CBD tinctures, CBD topicals, CBD vapes, CBD gummies, CBD dog treats, CBD drinks, CBD skincare, CBD EVERYTHING!! I FEEL OVERWHELMED. Do you too? Then this post is for you.
Awhile back I shared that I have struggled with anxiety. An anxiety that is hard to predict (unless I am flying because I know that is going to happen), and at times it can be crippling. If you want to know a bit more about my struggle with it, check out this post from last summer where I share a few personal things, anxiety and seasonal depression being one of them. From my experience with anxiety, I have never been medicated and I really don’t want to be if I don’t have to. If I can, I try and take a route that is more natural and doesn’t include pharmaceuticals. Granted, I know this is not the case for everyone, but I am lucky enough that so far what I have been doing is working. I have learned a few tricks and things that really help when my anxiety gets bad, including essential oils, spa music, deep breathing, and meditation, but the thing that truly helps me is CBD. It’s something that I have a hard time describing to people because the feeling isn’t something you would recognize if you haven’t tried it. For me, it’s an instant calmness that rushes over my body. I like to equate it to a gentle hum that helps calm me down and be at peace.
In this post I am going to outline what CBD is, it’s benefits, some FAQ, what CBD brands work for me, and personal stories you guys have shared with my on Instagram. So let’s get right into it.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and it is one of the 104 chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. However, unlike THC (also one of the chemical compounds of the cannabis plant), CBD is not psychoactive. Okay, to go a little deeper, here’s some more info, it can be confusing, but stick with me.
○Humans, and even mammals, have a natural receptor system known as the
endocannabinoid system that CBD interacts with. The endocannabinoid system (ECS)
impacts a wide range of health and disease-related conditions, so it’s vital that we care
for this system. Many studies show that the when this system doesn’t work well, the
likelihood of developing certain conditions increases.
○ The endocannabinoid system can be found in almost every part of our body, but
especially the nervous system and the immune system. A healthy endocannabinoid
system balances our cells and organs – it’s the yin and yang of the body.
○ CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and binds to receptors found in the
endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD binds to these receptors in a way that causes your
body to produce more of them, so the communication between cells can be strengthened
What are the benefits of CBD?
It is important to note that research of CBD is still quite new but the following benefits have been documented and recorded by many.
○ Pain & chronic pain relief
○ Anti-seizure properties
○ Can combat anxiety
○ Can fight cancer
○ Can help with sleep
○ Can reduce the risk of diabetes
For me, it totally helps me manage my anxiety. Like I said above, it is hard to explain, but truly believe in it. I carry my CBD around incase I ever feel it coming on. For example, some mornings, I woke up feeling totally anxious FOR NO REASON and a little CBD helps tremendously and it allows me to start my day on the right foot. Before, if that would happen I wouldn’t really be able to shake it and all day I would be a panic stricken mess.
The CBD brands I have tested and love
There is a lot of research I have done and products I have tested, many of you know this. I mean everyone and their brother has started a CBD company, so yes, it can be hard to find which ones are the best. You want to make sure you are getting the best and purest CBD out there. After testing MANY different brands of CBD these are the ones I stand by.
The very first CBD brand I ever tried and it totally worked for me. My favorite part is that they totally believe in transparency. Their CBD oil comes in a box with a QR code printed on it that you can scan and it will redirect you to a third-party lab sheet which allows you to make sure that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle. I love their CBD Oil, I typically use the 350 mg bottle.
“MORGAN15” GETS YOU 15% OFF – greenroads.com
One of the best tasting CBD (vegan) gummies I have tried that works. I also love their natural oil, it’s fast acting and effective. I found this company through We Wore What and had to give them a go. They are 100% vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and cruelty free. They are actually going through a rebranding right now so I’m excited to see where it takes them.
“highline20” GETS YOU 20% OFF – highlinewellness.com.
I have talked about Holiday CBD a lot and I love how effective their gummies are for me. In all honesty, I’m not crazy about the taste, but they work. The cool thing about them is that they give a 100% money back guarantee, so really it’s a risk free investment. Their bottles are also are some of the most affordable!
“MORGAN10” GETS YOU $10 OFF YOUR FIRST SINGLE BOTTLE PURCHASE – holidaycbd.com
Not Pot –
Can I just say, brilliant branding! Also, hands down my favorite tasting gummy out there. I also love their mission and following them on instagram. They actually pay someone’s bail each and every month – I highly encourage you to read about their mission. I love their vegan gummies – they also offer a subscription if you really love them!
Frequently Asked Questions About CBD
Can you fly with CBD?
YES! No problem at all. I have done it and you can also read about flying with it here.
Does it make you high?
NO. It does not contain THC and is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t negatively impact your mind or mental process. In other words, CBD does not get you ‘high’ or stoned. There is no mental slowness or haziness caused by CBD.
Do I Need A Prescription Or Medical Card To Order?
Will I Fail A Drug Test After Consuming CBD?
If you are using quality CBD, you will not. You have to use a CBD with non-detectable THC. This is why doing your research is SO important. Some CBD companies are selling the purest form of CBD and will put trace amounts of THC in their products. If they put enough in, it will show up on a drug test.
Can I overdose on CBD?
No, cannabinoids have no known toxicity. Everyone’s dosage amount is different depending on their desired results. Start with small amounts and increase the dosage from there depending on if you feeling the affects or not.
Your Success Stories
I asked you guys to share your experiences with CBD and I wanted to share some of those with you!
“I LOVE CBD!!!! Earlier this year my best friend convinced me to try it out to help with my crippling anxiety and it’s helped me more than any meds ever ever ever have. I also have a bad back and it’s helped me manage the pain quite a bit. I don’t know what I did without CBD, honestly. I’m still an anxious person but CBD allows me to 100% be myself while helping mute all the noise in my head.” -Katie @gfgalxo
“I actually just started using it for my autoimmune disease! I have a lot of inflammation in my GI tract and it’s related to stress. When I get stressed I tense my body and it causes inflammation and muscle spasms that hurt like hell. When I use CBD it helps me relax and puts way less strain on my body, as well as helps me sleep better. I’m really excited to see how I feel after a year of regularly using it.” -Paige @tequilastainedtees
“I use CBD for my chronic pain. I am a hairstylist, so I am on my feet all day. I have serious lower back and shoulder pain. CBD has changed my life, no more over the counter drugs that have so many side effects. I also use it for my cramps during that time of the month. It works wonders! I get my chiropractor check up in a few weeks and I’m super excited to see how much my inflammation has gone down.” -Selwa @selwastyles
“I started using CBD essential oil pens for my anxiety and oh my god, I can’t believe what a difference it’s made in my daily life. I’ve managed to avoid being on mood stabilizers because I just don’t think they’re for me and I can’t believe how CBD has helped. I don’t even think about going back to medication now. Of course that’s just and everyone has individual experiences and some people should be medicated it that’s what works for them! But I’m very thankful that at least for now, this works for me!” -Aria @ariacamillle
“It got me off my anxiety medication that I’ve been taking for four years. My therapist recommended I try it during peak times that I might be anxious. It helps ease my physical anxiety so much!” -anonymous