Should You Try CBD Oil? I finally did!

The below was posted in 2018, and at the end of writing it, I was excited to give it a go. Then, life got in the way, and I was feeling generally fine, and it went out of my head. Recently though, the producers of a hemp oil in upstate NY, who are also friends, asked me to give it a try and tell them what I thought. I’ve been taking 300mg (a relatively low dose) at night for about two weeks, and within days, I noticed a difference in my sleep and stress levels. Normally, I sleep well and am a generally calm person, but in most of 2020, and now with more shutdowns on the horizon, I’m not afraid to admit my sleep and my stress level were suffering. I had been feeling edgy, exhausted and easily triggered. A few nights of hemp extract before bed, and I can say, confidently, I am sleeping better, am more at ease, and it’s been easier to go about my day without constantly feeling like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. My reactions and emotions are the same, they just seem less raw — it is hard to explain but really nice to experience.

If you are looking for a recommendation, the oil I’ve been taking is from Upstate Aura. I am confident recommending this brand as I personally know they are committed to an all natural, organic hemp extract. The soil where the plants are grown has been pesticide free for many years, and the attention to purity is apparent.


More info about CBD from an earlier post:

CBD oil is making headlines. THC is the most widely known compound in marijuana, but the plant also contains a compound called cannabidiol (CBD.) It is found in higher concentrations in the hemp plant. Similar to a marijuana plant in its bio-makeup, hemp contains low levels of THC which is the compound from which you get the high. Isolated, CBD is not psychogenic, meaning it doesn’t affect the mind. It is being studied for other health benefits such as pain relief, anti-inflammation, smoking cessation, acne, alzheimer’s disease, cancer prevention, epilepsy, anxiety and more. It can be ingested, rubbed on the skin or placed under the tongue. It is being used for everything from facials to cocktail ingredients to a sleeping aid. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to and will keep y’all posted. It is said to taste like marijuana and people are coming out in large numbers supporting its use. It seems promising, but if you are going to give it a try, please make sure to purchase from a reputable company and discuss it with your doctor first.

 


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Author: Karen Latimer

Karen is a Family Doctor, mom of five and founder of Tips From Town.

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