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Are you still among those who haven't tried CBD? Or perhaps you tried it but didn't get the expected results.

It can be canna-confusing!

In this blog, I will clarify what CBD oil is, how it can help you, and what dosage is recommended for each type of health challenge you may be experiencing.

Quick fun fact!

Did you know that Queen Victoria is reported to have taken an alcoholic extract of cannabis as relief for her pre-menstrual syndrome and childbirth pains? (1)

What is CBD?

For thousands of years, the cannabis plant has been recognized for its medicinal properties, the first documented case of its use goes back to 2800 BC, when listed in the pharmacopoeia of Emperor Shen Nung, regarded as the father of Chinese medicine. (2)

CBD stands for Cannabidiol, the second most abundant compound found in the Cannabis plant species.

It isn't addictive and it doesn't produce any intoxicating effects, unlike the THC compound, which is the principal psychoactive constituent.

All cannabinoids act like special keys that fit into a lock on a protein and they can change how the lock works.

One important lock is called the CB1 receptor, and it's found all over the body, especially in the brain, where it affects things like movement, coordination, senses, emotions, memory, thinking, and other important functions.

CB2 receptors are like little helpers mostly found in the immune system. Even though all cannabinoids look similar, they do different things when they interact with these receptors.

When it comes to CBD, it doesn't affect CB1 and CB2 receptors much. That's why it doesn't make you feel "high" like THC does, which works with CB1 receptors.

That's also why recreational cannabis usually has more THC and less CBD.

THC has some good health effects, but it can also make people feel weird or spacey. That's why many people are interested in CBD, which doesn't have those strange effects.

Worried about the legalities of CBD?

Under European law, CBD isn't considered a narcotic drug and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CEJEU) approved its sale.

There is also no specific regulation governing CBD production, consumption, or sale in Spain (3).

As long as the THC levels are below 0,2% in CBD, it's not a problem.


What Health Issues Can CBD Help Me With?

Let's now take a look at how CBD can help us with a broad spectrum of mental, emotional and physical health complaints.


According to the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry, the anxiety-reducing effects of CBD are similar to those of approved drugs to treat anxiety.

Researchers use a test called the simulated public speaking (SPS) model to measure anxiety levels when people have to speak in front of a video camera, as one of the biggest fears that people have is speaking in public.

Approximately 5% to 10% of people around the world have Social anxiety disorder (SAD) (4).

Researchers tested 24 patients with SAD using the SPS model. Half of the patients took CBD, and the other half took a placebo (fake medicine). The results showed that the CBD group had lower anxiety levels and felt better compared to the placebo group (5).



Healthy sleep is essential for your physical, mental and emotional health and a lot of people suffer from not sleeping enough.

It can be very debilitating and can affect your ability to perform at work, at home and in your relationships.

From my research, as of 2023, there is little evidence to support the improvement of sleep from taking CBD, however, if you can't sleep well due to stress, anxiety or pain, then this is where CBD can be a valuable remedy to help improve sleep.

As a side note, be sure to check out my free e-book and checklist with tips and techniques to help you sleep better: Free E-Book And Checklist: The Perfect Slumber Guide

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a big problem worldwide and people usually take painkillers just to manage and get through the day. The problem is that it usually comes with harmful side effects, such as blurred vision, constipation, headaches and mood changes.

In a 2019 study, 97 patients with chronic pain who had been taking opioids received CBD  (6). Over half of the patients were able to reduce or stop taking opioids altogether. 94% of them reported that their quality of life got better.



A study published in 2022 reports promising effects in managing cancer in lab studies and some human trials. There is evidence to show that it may help with cancer pain and reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.

Researchers in the study looked at how CBD fights cancer (7). It seems to use different mechanisms, like activating certain receptors and causing cancer cell death, also known as apoptosis.

It can also stop tumours from spreading (metastasis) and make chemotherapy work better.


Digestive problems

If you experience abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, constipation, bloating, malabsorption, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite then you may find that CBD is helpful for you.

A study published in 2013 highlighted the significance of treating inflammation in the gut using CBD (8)



A condition that results in issues in communication, social interaction, lack of interest and repetitive behaviours.

A study in 2021 reported a 2-year study of 33 children diagnosed with autism, who took an average daily dosage of 0.7 mg/kg/day of CBD  for a median duration of 6.5 months.

The results found CBD helpful in managing autism-related behavioural problems without any significant side effects (9).


The above list is not exhaustive and CBD has the capacity to reduce complaints from a wide variety of symptoms.


CBD Oil Guide: Percentage And Dosage

cannabis dosage guideBefore taking any CBD, make sure that it is organic, without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilisers, such as the one from MELS.

This company makes organic CBD, and the crops are harvested once a year using ancient principles used by traditional herbalists.

Their CO2 extraction method means it's much gentler to extract and preserve the medicinal benefits.

An organic base oil of MCT (fractionated coconut) increases the absorption uptake making sure you achieve the most benefit.

If you've never taken CBD before, you're recommended to start with MELS TWO STRAIN or MELS FIVE STRAIN.

The two strain bottle holds two different varieties of cannabis and the five strains hold five different varieties of the plant.

To begin, use 1-4 drops per dose for the first few weeks. You can take it 2-3 times during the day, or just in the evening, depending on what you want to achieve. It's essential to increase the dose gradually, so your body's cannabinoid receptors have time to activate and fully benefit from the cannabinoids.


As a general guide, there are three different dosages for symptoms:

Microdose: 5 – 30 mg CBD per day. Can be effective for sleep, headaches, mood swings, nausea, PTSD, stress and metabolic syndrome.

Standard dose: 40 – 100 mg CBD per day. CBD has shown effectiveness for chronic pain, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Borrelia, anxiety, depression, arthritis, some mental disorders, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease and autism.

Macrodose: 50 – 800 mg CBD per day. People often use doses at this level for cancer, epilepsy, liver disease and other serious life-threatening conditions.



You'll notice different percentages: 5%, 10%, 20% and 40%

CBD oil's percentage can be figured out by dividing the amount of the product (like 10ml) by the CBD quantity (say 1000mg). 1000mg CBD equals 1ml. So, a 10ml CBD bottle with 1000mg CBD is 10% CBD (1ml is 10% of 10ml).

It's helpful when the product shows both the percentage and CBD quantity in mg, so you don't need to do the math. In the example above, a 10ml bottle holds about 240 drops. This means roughly 4mg CBD per drop (if it's 10% CBD). To reach the max recommended CBD dose, you'd need around 17 drops.

Just to give you an idea, 5% CBD is low strength, 10% is medium, and 20%+ is high dose. Prices of CBD products vary accordingly, so when you're comparing prices, make sure to check how much CBD is in it.

So, as an example, if you're interested in alleviating chronic pain with the standard dosage, the guide above recommends taking between 40 - 100mg per day. So you could take the 40% TWO STRAIN or FIVE STRAIN and take 2 drops a day to meet the lowest recommended amount. This way, it will last you much longer than buying CBD oil with lower concentration.

10% contains 5mg CBD per drop (also suitable for pets)

20% contains 10mg CBD per drop

40% contains 20mg CBD per drop



CBD is not a substitute for a varied diet. To maintain proper health, you should follow a varied diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Do not use in children under 12 years of age, in pregnant women and nursing mothers. CBD should not be used simultaneously with antidepressants [SSRIs, SNRIs, MAO inhibitors], antiviral drugs in the case of HIV/AIDS infection or used as part of therapy after organ transplantation.


I hope you have found this article helpful and enjoyable!



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(2) History of Cannabis

(3) Is the sale of CBD legal in Spain? A publication by Mariscal Abogados

(4) Cleveland Clinic - Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)

(5) Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an anxiolytic drug

(6) Evaluation of the effects of CBD hemp extract on opioid use and quality of life indicators in chronic pain patients: a prospective cohort study

(7) Heider, C.G.; Itenberg, S.A.; Rao, J.; Ma, H.; Wu, X. Mechanisms of Cannabidiol (CBD) in Cancer Treatment: A Review. Biology 202211, 817. https://doi.org/10.3390/biology11060817

(8) Esposito G, Filippis DD, Cirillo C, Iuvone T, Capoccia E, Scuderi C, Steardo A, Cuomo R, Steardo L. Cannabidiol in inflammatory bowel diseases: a brief overview. Phytother Res. 2013 May;27(5):633-6. doi: 10.1002/ptr.4781. Epub 2012 Jul 20. PMID: 22815234.

(9) Bilge, S., Ekici, B. CBD-enriched cannabis for autism spectrum disorder: an experience of a single center in Turkey and reviews of the literature. J Cannabis Res 3, 53 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s42238-021-00108-7

For years I had been trying to figure out the best type of water to drink...

It can be confusing and frustrating when different types of water, like bottled, spring, mineral, reverse osmosis, alkaline, distilled and activated carbon-filtered, have both pros and cons.

So which is best for your health? How do you choose?

It's important to know...

After all, you drink 2 litres of it daily (hopefully!) and you're using it in your cooking, your cups of tea, giving it to your partner, kids, friends and animals.


I for one thought that spring water was best.

Since underground water filtering is a natural process where water passes through materials like rock, clay, soil, and sediments before coming out on the Earth's surface, to me it appeared as the best choice for drinking water.

But we actually have to be very careful when getting water from a spring...

A friend and I travelled 45 minutes by car to get water from a spring at Sierra Bernia, a mountain range in the province of Alicante.

After drinking this water, our lower backs hurt for days as our kidneys were protesting. The water was heavily laden with calcium and it was too much for our bodies to handle.

It took us a few days for the discomfort in our backs to completely disappear after ceasing to drink the mountain spring water.

I also used to travel a long way to reach Font de Gel in Vall De Laguar. It's a spring where hikers, bikers, and local residents gather to collect water.

I used to collect a minimum of fifteen 8-litre bottles at a time from the spring. I would then filter the water through a Berkey filter, which uses a carbon filter.

But, even with this mineral-rich water, a thick layer of limescale formed in the kettle within a couple of days, indicating that the water is too hard.

The amount of calcium in your water can vary depending on where you live, and a lot of areas in Spain have very hard water.

The map of Spain below* shows areas of hardness. The grey colour is the softest and the red colour is the hardest water.

As you can see, the provinces of Valencia, Almeria and Baleares Islands have the highest levels of hard water.

map showing areas with hard water in Spain

Tap water has inorganic minerals, harmful microbes, bacteria, viruses, chlorine and other nasty chemicals...

So, you definitely don't want to be drinking that type of water because it can cause health complications.

You can read more about it here: Filtering Your Water To Optimize Your Health


I first discovered the idea of drinking distilled water when I read books by Dr John Christopher, a well-known herbal medicine doctor.

What put me off initially is that I had heard on multiple occasions that distilled water leaches minerals out of the body.

What I didn't know at the time was what type of minerals they were - which I reveal later to you...

A significant debate exists on the ideal type of water for many MANY years.

And I believed for a long time that we required the minerals present in water for optimal health.

But then I came across Dr. Allen Banik's book, "The Choice is Clear" (1) about distilled water.

Something clicked and it all made sense...


Hard Water Makes Hard Arteries

According to Dr Allen Banik's book, consuming water with inorganic minerals, which is present in most types of water, can lead to various health issues such as arthritis, hardening of the arteries, kidney stones, gallstones, cataracts, glaucoma, hearing loss, diabetes, obesity, and emphysema.

Dr Allen Banik further explains that as rain falls on the ground, its purpose is to collect inorganic minerals and transport them to plants, allowing for assimilation.

Our bodies are unable to assimilate these inorganic minerals directly.

Instead, plants must undergo a transformation process to make them suitable for our consumption.

In a nutshell, we get our optimal minerals from food, not from water.


Consuming hard water that contains high levels of inorganic minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, and copper can lead to the deposition of these minerals in our joints, potentially causing arthritis.

These inorganic minerals can also accumulate in the arteries, resulting in their hardening over time.

Limescale is very hard to remove and only a water distiller will effectively do it.

You will not remove limescale by boiling it, or by filtering it using a Brita filter or any activated charcoal filter.

The purest form of water is distilled. That's why it's used in hospitals for flushing out surgical wounds and as a solvent for medications and intravenous methods.


Research Shows How Significant The Quality Of Water Is

Recent studies indicate that cholesterol plays a role in promoting the production and accumulation of amyloid beta (Abeta) in the brain. This buildup of Abeta is a significant characteristic associated with Alzheimer's disease.

The discovery (2) was a reduction of the accumulation of Abeta in rabbits who were given distilled water instead of tap water.

This is HUGE because it reveals that a simple lifestyle change of the quality of water we drink, benefits anyone with Alzheimer's disease.


The consumption of high water hardness with high water fluoride can result in the destruction of renal tubules, causing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

A study in 2020 (3) discovered that introducing distilled water can greatly improve the condition and can lead to reversal if spotted in the early stages.

Therefore, distilled water is a powerful preventative method for kidney disease.


It makes you wonder, especially when both dogs and cats are prone to kidney disease.

Where's their main water supply coming from? Typically tap or filtered water, right?

If the results of the above-mentioned study show that distilled water can reverse the early stages of kidney disease or at the very least improve kidney function...

Then wouldn't it make sense to give it to your pets too?


The Only Effective Solution For Drinking Water Beneficial To Health

If we didn't live in the age of pollution, then the ideal water to drink is rainwater, which is the result of nature's natural distillery.

Fortunately, you can distil pure water in the comfort of your own home.

So, how does the process work?

When boiled water turns into vapour, it leaves behind inorganic minerals, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and other contaminants.

This steam is then cooled and condensation occurs releasing pure water into an external container.

You will be shocked at the impurities and intoxicating stench of the remaining contaminants after a single distillation.

And you will see for yourself how important it is to properly filter your water...

Or else you will be consuming some or all of that which you see in it.

I have been drinking distilled water produced by the Megahome 316 bought from EcoVidaSolar...

And I can say with absolute integrity that it's the best and purest water I have ever tasted.

The company Ecovidasolar are extremely helpful and they answered any questions that I had.

megahome 316 water distiller

Here are some pros and cons of the distiller:


  • Can be perceived as a slow process.
    It produces 4 litres in 4 hours so I usually turn it on first thing in the morning or I have it running overnight.
  • You will need to descale it every month or so for optimum performance.
    When cleaning, I usually just pour vinegar into it and let it soak overnight.
  • The distillation process can be a bit noisy.
    If you have it in a closed room you don't really hear it.
  • You will need to change the carbon filter every month or so.
    This is to prevent any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)


  • It's safe to leave the house with it running. So you can come back at the end of the day and have access to freshly made pure water.
  • The electricity consumption is approximately 9 cents a litre.
    This makes it the cheapest option to obtain pure water and you'll never contribute to plastic waste.
  • You'll never have accumulated limescale in your kettle or your iron.
  • It's easy to assemble
  • It takes just a minute to set up the machine each time to start its distillation process.
  • It has numerous health benefits and can help prevent, reduce or reverse health complications
  • The machine lasts a very, very long time as long as it's properly cared for.
  • The water is pure, clean and feels really good.


After distilling the water, it's preferable to store it in a glass or steel container.

Personally, I use the Big Berkey filter, which I used before purchasing the Megahome.

This way, the water is kept in a stainless steel container with a convenient tap for easily filling glasses.

Big Berkey's carbon filters last for 10 years, which means that I don't need to buy replacement filters for the Megahome water distiller.

To enhance the water's mineral content and electrolytes, I often add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a slice of cucumber.

This is a cheaper water distiller from Megahome. The material is a bit different and you will not be able to distill seawater:

Some people have asked me some specs of the distiller, so here they are!

Capacity: 4 liters

Power consumption: 580W

Distiller dimensions: Maximum diameter: 23.5cm Height: 36 cm

Distiller net weight: 3.4kg

Distiller / PP bottle/accessories total gross weight: 5.2kg

Distiller / glass bottle / accessories total gross weight: 6kg

230V 50/60Hz

240V 50/60Hz



I would like to end this article with a quote from Dr. Clifford C. Denisson:

" Some health specialists believe we experience hardening of the arteries, arthritis, kidney stones, gall stones, vision problems (glaucoma and cataracts) loss of hearing, diabetes, obesity, emphysema and other ailments in greater intensities and more frequently when we consume polluted or contaminated water.

There’s no absolute medical proof that drinking distilled water will cure any of the infirmities that humans suffer,

But there are thousands of case histories of people who have enjoyed success in alleviating or overcoming these health problems when they began drinking distilled water exclusively.

Does it not make sense, therefore, to consume only pure water produced by a good quality distiller right in your own home?”




* Extra Notes

Tuandco kindly granted me permission to use the image showing the regions in Spain with hard water.


  1. The Choice is Clear by Dr. Allen E. Banik
  2. Sparks DL, Lochhead J, Horstman D, Wagoner T, Martin T.  Water quality has a pronounced effect on cholesterol-induced accumulation of Alzheimer amyloid beta (Abeta) in rabbit brain. J Alzheimers Dis. 2002 Dec;4(6):523-9.
  3. Perera, T., Ranasinghe, S., Alles, N. et al. Experimental rat model for acute tubular injury induced by high water hardness and high water fluoride: efficacy of primary preventive intervention by distilled water administration. BMC Nephrol 21, 103 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-020-01763-3
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