I have been using THC-free CBD oil for my dad’s anxiety and sleeplessness for 6 weeks. It’s not a drug and it’s not something that makes you high. It’s made from hemp. Basically I’m curious if anyone else has had any experience w/CBD and dementia. There’s not a lot of research out there, and I didn’t know what to expect or if it would work or if the results were normal. I’m not an expert, so I recommend google. All I know is I’m seeing crazy stuff that I can’t explain. Crazy GOOD stuff.
Sorry the rest of my post is long, but I figure I can’t ask anyone to share their thoughts about it without telling what happened since I tried it for my dad. So no need to read if you get bored easily. 🤷🏼♀️
Backstory: My dad’s dementia took a very bad turn over the course of a month, and he stopped recognizing us, became incontinent, rigid and unwilling to move and too confused to walk. His communication got worse, jumbled and jubber-jabberus. He couldn’t say what was wrong, couldn't do any self maintenance things at all, started saying “ow” all the time. He stopped sleeping or was wildly restless, talking all night. Then suddenly, he seemed alternatively listless for 2 days. We thought we were losing him. With his existing CHF and multiple health concerns, his doctor gave the order for hospice care. It was devastating.
I was desperate not to lose him - either because the lack of sleep would lead my mom to send him away, or to the idea that he was dying. I went to the health food store and got CBD oil and valerian tea. I started out with just a few drops to the current amount 6 weeks ago. I just do about 7 mg (like 10 drops of this Lazarus classic standard tincture) added to his nightly tea - but he has been able to get more rest and his communication has vastly improved. He is on hospice at home - trying the CBD coincided with the very quick movement to hospice care - and things started looking up. It was like 6 days when we were not sleeping, then losing him, then hospice was here with a hospital bed and a comfort kit.
He’s still on hospice care and is basically bedridden. Still incontinent, but can say when he has to go. We still get “word soup” and incorrect words at times, but we’re also getting complete sentences, self-reporting of comfort or potty needs, jokes, laughter, calmness, and best of all - recognition!!! He even calls me by his nicknames for me, says how much he loves me, thanks me for being a good caregiver - all of these things I felt like had left his brain. He’s back behind his eyes now. He’s always been the sweetest, kindest, most lovely person I know, but he was suddenly not there - and after CBD, he’s back! It’s weird and wonderful, and I’m just suddenly a true believer in whatever these tiny drops are doing. It even helps me with my own anxiety and when I rub it into aches and pains. It’s...amazing.
Does anyone else have any experience with CBD oil?