I first came across CBD when a friend, a nurse with experience in complementary therapies, recommended it. At the time, the extent of my knowledge was that it was a natural product and it was related to cannabis. With not much to go off other than that, I became curious. It was firmly on my radar, and I began to dig deeper into what CBD is, its benefits, and how it is most definitely not like marijuana. That turned into a one-track mission to experience it for myself.
As a habitual overthinker that’s prone to insomnia and anxiety, I’m no stranger to natural remedies. That kind of stuff has been a feature in my life for an age. But–there was a trigger point here.
I got to the point where unnervingly, my anxiety had started to impact me in other ways. After experiencing a few impromptu nosebleeds and “funny turns”–kind of like a panic attack–I was advised to check out my blood pressure. Sure enough, it was high, and it seemed to be spiking when I was getting overwhelmed.
I’ve tried ashwagandha in the past, St John’s Wort, and natural sleeping tablets with ingredients like valerian, all with varying results. And why did I reach for these things rather than something on prescription? Namely, because they all share one big benefit for me: they’re natural. The drawback though was that all of these things are only recommended for short-term use. So I had to ask myself: but what if I have regular periods of disturbed sleep or increased anxiety? Where do I turn to then?
Yes, having good lifestyle habits is one major step in the right direction. Eating healthily, exercising regularly, dipping into things like aromatherapy or practicing meditation, but when the overwhelming feeling strikes, it can leave you feeling powerless.
Lifting the lid on CBD capsules started a bit of a journey of discovery for me. Once I’d experienced the benefits first-hand, I started looking into the other therapeutic properties CBD may have across the body.
Put it this way: tight shoulders are an issue that will not go away, especially as we all age. So I’m all for trying CBD balms and oils. And after working out, a bath with CBD bath salts already seems to have a wondrous effect on relieving my muscle kinks, which is a major bonus.
When all is said and done, I’d say that CBD is a safe, legal, all-natural way to manage the issues that were bugging me. It’s not synthetic, it’s not on prescription, and on the whole, it’s made me feel a whole less scattered and overwhelmed. What’s not to love about that?