Patient interview: CBD oil takes the edge off the stinging pain

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Fewer pain impulses, better concentration and a clearer head. In this interview, Thea, who is married and a mother of three, shares her personal experiences with CBD oil from Sensi Seeds. A family member gave it to her hoping that it would do her good. You can read the whole report here.

Thanks very much Thea for taking the time and sharing your story with us and our readers.

Can you tell us something about the history of your illness?

I suffer from various ailments. I suffer from rheumatism, from a complex local pain syndrome, a metabolic disease called homocysteinemia, and I carry the BRCA1 gene, a form of aggressive breast cancer.

If a healthy person breaks a leg, it usually heals by putting it in plaster cast and taking some time. Not me, though. At the spot where I break a bone, circulatory disorders, oedema, or skin changes may occur. People who suffer from post-traumatic dystrophy are faced with functional restrictions to the affected limbs. You are simply incapable of doing anything. It could even lead to amputation. The healing process takes ages. For me, things have gone relatively well so far, but the pain remains. My limbs are still thick and swollen.

Because of the homocysteinemia, my body doesn’t absorb folic acid, vitamin C or vitamin B12. As a result, I have nerve pain, I suffer from recurring flu symptoms and I simply don’t feel well. Because of all this suffering and the metabolic disease, I lack the euphoric hormone. I became depressed; at least, that’s what everybody thought until my metabolism disease was diagnosed.

Last September, my breasts were amputated because I carry the BRCA1 gene, the breast cancer gene. Type I is the aggressive form. The breast and ovary cancer risk for women carrying this gene is 80%. As a preventive measure, my ovaries and Fallopian tubes were removed two years ago. In September, my breasts were amputated and the procedure was followed by an immediate reconstruction.

Which medication do you take?

I take a lot of medicines, including Paracetamol with codeine and Celecoxib, which takes away the stinging pain that the rheumatism causes. I take four 500 mg tablets of Paracetamol with codeine a day, so 2000 mg in total.

To combat the metabolic weaknesses, I get vitamin B12 injections, after which I always feel as if I’m coming down with the flu. I need the injections every two weeks.

When you’re going in for an operation, first, you get sleeping tablets, followed by other medication that clams you down, Oxazepam in my case. You become weak and somehow experience everything differently. After the operation, I received morphine, both the fast-working and slow-working variant, but that made me feel very sombre and sleepy.

Woman sitting on a bed and a Sensi Seed bag in front of her

Why CBD oil?

My brother gave me a bottle of Sensi Seeds CBD oil. He had read about it and wanted to do something positive for me.

How does the CBD oil work for you?

Because of the oil, I was able to reduce my intake of morphine after the operation in September quite quickly and the stinging pains stayed away. This enabled me to partake in conversations again, talk to my children and I felt much clearer mentally. The morphine made me sleep a lot and that was not a nice situation to be in. Also, morphine carries a risk of addiction, which of course I don’t like at all. After all, I’m already taking a lot of medication.

Everything simply goes well with the CBD oil.  It also influenced other things. My nerve pain has decreased. Normally, I needed a vitamin B12 injection in my muscles every two weeks, after which I always feel as if I’m coming down with the flu within a week. And then it’s about time for the next injection. It struck me that, because of the CBD oil, I was able to postpone the injections and the flu symptoms were gone. I had less pain and could concentrate better.

All in all, I feel calmer and better with CBD oil. I have always slept a lot but with CBD, I am able to carry on for much longer.

There is a clearly noticeable difference between taking CBD and not taking it. After the operation in September, I took the CBD oil straight away, which I didn’t do after yesterday’s operation.

What happened?

There were problems with my prosthesis and I needed emergency surgery to my right breast. The operation was carried out in the outpatients’ department, as no operation theatre was available. I was operated on polyclinically without anaesthesia and I felt everything. The pain was enormous. This morning, I called my GP for help because I had hardly slept as a result of the pain last night.

At present, I can clearly feel the difference between not taking the CBD oil and taking it. Because I didn’t expect the operation, I didn’t have a bottle on me. Right now, I’m in real pain, the sutures are misbehaving badly and I have hardly slept.

How many drops do you take daily?

Sensi Seed CBD oil pack and a bottle against the white background

I take 20 drops when I wake up in the morning. It’s the first thing I do. I put them under my tongue, where they dissolve. That is enough for the whole day. I don’t need more, not even in the afternoon. When I go to bed at night, I do take Paracetamol with codeine.

How quickly does the CBD oil start taking effect for you?

After 20 minutes.

After the very first time I took it, I noticed that things changed within two days. I had secretly smuggled it into the hospital when I had the breast operation in September. I was operated on Thursday and on Friday morning, I started taking the oil straightaway. When I came home on the Sunday I noticed that I wasn’t feeling too bad, I was able to concentrate better and had less pain. I decided then and there to reduce my morphine intake. So it happened quite quickly.

Any final remarks?

More people should have access to CBD oil, whether over-the-counter, in dispensaries or via hospitals. It can be a blessing as a supportive treatment.

Thank you Thea.

If you want to know more about the topic of CBD in medicine, you can read about the possible applications here.

A general overview of cannabinoids in medicine can be found here.

Do you want to share your experiences with CBD?

If you have had positive experiences with Sensi Seeds CBD oil and want to share these with us, then please leave a comment below this article.

We are looking forward to it.

The Sensi Seeds Team

  • Disclaimer:
    This article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your doctor or other licensed medical professional. Do not delay seeking medical advice or disregard medical advice due to something you have read on this website.


9 thoughts on “Patient interview: CBD oil takes the edge off the stinging pain”

  1. Angeles Iglesias

    Me gustaría saber si se puede adquirir el aceite en una concentración superior. Concretamente al 15%

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hola Angeles,

      Gracias por su mensaje. En este momento no tenemos aceite de canamo con mas de 3% de CBD.

      sensi Seeds

      1. sierrastevens

        soud gerat my dather has bulging disc in her back and I hade too back surgery and taking pan pills how much this stuff cost were can we fine iy at

  2. lynn mcguire

    Looking for advice my daughter has intercranial hypertension amongst other ailment is cbd what I should give her

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Dear Lynn,

      Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, as Sensi Seeds is not a medical practice, we are not able to provide any advice relating to medical situations other than to consult your doctor or other licensed medical professional. This article, written specifically for healthcare providers who may not be aware of the many properties of cannabis, may be useful to you in talking with your doctor. You could also try to contact local medicinal cannabis support groups, if you have not already done so. In the UK, there is the United Patients Alliance (you can find them on Facebook) and in the US and EU there are many branches of NORML (google NORML followed by your area name). You can find a bit more information about our CBD oil here and here (scroll down for information). We hope this is helpful.

      With best wishes,


  3. De helende werking van CDB olie kennen we niet. Hebben het ook nooit gebruikt. De kracht van cannabis als homeopathie , pijnstillend, rustgevend is niet te betwijfelen. Mijn echtgenote is al meer dan tien jaar verlamd als gevolg van een zware hersenbloeding, met als gevolg dagelijks pijn spasme in het verlamde ledematen. Zelf van 1990 tot 2000 drie zware rug operaties, ondergaan, met daarbij dan nog een dubbele nek- hernia. van 1990 tot 2007 was medicatie als morfine geen uitzondering. Tot mijn echtgenote als anesthesiste en collega anesthesist, voor de pijnbestrijding een proef deden met een samenstelling van warme melk, cannabis, gember, boter en honing.
    Proef was zeer bevredigend, morfine werd op een paar dagen afgebouwd.
    Een “bijna” pijnloos leven was een droom. Van eind 2014 hebben we in samenspraak met de huisarts besloten voor de de pijnbestrijding van de spasmen bij mijn echtgenote, eenzelfde substantie te gebruiken. Zaadjes besteld bij Sensi Seeds, maakt het mogelijk om een zuiver plant te kweken. De wetenschap dat de cannabis zuiver is, geeft een geruststelling. Wat CDB olie betreft kunnen we ons niet uitspreken bij gebrek uit ondervinding. Hetzelfde zijn uitspraken inzake genezende kracht van dezer plant. De kracht als pijnstiller en zijn helende kracht , is tenslotte al bewezen voor diegene die deze op de juiste wijze gebruikt en niet misbruikt.

  4. Hi guys,my question is what’s in it is this pure cbd oil or is it mixed with other things,sounds like a great product and what method of extraction is used.Thanks.

    1. Scarlet Palmer - Sensi Seeds

      Hi Stuart,

      Thank you for your comment. Here is some information for you from our CBD Oil product page:
      “One bottle of 10ml Sensi Seeds CBD Oil contains 300mg of CBD (cannabidiol).
      This extract is made from hemp plants grown within the European Union, without the use of pesticides or herbicides, in order to produce a safe product of the highest quality.

      Sensi Seeds CBD Oil contains different phytocannabinoids, the most well-known being CBD, CBC (cannabichromene), CBG (cannabigerol), and CBN (cannabinol).
      It also contains terpenes, including Myrcene, Limonene, Alpha & Beta -pinene, Linalool, B-caryophyllene, Caryophyllene oxide, Humulene, Nerolidol and Phytol.

      Other natural substances found in Sensi Seeds CBD Oil include: alkanes, nitrogenous compounds, amino acids, sugars, aldehydes, ketones, flavonoids, glycosides, vitamins, pigments, water and hemp seed oil.”

      We use supercritical CO2 extraction to win the CBD from the plant material, an efficient method which ensures no trace of solvent remains in the final product.

      I hope this fully answers your questions 🙂

      With best wishes,


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