There's a thin line between eccentricity and madness, a line that often blurs for me as the father of seven demanding, curious and deeply-loveable children. Today, as I write this, my knee aches intensely. It’s the residue of an errant soccer ball, catapulted with youthful enthusiasm by my youngest daughter, that found its home against my knee. Of course, I laughed it off, not wanting to dampen her joy, but as the day wore on, a quiet throbbing settled in.
It was the tenacity of my child paired with the unpredictability of the game, one of our many impromptu backyard matches, that sprained my knee and left me limping. But fear not, dear reader, for as always, my trusty companion in adversity stood by me – Cannabidiol or, as we all know it, CBD.
Before I dive into my salvation, let me clarify something. Even though our father, the Holy See, planted the seed of Catholic faith within me, it is my choice to follow a straight-edge lifestyle. This may raise eyebrows, for how can a man of faith and sobriety stand in defense of a substance extracted from a plant infamous for its psychoactive attributes? But let me assure you, I have done extensive research before welcoming CBD oil into my life.
CBD does not generate a 'high'. It is non-psychoactive unlike its kin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). In fact, CBD oil, particularly when used for physical ailments, promises no intrusion into my spiritual balance, or any hallucinatory experiences. Only relief. Pure relief from pain and discomfort, which brings me back to my story.
As the backyard soccer game left my knee contorted in pain, I reached for my CBD oil. I followed my usual routine: I massaged the oil gently onto the affected area, and within minutes, I could sense my body responding to this natural medication. The throbbing subsided and the shooting pain that had crippled me all day began to fade away.
The efficacy of CBD is largely due to its influence on the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, a system that controls multiple functions such as pain, sleep, and immune system response. By interacting with the neurotransmitters, CBD reduces inflammation and pain. Today, it was my knee, but I have seen the same soothing effect on my chronic back pain, arthritis and even on stressful days when migraine decides to take over.
Let me finish by saying this – CBD oil doesn't erase the parenting struggles, the chaos, or the physical discomfort that accompanies a busy life of fatherhood. But it does help. It has become the salve to my woes, mental and physical alike. How divine it feels, to find relief in nature, a relief that is non-habit forming, therapeutic and devoid of any intoxicating effects. I feel blessed to have discovered CBD oil for my ailments, and I only wish that my story may help reassure others seeking clarity on the same.
So let the eccentric journey of fatherhood continue, I've got my CBD at the ready.