Monday Morning Musings

Posted on April 15, 2019 under Monday Morning Musings with one comment

The happy wanderer


“I love to go a wandering, along the mountain track,

And as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back.”

The Happy Wanderer

Placebo or the real deal?

CBD oil: Update #1.

My last article on CBD oil generated a lot of interesting discussion and comments. It would appear that there are many people my age who are dealing with a variety of pain issues. This is hardly breaking news. We’re all getting older.

Possible remedies? Over the counter medicine like Advil. Physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, cortisone shots, meditation, yoga, reiki, massage, reflexology, tequila, chocolate ice cream. The list is endless and I have tried all of them. Interestingly and maybe coincidentally, all of my pain issues surfaced after I gave up alcohol almost 9 years again. I might have to have to reacquaint myself with “the Captain” one of these days if all else fails.

I have been consuming CBD oil for one week. The first night I took half the recommended dose as my particular concoction contains a small amount of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. Zero effect. The second night, I upped the dosage to 75% of the recommended dosage. Same result. On night three, I filled the eye dropper to 1ml. By the way, CBD oil tastes a bit like 10W30 motor oil. I worked at a service station in my teens and inadvertently came in contact with motor oil. Actually, there’s very little taste but it’s oil so it’s going to have the texture of oil.

On a full dose, I noticed one small change. I slept better than I had in some time. I didn’t experience any “high” after taking the oil. We all know the healing powers of sleep and many pain sufferers don’t sleep well. It would be a stretch to say that there’s a significantly noticeable difference in my pain levels, but something positive happened over the last seven days. However, I’m not about to declare victory.

I suffered a fairly serious leg injury (ruptured quadriceps muscle) a month ago. The accident also exacerbated my existing pain issues so basically everything in my body hurt with the possible exception of my toe nails. I was told by my surgeon that the healing would begin to surface in a month which leaves me wondering if it is CBD oil or time that has caused me to feel better in recent days. I will continue the experiment for a few more weeks before heading off to Spain to do the Camino. Even though marijuana and its derivatives are now legal in Canada, it would be folly to carry any of these products in a foreign country. I may have to substitute some excellent Spanish red wine for CBD oil for a month.

I am frequently asked about my apparent wanderlust. I’m not the only person who likes to travel, see new things and experience different cultures. If you have the time, good health and the resources, there’s nothing like travel to broaden your horizons. Don’t forget, eternity is a long time so if you plan on living and doing things, you better get a move on. Time’s a wasting.

I took a nice two hour walk with my backpack out to the end of Williams Point yesterday morning. The sun was coming up and the birds were chirping. A little bit of heaven on earth.

Happy Easter week.


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