At this point I can honestly say that the CBD:THC and very small doses (four 00 caps of red vein) are helping. The real test is later this week or next when I completely eliminate the opioid (kicked off by a stupid doctor and two stupid assistants finally). I've had no adverse effects from the kratom, although I've been very wary of this.
The kratom is
"wonderfully" bitter, and reminds me of henna. I was a hairdresser for years, and dealt with a lot of the stuff. However, I was painting it on people's hair, not ingesting it.
I heard someone mention small tapioca sheets made in Japan for just the purpose of "wrapping" medicines and powders, and I've ordered some. (they just got delivered! Tiny strawberry flavored things. Will try tonight) I tried putting a half teaspoon into an Odwalla Blueberry Monster, but could only get a gulp down at a time. lol, it ended up taking me an hour to drink half a bottle. Slightly better than a homeopathic remedy of boiled herbs, which was so vile that I gave up homeopathy (and I'm a person who will eat anything, not fussy) haha! Maybe you get used to it. Or more likely, those of us RLS sufferers get so desperate, we take it anyway, horrific taste and all.
At any rate, the doses I'm taking of all of the above, do not make me high, which is something I really, really
, didn't want. The first time I overdid the THC and like others, woke in the night, no RLS, but was horribly dizzy, which is part of the high feeling I hate. I have pure THC tincture (30 mg per dropper), CBD THC 1:1 (7.5 mg of each) , and CBD THC 18:1 (28 mg CBD, 1.5 THC). I keep the THC at around 7.5 mg and use another CBD tincture without THC with it. I do think you need THC to sort of "activate" the party.
During this time, the "pain medicine people" took me off ativan, and have been reducing my opiates. The first couple weeks getting off ativan, the RLS was almost unbearable (I'd taken ativan safely for over fifteen years). After, it's been slow but steady progress. Knock wood!
Don't get me wrong, getting relief from RLS was first on my list of concerns when I was told I would be cut off pain meds, but chronic back pain was second. So that's back to the "sit and scream" levels of before. However, the CBD seems to have calmed down my hot flashes. And these were serious. Had them over twelve years, overwhelming heat wherever I went, in all temperatures. My face, shoulders, and neck would feel so hot I'd panic. Anyway, CBD appears to be helping, and I'll take that!
Thanks everyone for the highly imformative posts. Our body chemistry and the types of RLS that we have run the gamut, so I know that if this combination stops working for me, I can try a different combination of basically the same things, since we all react so differently.