30 Day Challenge: CBD edition

I took CBD for at least 30 days for my Anxiety—Here's what happened...


When I first learned about CBD oil, I'll admit I was a little bit skeptical. I immediately thought 'marijuana' and questioned if it was for me. But after researching a bit more about it and giving it a try for at least 30 days, I can tell you that it was life changing for me.


But, let's back up a bit. What even is CBD? Read this article for a more detailed explanation. Keep reading to hear about my personal experience as a first time CBD user.


For me, CBD is a whole new approach to living an active lifestyle.

WHY I WANTED TO TRY CBD

I live a fast-paced life, and being involved in the entertainment and fitness industries, I am constantly being marketed products that hype you up. I have also always dealt with a lot of anxiety growing up so I find it very difficult to shut my mind off and take the proper down time to relax, and even focus sometimes.


Until cbd, it seemed that all of the options out there to help with anxiety and stress relief were either chemicals that would lead to negative side affects in the body, or marijuana which may also result in negative side affects in the brain. So when CBD was brought up to me, I definitely payed attention and started researching it.


QUESTIONS I ASKED THAT HELPED ME SAY YES

Before making the decision to try CBD I asked my friends at Frontier Jackson a few questions that I knew would help me figure out whether CBD was for me or not:


Is CBD legal?

Check your state laws to see if CBD is legal where you live. In most cases, if the CBD oil has less than 0.3% THC in it, then it should be acceptable to use.


Can CBD get you high?

No, CBD can’t get you high. THC is the chemical responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. In fact, CBD actually makes THC less effective.


Is CBD addictive?

No, CBD is NOT chemically addictive. But like anything, it can become a habit.


Are there side affects?

Not really, with exception of slight (possible) headache the first couple of uses considering your body is not used to it just yet.


So, after (a lot) of pondering, I finally gave it a try!

I started with a starter pack from Frontier Jackson which included a CBD oil plus CBD gummies and ordered some CBD capsules to see which one would work best for me. (CODE "CAMILA15" GETS YOU 15% OFF ANY PRODUCT)


FIRST IMPRESSION

Knowing that the oil had sleep aid affects, the first time I tried CBD I squeezed one full dropper of the CBD oil under my tongue, per the instructions, and waited to see what the reaction would be.


About 30 minutes later, I was surprised by how subtle the effect was. While I expected a hazy, foggy, out of it nodding-off effect similar to melatonin's, or NyQuil's, all I really felt was relaxed, and calm. My heart stopped pounding against my chest, my legs were no longer shaking, but most importantly, my mind stopped racing. I felt tranquil and I remember just not wanting to fight that feeling and putting myself to sleep without the usual urge to fight it.


Reflecting the next morning, I was most surprised by the fact that I never felt "high" in any way, not the night before, nor the next morning. And the fact that the goal to relax was achieved, put the stamp of approval in trying out the oil for the next 30 days to see if anything would change. These were the results...


Less Anxiety.


More focused.


Feeling in control.


"But cmon, really no side affects at all?" NOPE. I honestly loved every part of this experience and will continue to use CBD until I feel otherwise.

THE CONCLUSION

Did CBD change my life? ... hmm, kinda. Maybe not my life, but definitely my relationship with anxiety and stress. I realized that even though it may not have a drastic affect that is super obvious, it really just sort of helps my brain realize what it wants... if it wants to rest, it helps it rest, if it wants to concentrate it helps it find concentration. The way I see it, CBD just truly compliments my existing lifestyle and helps me keep the balance.


After using CBD for about 90 days now, I have tried many different forms, click here to see some of my favorites. (CODE "CAMILA15" GETS YOU 15% OFF ANY PRODUCT)

Photos by: Aaron DeSilva

CBD: Frontier Jackson (code "CAMILA15" gets you 15% off entire website)

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