It’s safe to say that CBD products are a HUGE trend right now! You guys may remember this post I did on CBD for newbies. I wrote it because I had SO many questions about CBD and figured others did as well- turns out I was right because it’s by far my most popular blog post on Pinterest! Today I wanted to revisit that post by updating you on my own experiences with CBD so far! I also have an awesome guest post to share with you because it is important to me that I include facts and education on this topic.
So in this post I shared that I hadn’t tried any CBD products yet but that I was open to it. At first I wasn’t sure I wanted to try CBD oil but later decided I did!
The only CBD oil I’ve tried so far is from Source Naturals. They actually reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try it and I said heck yeah I do! I’d been having a hard time decided which brand to try first so they made that decision for me- ha!
I wasn’t totally sure what to expect when I first tried CBD oil, despite how much I had read up on it. I didn’t have any major problems like anxiety or pain that I was looking to help but like anyone, sometimes I get anxious or just feel like I need to relax and I figured CBD oil could help with that. I definitely didn’t feel any different when I first took it but I’d read that it can take time for it to build up in your system. At first I only took it a few times over the course of a couple weeks but then tried taking it every day for a week. I still didn’t notice any major changes. I felt like it helped me relax some but thought that could just be a placebo effect.
Now, that’s not to say I don’t think CBD oil works! I know different doses work for different people. I also know that different brands work for different people. I am still finishing up the Source Naturals bottle I have because I DO enjoy, I just think the effects of it are fairly subtle for me. I do find it calming and find myself reaching for it when I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed and later, I always look back and realize I did become much calmer. So like I said, it’s subtle for me and I don’t always realize it’s doing anything until later. After I finish this bottle, I have a bottle of Sunsoil to try! I’m curious to see if I notice a difference between brands.
Another CBD product I have been using is this facial oil! Herbivore Emerald CBD Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil (that’s a mouthful). I really love how this feels on my skin and it smells amazing. I was a little worried about the coconut oil in it because that can sometimes cause problems due to it being comogeneditc… I also had never tried squalane oil on my skin so wasn’t sure how it’d react to that. I’ve been using it every evening for a couple weeks now and so far so good! It takes time to really see changes from most skincare products but I feel like my skin looks healthier! I have been dealing with a stubborn breakout patch and it hasn’t seemed to help with that but the rest of my skin looks awesome- glowy and smooth! I definitely enjoying having it as a part of my routine and am excited to see how my skin looks a month from now.
Have you tried any CBD products? What has your experience been?
Now here’s some insight on CBD from Jamie Westbrook. He is a professional researcher for the CBD Awareness Project. When he’s not working, he likes hiking and bird-watching.
How Do CBD Products Work?
CBD products have become popular in recent years, and for good reason. Research has found CBD oil can be helpful for pain relief, insomnia, anxiety, and more. But how does CBD oil offer relief? Let’s explore what CBD is and how it supports a healthy lifestyle.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Typically made from industrial hemp, CBD oil offers many of the benefits of marijuana without the high. It’s extracted from cannabis, cooled, and purified to remove other cannabinoids. CBD oil typically contains only trace amounts of psychoactive THC, if any, so you won’t feel the euphoric effects, but you could get some relief for conditions including chronic pain and inflammation. CBD oil sourced from marijuana, not hemp, could have a higher concentration of THC, however.
Many people are understandably skeptical of CBD oil’s effectiveness, given the hype surrounding it — and perhaps, some overblown benefits. However, there is actual scientific research to back up what CBD can do.
CBD and Your Endocannabinoid System
Your body has an endocannabinoid system, which balances your mood, pain, appetite, motor control, and other functions. Natural endocannabinoids are produced by your body, which bind to receptors to communicate with your endocannabinoid system and other systems within your body.
CBD oil ingestion introduces additional cannabinoids to your system, so it works more efficiently and communicates more effectively. Essentially, CBD oil boosts the effectiveness of your endocannabinoid system.
CBD Oil for Pain Relief
A review of CBD research by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that there is substantial evidence CBD and other cannabinoids can be used to treat chronic pain in adults. In fact, the research indicates patients treated with cannabis or cannabinoids such as CBD are more likely to experience a clinically significant reduction in pain symptoms.
The research indicates medical users of cannabis are often seeking pain relief, and there is some evidence that users may replace conventional pain medications such as opiates with cannabis.
Using CBD oil is a low risk alternative to try out if you’re considering more serious methods. The World Health Organization reports that CBD oil is generally well tolerated by users, and carries little to no risk of addiction or dependency.
If you’re considering trying CBD oil for pain relief, keep these tips in mind:
- Inhalation may offer faster, but more brief relief. Edibles, sublingual tinctures, and other oral avenues of ingesting CBD can take a while to kick in. Though they can last longer than inhalation methods, you may want to consider inhalation if you need faster relief. But if you can wait a little while on pain relief and prefer a more sustained effect, oral ingestion may be the way to go.
- You may need to trial and error dosage. CBD oil affects everyone differently, so what works for others may be too little to help, or more than you really need. Start out with a small dose, then work your way up if you need more to get the relief you need.
- Understand potential side effects. Side effects from CBD use are very rare, but they can happen. You’re most likely to experience nausea, if you experience any side effects at all. But, keep in mind that there’s a potential for drug interactions, so you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you take other medications and plan to try CBD.
CBD oil isn’t for everyone, but it can be helpful. It’s a low risk way to get relief for common conditions including chronic pain, and support a healthy lifestyle.
Such great info, right?? And I love that she mentions that CBD oil isn’t for everyone but that it can be helpful for some- I totally agree! I really tried it mainly out of curiosity rather than necessity but like any wellness trend, you don’t HAVE to try it if you don’t want to.
Have you tried any CBD products??