CBD oil 2-3 times per day. This equates to about 30mg of CBD daily.
At first I noticed the subtle benefits I did before when taking CBD randomly, but not much else. I kept up with the routine of taking the CBD but wasn’t feeling a dramatic change like I had heard of.
“It wasn’t until about 10 days in to taking CBD consistently, that I woke up and felt EVEN.”
I was so surprised by this feeling as this was not something I was expecting. Having spent the past few years dealing with the stress of fertility treatments and endometriosis and felt like I had lost my zest for life. I was overwhelmed with how much better I felt. This was SUCH an exciting shift. In that moment I realized I had gotten so used to operating at such a low level.
I had tried EVERYTHING before trying CBD
Acupuncture, massage, de-sensory floats, diets, holistic healers, and at one point I was taking 30 supplements a day, just trying to get my body back on track from the stress I had put it through trying to start a family. I spent thousands of dollars on doctors and supplements but didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere.
At the time, I was also going through fertility treatments and my body was completely depleted. I felt overwhelmed, hormonal, and unmotivated. Pair that with days I am on my feet all day, styling homes as an interior designer, I would often end the day barely able to walk. I just didn’t have the mental energy to do things I had enjoyed in the past. At 34, I knew I was far too young to feel the way that I did.
As much as I was loving the results I was getting with CBD, I wasn’t loyal to any specific brand. I hadn’t found a company that I really loved, as many of the tinctures have a strong flavor and oily texture. Others that needed to be dissolved in water were a little more complicated to take and I was looking for a simple solution. And some just didn’t feel like they were strong enough to really help. Plus, I always felt a little uncomfortable walking into the crunchy dispensary in my dingy neighborhood strip mall.
I finally found some relief using essential oils to help balance my hormones. However, the process of taking several different essential oils separately throughout the day, some with the addition of a carrier oil, it didn’t feel sustainable for my lifestyle. I desired an option that was more streamlined and more powerful.
The power of CBD + essential oils.
So when my sister, Ashley, and I decided to start Best Bud, I knew I wanted to incorporate beautiful packaging, modern design, and create a powerful, calming scented topical oil that incorporates the benefits of CBD with skin-enhancing, essential oils. This topical would bring together everything I love (essential oils, CBD, skincare) in a simple solution that I could easily incorporate into my daily routine.
How I Dose…
I take about 1/2 dropper of our Best Bud 600mg CBD Tincture 2-3 times per day (30mg of CBD) as that strength works well for me and has been easy to incorporate into my routine. I take 1/2 dropper in the morning, another at night, and often a third dose in the afternoon or early evening when I am stressed or anxious due to busy days with work and family life.
My absolute favorite addition has been using the Best Bud All Over Oil. The scent alone calms me down and I literally use it all over my body. I love the pump application for rubbing large amounts of it on my legs before and after a long day on my feet or slathering it on my lower back and stomach to combat endometriosis pain and cramps. I keep the roll-on in my purse for easy access when traveling. The stainless steel roller ball is cooling when I rub it on my temples, jaw, and neck when I’m stuck in traffic or feel a tension headache coming on. In fact, come to think of it, I haven’t had a headache since I started taking CBD consistently.
Although I still have work to do managing my endometriosis pain by adding exercise and an even more focused diet, CBD has really been so life changing and an important part of my wellness plan.
Effects of cannabis ingestion on endometriosis-associated pelvic pain and related symptoms
Background: The use of cannabis for symptoms of endometriosis was investigated utilising retrospective archival data from Strainprint Technologies Ltd., a Canadian data technology company with a mobile phone application that tracks a range of data including dose, mode of administration, chemovar and their effects on various self-reported outcomes, including pelvic pain.
Methods: A retrospective, electronic record-based cohort study of StrainprintTM users with self-reported endometriosis was conducted. Self-rated cannabis efficacy, defined as a function of initial and final symptom ratings, was investigated across the included symptom clusters of cramps, pelvic pain, gastrointestinal pain, nausea, depression, and low libido. Cannabis dosage form, dose and cannabinoid ratio information was also recorded.
Results: A total number of 252 participants identifying as suffering endometriosis recorded 16193 sessions using cannabis between April 2017 and February 2020. The most common method of ingestion was inhalation (n = 10914, 67.4%), with pain as the most common reported symptom being treated by cannabis (n = 9281, 57.3%). Gastrointestinal symptoms, though a less common reason for cannabis usage (15.2%), had the greatest self-reported improvement after use. Inhaled forms had higher efficacy for pain, while oral forms were superior for mood and gastrointestinal symptoms. Dosage varied across ingestion methods, with a median dose of 9 inhalations (IQR 5 to 11) for inhaled dosage forms and 1 mg/mL (IQR 0.5 to 2) for other ingested dosage forms. The ratio of THC to CBD had a statistically significant, yet clinically small, differential effect on efficacy, depending on method of ingestion.
Conclusions: Cannabis appears to be effective for pelvic pain, gastrointestinal issues and mood, with effectiveness differing based on method of ingestion. The greater propensity for use of an inhaled dosage delivery may be due to the rapid onset of pain-relieving effects versus the slower onset of oral products. Oral forms appeared to be superior compared to inhaled forms in the less commonly reported mood or gastrointestinal categories. Clinical trials investigating the tolerability and effectiveness of cannabis for endometriosis pain and associated symptoms are urgently required.