Since cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t have any psychoactive effects – that is to say, it won’t get you high – it doesn’t kick in the way you might expect. Plus, figuring out the right dosage is largely a matter of trial-and-error. So how do you know if CBD is working? Does it provide instant relief, or does it take time?
As CBD becomes more popular, articles and reviews are popping up all over the internet detailing people’s experiences with the cannabis compound. Today, we’re sharing stories from 3 women who tried CBD for relaxation and anxiety relief.
Here’s how Harling Ross at Man Repeller described her experience with CBD oil:
Whoosh. I definitely felt… something. Almost immediately. A bodily sensation that was pleasant but not overwhelming, like immersing myself in a hot bath. It evaporated a few seconds later but in its place there remained a faint sense of calm, so subtle I only noticed because I was looking for it, as if someone had asked the hamster that likes to run inexhaustible circles inside my head to slowwwwwww down. It was nice.
I experimented with different doses of CBD over the course of about a month, ultimately settling on 40-45 mg as my personal “sweet spot.” I also experimented with dosing at different times of day (though it doesn’t make me drowsy, I decided I prefer taking it in the evening) and in the midst of different mental states. I found that if I’m super anxious for a specific reason and my hamster wheel is already spinning out of control, CBD doesn’t help much — it’s just a drop in the bucket (pun intended) at that point. Where it does help is when I’m experiencing low-grade, general anxiety, in which case CBD relaxes me just enough to make an appreciable difference, as if I’ve treated my brain to a 10-minute nail salon massage.
Michelle Pellizzon at Sporteluxe felt more focused and sociable after taking CBD:
When I landed at my desk I was ready to work, and I feel like I was able to focus and accomplish more in a shorter period of time. The real test, though, was when I had to drive through bumper-to-bumper traffic in downtown LA in order to get to the Indie Beauty Expo—and I was able to do it with absolutely zero road rage … a big thing for me!
Because I never go downtown, I had to stop for a latte at my favorite coffee shop—and a second CBD pick-me-up. By the time I stepped into the crowded Indie Beauty Expo, I felt calm and happy. As an introvert, I usually have a hard time making small talk at events. But post-CBD oil, I felt comfortable enough to chat up a storm with every person I met! Three hours later I dragged myself out of the huge exposition and made it to my meditation class, where I took another dropper of CBD oil. Although I really love meditating, I find it particularly challenging to get into the “zone” after a long day at work. Not so much after taking some CBD—it was easy to calm my mind and tune into my breath, despite how fast-paced my day had been.
And lastly, Kelsey Clark at My Domaine took 12.5mg of CBD oil sublingually (under the tongue) to try and beat jet lag:
Thirty minutes later, I was surprised by how subtle the effect was. While I expected a hazy nodding-off effect similar to melatonin’s, the oil simply relaxed my body ever so slightly—my heart stopped pounding against my chest, my legs stopped kicking beneath my sheets, my mind stopped racing. I wasn’t sure if it was the oil or the late hour, but eventually, physical relaxation gave way to mental relaxation, and I drifted off to sleep.
As you can see, the effects of CBD are definitely noticeable, although they may be subtle. Some people describe CBD as being more about what you don’t feel (pain, anxiety, stress) rather than what you do feel.
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