What experiences do you have with CBD oil? Is it marijuana? Does it get you high? Can you drive a car if you take it? Can you smoke it? Does it make you sleepy? Can other people tell you are taking it? What is it actually good for? You will learn that and much more in this article.
What is CBD oil?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, one of 113 identified cannabinoids that are found in marijuana and hemp and make up up to 40% of the plant's extract. The effects of marijuana when smoked or ingested are twofold - psychoactive (THC) and not psychoactive (CBD), so CBD does not get you "high". Basically, it's the part of marijuana that makes you feel relaxed.
The reaction of the human body
The endocannabinoid system is a molecular system in the human body that is responsible for regulating and balancing many processes, including the immune response, communication between cells, appetite and metabolism, memory, pain, and much more. It is a complex network of receptors and neurotransmitters that are distributed throughout the body. Our bodies naturally produce endocannabinoids that interact with this system, being CBD Oil stimulates the body to make more of its own natural cannabinoids.
Benefits of CBD Oil
- Can be used for pain relief
- Can relieve anxiety and depression
- Can help with cancer-related symptoms
- May relieve the side effects of neurological disorders, including seizures
- May help with arthritis pain by reducing inflammation
- Can be used for metabolic problems such as irritable bowel syndrome
I've been using CBD oil for over two years now, and nobody around me has ever noticed. One of the things I notice when I talk about CBD oil is that it seems to be a taboo subject simply because people don't understand it. Since CBD is strongly associated with marijuana use, so is it CBD buds there, people assume it's an oil that gets you high - that couldn't be further from the truth. There are three reactions to talking about it: the “initiates”, which frankly doesn't happen too often; the "I'm kind of offended that you are taking this," which most people do; and the “Ohhhh, you're bad!” folks who think that you're walking around high every day and that you've just brought up a topic that's so off-limits that they look around the room to make sure no one is listening.
When I first started using CBD oil, there wasn't really that much to choose from. You could buy it online, which was very expensive. It's everywhere these days - it's in food, in beverages, in soaps, in ointment ... it's getting out of hand! And honestly, I still don't think people really understand what it is or what it does - they just jumped on the fad that is now called "CBD".
The first thing to look out for when trying out CBD is of course the quality, but also the percentage. The percentage refers to how strong the oil is. It's usually best to start with 2,5% and then work your way up when it works for you. If you are toying with the idea of trying CBD oil, I advise you to do your own research because what works best for me may not necessarily be the best for you. There are different types of oils and different strengths, but like anything else, you have to try them to see how they work on you.
When I first started taking CBD oil, I was at the peak of my anxiety, I was not doing well, physically or mentally, and I really hoped it would help. I think that my first experiences were a bit amplified due to my deteriorating mental state, in some people I know that the effects last for some time. To me it felt like I was able to breathe properly for the first time since I can remember. What I mean by that, and it's hard to explain, is that when you breathe in as much as you can, you feel like you're walking into a second room. A room in which you normally don't breathe. I had the feeling that I had not breathed properly before, that everything in my body was tense and I had finally let go.
I found the following weeks strange. Because I didn't expect the effects it would have. For the first few weeks my shoulders hurt so much I didn't even know why, and it wasn't until the day I forgot to take my oil that I realized why. My shoulders hurt so much because I had held them so tight and tense for so long that when I finally relaxed my muscles they were full of lactic acid - like when you do too much in the gym and your muscles are extremely hungover for days.
Most people think if you take it the world will look ... blurry. For me at least it was the opposite, I had the feeling that I could see again. Have you ever been to one of those children's playgrounds in the summer, where 1000 children seem to be running around and screaming at the same time? This is what my head feels like when my anxiety levels are bad. I feel like every thought I have ever had for as long as I can remember comes crashing down on me, along with all the muscles aching from the tension in my body. You can say that I didn't forget it anytime soon.
This is of course not a solution to anxiety and depression, but for me it gave me the time it needed to sort myself out.
Two years later
Almost two years after starting my oil, I'm now on 5% CBD oil, but I don't take it every day. I have changed my lifestyle so much in order to positively influence my physical and mental state that I am stable every day even without my oil. However, fear is something I live with and always will, and sometimes I have bad days. My bad days are nowhere near as bad as they used to be, but they still happen. I know my body now, I know when it's okay, I know when it's bad, I know when it's struggling and needs help. I take my CBD oil maybe once a week or less and I still appreciate the relaxation it offers me.
The stigma surrounding mental health and CBD oil can be changed dramatically with proper education and it is everyone's responsibility to understand it for themselves because the hard truth is that everyone knows someone who is having any of the problems that CBD oil helps with - and the reality is that everyone will likely know someone who takes it. In the past I have been told that I am “not the right type of person to suffer from anxiety” because I seem to function fully every day, being there for everyone who needs me, worked hard to build my career, and always happy and doing well in life according to social media.