Disclaimer: The team at Reakiro kindly sent me their CBD Oil Peppermint Spray. I received the product for free in exchange for providing an unbiased and truthful review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are mine alone.
In chronic illness, often lies a desperate search; a continual search for relief from debilitating symptoms. We leave appointments with various medications to help find the lasting relief we seek.
“In chronic illness, often lies a desperate search; a continual search for relief from debilitating symptoms. We leave appointments with various medications to help find the lasting relief we seek.” Click To Tweet
But often, instead of relief, there is just disappointment as such crippling symptoms endure. And with medications comes torturous side effects to contend with, as well as those they supposedly treat.
“But often, instead of relief, there is just disappointment as such crippling symptoms endure. And with medications comes torturous side effects to contend with, as well as those they supposedly treat. ” Click To Tweet
A life with chronic illness becomes one of starting one medication and stopping another. And switching to an alternative as it fails to work or becomes ineffective at their job. Is it any wonder, therefore, that many are looking towards alternative medicine to fight the incapacitating symptoms that accompany chronic illness?
One such alternative is that of CBD oil. One which has seen a surge in popularity and interest as a natural source of pain relief. But research has shown that it may ease other symptoms associated with chronic illness.
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What is CBD and How Does It Work?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, just one of many chemical compounds found in both cannabis and hemp plants, and both of which CBD is derived. Hemp is the usual choice; however, as cannabis also contains a potent and psychoactive compound known as THC. It is this that gives users a high, and as such can only be sought in places where it is legal to do so.
There are many different bodily systems which help keep them working as they should and help maintain balance. One such example is the endocannabinoid system (ECS); one thought to regulate a wide range of biological functions such including sleep, mood, immune response and pain to name but a few. When something is wrong, this system will release the body’s natural cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, to help restore balance.
And how does CBD factor in this? Well, CBD influences the body to use its endocannabinoids more effectively by activating or inhibiting other compounds in the ECS. For example, CBD helps stops the body from absorbing anandamide, a cannabinoid associated with regulating pain. If increased levels of anandamide are available, therefore, it may reduce the amount of pain a person experiences.
It may also limit inflammation in the brain and nervous system, benefitting people experiencing pain, insomnia, anxiety and other immune-system responses. As those with chronic conditions often exhibit these problems, it is no wonder, therefore, why CBD has been gaining much interest within the chronic illness community.
Is CBD Oil Legal?
Most of us are aware that cannabis is a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act, here in the UK. As a result, there is much confusion whether CBD is even legal, therefore. The Misuse of Drugs Act determines that most cannabinoids are illegal. However, CBD is an exception to this.
There are three conditions, which all CBD products on the market must adhere to, for it to be legal. The first condition is that the use of the product is medicinal. Also, the CBD must derive from an industrial hemp strain that has been approved by the EU. And lastly, that it contains less than 0.2 percent THC and not easily separated from it.
So Many Decisions To Consider Regarding CBD
The decision of whether or not to try CBD oil to help relieve your symptoms associated with a chronic illness is only one of many. One such choice is what form of CBD to take as each offers different benefits, and has both pros and cons associated with them.
To determine which form may be best suited for you, you need to consider your needs, type of pain and pain levels, and also how comfortable you feel regarding a particular method of consumption. Cost may also become a factor when deciding which to use, as price varies between the different products available.
CBD oil can take the form as creams and lotions (topicals), which is supposedly useful for localised pain relief. Tinctures, held under the tongue before swallowing, are relatively fast-acting; absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. Edible foods containing CBD offer a long-lasting effect but may take some time for its effects to kick in. Vaping although provides excellent pain relief delivering a higher dose, the inhalation, however, is not so suitable for the lungs.
Another issue to consider is where to purchase your CBD product of choice. If purchasing online, there can be uncertainty in the quality and concentration of what you are receiving.
Reakiro, however, is a great place to start, taking the stress of researching, and the worry of selecting a high-quality product away.
Who Are Reakiro?
Reakiro is a relatively new brand based in Europe. It is a brand that has full control of their CBD oil production from the purchase of the seeds, to the cultivating and harvesting of the plants. They also have control over the extracting, refining and packaging of their product.
Reakiro is one of the few European manufacturers who can consistently trace the entire product lifecycle from seed to sale. Every decision we make regarding our production is made with the sharpest attention to deal.
The production of CBD involves organic extraction to ensure purity and safeguard against contamination from any chemical solvents. The oil itself is available in a concentration of 3.5, 10 and 15 per cent.
Furthermore, Reakiro CBD Oil is a full spectrum (which means that it contains all the compounds, found naturally occurring in the plant) and also produced from the highest quality industrial hemp cultivated in the EU and tested by independent third-party laboratories.
Reakiro was also listed as one of the ‘Top 25 CBD Online Shops in Europe in 2020‘ by Strain Insider.
What Reakiro Offers
The site has an impressive number of different CBD oil products on their website, from a skincare range to CBD capsules. So, there is undoubtedly something suitable for most needs, and budget. Although, more information regarding the benefits for those in the chronic illness community might have been useful when deciding which product to purchase.
Furthermore, as Reakiro has full control of the production of its CBD oil, and tested by independent, and therefore, impartial laboratories, you can trust that you are receiving a high-quality product. When getting your order, you will also receive a copy of a laboratory report from a sample of their CBD oil. It shows, therefore, that Reakiro, provides the quality, consistency and transparency that you should expect from a company. It assures you that you can trust them, and have faith in the quality of its products.
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Review of the Reakiro CBD Oil Spray (Peppermint 1000mg)
I chose to review the Peppermint CBD Oil Spray (1000mg). Although been wanting to try CBD oil for some time now, I was wary of using the bottles with the dropper. Due to the neurological condition I live with, I often experience trembling in the hands, leading to clumsiness and a high likelihood of dropping things. As a result, there was the worry that I could use easily drop the bottle, wasting the oil that could help ease the symptoms that affect me significantly.
Furthermore, the spray offers the ease of being discreetly administered when out of the house, if needed.
Receiving The Product
The oil arrived in a sturdy cardboard box, with shredded cardboard inside protecting a cylindrical container. Inside was further padding, protecting the bottle of CBD oil from being damaged in transit. The order tracked, with a signature required upon delivery. It gave me confidence that the oil would reach me safely, especially with the ability to track the progress of the package while in transit.
Taking the oil did take getting used to, as the smell and taste of it is rather strong. The directions that Reakiro provide is to spray one or two times under the tongue, then hold for one minute before swallowing. Reakiro advises to use its spray twice daily, or as needed.
The CBD Oil sprays come in three different flavours – peppermint, blood orange or apple crumble. I chose the peppermint as I find that it is one that helps quell nausea I frequently experience. However, I found that the peppermint did little to mask the strong grassy taste of the CBD oil. And although unpleasant at first, it was not so disagreeable that I was unable to tolerate the taste. After a few days of using the spray, however, I was able to use it daily without having a strong physical reaction to it. It would be interesting to try the other flavours to determine whether they are better at masking the intense flavour.
Did CBD Oil Help With The Symptoms Associated With FND
The symptoms I experience as a result of FND have been particularly severe as late. It has been especially true regarding chronic pain; pain focused to the legs. In regards to my symptoms, I haven’t noticed any significant changes, although it has slightly taken the edge off the intense, debilitating pain. Although it is not much, it is very much welcome while in the midst of such crippling pain.
“I have noticed any significant changes in regards to my symptoms, but the CBD oil has slightly taken the edge off the intense, debilitating pain. It has also helped me feel calmer and less anxious since starting it.” Click To Tweet
I have, however, noticed that I am feeling a lot calmer and less anxious. It. may be that after a prolonged time of use, there might be more relief from the pain and other symptoms.
Those of us, living with chronic illness, are aware that there often is no cure to the conditions that affect us so. However, if we can find things that provide a modicum of relief, then it is worth making it a part of a treatment plan.
“There is often no cure, or effective treatment for our conditions. However, if we can find things, like CBD oil, to provide a modicum of relief, then it is worth making it a part of a treatment plan.” Click To Tweet
Haven’t found anything that has helped calm and soothes your symptoms of chronic illness? Why not try CBD a try; you have nothing to lose, and perhaps some relief to gain.