Hello! I do not have a response regarding what you should take, BUT want you to know I am exactly where you are! Three level lumbar fusion on 02/05/18, no staples thank goodness (they used glue), but am weaning myself off of pain meds ( I don’t like their side effects, as you stated). Weaning off the pain meds leaves me susceptible to flare ups when I do my PT or go for my daily walks three times a day. I surely hope someone answers the question you posed, as I would like to know! Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery! Stay strong!

Finally, in general, we almost always recommend full spectrum tinctures over supplements made from isolates (extracts of CBD alone). Full-spectrum or whole plant tinctures take advantage of the ‘entourage effect’ that comes from combining all the naturally occurring chemicals found in the hemp plant. Isolates are great for cooking with CBD or consumers that are especially sensitive to the taste of hemp extract, but some research suggests they may be less effective for certain uses than full spectrum extracts. All but two of the brands below are made from full spectrum hemp, and the exceptions are clearly noted.
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CBD hemp oil supplements are taken to promote homeostasis within the body. Why tamper with this balance by choosing a supplement loaded with artificial ingredients? HempMeds® uses all-natural ingredients in all our CBD hemp oil products for a pure, healthful dietary supplement. These ingredients include botanical extracts like peppermint oil and almond oil and sustainable beeswax, coconut oil, and ginger root. Our commitment to high-quality, natural ingredients promotes well-being and preserves the balance our products were designed to create. Here are some more details about the natural ingredients we use:
This is a hugely beneficial effect of CBD. Free radicals are the culprits when it comes to oxidative damage and inflammation. But CBD’s antioxidant properties can help to combat the negative effects of everyday exposure to elements that increase the production of free radicals. These elements include pervasive, but hugely unsurprising, things like:
But, and there’s always a “but” when it comes to weed in America, unless you’re buying cannabis CBD in a state where weed is recreationally legal or have a medical card in a legalized state, you’re shopping in the unregulated market that is industrial hemp CBD. (Full disclosure: I've worked with restaurants to launch hemp-CBD drinks and am the co-founder of Nice Paper, a site about cannabis.)
CBD oil is similar to other products in that it is capable of being “watered down.” Some companies will try to eke out a higher profit margin by fooling their customers into thinking they’re getting more for less. It is important to pay attention to the concentration level of the CBD oil you’re buying in order to ensure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Although concentrations of CBD can vary quite a bit across the broad range of CBD products, a quality product will start off having somewhere between 250mg to 1,000mg per fluid ounce. This matters because if you were to purchase a 4 ounce bottle that contained 250mg of CBD, your concentration would be a mere 62.5 mg of CBD per ounce – hardly enough to reap the full benefits of CBD. It’s always important to look at the concentration level of the CBD you’re buying.
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