Vaping CBD Oil for Chronic Pain Relief: My Experiences

Vaping CBD Oil for Chronic Pain Relief: My Experiences

***Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I am in no way, shape, or form offering medical advice of any sort. I am simply sharing my experiences vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief*** May contain affiliate links.

Update 5/1/2018

I’ve learned so much since this original post, nearly 1 year ago. I can’t believe it has been SO long since I first started vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief! I’ve met some really wonderful people, also desperately looking for anything that might help, much like I was. If you are looking for quick and easy 411 on the info, here it is! My favorite, all in one way, easiest and most effective way to get started is with these all in one vape pens. (my personal favorite is Lavender Vanilla- use code SUNDAYS to save $) Ridiculously easy to use and more importantly, very effective! If you want to full story of my journey and how I ended up here- Keep reading!

If you are looking for a good way to START vaping and transition to (more effective long term) drops (tinctures) read step-by-step how to do that here! 🙂 

The Full Story

Not sure where to start when it comes to vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief? Yep, me either. So, I headed to my local vape store. I literally knew nothing about vaping so I took a chance and headed in, having no idea what to expect. Especially considering off the top of my head I can’t think of a single person I know that even smokes cigarettes, let alone vapes. It was there that I met Mike.

First experience at a vape store

Mike was ridiculously patient with my millions of questions, very well informed, and really listened as I explained the chronic pain I live with everyday. He didn’t try and “sell” me on what I should get to meet my needs. Rather, he took the time to inform me about my options. He didn’t brush me off when I voiced my concerns (as many doctors tend to do). Beyond that, he even told me that they didn’t carry the strength I needed to help with my chronic pain in the store. He didn’t simply send me away with a website, he actually sat down at the computer with me and showed me exactly what I needed as a good starting point in actually choosing the CBD oil.

I decided to purchase a vape pen. He showed me how to use it, take care of it, and even filled it with a lower strength CBD oil and had me try it, just to make sure I was comfortable using it. I left feeling confident in my choice to try vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief.

So, vape pen in hand, I decided to give it a whirl in the comfort of my home. Well, my front porch really, as I was uncertain about the whole “smoke” type thing in the house. To use my vape pen, I simply push the button and slowly inhale, nothing too deep, and definitely not “fast.”- trust me, doing it fast will NOT be pretty!

Did it work?

I waited a minute to see if I could tell a difference. YES! It was slight, but it was there. I decided to give it another go, slowly, relaxing more about the whole thing. 3-4 uses later and I felt SO much better! It was in the evening, so by then, I usually have a great deal of stiffness in nearly all of my joints, particularly my back, neck, and hips. By the time I was finished, I could easily walk upright and without a limp or shuffle from my foot pain. I was a bit shocked to be honest.

CBD for chronic pain relief

The big questions…

  • How does it do with morning pain?

Anyone with chronic pain from arthritis knows that often, then pain and stiffness is worse in the morning. So when I tried vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief, that was one of my major concerns. I was skeptical at first. I tried it in the morning. I always get up before the kids anyway so they aren’t exposed too much to Zombie Mom. It usually takes nearly 2 hours for the morning aches to work their way to a managable level. The first morning, within a half hour I was up and moving. I still (and probably always will) have some pain and stiffness in my hands and feet due to the permaneant damage but I would say the CBD helps bring the pain in those areas down from an 8 to a 2, something that has never happened with any of my prescription NSAIDs.

  • How long does it last?

I have found that it usually lasts for about 4-5 hours at a time, depending on the level of pain I am feeling that day. So I tend to use it roughly 3-4 times a day. 

  • How many times do I use it in a sitting?

I usually use it anywhere from 2-10 times in a sitting. When the pain is bad, I use it more but I would say I average around 5 times to start to really feel the relief.

  • Where is a reputable place to get it?

I was initially referred to Cloud 9 by Mike at my local vape shop. I use 400mg and find it to be effective. But, I have found my absolute favorite to be from CBDistillery. They have an amazing vape selection that INCLUDES the pen as well as a great selection of tinctures that are taken sublingually (under the tongue). Use code Sundays to save 🙂 I am sure there are others, and I will add to this list as I do more research and test out different products.

  • Is it expensive? How does the price compare with prescription meds?

You can usually find a coupon code for discounts on the products. That said, a quality product will probably run you anywhere from $40-$100 depending on the concentration level you choose. Right now, I spent about $40 on a 400mg bottle from Cloud 9 (don’t forget to use the coupon code!). So far, it has lasted me 6 weeks and I haven’t used up half the bottle yet, so that would mean it should last in the neighborhood of 3-4 months.

Whereas my prescription for diclofenac was running about $30 a month with insurance. While there may be some initial sticker shock, when priced out over the duration of it’s usage, it is more affordable than my prescription. Even if I go up to the higher end, I will at the very least even out and save myself the potential health problems of long term NSAID use. Because if I ruin my liver and kidneys on NSAIDs then I will not be able to take the biologics that are necessary to slow the progression of my PsA/RA and without those, (pardon the language) but I’d be S.O.L. 

  • Where can I get additional, reputable information and learn about other’s experiences vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief?

As with all things online, you really have to consider the source…Many FB groups and “informational sites” are trying to push their particular product or have a ridiculous amount of misinformation. Take each step at a time and don’t get overwhelmed. If you get confused, step back and take a break. Message me with questions and I’ll do my best to help you. 

I’ve learned to be very wary of things that claim to help relieve pain. Mostly because pain is so subjective- it is all based on personal perception. One person’s bedridden pain could be another’s nagging annoyance. So trying anything really is a bit of a gamble. However, vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief is something that I really wish I had tried a year ago, without a doubt.

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***Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor. I am in no way, shape, or form offering medical advice of any sort. I am simply sharing my experiences vaping CBD oil for chronic pain relief***

***If your work or pain management clinic tests for cannabinoids please be sure to refer to whichever site you choose to purchase your CBD oil from for drug testing information. Always be upfront with your health care provider if you choose to use CBD oil. While it is legal, some tests will pick up the CBD oil during a test. ***

 

*Edited to Add:Updated *Wish List* of products to try…

The CBDistillery (use code SUNDAYS to save)

Bluebird Botanicals

Highland Pharms

Hemptation CBD Oil

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11 Comments

  1. August 13, 2017 / 8:17 am

    This was a good read..I have been vaping for a few months but never thought to write a blog post about it! ☺️

    I blog about chronic illness and parenting too…love your blog and am glad I found it!

    • Leanne
      Author
      August 13, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Thank you for stopping by! Have you found that vaping helps too? I checked out your blog- love it! I’ll find you on FB, maybe we can connect. ? -Leanne

  2. September 4, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Hi! The title of your blog entry caught my eye on the Chronic Illness Bloggers FB page. I’m so glad to hear you’ve found relief with vaping, I vape too for muscle pain and anxiety. I’m in California so medical cannabis has been legal here for awhile. Hopefully more states will follow as people realize it’s so much safer than pain killing pharmaceuticals. I interviewed several folks with chronic health issues about their use of medical cannabis so perhaps it will be of interest to some of your audience: http://glasshalffull.online/medical-cannabis/

  3. Yvette
    January 30, 2018 / 9:00 am

    I loved the CBD oil, especially the water soluble BioCBDplus! For the first time in a long time I slept with no pain in my back and neck. My leg I think needs a little more therapy but a with a little more hemp CBD oil, I will be pain free. I came home raving about it and sharing all about my experience to my family. CBD oil Rocks! -Yvette

    • Leanne
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 9:48 am

      Hello Yvette,
      YES! Bio CBD+ is an excellent company with great products! I use their massage oil all the time and even share it with my Dad who periodically suffers from back pain. I am so glad that you have been able to find some relief!!!
      -Leanne

  4. James
    March 28, 2018 / 9:44 am

    Hello. Have had chronic back pain for 16 months. No treatments or medications have helped. I have tried every doc and physical therapy (I could write a book). I also have tried like 10 different CBD oils from quality places like Charlotte’s Web. I have only tried the sublingual oils, and it has never done ANYTHING for my pain. No relief at all. I am wondering if you have found that vaping is more effective than the sublingual products? I too have never smoked anything in my life and I am a little hesitant to start a habit like this (especially since I have read some medical reports on how vaping is better than smoking but can also cause issues with lungs that they don’t yet understand). Any insight would be appreciated! Thanks
    James

    • Leanne
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Hello James,
      I am so sorry that it as taken me so long to get back with you. When it comes to the effects of taking drops under your tongue vs vaping it is good to know that it can take a month to 6 weeks to feel the full effects of the drops, whereas vaping is more immediate. It takes time for the drops to build up in your system and calm the inflammation in your body.
      The thing to pay attention to when it comes to vaping being harmful for your body is what the CBD is mixed with to make the vape. Oils like PG (Propylene Glycol)- found in inhalers and such, and VG (vegetable glycerin) found in many food products can “possibly” be more difficult on the body, but people are still researching the effects of these to liquids. However, between the two, PG seems to be the better choice. But, where I buy my vape products, their CBD uses neither of these ingredients. And in my opinion, is the best choice. I’m working on a full review now, but here is the link to the ones I REALLY like which contain NO PG OR VG.
      http://bit.ly/2FD9dY3

      If after plenty of your own research, you decide to try it, you can use the coupon code “SUNDAYS” to save some money. I wish you the best of luck and please let me know if you have any questions and how you are getting on!
      Thanks,
      Leanne 🙂

  5. Larry Wishon
    April 30, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Thank you for this post. I have lived with pain from a spinal cord injury since 2000. No meds have really done the trick for me, while still allowing me to have a clear mind. So I decided long ago to just live with the pain and get used to it. This I have done to a great degree. I know that I hurt, but much of it is like so much background noise. I know its there, but I choose to ignore it.

    I have been vaping for about 6 years now. I began vaping to help me stop smoking, which it has. I haven’t had a cigarette in almost 4 years. I was about ready to retire from vaping also, till I saw this article about vaping CBD oil. If it proves to be a true help with pain mgt. I can see a reason to continue vaping. Not vaping eliquid, but CBD oil. Thanks for pointing me in this promising direction.

    • Leanne
      Author
      May 3, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Hello Larry,
      I am so sorry that you have been in pain for so long. Congratulations to you for overcoming the smoking challenge! You really must have a very strong spirit. I’ve been able to have a great deal of pain relief from vaping the CBD. What’s even better, is that if you decide that you no longer want to vape, you can do the drops under your tongue and then you only would have to vape if the pain was worse at certain times. If you use the drops under your tongue, once it builds up in your system you will find that you will need to vape less and less. Does that make sense? I wish you all the best in your search for pain relief. If I can help in any way please just let me know 🙂
      -Leanne

  6. James
    May 16, 2018 / 6:17 am

    I just started KOI Strawberry milk shake with 250 mg of CBD and I feel NOTHING !!!! No different in my pain

    What am I doing wrong???

    Any help would be nice!!!
    Thanks

  7. Andrew
    July 18, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    I just started using CBD juice and it works pretty good for my chronic pain arthritis and diabetic neuropathy I pay 50 dollars a bottle for 500mg which really isn’t to bad I’m glad it works for you as well i get mine from vapor maven I’m in Missouri right now so hoping other states carry it as well since we travel the USA for work

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