There’s as much hype now around using CBD oil as there is marijuana itself. States are even beginning to regulate it like the entire plant already is. So let me tell you, I was pretty surprised and intrigued to find CBD oil at my local health food store…and you bet I was excited to give it a try.
Whether you support legalizing marijuana or not, there’s a thing to be said about its purposes beyond the stereotypical recreational use we assume in Washington and Colorado. At the end of the day, a plant is a plant, and if there is good that can come from using CBD oil, we should allow people the option.
I’m certainly not an expert, nor have I been using CBD oil long-term, but what I’ve experienced thus far is enough for me to share and hopefully open your mind to the potential this holistic approach could have for your own physical and mental well-being.
What even is CBD oil?
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have an idea of what CBD oil is. I myself have only recently really dived into the product beyond news headlines, and understandably, there’s a lot of misinformation spread around.
CBD oil and medical-grade marijuana are very different in composition. Most CBD products come from hemp, the least processed form of the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, and CBD oil contains only trace amounts of it. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high. This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits. Rather than any effects on the mind and how you think, you’ll feel the effects in your body.
CBD has been the focus of more than 23,000 published studies about cannabinoids in relation to various medical indications including anxiety, epilepsy, inflammation, cancer and chronic pain. There’s also been research into helping people avoid withdrawal when quitting tobacco or drugs by reducing symptoms of anxiety, mood, pain, and insomnia.
You’ve likely known or have heard of people finding weed very upsetting due to increased anxiety and paranoia, but again, using CBD oil doesn’t have psychoactive symptoms. In fact, CBD may help to reduce the anxiety felt by people with certain anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
My experience using CBD oil.
Knowing all of this research and hype surrounding CBD oil, like I mentioned, I was pretty shocked and excited to see any type of CBD product at my local specialty health food and supplement store. Since these products are generally pretty pricey, I decided to dip my toes in by trying a turmeric-ginger tea with 5 mg of CBD in each serving. The brand Buddha Teas ensures the CBD is water-soluble, so whatever’s in the bag ends up in the tea.
Was there an immediate placebo effect assuming this tea would perform miracles? Probably, but upon drinking this tea several different nights, I can definitely attest to immediate results. A common side effect using CBD oil is tiredness, so I’m glad I drink herbal teas at night before bed, but I’m more than okay with this effect because as someone who often struggles to fall and stay asleep, I had some of my best nights of sleep after drinking this tea
I also feel any tension in a body release, like I can truly relax. Chronic anxiety means I often tense my body without realizing it, and I always feel like I need to be moving. CBD really lets my body relax, and I don’t have that urge to be on-edge. Especially compared to conventional anxiety medications like Xanax and Ativan, which actually make me feel worse, I cannot express the relief I feel knowing there’s something that truly calms me when I need it.
Certain treatments work better for some than others, and I’m not a doctor or health professional telling you what to do, but at least for me, CBD works. It’s a therapeutic option that, by relaxing my body, relaxes my mind in a way I’ve never felt when taking my anxiety prescription medication. I can sleep and wake up feeling completely refreshed.
Keep an open mind.
Whether you choose to look into using CBD oil or not, awareness is key. Don’t replace any current medications with CBD without talking with a doctor first. Be mindful of where your CBD is coming from because not all companies use the same extraction and production process. Different products and forms of CBD are absorbed differently in the body: teas, creams, edibles, oils, and other products might all wield different results.
As of right now, many states have laws against being prescribed any form of marijuana. However, for most CBD products available in-person and online, the FDA considers them dietary (not medical) supplements, and it’s not illegal to purchase and use them. However, there’s a possibility that more regulations will be placed on CBD that would prevent people from utilizing its benefits. The DEA already outlaws CBD not from industrialized hemp sources, classifying it as a schedule 1 drug like heroin and ecstasy.
From a wellness standpoint, if using CBD oil can help people facing chronic conditions and doesn’t make people high or addicted, we shouldn’t deny them this holistic option. In moderation and awareness, CBD could help a lot of people. Sometimes, to treat yourself well, you end up thriving on a method surrounded by misconception. Nobody else has the right to judge you or your experience. Instead, we should be supporting any new ways available that can provide people the relief and support they need to live a full life.
This same sentiment applies to anything, conventional or otherwise. You deserve health. You have the right to seek out wellness. If you’re struggling right now to find clarity, if you’re feeling discouraged after trying every option under the sun and still coming up short, keep moving forward. There is something that will work for you.
Have you ever tried using CBD? What are your thoughts on this increasingly popular product?
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie