I Took CBD Oil For 7 Days For Anxiety — Here’s What Happened
June 12, 2018 by Dominique Michelle Astorino
I have to admit, I’m nervous to share this story . . . in large part because of the stigma around marijuana, regardless of the reasons you’re using it or which component of it you’re using (THC vs. CBD, specifically). But that in and of itself made me realize how much more I do need to share this story. Because if we break through the stigma, there’s a product here that has the capacity to change lives and help millions of people heal naturally. And no, it won’t make you into a stoner.
A few weeks ago, the people at Charlotte’s Web Hemp reached out to see if I wanted to try CBD for myself. To be honest, my initial reaction was “hell no.” I don’t smoke, I never want to be “high,” I’m not into weed, and I’m not in any way, shape, or form into illegal drugs in general. However, I am a huge fan of naturopathic remedies like Chinese herbs and probiotics, acupuncture, and essential oils. I had been reading about how CBD is natural and legal, doesn’t make you feel “high,” and could mitigate effects of anxiety (in addition to a laundry list of other things).
Before we get into it, a quick breakdown: CBD oil is cannabidiol, an active component of cannabis. You’re probably familiar with another cannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC . . . you know, the stuff that gets you high. There are over 85 cannabinoid compounds in a cannabis plant, but THC is the only one — seriously, just one — that is psychoactive (aka brain altering).
Charlotte’s Web assured me that CBD does not in fact get you high and would essentially be liquid Xanax from Mother Nature. It also mentioned I wouldn’t need a medical marijuana card (which I don’t have), as it’s a totally legal product. I was in.
A few days later, I received the CW “Everyday Plus” Hemp Oil in olive oil and CW “Everyday Advanced” Hemp Oil in mint chocolate flavor ($75 and $150, respectively). And as most respected professionals do, I tried it in the office at my place of employment, midday, with one of my coworkers. Legalities aside, I was still nervous that I’d get the psychoactive effects and lose control of my mental faculties, but coworkers assured me that “everything is fine” and basically told me to chill out and eat the oil. The experiment had begun.
Dose: Two droppers full of Everyday Advanced, mint chocolate flavor
The “two droppers” was per the recommendation I received from CW. This apparently equates to two servings, though the supplement recommends taking two droppers full twice daily. This was roughly 92 mg of Hemp CO2 extract. I remember thinking, “This tastes like a mint chocolate ash tray.”
Effects: Extremely sleepy during the day. That said, got “100 percent” sleep quality according to my Sleep Cycle app that I use nightly. No adverse side effects.
Dose: One dropper full of Everyday Advanced
I decided to scale back so I wouldn’t be so tired. I also had SoulCycle scheduled that night, and I really wanted to look alive in the front row, you know?
Effects: Relaxed, but not much to report on from this day either. I felt great during SoulCycle, and I didn’t get too sore, which is somewhat unusual . . . maybe because of the CBD? TBD.
Dose: One dropper full of Everyday Plus, olive oil flavor
By the third day, I decided to try the scaled-back, olive variety of these oils, which has 25 mg of Hemp CO2 extract per serving. I started small with one dropper just to be safe.
Effects: I honestly didn’t feel much of anything! It wasn’t a particularly anxiety-inducing day, so there wasn’t much to stimulate my experiment.
Dose: Two and a quarter droppers full of Everyday Advanced
This . . . this was the day of days. The day when I realized CBD can change lives. Also the day when I realized I had taken more oil than usual, which left me feeling not at all like myself as the hours went on. Background: driving is an anxiety trigger for me, and I was stuck in traffic for over three hours (for a trip that is usually just one hour) with a panic attack slowly building and tears starting to flow, so I reached for the oil — and decided to try a tiny little bit extra.
Effects: Anxiety relief within 30 minutes; it quite honestly felt miraculous. I was relaxed and laughing, and I felt like myself again. However, a few hours later, things took a turn. At risk of embarrassing myself, I’ll just say that I became extremely spacey, couldn’t focus on anything, and was starving — I had finished a substantial Italian dinner at 7 p.m. but decided at 8:30 p.m. that I needed a S’mores Frappuccino (truly deviating from my normal eating habits) . . . and then I needed an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked. It was a scene. I don’t know how it happened, but fair warning: this was too much for me. Though I was mildly traumatized, my best friend thought it was hilarious.
Dose: One *half* dropper full of Everyday Advanced
Fully scarred from the day before, I scaled back significantly as I knew my duty was to continue the experiment for all seven days.
Effects: I felt relaxed! No anxiety to report on, and no adverse side effects.
Dose: One dropper full of Everyday Advanced
I recovered from the fear of day four and scaled back up to a full dropper and had a very relaxing day. I drove back to SF and felt completely comfortable in traffic and even had a couple cups of coffee — which normally could give me a panic attack — and felt totally fine.
Effects: Mitigated anxiety from caffeine consumption, great sleep.
Dose: Two droppers full of Everyday Advanced
Curious to see if day four’s high was possibly a fluke, I decided to be brave (ha!) and scale back up — but was mentally prepared this time for anything that could happen. Aaaand I didn’t get high! A win all around.
Effects: I had a deep sleep that night — so deep, in fact, that it was a little harder to wake up in the morning.
I’m still figuring out that sweet-spot dose for myself, but my initial impression is extremely positive. I’m astounded at how well this prevented a panic attack and mitigated my anxiety in a naturopathic way. The idea that I could avoid potentially addictive psychotropic drugs while still managing stress and anxiety — in a way that won’t make me high or impact my ability to think and work clearly — is unbelievable. It really is Mother Nature’s liquid Xanax.
CBD oil has the ability to relieve pain and inflammation, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, fight cancer (seriously), relieve nausea, and reduce PMS symptoms, and it may even help with epilepsy.
Because it’s so safe and the side effects have been minimal, my personal recommendation is to try it, but just to be careful with your dose. Also keep in mind — as I did not know this when I first tried it — CBD oil may cause you to fail a drug test. Fortunately for me, POPSUGAR is pretty chill about this, but this is something that could present a serious issue if you’re looking for a job or in a line of work that tests regularly.
I was super uncomfortable with the perception, labeling, and stigma around the use of cannabis products, but the profound pros that CBD oil has to offer me medically significantly outweigh any kind of cons I might endure from social stigma. I do think it’s important to break said stigma around cannabis use of all kinds, whether it’s CBD or THC, recreational or medical use. So here I am, a goody-two-shoes, nonsmoking fitness editor, here to share my side and my experience — and I fully recommend trying CBD as part of your wellness routine.
I have to admit, I'm nervous to share this story . . . in large part because of the stigma around marijuana, regardless of the reasons you're using it or which
New to CBD? A Few Beginner Tips For Taking the Natural Supplement
March 20, 2019 by Dominique Michelle Astorino
I had no idea that when I signed up to try CBD oil for the first time that I’d be opening the door to a product that would change my life. I’ve dabbled for years in natural, naturopathic, and homeopathic remedies for anxiety, depression, stress, and all other aspects of wellness, and by far CBD has made the most significant and important difference in my health, with zero negative impact.
A refresher: CBD (cannabidiol) is an active compound of hemp — non psychoactive (doesn’t get you high) — that I like to refer to as Mother Nature’s Xanax mixed with ibuprofen. Beyond anxiety and inflammation relief, early patients (including children) have used CBD for bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s.
Since I’ve been using a variety of different CBD products over the past five months, I think I’ve graduated from “beginner” to “intermediate” CBD consumer. I’ve tried topical and ingestible products; creams and salves, sprays and balms, chocolates, capsules, tinctures, and oils. I’ve taken anything from 2 mg at a time to 90 mg so far and have found my personal sweet-spot dose for different purposes, whether it’s daily stress management, intense anxiety, or muscular tension and pain relief after a workout.
Disclaimer: as I’m certain you’ve deduced, I’m not a doctor (though that would be a hilarious twist, right?). These tips were developed through my personal experience and bolstered by some research, interviews, and discussions with fellow CBD consumers.
Tip 1: Everyone’s Experience Is Different
As with ALL things from over-the-counter medication to prescriptions to herbal remedies (and even food!), CBD is a personalized experience. Your experience with 10 milligrams will be different than your friend’s experience, or your mom’s, or your significant other’s. Some people can drink a gallon of coffee and won’t feel a thing, and others (me in particular) get crazy caffeinated just sniffing an espresso — CBD is no different.
The effects and dose are based on your DNA, and because our bodies are all ever so slightly different, your personal chemistry will determine how your body processes hemp. Don’t try to compare yourself or what you feel to other people you know — or even what you read on the internet, this post included. It’s a good frame of reference so you know what to possibly expect, but not a hard and fast set of rules. Got it?
Tip 2: Hydrate Extra!
Most people are pretty dehydrated at any given moment (we all need to be drinking more water), but CBD has highlighted just how much more water I’ve needed. As noted, your experience will vary, but from those I’ve talked to (and what I’ve read) this is a more common “side effect.” Just like you might feel a little dehydrated when you drink tea or coffee, this herb could cause similar effects. It’s a great reminder to keep the H2O flowing all day long!
Tip 3: Find the Right Dose
I can’t tell you how much to take to stop a panic attack, but I can tell you that it’s probably a good idea to start small and work your way up. If you’re new and especially if you’re nervous (totally normal for starting any new kind of routine!), pick a low dose so you’re in control of your consumption. Not Pot’s CBD chocolates have 2 mg of CBD in each little heart — you could start with one, then take two to three and let it build up over a few weeks.
Once you’ve “graduated” from there, try 10 to 15 milligrams. Sagely Naturals makes a 10 milligram turmeric and CBD capsule that I love, and CW Hemp (my first CBD love) makes 15 milligram capsules. From there, try two pills. Give yourself time to see how long it takes to set in. Take notes, and keep a journal of how you feel. This is a really important part of any new regimen and medication, not just CBD!
Tip 4: Don’t Give Up if You Don’t Feel Anything at First
While starting with a smaller dose, you might not feel any effects at all! That’s normal, so don’t stress, and definitely don’t give up on it, because a world of anxiety-free living just within your grasp, dear friend. Patience is a virtue, especially with this process.
Tip 5: Find the Right Product
Would you rather have chocolates and gummies, or an oil tincture? Maybe you’d rather pop a vitamin-like capsule! Only need muscle relief? A topical balm or cream might be your best bet.
Play around with it! See what works best for you and your body. This natural remedy has countless benefits and can impact your health tremendously — so find the right method, product, dose, and timing, and get to it!
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