During the course of a recently held Joe Rogan podcast, Travis Barker, the Blink-182 drummer, discusses in detail about his experience with CBD. Being an advocate and user of Cannabis, Rogan asked Barker if he still used weed; to which Barker replied that he had stopped taking weed and had switched to CBD instead. The talks further divulged serious issues on how and why Barker took up CBD and how it aided him through the years.
On a fateful night, Barker had grave trouble with breathing which instigated an emergency visit to a hospital followed by surgery to remove his tonsils due to a health condition called Barrett’s Esophagus.
The ailment had been the likely consequential of the heavy tobacco and excessive cannabis use over the years. Cautioned by the doctors that continued use of tobacco and smoking could easily deteriorate his health and cause esophageal cancer, Barker decided to quit smoking altogether and made a shift to CBD.
Barker, who states that he loves CBD, was also quick to point out that the shift to CBD was not just a fix to replace cannabis which he no longer could smoke, but it also helped him treat several health conditions he was suffering from. For now, he takes CBD to treat anxiety and sleep disorder.
He says, “I’m one of those people whose mind is racing constantly. I’ll get home from the studio at 1 or 2 and I’m just like, figuring out how long I gotta sleep before I get to wake up my kids to go to school. And I just sit there with my wheels spinning unless I use CBD.”
However, Barker also reminded that for the CBD drug to be effective, he had to take triple to quadruple times the dosage stated on the bottle.
Another reason Barker adds for using CBD is to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia, an incurable chronic pain disorder that he likely developed after his private jet accident which crashed during takeoff in 2008.
Even simple acts of day-to-day life like chewing or brushing teeth is slated to bring a lot of facial pain ranging from mild to excruciating levels for which Barker uses CBD to alleviate it. Quipping on how he suffered from the condition, Barker relates that it had to be caused from the impact during the accident, while acts of sparring and other dental works triggered the onset of the pain.
With Roger asking if CBD stops the pain, Barker agreed, stating that it does aid in treating the pain. However, at times of unbearable pain, he resorts to gabapentin which masks the condition and provides relief in 24-48 hours. He concludes saying that normally CBD happens to be an easy fix.