He shook, he trembled, he cried. Chris Brown, a 57-year old man living in Gunnison, Colorado has faced tremendous pain since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1998. Over the years, Brown has suffered through the agonizing symptoms of the disease that affects the central nervous system — from tremors to cognitive impairment to severe insomnia. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, only methods to help control the symptoms. The pain, however, rages on. Brown treated his illness through standard means of prescription medicines, to no avail. That all changed when Brown took his first dab of CBD.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabis compound — or cannabinoid — that does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis that produces the sensory-stimulating “high” associated with marijuana use. It is credited, however, as a potential treatment for a wide scope of medical conditions.
Medical Daily published an article on Epidiolex — a liquid form of CBD that is used as a medication to control seizures — and High Times boasts CBD as a relief for cigarette addiction, diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Prion, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and insomnia. According to the CBDistillary’s website, where Brown purchased his dosage of CBD, the oil has been referred to as “the miracle drop” by satisfied users.
Hemp Health manufactures and supplies affordable goods that are infused with CBD to local dispensaries. The cannabis health care company offers oils, pills, drops, and salves at several locations throughout the nation. While Brown inhaled his CBD as a smoked concentrate, there are other ways to ingest; Hemp Health sells a vegan oral oil spray in flavors like vanilla, strawberry, and peppermint, among other tinctures. More information on these products and where to find them can be found on LeafBuyer; a quick search also leads to an array of dispensaries that offer coupons on salves and lotions.
CBD is not only useful for those facing extreme debilitation like Parkinson’s — it can also be used as a noncommittal relief for everyday aches and pains. Denver resident Morgan Mackey credits a CBD-infused lotion, called Mary Jane Pain Relief Salve, for helping her mother with her joint pain. It was important for her mother to use a product that did not affect her cognitively, so a topical formula was an ideal choice.
“My mom uses the cream to soothe her pain, and it doesn’t create any kind of contact high,” Mackey said. “It doesn’t go through the bloodstream, which would create the high by going through the brain; it’s absorbed to the skin directly to where the pain is and turns off those receptors in the skin.”
For Brown, CBD has been a relief from a pain that’s been haunting him for 19 years. After taking several dabs of the oil compound, Brown’s tremors subside and he feels relaxed – a temperament that has evaded him through seizures and sleep deprivation.
“Parkinson’s is definitely hard to get to a level where you’re comfortable,” Brown said. “My body always tenses up and atrophies, giving discomfort. Now,” he continued, after releasing a sigh, “I feel much less than I did five to 10 minutes ago.”
Brown’s niece, Haydyn Pike, cites CBD as a source of newfound peace and happiness for her uncle. “For Chris, it drastically suppresses his seizure activity and moderates the psychosis issues that follow,” Pike said. “It has allowed him to find comfort, something that was never even fathomable for many years.”
Pike lives in Washington, where recreational marijuana has been legalized since 2012, the same year as Colorado. She believes that easy access to cannabis products like CBD would benefit a wide range of users. “I would fight all day long for easy access to CBD for people who truly need it,” Pike said. “I am also aware that marijuana has very similar outcomes for people who suffer from an array of medical problems. I am wholeheartedly for the legalization of marijuana.”
“I would fight all day long for easy access to CBD for people who truly need it,” Pike said. “I am also aware that marijuana has very similar outcomes for people who suffer from an array of medical problems. I am wholeheartedly for the legalization of marijuana.”
In the meantime, CBD is accessible in Colorado and other cannabis-legalized states for purchase at medical dispensaries or online, in different forms. Products vary from gum to capsules to tinctures, as well as vaporizers and oils. The variety of CBD products allow for an expansive appeal to those seeking pain relief. For Brown, is use of CBD concentrate gave him a new sense of relief in a world of relentless disease. He has found aid in a world that has been haunted by Parkinson’s.
In a recent written review, Brown expressed his lasting impression with the CBC oil. “Pain and sleepless nights have haunted me for the last 19 years,” he wrote.
“I am pleased to report that the use of CBD products has significantly reduced my pain level from a 9 to about a 4-5. In addition, my sleep has also increased substantially. What a welcome change!”