Some of you know I’ve been doing a lot of research on alternatives to opioids (and benzodiazepines).
A few months ago, I tried CBD (with my PM’s permission). I didn’t find that it helped with my back pain, but it does get rid of my migraines. Specifically, I have been using pure crystalized CBD isolate from hemp, which I vaporize. My migraines go away within a couple minutes.
Regarding the legality of CBD, check with your state (it is legal in all but a handful now). It is also federally legal if sourced from hemp. The DEA issued guidance on the matter last year, but it caused a lot of confusion. There are a few instances where police misapplied that guidance. The intent of the guidance was to exclude industrial hemp and its derivatives from Schedule I, but it doesn't clearly read that way.
The DEA has since (in oral arguments before the 9th Circuit) re-affirmed that hemp and hemp-based products legalized in the 2014 Farm Bill are not scheduled. The 9th Circuit (who tend to be very left-leaning) was asked to address this issue by the hemp growers association. They will issue a ruling soon on what to do about the confusion.
While some of you are in MM states, those who are not may want to explore the expanding hemp-medicinal market. In addition to hemp oil, and pure CBD isolate, hemp growers are now selling even their buds. So long as their contents are under .3% THC, unless your state has laws otherwise, they are legal (per the 2014 Farm Bill). In theory, one advantage of them over pure CBD is that they contain CBDA, CBDN, etc., other non-psychoactive cannabanoids, thus allowing for what is known as the "entourage effect."
Nonetheless, while pure CBD shouldn’t lead to a positive THC test, there is a chance that “full spectrum” hemp oil and hemp buds will. Hence, be sure to discuss with your PM. I plan to discuss this with him in a few weeks (though will delay if I end up seeing his PA).
I have yet to try these buds, but there are now about a dozen websites selling them. Some of them are reviewed on mjgeeks.com (Admin – this is not a link to a retailer, just a review website). Some have trace amounts of THC; some have 0%.
If I recall correctly, we're now at 20 states with medical marijuana, 9 states with recreational (plus DC). There's another five states that should decide on MM this year (OK, KY, SD, UT, MO).
P.S. With my other supplements (Agmatine and Tianeptine), still am pain-free much of the day. I just took a week off Tianeptine to see what would happen -- somewhat more pain, and mood was definitely down.