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Mary’s Medicinals CBN Pen Review

Mary’s Medicinals CBN Gel Pen

Today is a gloomy day here in Colorado, so it is a great time to write a review.  Thankfully we are getting rain, because my plants really needed it!  There are so few bad days here, so I am just now writing this!

Cannabinol (CBN) is one of those compounds that is usually only found in small amounts within the flowers. and is the product of breaking down THC as it oxidizes.  According to Medical Jane, “Cannabis is widely used as a sleep-aid for those who suffer from insomnia and cannabinol is the reason why. By all accounts, CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the sedative effects of cannabis. Because of this, I tend to reserve high-CBN strains for night use.”    PERFECT.  Insomnia is one of my biggest issues!

Over the last 2 weeks, I have been using the Mary’s Medicinals CBN Pen 5 days out of the week.  ( I wanted to have those extra 2 days as controls and to compare.)   The first thing that surprised me was the smell.  I actually think it smells really good!  No cannabis smell at all!   While I know some would love walking around smelling like their favorite dispensary, I am not one of those!  (Though my dispensary is my second favorite smell after coffee.)    The size of the tube is actually ideal for geriatric hands as well.  I can’t grip and am missing half my knuckles, so ease of use is important.  You can twist the base to lock and unlock it (hardest thing to do), and all you have to do is push up.

This is the hand that has to use the pen! They are actually beautiful now – 2 surgeries later!

This is a transdermal gel medicine, meaning it goes directly on the skin.  Their website has these directions:  Placed directly on the skin and gently rubbed in, the transdermal gel delivery method has the same bioavailability as our patch, but is faster acting and shorter lasting. Our gel pens are accurately dosed with 50 (2mg) pumps of active cannabinoids. Each gel pen uses our unique child safe dosing mechanism. Simply rotate the top portion of the pen clockwise to unlock the child safety mechanism, and back the other direction to lock it after dispensing.

After rubbing it on the tops of both feet and wrists/tops of hands, it took about 40 minutes before I noticed any effect.  I wasn’t high or buzzed, however my eyelids would start to feel heavy.   Of the 10 nights I used it, this happened all but 2.   When I went to bed, I actually slept longer by about 2 hours.  Normally, I am up several times a night and am an extremely light sleeper.  The nights I used the CBN, my first sleep was about 5 hours straight, compared with 3 hours on a normal night.  I also got back to sleep easier after waking.  Over all, I am highly pleased with this product!

The bad part was cost.  Unfortunately, this pen averages about $40 for a 50mg tube.  Using 8mg (my “just right” dose) a night adds up quickly.  Unfortunately, I am not sure how many patients are blessed with the finances to keep that up!  Maybe ending prohibition would drive the pricing down, so be sure to come out in support of green soon!  Health should not be cost prohibitive!

Granddaddy Purple – Strain Review

Granddaddy Purple is a great indica for severe pain and insomnia.
Granddaddy Purple is a great indica for severe pain and insomnia.

Type:  Granddaddy Purple, indica

Uses: moderate to severe pain, nausea, insomnia, neuropathy, muscle spasms

Smell: GDP smells like grapes on the vine or how a tomato plant smells.  You have the herby smell, but there is a fruity smell to it. One smells the herb first (not overly pungent) then the fruity scent is almost an after thought.

Commentary:  Granddaddy Purple tastes like a nutty black spice tea.  I would use this instead of a muscle relaxer or a hydrocodone.  It vaporizes on a lower temperature, so be careful to not burn it.  This strain takes about 10 minutes to realize the full extent of the effects, so also be mindful not to over indulge.  If you do, I am sure there is a pizza, couch, and a couple of movies that will gladly sacrifice themselves for your swift recovery.   Other than that, there won’t be any lingering ill effects.  GDP is a potent strain and currently my second favorite for pain relief.

Sleeping good for the first time

My mindset going into this was very skeptical.  By nature, I try to be realistic so I can be more positive about my illnesses.  I know I won’t find a magical cure, or be able to rock climb just from marijuana.  Honestly, I didn’t think there were too many medical applications except for nausea and wasting!  (WRONG!)

Normally, I “sleep” roughly 2-3 hours a night, but never more than 90 minutes at a time.  This describes a fantastic night for me.  Most nights I spent awake, meditating because I knew I had to rest both my mind and body.  Exhaustion was a normal thing and my body never had a chance to shut down and heal.  Most of the body’s healing is done during sleep, so insomnia especially hurts autoimmuners.  When someone is in constant pain, their body loses the ability to shut off.  We are in a constant elevated state of alert.

In the last 6 weeks, the biggest positive change has been my sleep patterns.  I went from 2-3 hours of non-continuous sleep to 5-7 hours of good, deep sleep.  I NEVER NEVER NEVER want to go back to where I was with regard to sleep.  Holy cow what a difference!  Instead of maybe falling asleep around 7am, I am asleep by 2am.  Dealing with intense pain is SO much easier after a good night sleep.  Sometimes we don’t realize just how exhausted we are when we can’t get sleep to restore our bodies!

It did take some time to find the strain I needed to get such sleep.  I tried strains like Nehi Grape and Orange Kush first, but didn’t get the results I was hoping for.  Then Alien OG was recommended by a budtender.  BEST. SLEEP. IN. YEARS.   I didn’t wake up groggy, and slept continuously!   I had found my replacement for zoldipam!  Why take that when one has an all natural, nontoxic remedy!

Because of my success with sleep, I decided to try and wean off my narcotics as well.  If a strain of cannabis worked that well on my night time pain – maybe we can find a day time routine!  What ever I do, it has to be functional yet effective.  And that is a topic for another post!