A lot has been happening around my illness recently, honestly probably too much to squeeze into one post. Everything is currently a little all over the place and It’s a constant battle but I’m surviving and doing surprisingly well despite the circumstances. I’m planning on doing a life update post soon to explain more. I feel like my blog is a place to escape my illness sometimes which is why I haven’t uploaded much on the matter recently. As much as raising awareness is important to me, it’s good to have a break and write about other things I’m just as passionate about.
Anyway, part of my current journey with Ulcerative Colitis has been trying products containing CBD! As I’m coming to the end of trialling the treatment that was apparently most likely to work for me (and it hasn’t…) we have been looking into alternative therapies. As I explained in my last health post, having surgery is currently looking like the only way for me to lead a healthy and hopefully “normal” life. My logic was if I can at least find something that helps me along to that point that doesn’t have the horrible side effects that pain killers and treatments do, then I’d be over the moon.
Just to clarify, CBD is legal in the UK. It is indeed derived from the hemp plant but it has the THC removed from it which is the psychoactive and illegal element of the plant. This also means you shouldn’t get any odd side effects from it although I know some have still experienced the “munchies” after taking it. I did start by ordering some CBD oil from CBD brothers and started to take that. I personally didn’t get on that well with the taste but found it manageable. Coming across the opportunity to try out some Synerva CBD capsules was a god send as I thought they’d be a lot easier to use.
They arrived extremely punctually in the post in a small well packaged box with little ’S’ shaped puffs (I thought this was really quite cute as it matched their name). The ones I have been trying are here, the 10mg CBD oil capsules x 30. The site does recommend that you take 1-2 capsules up to 3 times daily but as I wanted to see how they worked more long term and review that, I decided to stick with one a day for 30 days. My body has always been one to take a while to respond too so I’m not sure if a 15 day trial of 2 tablets per day would’ve shown a lot.
After a few days I didn’t notice much difference but as the days went on and I’d been consecutively taking them for a couple of weeks, I did start to notice my general every day pain had lessened without me realising. The intensity of it had definitely lifted and pain killers were being taken less frequent which was amazing as I hate feeling drowsy all the time from them.
Although I get all sorts of aches and pains from this illness and the medications, the most prominent is of course the abdominal pain from the inflammation in my large bowel. If I’m being honest, I usually describe it as feeling like it’s on fire or like someone is rubbing sandpaper on it. So as you can probably tell, it is extremely nice to have some sort of natural relief from that. As of today I have finished my 30 days of taking the Synerva CBD capsules and although I can’t say my pain has lessened any more since a week or two ago, it has definitely made a difference since I first started taking them.
Now I know my body reacts well to the substance and they have had a positive effect on my pain, I will up my dose and hope to see even more of an improvement! Personally, I’ve always been slightly skeptical about natural remedies but I’m very pleasantly surprised by these. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they can do for me.
Have you ever tried Synerva CBD products or any alternative therapies? Did they work for you?