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I’m More Focused At Work
While normally I’d be slightly tripped up by little things like an overly crowded subway car or a full inbox at work, the CBD oil seems to have taken the edge off of my anxiety a bit. Rather than overthinking a sternly worded email or analyzing a social interaction, I found it easier to recognize the irrationality of these thoughts and actually let them go. In some ways, I feel more like myself. With that said, I’ve still experienced some social anxiety when meeting new groups of people—I’d be interested to see what taking the full recommended dose would do.
It was actually a bad bout of jet lag after a trip to California that inspired me to finally test out the CBD oil (I’ll admit that my weed-based reservations kept me from trying it for the first few months). Knowing that the oil had also helped people with sleep issues, I squeezed one full dropper of the Everyday Plus oil onto my tongue, per the instructions, and waited.
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I assume this is also a side effect of feeling less anxious, but I seem to fall asleep faster; within the 20-30-minute range rather than my normal 45 minutes to one hour (or longer). Not only do I seem to be skipping or at least shortening the whole tossing-and-turning phase of my sleep cycle, but I’m able to snap out of the overthinking that often keeps me up at night. Of course, there’s no telling whether a big life event would disrupt this newfound bliss, but I’d like to think it’s helped on a day-to-day basis.
Alleged benefits aside, I will admit that taking my CBD supplements during the first week wasn’t a difficult challenge whatsoever. Throughout the week, I would usually take one capsule alongside my multivitamin first thing in the morning with breakfast. However, given that I was starting off with such a low dosage, I didn’t notice too many benefits (or side effects) immediately.
This also seemed to have a slightly more positive effect on my mood too, as I was satisfied with the number of things I was able to get done in a day, making me a somewhat happier individual that week. However, this, of course, could be the result of a placebo effect, as believing my supplements would work may have actually been the reason why they were “working” to begin with. Whatever the case, I was pretty pleased with how well the supplements fit into my daily routine without disrupting my work duties and performance at the gym.
I was recommended to try the Hemp Fusion 3.0 supplements from a supplements advisor at my local health food store, as she explained that the product was easy for CBD newbies to take, and was derived from hemp oil extract (mature stalk and seed). The hemp seed oil in this product is blended with black pepper fruit and clove oil to support the endocannabinoid system, which is ideal for those seeking a daily level of phytocompound support. Phytocompounds surprisingly have their share of benefits, as a study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health suggested that they contain both antioxidant effects and antimicrobial properties, and are increasingly gaining popularity for the prevention and treatment of viral diseases.
Week 1: CBD Supplement
Choosing your CBD product can be tricky, as Pinckney suggests that not all CBD products are created equal. CBD products, she says, vary greatly depending on whether the product is hemp- or cannabis-based, and on the strength of the product in question. But if you are pretty new to the whole CBD shindig and don’t know exactly where to begin, Pinckney recommends starting off low and slow and carefully building your daily CBD dosage over time.
CBD, Pinckney says, can come from marijuana or hemp, and is allegedly used to treat a variety of ailments including seizures, pain, inflammation, abdominal pain, and neurological disorders, without being psychoactive. These benefits, however, aren’t exactly proven to be 100 percent true by medical professionals, making it something to keep in mind if you are indeed thinking about giving CBD a try.
The first week I didn’t notice any decrease in my joint pain or that my anxiety (or sleeping habits) had drastically improved overnight. However, I was pretty glad that these supplements didn’t cause unwanted stomach aches, allergic reactions, or weird belches, something I have experienced with other trendy supplements before in the past.
Ready to give CBD a try myself, I purchased both CBD supplements (Hemp Fusion Full-Spectrum PhytoComplex 3.0, $29.99) and CBD tinctures (Lord Jones High CBD Pain & Wellness Formula Tincture, $60 each) to see which product fit better into my daily routine. I consulted my local health food store to make sure I was getting what I was looking for. Below, I break my down my month-long experience with both products. Would it really make me less stressed? Would it relieve some of my inflammation? Let’s find out.
I also tried CBD gummies , though the lower concentration of CBD in each dose meant that I didn’t experience the same positive effects as I did with the oil. Eventually, I went back to the original 10% oil and have stuck with that ever since.
After my first and any subsequent dosages, it didn’t change my state of mind at all. I wasn’t groggy, wired, excitable, or “high.” I felt just like myself.
I decided to start taking CBD oil while staying in the UK, which meant that I was looking for a product made and sold in this country to purchase. It’s a legal cannabinoid in the UK , which means it’s pretty readily available online and in health shops such as Holland & Barrett .
I experimented with different forms of CBD until I found one that fit.
A lot of people get CBD, or cannabidiol, confused with THC , the latter of which is the psychoactive element in marijuana that gets you high. They’re definitely not the same.
It also helped that I was sleeping better at night. I hadn’t cut out caffeine or changed anything else about my lifestyle, so I can only attribute the improved ability to fall and stay asleep to the CBD oil.
However, studies have shown that CBD oil has no significant clinical effect on sleep patterns . Maybe it was a placebo effect.
However, I’m also aware that other lifestyle changes I’ve made, such as improving my diet, taking more time away from work, and upping my exercise routine, have likely had just as much of a positive impact on my anxiety levels, so I don’t want to give the CBD oil too much credit.