Earlier I described CBD as having absolutely no effect on cognition. This turns out to be wrong. I’ve subsequently found that CBD does impair cognition somewhat relative to optimal, it just does so less than pain. And at least for me, it doesn’t wear off quickly: if I take it at night I’m in less pain the next day, but I also have trouble focusing for long periods and doing truly complex work. It feels like I can’t get far enough away from problems to see the whole of a thing. If my choices are “in pain and dumb” or “not in pain and dumb”, I choose door 2, but this does make me more forgiving of NSAIDs.
In other news, they finally took my bone spur out and wow, I’m in a lot less pain.