CBD oil is something that I have heard people rave about more and more often. So I decided to give it a try. Over the past few weeks, I have been taking CBD oil daily. But before I dive into how I liked it, here is some more information:
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil (short for, cannabidiol) comes from the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. Although the hemp plant and marijuana plant are very close relatives, they are not the same. CBD oil will not make you high and has a non-psychoactive compound that is known for helping the human body. Cannabidiol is found in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. According to Charlottes Web’s (the brand I use) website, “After deriving the cannabinoids from plant parts during our production process, we’re left with a broad-spectrum hemp extract that retains a range of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes (essential oils) and flavonoids- all which are found naturally in hemp. This extract is then diluted with a carrier oil to make the final Charlotte’s Web product.”
CBD Oil is legal in all 50 states.
What I use it for?
Over the past year or so, I have really struggled with my sleep. I have struggled with going/falling to sleep and staying to sleep. For the last few months, my usual nights were going to bed at 2am, waking up sometime throughout the night in a panic and then waking up at 7am feeling exhausted. I would work from 7am for couple hours and then fall back asleep for another hour or so. Not an ideal sleep schedule! When I would tell people about my unusual sleep schedule, they would suggest everything from sleeping pills, melatonin, marijuana and therapy. Pills is the last last last resort that I wanted to take. I am not a fan of pills (for myself) because I am scared that I would feel dependent on them. I wanted to come up with a better solution.
When I first heard of CBD oil, I knew that I wanted to try it.
A couple family members were taking it for a few weeks and raved about it. I had to try it! The brand that they were using is; Charlotte’s Web. Charlotte’s Web is the #1 brand by market share for CBD oil and is located at over 3000 retail locations. I went out to my retail location (find yours here) and picked up a bottle of the “full strength hemp extract oil”.
The first night I took the oil, I slept like a baby! I felt so calm and relaxed. I woke up the next day shocked at how great I slept. Instantly, I was sold on the product. Every night after that, I have taken it for sleep. I have not had as hard of a time falling asleep and staying asleep. But the biggest plus that I have noticed is, I have only woken up in a panic once and it was a very mild panic compared to all of the times before.
Not only do I use it for sleep but I have also used it for anxiety. There have been a couple times throughout the last few weeks that I had really bad anxiety during the day. Crawling out of my skin anxiety! Since the CBD oil made me feel so calm and relaxed at night time, I decided to give it a try for my anxiety. I was a little nervous to take it during the day because it does make me tired but I was so anxious I needed to be calmed down. Worked like a charm! My anxiety was reduced, my heart stopped racing and the anxiety stayed away for the rest of the day. Reason #54o354 why I love this stuff!
I have also used it for pain. During my menstrual cycle, I get the worst cramps. I also get headaches often. I have taken the oil for both of these and it has reduced the pain a lot. For headaches, I make sure to take the oil when I first feel the headache coming on. Don’t wait to take it!
There are so many other benefits such as it may reduce acne, alleviate cancer related systems, help with depression, benefit heart health and more. Check out this article to find out more: here.
How to take it
I prefer the Charlotte’s Web Hemp Extract Oil but they also have capsules. For the oil, I will squirt it directly into my mouth. The dosage on the bottom states 2 (half full) droppers but I only take 1. I haven’t found it necessary to take more than 1 dropper. Charlotte’s Web has capsules available too.
According to Charlotte’s Web website, referring to the “Charlotte’s Web Full Strength Hemp Extract Oil” product benefits are:
- Support for normal, everyday stresses*
- Healthy recovery from exercise*
- Support a sense of calm for focus*
Another way to take the oil is to put it into different foods such as smoothies. I have yet to try it in my smoothie because I just find it easier to squirt into my mouth.
Tip: Do not touch the dropper with your mouth to preserve the quality of the oil.
CBD oil has been a game changer for me. It has helped me sleep, reduce anxiety and reduce pain without having to resort to medications. I am not an expert in CBD oil but I do know that it has worked for me. I am a huge fan of it and couldn’t recommend it enough! Five of my family members have been taking it, they love it too!
Have you tried CBD oil? Let us know your thoughts on it!