I have never been much of a relaxed person so THC has never been my “thing” so I am just as surprised as you are that I am a fan of CBD oil which actually does NOT contain CBD it is made from HEMP so it does not get you “HIGH” but it does have health benefits that help you to relax and combat anxiety and irritability in a natural and effective way.

 

As a busy freelancing mother of 3, I have a lot on my plate between carpool and the children’s activities to all of my own work commitments and family commitments it is a LOT. I am not one to take Xanax or anti-anxiety medications that just isn’t my style they make me feel out of it and not like myself. I had been hearing about CBD this and CBD that and some of my more laid back friends recommended it for me as a way to try to cope with my anxiety in a natural, safe and healthy way.

 

I tried CBD from Botanica Bazaar my favorite apothecary in Amagansett, New York. It comes in a small container with a dropper and you use just a few drops under your tongue each day. I am not sure if it is a placebo effect or really occurring but I am telling you it has really made a difference in my life paired with Reiki, meditation & yoga each week.

 

Here are some facts about CBD for all of you naysayers and conspiracy theorists and overall “haters” NO I am not “getting high” if you know me even a little bit you would know I love to be in control and a high feeling is the opposite of that so I can assure you CBD oil does not, in fact, get you “high” but here are some things it does do and can help with:

 

1.) CBD is a Main Component of Cannabis

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a primary component of cannabis. It is one of more than 85 compounds unique to the plant and grouped under the umbrella term cannabinoids. CBD and THC are the most prominent cannabinoids found in cannabis, and as such have undergone the heaviest scientific study.

2.) CBD Oil Won’t Get You High

CBD does not cause the feeling of being ‘high’ that is often associated with cannabis. The high is caused by THC. THC binds tightly to the CB1 and CB2 nerve receptors in the brain and throughout the body. CBD does not bind to these receptors and instead causes its therapeutic actions through more indirect means.

Because CBD will not make you feel intoxicated, it is a great option for parents, workers, and anyone else who does not to compromise their mental clarity.

Many health conditions, both severe and not, are treated with pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have unpleasant or dangerous side effects. In some instances, CBD may offer non-toxic, virtually side-effect free, natural benefits for individuals who want to avoid or reduce the number of pharmaceuticals they are taking.

3.) CBD Oil from Hemp is Legal

CBD products come either from medical cannabis or industrial hemp plants. While still illegal under federal law, cannabis is legal in several states. And because it has a low THC content (>.3%), industrial hemp does not fall under these same regulations. This means that consumers are free to choose CBD as a natural supplement without worrying about any legal repercussions.

4.) The Human Body Produces Cannabinoids, and CBD Oil Helps

Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids derived from plants. Endocannabinoids are cannabinoids produced naturally in the human body.

One example of an endocannabinoid is anandamide, or ‘the bliss molecule.’ This molecule activates the CB1 receptor.

Benefits of activating the CB1 receptor include:

  • Relieving depression [S]
  • Increasing myelin formation [S]
  • Lowering intestinal inflammation [S]
  • Decreasing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome) [S]
  • Lowering blood pressure [S]
  • Lowering anxiety [S]
  • Reducing fear and paranoia [S]
  • Increasing BDNF levels [S]
  • Increasing PPARy expression [S]
  • Reducing GPR55 signaling [S]
  • Lowering prolactin [S]

 

An enzyme in the body known as FAAH is responsible for breaking down anandamide. CBD is an inhibitor of FAAH, meaning more anandamide to be available to the CB1 receptors.

Anandamide has been shown to stop the proliferation of breast cancer cells, promote anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects, and increases neurogenesis. Anandamide plays a role in memory and forgetting, creating a potential natural value for individuals with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Clearly there have been tons of studies and a lot more supporting the benefits of CBD oil but just know that I am sold on it. I would so much rather take a few drops of something natural and chemical free than pollute my body with pills that cloud my mental clarity.
Whatever your views are on CBD oil I would definitely recommend educating yourself on the facts and the distinguishing factors between marijuana and CBD.

Don’t be afraid to admit that you are anxious. I am a busy mom of 3 with more on her plate than most could ever possibly handle and some days I truly don’t know how I will get it all done but every day it gets done. I am not afraid to admit that I do need help relaxing and that being type A and a go go go type person is great but it also comes with a lot of stress and anxiety and I do need stress relief and I am just thankful that I have found natural healthy stress relief options like meditation and yoga and CBD oil.

Don’t get me wrong I love my long runs and I love my orange theory and i still do all of the same things that I was doing before but I have now realized that a little yin to my yang is also really quite great. I love having the yoga after a long run and I love meditating after a stressful day. Life is all about balance and I think as human beings we are always seeking that balance.

However you find your Zen, Namaste 😉

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