If you’ve heard of CBD, it’s likely that you know at least a little about the purported health benefits of the treatment. Derived from the hemp plant, CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive compound that researchers believe can support the mental, physical, and emotional health of its users.
Over the past two years, over 64 million Americans have tried CBD at least once, which makes it one of the most quickly popularized health remedies of the last decade. Some studies state that over 80 percent of their participants achieved moderate to substantial improvement on their physical pain or stress related conditions.
So, what are the experiences of some who’ve tried CBD? Here, we’ve aggregated some of the most popular testimonials from reputed sources.
The CBD Experience: Work Related Stress
One magazine editor endeavored to try CBD everyday over the course of a week to see if it would affect her mood, health, and performance at work. Anxious, stressed, and ruminating about a trip to California, she took her first dose right before boarding a flight.
Thirty minutes after the first dose, she immediately noted an improvement in her mood and anxiety. While she had, at first, expected a ‘hazy’ nodding off sensation, she noticed that instead she just felt a gradual sense of sober, alert relaxation.
Over the course of the week, she stated that she felt much more focused at work and could fall asleep much easier. Unlike melatonin or other relaxing supplements, CBD didn’t cause her excess drowsiness or make her unfocused; rather, her body could relax enough so that, if she chose to, she could fall asleep or engage more closely in editing.
Overall, she stated that CBD “wasn’t life changing – at least not at first.” However, the effects of CBD were subtle enough for her to continue to use it every day.
The CBD Experience: Pain Treatment
Mark, a man suffering from multiple overlapping pain conditions, bought his first dose of CBD on a whim. Despite all the glowing reviews online, he wasn’t convinced it would do anything to help his pain condition. He’d spent years trying any other health supplement, vitamin, and diet change that would ease his illnesses enough to allow him to engage in life.
When he first started taking CBD, he didn’t notice much of a difference. At first, he was disappointed that his pain didn’t completely fizzle out an hour after the initial dose. Over the course of three weeks, he slowly noticed that he had a greater range of movement and found that he wasn’t so hampered down by pain. Interestingly, he stated that the pain relief effect was more of the retroactive sensation of realizing his days were more meaningfully spent than before taking CBD.
According to mark: “At first I cut back on my opioids, but now I am almost opioid free from the first time in ten years!”
So, is CBD a miracle remedy? While everyone has different experiences, it seems that many are able to find sustainable relief of their anxiety, mood, and pain conditions through sustainable treatment.