Peoria Ill. (HOI) While recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Illinois yet, there are pieces cannabis seeing booming popularity and people say it’s changing their lives.
It’s completely legal, it’s called CBD Oil.
“Honestly I was taking Norco, Ultram, and Diclofenac all at the same time. That’s a lot of medication,” said Tamara Hopkins of Peoria.
It was April 2017 when Hopkins was glued to the couch, bottles of narcotics by her side. After a week of rest, her recovery wan’t over from a back injury and normal activities with her son were not the same.
“To walk around that park… all day… was miserable. I suffered through it, I did it, but I was miserable,” said Hopkins. She’s referring to a family trip at Universal Studios.
The Peoria mother did steroid injections, physical therapy and several pain medications for a L5S1 herniated disc. However, she says it all acted as a band aid and she was willing to try anything to be active with her 7-year-old son again. So, she tried CBD oil.
Corey Dolan at Preckshot Pharmacy explains it’s a substance extracted from marijuana, or it’s cousin hemp.
“They’re both under the family of cannabis. The difference is, is that hemp derived CBD oil has .3 percent or less THC versus your marijuana which will contain up to 30 percent THC,” said Dolan.
THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that gives people the high feeling, so Dolan says people that use hemp derived CBD won’t get that feeling, but what they could feel is relief.
“We see anxiety and depression, pain and inflammation, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, psoriasis… We have a lot of patients with those conditions seeing benefits,” said Dolan.
Dolan says he can only speak on anecdotal evidence, but inflammation is the number one reason people seek CBD at Preckshot.
CBD oil is only FDA approved for the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy, but it’s not FDA regulated.
“Because it’s not regulated by the FDA it’s very important that you not only find out if it’s third party tested, but that every batch is third party tested,” said Dolan.
It comes in different forms, from balms… gummies.. to tinctures.
For Hopkins, tincture CBD was relief from crippling back pain but it came with a price.
“The cost was hard to swallow,” said Hopkins.
Some CBD tinctures price between $100- $150 depending on size and milligrams.
And while the price of a bottle might look high, Dolan and Hopkins agree through experience that you get what you pay for.
“100-percent you get what you pay for. We’ve actually had several patients come in that get our line of CBD, they had great outcomes so they say ‘hey I’m gonna go on the internet, everything’s cheaper on Amazon’ They tried it and they came back,” said Dolan.
“After insurance for a year of treatment, between the shots, the therapy, the office visits… was almost $3,000. If I have to choose $3,000 in a year or $300, because a bottle tends to last me about six months, I’m going to choose the cheaper option that honestly helps me more,” said Hopkins.
Hopkins says she started with a cheaper CBD oil and saw some benefits, but the more expensive brands came with higher milligrams, which gave her the ability to push pills aside.
“With a quarter of a dropper every morning, I’m 90-percent pain free. I rarely take my Diclofenac… or Alieve. and I never take norco. I’m not embarrassed to use to CBD, with norco I was,” said Hopkins.
Pain relief is just one of the reported benefits. Vance Termaat turned to CBD in October and says it helped him control his diabetes.
“I found that my blood sugars didn’t drop, didn’t spike they basically started to regulate,” said Termaat.
But even with recommendation from a friend and personal research, he still had his doubts.
“Reluctant? Yes. I didn’t really think anything like this would really work right? I was kind of looking at it like a passing fad, snake oil kind of thing,” said Termaat.
Similar to Hopkins story, Termaat got a steroid injection for his elbow pain. He says it only last a few months. While CBD oil wasn’t immediate relief, he says it took a few weeks to feel relief.
“It’s not really that you noticed it, it’s that you didn’t notice it… it’s one day you wake up and you don’t notice it. You don’t notice the pain in your elbow is there,” said Termaat.
However, Dolan at Preckshot warns there is a conversation you should have with your employer if you turn to these products. While it is uncommon, there is a small chance the .3% THC or less, could show up on a drug test.
“There is a possibility that this will show up on a drug test, it’s rare… but it is possible. We do let our patients know that,” said Dolan.
Hopkins tells Jenise Rebholz that she was open and honest with her boss about using CBD and since, she doesn’t go a day without it.
“It’s my CBD oil! Can’t go without my CBD oil. I take it with me wherever I go, I want to make sure I have it and I won’t be without it,” said Hopkins.
Some reported side effects of using CBD are change of appetite and mood. Dolan warns that CBD oil will not work for everyone and consistency is key.
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