Now that Massachusetts has become a state where recreational marijuana is now legal it seems that CBD has become quite common and a popular thing to talk about. More and more CBD is showing up in many different products and places. There is a store at the mall dedicated to the stuff and offers lots of products made with CBD. Due to its increasing popularity more and more questions are popping up about what it is and what it is supposed to be used for. As someone who uses it regularly, I thought I would be a good person to shine some light on the situation and also some personal anecdotes.
***Let me be clear, I am in no way claiming to be an expert on the subject or telling anyone to use this product for any specific health issues. This blog is intended to give an opinion not any scientific evidence or claims. The information provided is also an accumulation of reading and research I have done, most of which comes from a company that I will site and give credit to at the end of this entry. Thanks.
After just a couple of days of taking CBD I noticed a pretty big difference...the sleep that I was getting was a better, more restful, quality sleep which made me feel a lot better throughout the day and I recovered more quickly from workouts.
What is it? CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound found in both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD is the non-psychoactive component (does not get you high), while THC is the psychoactive component (the stuff that gets you high) of these plants. All or most of the CBD that is processed and sold (legally) in the use is derived from the hemp plant, which contains higher amounts of CBD and lower amounts if any at all THC.
What it does? CBD affects certain receptors in the body that control many different processes in the body, processes that modulate and regulate things like mood and anxiety, pain, sleep patterns, memory, energy levels, stress, temperature regulation and even appetite among other things.
How can you take it? There are many forms of delivery into the body. I think most popular is either liquid drops taken orally or gummies that can be eaten. Lately there has been a huge amount of other products in which CBD can be found, anything from coffee to drinks to lotions and even dog treats. Products come in a variety of different dosage amounts and due to both the lack of actual scientific research and variability from person to person there are no strict dosage guidelines. It is widely recommended to start CBD at a lower dosage and gradually increase to find the desired effect each person is looking for. Overdosing is not possible since the body will excrete any excess that it cannot immediately process or utilize.
Again, there hasn’t been many formal clinical studies or trial on the effects or effectiveness of CBD, but there are lots of studies currently happening. On the other hand, there is a LOT of anecdotal evidence. Here is mine. I started using CBD a few months ago. I started with gummies and then went to using the liquid drops. My reasoning and purpose for trying CBD at first was for improved sleep. I have struggled for a while to get a good quality and restful sleep, sometimes it is hard for me to fall asleep other times I sleep very restlessly and wake up multiple times a night. After just a couple of days of taking CBD I noticed a pretty big difference. I wouldn’t say that my sleep patterns changed a whole lot, but what I noticed was that the sleep that I was getting was a better, more restful, quality sleep which made me feel a lot better throughout the day and I recovered more quickly from workouts. I was able to get right out of bed and didn’t feel groggy or have that dread of getting up kind of feeling in the morning. The other thing that I noticed was that it had a positive effect on my GI tract. I’ll spare you the gory details, so we’ll just say that I was pooping better.
I have used it on my shoulders when they are sore... and other areas of soreness or discomfort. Effects = almost immediate relief or at least a decreased amount of pain or discomfort.
I don’t tend to suffer from any real form of anxiety or stress. I know, surprise surprise. But my wife does, mostly due to her high stress job. Helping with stress and anxiety was one of the many things that she found to be a huge benefit from taking CBD. What she found was that stress and anxiety will probably always be there, but when taking CBD she was able recognize those times of higher anxiety, focus in on it, and is able to manage it a lot better so that it didn’t become something that interfered and caused an issue.
Another form of CBD that I have just recently started experimenting with is a CBD Balm. The balm is a “lotion” of sorts with beeswax and other topical oils and essential oils for different fragrances. I have used it on my shoulders when they are sore, used it on my knees before bed after a heavy day of squatting, elbows after a big over head day, and other areas of soreness or discomfort. Effects = almost immediate relief or at least a decreased amount of pain or discomfort. I’ve noticed it most in the lower extremities when I use it at night. I don’t have a “restless leg” issue, but I’m able to get comfortable, stay that way, and sleep better. I tend to get dry skin on my hands and face, yup, been using it for that as well and it’s improving. Kind of amazing!
So in summary, CBD is pretty awesome! It has had such a positive effect on both my wife and myself that we have and will continue taking/using it on a regular basis. As with anything this may not be for everyone but if you are interested in trying CBD I highly recommend it. If you have any questions I’d be happy to pass along any information I could on the subject.
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