AD: In partnership with Truverra.
Are you looking into alternative medicine to help with your anxiety or depression? Maybe you need something to help with a physical, chronic illness or to elevate the symptoms of cancer treatment. If so, then you’ve probably heard of CBD products.
But what are the benefits of CBD for mental and physical illness, and why should you give it a try?
My own experience with CBD.
I began using CBD oil in May 2019. I’d heard many stories both positive and negative, but nothing ‘big‘ enough to persuade me to use it before then. Quite frankly, I was afraid that CBD, much like THC, would appear on a company drug test, therefore leading to the termination of my then-job. But after experiencing my grandfather’s illness and subsequently his passing, I made the ultimate decision to leave that particular company. There were no longer any excuses and so, after handing in my notice, I bought my first vial of CBD oil from a local Holland and Barrets.
At first, I didn’t feel any different but I persevered and continued to take three drops on my tongue each day. I’m not going to lie, it took me a while to come to terms with the taste, a mixture of earth and plant. After about a month I realized that my anxiety around food had dropped significantly, all without the help of additional anti-anxieties. In fact, I was able to reduce the dose myself from three to just two and, eventually, one.
CBD has little to no side effects, unlike mainstream medications that come with a whole host of possible issues. The use of CBD complies with drug tests required by some employees to continue employment, therefore allowing people to medicate without the use of harsher, more traditional medications.
** I should note that although CBD can be great when used alone for things such as anxiety or small aches and pains, traditional medication may still be required. This should be discussed and confirmed by your GP or Primary Care Team. Any reduction in medication should be discussed thoroughly with medical practitioners and you SHOULD NOT aim to reduce medication without the go-ahead from your own doctors.
What is CBD?
CBD is almost as big a buzzword as self-care at the moment and is being used by millions to manage emotional and physical pain. It’s been gaining a wide following among the mental health, chronic illness and wellness world, and has been proven to produce several health benefits.
But what exactly is it?
It’s one of around 113 cannabinoid compounds found within the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces the psychoactive effect gained from smoking weed, CBD has a milder effect. It won’t get you high by any means, but for most, it produces a calming, stress-relieving reaction.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Personally, I use CBD for anxiety, joint pain, issues with food and, on occasion, skin blemishes. In the last few months, I’ve been able to reduce the number of anti-anxieties I take, and it’s even worked to support me when I’ve forgotten to take prescription medications (as can happen, but I don’t make a habit of it). I would even go so far as to say that it has helped mellow my emotional pain and grief after the death of my grandparents in early 2019.
But don’t take it from me. The benefits of CBD are all over the internet. All you have to do is google the term “benefits of CBD“ and you’ll come up with an infinite list of scientific explanations as to why you should try it. These are just a few;
- Anxiety Relief.
- Pain Relief.
- Relieves cancer treatment symptoms (nausea etc).
What YOU had to say.
I wanted to avoid a repetitive ‘what’s in it for me‘ post which only succeeds in rounding up all the information on the internet. Instead, I took to Twitter to find out why some of my followers use CBD, and if really works;
“I use CBD capsules to help with my anxiety, but mostly for fibro pain. I haven’t had any for the past 2 weeks and I know it! They definitely do make a huge difference.”
Jackie of All Trades;
“I’ve been using CBD face cream and it’s made my skin feel super soft and has also helped with my acne.”
“My friend used CBD face cream after a tooth extraction surgery. It helped bring down the inflammation on his face and helped ease the pain.”
“I love CBD products! I use them for general aches and pains. I’ve noticed that I seem to be less anxious when I’m taking CBD.”
The Chronically Unimaginable;
“I use both oil and topical cream. I’ve noticed that the cream helps with the pain more.”
Fox Hill Fitness;
“I use it for my son’s ADHD. It helps him with the anxiety part and the impulsiveness. My sister was able to get off her meds and finally sleeps now.”
Like any form of medication, however, some people found CBD to be ineffective and even nauseating.
This reaction is completely fine, and it’s important to remember that not everyone will react in the same way! CBD is not a miracle drug. It will not cure you of all ailments, likewise, it may not effect you at all.
With that in mind, I urge anyone in this boat to try a different CBD product before dismissing it altogether. Like prescription medications, one size may not fit all.
“I’ve used CBD for chronic pain but unfortunately it hasn’t worked for me. I’ve used creams, tinctures, vaping, capsules, and transdermal patches. Hoping to find something that helps someday.”
“I found that I’m too sensitive to CBD even topically. I had mood swings.“
[AD] Experience quality CBD.
“At Truverra, we’re dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of safe and innovative CBD products. We source our pure CBD exclusively from prime European hemp strains and extract it using cutting-edge non-aggressive techniques that contribute to a natural, unadulterated finished product.”Truverra Team.
The brand of CBD oil I’d been using had been inconsistent since October ’19. They usually consisted of whatever could be found in Holland and Barrett, or at the stalls erected in the center of the local mall. Although there’s nothing wrong with changing the brand you use, I personally need consistency in regard to supplements to receive any benefit.
Truverra sent me a package in early February 2020, and since then I’ve been more consistent in my use of CBD. Prior to this, I’d noticed my anxiety levels creeping higher as I’d had to remove one of my anti-anxiety medications from my usual routine. Truth be told the introduction of a consistent CBD product was a God-Send, and it’s helped me manage my anxiety without the exhausting side effects.
The products received consisted of;
- CBD Oil used on or under the tongue, or in a glass of water.
- CBD lip balm for use of dry and cracked lips. As someone who chews their lips due to anxiety I highly recommend this. It’s also great if you live in a country such as Northern Ireland when it’s cold and raining ALL the time!
- CBD balm for use on skin. This is particularly good for dry or cracked skin which can occur for many reasons, the cold weather being one.
- CBD supplements for use in a glass of water or diluted juice. My partner and I have been using it since the day of arrival alongside no other multivitamins. I can honestly say I feel the difference in regards to energy and overall aches and pains.
- CBD vape e-liquid for use on any vapes. As an ex-smoker, I’ve been vaping for a while now. Before this, I was using traditional vaping e-liquid and found myself smoking it more than I really should have. I’ve since switched to vaping only CBD liquid, particularly on my way to and while at work. The amount I vape has since reduced significantly! Great if you are wanting to quit or simply switch to 0% nicotine products.
If you’re interested in giving the Truverra brand a try why not check out their full range of products here.
Not only are all those listed above available to you, but there are a variety of other products I have yet to try. This includes CBD creams and lotions, various other supplements and different flavors of e-liquid.
Already tried the Truverra brand? Let me know what you think in the comments below!