Eye Diseases, Anxiety, and CBD
So, if you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m legally blind and have two eye diseases. The rarer one is Retinitis Pigmentosa, and the more common one is Macular Degeneration. If you’re new to my blog, check out Ups and Downs of Being a Blind Mom.
I’ve also talked about my support of CBD for multiple reasons. My two main reasons for using CBD oil is my eye pain and my anxiety. I’ve seen doctors and therapists galore, and many of them have said to keep using the oil, especially since it has so many benefits.
Blink of an Eye
What I want to talk about today is something that changed my life a bit. Two weeks ago, I saw my retinal specialist. This man is a genius, and I’ve never trusted a doctor more than I trust him. He’s brilliant and leading a lot of research for eye health. I always get a little anxious when I see him, because not only is he intimidating, he’s blunt.
He’s the doctor who told me I would never be able to drive. He’s the man who declared me legally blind. He is also the one who pushed me to realize the strength within myself. When I found out my eyes weren’t like everyone else’s in my family with RP, he told me to “suck it up” and that “there are blind children all over the world, not just you.” I was mortified and bawled my eyes out.
It took time and a lot of appointments with that man for me to understand where he was coming from. He was right. Now, I embrace my blindness and use it as a stepping stone for spreading awareness and overcoming anything thrown my way.
So, from all that, you can understand why this doctor is a bit much for my nerves. I never know what wisdom he will share or what bold statement he will make. Now, he’s very sweet and supportive, since he’s seen me grow from an angry teen to a strong woman. I was still hesitant to tell him I was using CBD oil for the pain in my eyes. There will always be a stigma around cannabis and hemp products, so it’s not something I like to start a conversation with.
The moment he starting looking into my eyes and checking my scans, he asked if I was taking anything new. So, I told him about CBD and how other doctors and friends recommended I try it for general pain and mental health. He smiled and shook my hand.
He explained that he had seen a few other patients with improvements because of regular CBD use, and he was seeing a slight improvement with my RP. I won’t lie, I almost shit my pants. He said the words improvement and RP. Growing up, I was constantly told there was nothing I could do for the progression of my eye disease. Not being able to control my vision loss was a big part of my anxiety and depression.
He told me to keep it up and try to be consistent with it for a year so he can monitor the changes. Then, he ranted a bit, asked about my kids, told me he was very proud of me, and walked out the door talking about research.
Not a Doctor
I’m not a doctor, and I won’t tell anyone they need to use CBD. I can’t promise it will improve or change your health. I’m not equipped to do more than tell you to do your own research and experience it for yourself.
I can share that I’ve found a brand that I love, and I’ve tried a fair share of CBD brands. I actually stumbled onto this brand from a girl I went to school with. We recently reconnected on social media, and I saw that she had similar struggles, besides the vision. She uses it, sells it, and believes in it whole heartedly. So, naturally I stalked her Facebook a bit, and I ordered a bottle from her.
Her name is Brinna, and you can find all of the amazing products that she sells here. She works with Hempworx, and they aren’t the sketchy CBD oil you can get at any old gas station. They are legit, and I definitely recommend checking out their products.
I wanted to ask Brinna a couple questions about CBD and her use, because I was curious and I love research.
Is Hempworx 3rd party rested?
“Not only is Hempworx third party tested, it has the US Hemp Authority Seal of Approval for meeting very high quality, purity and safety standards. Our organic, FDA approved Kentucky hemp farm also has the seal.”
What conditions can CBD help?
“It can help with almost anything! Anxious feelings, low energy, joint and muscle discomfort, mood instability, focusing issues, exercise recovery…too many to list!”
How have you used CBD/Hempworx products in your everyday life, and how has it helped you?
“I use my CBD oil daily for a couple things. I use it sublingually under the tongue for a number of the symptoms listed above. I use a little bit of the unflavored oil in with my face moisturizer and it helps calm my acne and sensitive skin! My 3 senior kitties get our pet CBD oil for joint mobility, anxious feelings, stress, and our oldest girl has some breathing issues.”
There you have it! I’ve been using this lady as like my CBD Yoda. She has some really great and informative things to share about CBD. I like that she isn’t just trying to make a sale, because she uses these products too. You can find her on Facebook.
Less Anxious and Happier
I’ve only been using this specific brand of oil for a week, but I’m already less anxious and sleeping better. My eye pain is minimal as long as I’m consistent with the drops. I just feel all around happier, and mental health is a major reason I support CBD.
I’ve talked about my struggles with eating disorders and mental health in the past, and CBD has been a game changer. I feel like it helps me get through those awful moments of self doubt and depression.
So, not only do my eyes not hurt, I’m a lot less anxious. I genuinely feel better overall, and that is something I had to share. If CBD is legal where you live and it could benefit you, talk to a doctor and give it a try.
Have a wonderful week!