CBD, Plain Jane, and a Whole Lotta Gratitude

August 16, 2020 by Chris Grosso

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A little over a year ago I began to experience some gnarly backpain. As an avid runner, I chalked it up to an injury related to that. As an avid idiot, I continued running nevertheless.

Over the next three months, my back pain increased significantly resulting in my inability to run altogether. After a few x-rays, some bloodwork, and a CT scan—the results of which showed nothing out of the ordinary (which I’d later find is quite common when it comes to back injuries).

By this point, I was worn out, frustrated, and disheartened. Not only was I unable to run, but simple activities such as standing up and sitting down, getting in and out of cars, or grocery shopping became borderline unbearable at times because of the pain. Any semblance of quality of life was non-existent for me. I promise I’m not being dramatic in these sentiments. Anyone who has experienced serious to severe back issues can certainly vouch for that.

Eventually, my doctor ordered an MRI, the results showing that I had a herniated disc, severe spinal stenosis, disc bulges, and degenerative disc disease. (Yeah, it’s about as fun as it sounds.) 

Up to this point, I’d been taking 500mg of Naproxen (NSAID) 2-3 times daily, doing weekly physical therapy sessions, using an inversion table and stability ball, heat packs, ice packs, lidocaine patches, and more—all of which resulted in little return.

My primary care then referred me to a pain management clinic I’d already been taking 500mg of Naproxen 2-3 times a day, doing weekly physical therapy, using an inversion table, stability ball, heat packs, ice packs, lidocaine patches, and more—all of which resulted in little return.

After looking at my MRI results, the pain clinic physician strongly suggested three rounds of spinal injections over three months. “Spinal injections” certainly didn’t sound like my idea of a good time, but the level of pain I was in left me willing to try almost anything.

So, to make a long story short(ish)—spinal injections suck. Seriously, as someone who’s covered head to toe in tattoos, I have no shame saying that I wanted to tap after they began. In all fairness though, I have to say the injections did provide some relief, but it was short-lived before the pain returned.

Knowing I did not want to endure that experience again, I began searching online for alternative pain relief options I’d yet to try. This search led me to an article on Healthline’s website in which they discussed the benefits of CBD in relation to pain, anxiety, and several other ailments.

I was vaguely familiar with CBD, but in all honesty, ignorantly wrote it off as “stoner meds” because of its relationship with marijuana. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The following is an excerpt from the aforementioned Healthline article:

“Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Better known as CBD, it is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa (1).

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.

This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.

It’s gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may ease symptoms of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.”

That was enough to pique my curiosity and inspired me to read numerous other articles and studies regarding CBD, the majority of which left me impressed.

Before we go any further I’d be remised to note that as with any type of medicine or medication, there is always the potential for adverse effects. So, if CBD is something you’re interested in exploring once you’ve finished this article, please, do your own independent research. If you have a primary care physician, a therapist or psychiatrist, support network, or anyone else along those lines, and feel moved to discuss your interest in CBD with them, please do. Our intuition and direct experience are certainly our greatest guides, however, receiving feedback from others we trust is never a bad idea.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, after spending time researching various CBD companies, I came across Plain Jane. As I explored their website, and read the overwhelming praise customers shared about their products, I felt as though I’d finally found a reputable and honest CBD company. (Unfortunately, there are a lot of “snake oil salesmen” out there capitalizing on CBD’s ever-growing popularity and sell sub-par products that provide little (if any) actual benefit to users.) 

After speaking with their incredibly kind “Customer Experience Manager” Sabine, Plain Jane was kind enough to gift me with some of their products and thus began my CBD journey. The following is my honest (and subjective) review of those items.

 

 Golden Cherry Flower

Golden Cherry Flower

Up first was the Golden Cherry flower. Holy hell was I impressed with the amount of pain relief I felt within seconds. Add to that a pleasant sense of calm accompanying it and I was off to a very promising start. Now, I can be a bit skeptical at times and caught myself thinking, “this is too good to be true” and I was possibly experiencing a placebo effect. After several more uses, all of which provided similar results, there was no doubt left that this had anything to do with placebo.

I haven’t smoked anything in a pretty long time and was immediately surprised by how much Golden Cherry looked, smelled, and tasted like marijuana. And therein lies my disclaimer that I have no idea what the current lingo is regarding all of this stuff, so if any of this sounds outdated, that’d be why.

Something I greatly appreciate about CBD is that there’s no kind of psychoactive experience that comes along with it. I’m not anti-pot by any means, but I just don’t like the way being high makes me feel (unpopular opinion, I know). So, if that’s something you’re worried about too, don’t be. All of these products are psychoactive experience free!

Verdict: Highly Recommended! Click HERE to check out Golden Cherry! ($14.99-$31.99)

Rogue Flower

Rogue Flower

In retrospect, the Golden Cherry flower may not have been the best one to start with because it set the bar incredibly high. I tried the Rogue flower next and while it was in no way bad, it just didn’t hold up in comparison to Golden Cherry for me.

Rogue is one of Plain Jane’s most popular flowers. The reviews on their website are exceptionally positive overall, and after using the flower for a while, I can see why. So, while this wasn’t my favorite flower, it was still appreciated. Rogue also provided an opportunity to do a little experimenting with, which I’ll elaborate on in my “Caviar” Twax Joint review below.

Verdict: Even though Rogue wasn’t my favorite, it still did its job, which makes it worth checking out in my book. Click HERE to check out Rogue. ($7.00-$525.00)

Charlotte’s Web Pre-Roll

Charlottes Web Pre-Roll

Human beings like convenience, so the idea of Pre-Roll’s is pretty rad in my opinion. The Charlotte’s Web strain was on par with Golden Cherry. It noticeably reduced my pain and helped with anxiety for sure.

The smell and taste of Charlotte’s Web are great and easy to smoke throughout a few sessions if desired (which I did). The effects were especially appreciated in the evening as it made me feel incredibly relaxed and helped me to fall asleep (which can be a challenge at times).

Verdict: Definitely worth it. Click HERE to check out Charlotte’s Web Pre-Roll. ($4.50-$75.99)

“Caviar” Twax Join

Twax Joint

So, here’s the thing about the “Caviar” Twax joint… it works very well for pain reduction and anxiety (like, really, really, well). However, it’s also hella messy, or at least for me, it was. Unlike Charlotte’s Web Pre-Roll, where I could smoke a bit at a time and easily put it out for later use, the Twax joint fell apart when I tried to do the same. Perhaps Twax is meant to be smoked in one use, but it’s much more than my novice ass could handle if so.

All was not lost however as I scraped the Kief off the outside, emptied the flower on the inside, and made my own little strain, combining this with the Rogue flower. The result was a much easier smoking experience and bringing new life to the Rogue flower that I wasn’t a big fan of to begin with.

Verdict: Recommended, but be prepared for things to possibly get messy. Click HERE to check out “Caviar” Twax Joint! ($9.99)

1000mg CBD Oil

Tincture

The first thing I noticed with the CBD oil is how pungent the odor and taste was. Having never tried a tincture before this could be how they all smell and taste for all I know… but yeah, it’s rather formidable.

That said, this stuff is great. It works wonders for relaxation and pain. I began by using a quarter of the dropper 3 times a day, slowly working my way up to a full dropper 3 times a day over a week. I appreciated that this oil didn’t really make me feel drowsy during the day, yet also helped with sleep in the evening. There’s also the benefit of not having to worry about any smell as with the flowers, making it super convenient to use at any time.

Verdict: Smell and taste aside, this is definitely worth a try. Click HERE to check out 1000mg CBD Oil! (1fl oz/30 ml, $25.99-$28.99)  

Hempress Flower

Hempress Flower

Hempress is easily my 2nd favorite flower (Golden Cherry being the 1st) that Plain Jane sent. Within seconds after my first inhale I felt a wave of relaxation come over my entire body. After several subsequent uses, I didn’t notice much in the way of pain relief, but the calming effects alone make this beyond worthy.

I found this to be smokable at any time of the day without making me feel drowsy, which was strange because of the incredible sense of calm it provided. The smell and taste were pleasant and didn’t feel harsh while smoking. This stuff is a godsend.  

Verdict: Yes, please! Click HERE to check out Hempress Flower! ($9.99-$475.00)

CBD Salve

Salve Front

This stuff works wonders for pain! I was a bit skeptical at first as I’ve tried everything from Lidocaine patches to heat and ice and other various topicals, but all to no avail. Plain Jane’s CBD salve however did not disappoint. Rubbing a little bit of this thoroughly into my lower back had me feeling much better within 5-10 minutes. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue, and the Peppermint scent was refreshing, and the container is compact, making it easy to carry for multiple applications throughout the day.

I’m not sure what else there is to say about a salve… oh, this also comes in Lavender and Lemon Grass scent, so there’s that.

Verdict: Great for pain relief. Give it a try! Click HERE to check out the salve. (2oz, $14.99)

 

I’m beyond grateful to Plain Jane for providing me with some high-quality products that shattered any doubts I had about the efficacy of CBD.

Plain Jane’s prices are incredibly reasonable, and they’re always offering some great promotional deals (so signing up for their mailing list is recommended).

In full transparency, I have not tried any other brands of CBD so I’m aware that my comparative gauge is thus non-existent. But having such a positive experience with these products, I haven’t felt the need to go anywhere else.  

Final Verdict: I highly recommend Plain Jane and sincerely hope that if you decide to try their products, they bring you the same sense of peace and pain relief that I’m infinitely grateful to now be experiencing. May all beings be free from suffering. On the real.

 

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Chris Grosso is a writer, public speaker, mental health youth group facilitator, and author with Simon & Schuster. He also writes for Revolver Magazine, Fangoria, and has spoken at a bunch of fancy-schmancy festivals and conferences (as well as even more events that were significantly less than fancy-schmancy). Chris's podcast, The Indie Spiritualist, is hosted on Ram Dass's Be Here Now Network.