The ABC’s of CBD

Is it a true panacea, or modern day snake oil? CBD has been touted as alleviating an incredible spectrum of ills, including pain relief, treatment for depression and anxiety, reduced inflammation, and prevention of seizures, just for starters. As curiosity surrounding all forms of cannabis reaches fever pitch nationwide, amidst legalization for both medical and recreational use in a growing number of states, it’s easy to see why the field is exploding with new options everyday. With far-reaching benefits that sound appealing to pretty much anyone interested in improving their mental or physical health, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the topic, too. What is it, really, and how does it work?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-psychoactive chemical extracted from leaves and flowers of cannabis plant. There’s no THC, so it doesn’t make you “high” or hallucinate. It can be blended into a plethora of other products, from sublingual oils to gummy bears and even topical lotions or balms. Believe it or not, amidst rigorous testing, NO negative side effects have been discovered yet, and there have been no recorded instances of overdose. Doesn’t that sound too good to be true? I thought so, but I simply had to try it for myself.

I started using PlusCBD Oil Capsules as a daily supplement with a strong dose of skepticism. The results were not ground-shaking nor miraculous, but I can’t deny feeling a subtle difference. Facing down an over-crowded bus at the height of rush hour didn’t seem nearly as daunting, and working under hard deadlines didn’t stress me out the way it normally would. The frequent fear of running late for anything, and everything, subsided to a more reasonable level of cautious planning. I could soon take a step back from strenuous situations to observe them from a more objective plane before addressing them pragmatically. This small shift is quite notable, coming from someone altogether too high-strung on a regular basis.

There’s a lot to be said for the pure PlusCBD Oil Drops, too. This format made it easy to blend into smoothies or oatmeal, and be able to share with Luka during travel. Though he had never flown before and hated his carrier with a ferocious passion, he sat serenely in my lap for the entire 6-hour fight. Was it the CBD oil, or just good behavior? It’s hard to say, but I have to think that the drops helped to some degree.

As the PlusCBD Oil range sold by CV Sciences is classified as a “health supplement,” it is legal for sale in all 50 states. This isn’t true of all brands, and quality can vary widely, so always be vigilant and do your research before selecting a supplement. I’m particularly fond of PlusCBD because all of the capsules are vegan (cellulose based) and is independently verified by 3rd party laboratories. If you’d like to give it a try for yourself (or your pets!), use the promo code momsmeet17 to receive 15% off online orders.

What do you think about the CBD craze? Have you tried it, or do you plan to soon? This is still a fledgling field so I want to hear all about your experiences!

This conversation was inspired by PlusCBD Oil and made possible by Moms Meet.

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13 thoughts on “The ABC’s of CBD

  1. Very interesting and timely post! I just ordered CBD oil while in Arizona last week, it should be arriving in the next few days. I am really looking forward to experimenting with it and comparing notes with you!

    1. Oh how funny! I would love to hear about your experience. What brand did you go with? I also got Holistic Hound specifically for Luka, but it even says on the label that it’s good for “dogs, cats, and humans,” so we might end up sharing that when I run out of the drops, too. I can’t wait to catch up with you!

  2. It’s interesting how the oil is supposed to help with anxiety, when it was the smoking of it that ended up giving me the worst anxiety of my life. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone selling CBD oil over here in Norway though so I guess it would take a while for me to ever get to try it.

    1. It’s the THC component of it that would have created anxiety! Isolated from the other compounds of the plant, the CBD becomes a whole different substance. I’m still very wary of whole edibles and such, since I don’t know how I would react. This seems far safer (and much more closely regulated.)

  3. I bought CBD mints the last time I was in Seattle after my mom bought me a chocolate truffle to try out. I liked the idea of using it for migraines and anxiety. The first time I used it, it worked really well. I feel like it is less effective now for headaches though I can definitely see an improvement in anxiety and stress management.

    1. Interesting! I wonder if there’s some cumulative effect, or if it was a quality issue? There’s so much still unknown/unregulated about the field, unfortunately.

  4. Would be interested primarily to see if it helps with headaches/migraines. Might try it out. Thanks, Hannah!

    1. While CBD oil is also considered hemp oil, something simply labeled as “hemp oil” has no cannabidiol content. So, while it’s great for cooking, it has no medicinal qualities.

    1. I felt like the capsules were most effective and easiest to dose for me. Since I already take a daily multivitamin, it was very natural to incorporate another supplement into my morning routine, too.

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