There is no shortage of wellness fads these days. Individuals and companies come up with over the top schemes, claiming to revolutionize the personal and health care industry. The worst part is that people who do not know any better buy into these fads in desperation and expect them to work. I also used to be one of those people. I tried countless retreats, diets, and products to see if they work.
So, as CBD was becoming more and more popular with each passing day, I thought of giving it a go. The hype surrounding it was gigantic and was unlike I had ever experienced. One the other hand, I was also skeptical because of my previous experiences with exciting products.
A Brief Introduction to CBD
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is one of the many active compounds present in cannabis. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a constituent of CBD. It is responsible for the psychoactive effects that make users feel high. People often confuse CBD with THC. The main difference between these two compounds is that unlike THC, CBD does not have psychoactive effects.
According to several pieces of research, CBD has several positive health benefits. The studies claim that it is also capable of reducing inflammation and relieving pain. Some recent studies also state that it can prevent or treat seizures in epileptic patients. CBD has been promising for cancer treatment side effects like vomiting and nausea. It is also beneficial for treating sleeping problems and anxiety.
Are CBD and Marijuana the Same?
I have seen people who confuse marijuana with hemp because both of them are forms of cannabis. But the truth is, CBD and marijuana are not the same. You can say that they are different varieties that come from species of the same plant, which is Cannabis Sativa. But typically, marijuana has around 3 and 15 % THC, whereas hemp has below 1%. According to the law, CBD products are not permitted to have THC levels above 0.3 % by dry weight.
The United States congress pulled hemp out of the controlled substances act, which means that it isn’t illegal to have the possession of hemp-based products in all states. It is a big reason why there are plenty of stores popping up in most towns. You will also find an abundance of CBD products in health food stores or spas.
Some recent reports suggest that if CBD’s popularity accelerates as it has been recently, it could potentially become a 2 Billion Dollar industry within 4 to 5 years.
Here Is What Happened When I Added CBD to My Tea
For a long time, there has been a prevalent stigma associated with marijuana that deters people from trying CBD. Believe me when I tell you that, I am not a fan of being stoned or high. I am, however, a huge advocate who always had a curiosity about alternative health treatments. The interest stemmed from my own health-related issues. I tried probiotics for stomach aches, acupuncture for pain in my lower back, essential oils for headaches and whatnot. And since CBD comes with a reputation for treating anxiety-related symptoms, I decided to give it a go.
So, I began with a 500-milligram tincture (half a dropper) by adding it to my green tea and herbal tea. I drank green tea in the morning, and herbal tea before going to sleep. I carried this on for 10 to 12 days. A single half dropper contains 8 milligrams CBD. Usually, the recommended doses for people new to CBD are around twenty to forty mg per day. Nevertheless, some researches show that people are capable of tolerating higher doses.
The first time I experienced CBD was after a long day’s work at night. I was exhausted but went ahead and gave it a shot. You will find quite a lot of brands that suggest you to take the oil under the tongue, or sublingually for quicker results. I, however, thought of trying it with tea to make the bitter taste of the tincture. Half an hour later, I found myself on the bed, yawning as if I had never yawned before. My body also did not feel as tense and fast-forward to ten minutes later; I fell asleep.
I felt extra refreshed the next morning, something that I longed for quite a while. So, I decided to consume the tincture again (with tea, of course), but I did not feel anything. It could be that I was already refreshed and relaxed. I carried this on for the next few days and saw minimal changes. It led me to think that the relaxing effect was in fact, a placebo. I did not stop taking it, however. I decided to increase the dosage for the next two or three days, and lo and behold, there I started to feel the changes more constantly.
I was calmer, incredibly relaxed, maybe a little too comfortable, but not to the extent of feeling spaced out. I started pouring the full dropper in my herbal teas and slept within minutes. As time passed by, I began to feel productive without the edge that made me anxious. It was a welcome change of pace. Although I did not lose the feeling of urgency that I get during work, IO felt less frantic and calmer.
Since then, I have continued to take CBD related products while also mixing it up with tea. I keep it within limits recommended for novice users. I have tried higher doses as well and but I did not feel zoned out. The medium to lower doses is just a matter of personal preference.
My experiences of adding CBD to my tea have been nothing but positive. I firmly believe that it is capable of providing positive benefits to users for various issues. In my case, I primarily used CBD for stress and anxiety. It worked like a charm, although it didn’t eliminate the problems. CBD products are still relatively new. If you are thinking of giving them a go, I’d say go ahead; they’ll do you no wrong. However, I would advise you to start with lower doses, and more importantly, to consult a medical expert if you have any medical conditions.