CBD oil benefits are numerous — so I wanted to give you some thoughts on my personal experience. I had never heard of CDB oil until a few months ago, but the moment someone said it was a natural way to help with anxiety, I was in. Anxiety seems to have increased as winter creeped in — and I’m trying to decrease my use of “wine to relax,” so this seemed like a good idea.

I immediately found an online shop and ordered it, not realizing it’s actually pretty widely available in natural grocery and health food stores as well. And it makes sense that more people are selling — the market is set to hit $22 billion by 2022 (wow!)

What is CBD?

Simply put, CBD is the portion of a marijuana plant that doesn’t include THC (the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis.) This means, you do not feel high when taking it. CBD is legal in most places, though you might want to dig further for your specific area. Stores around here (in Indiana) now have huge signs saying “Yes, we have CBD!” because it really is all the rage these days.

I have used it in a variety of forms, including oil drops, muscle pain reliever and bath bombs. My absolute favorite has been the bath bombs from CBD Living. Full disclosure — I bought CBD oil on my own dime online but CBD living sent me some bath bombs and muscle reliever to sample.

That being said, I loved their products and will continue to buy them.

How the Oil Worked for Me

There are a ton of reasons to try it, from pain relief to acne treatment to potential alleviation of cancer-related symptoms. For me, the oil (which is usually administered using a dropper under the tongue), didn’t affect me that much in terms of anxiety. I was taking it whenever those feeling would arise, but didn’t feel much of a change.

It did, however, help with headaches. A few times I’ve experienced pretty bad headaches (one was a hangover headache) and took the oil. It helped reduce the pain significantly and let me tell ya, that is the ONLY thing that has ever helped a hangover headache for me. So, kind of a miracle!

I have recently suggested it for two friends who are experiencing extreme chronic pain and looking forward to hearing if it helps at all.

How the Topical Product Worked For Me

The CBD bath bombs were a different story. I made the mistake of taking a mid-day bath (thanks husband for watching the kids while I relaxed upstairs!). The mistake was that I felt SO ultra relaxed after the bath, I wanted to do absolutely nothing afterward. It seemed perfect for a bedtime ritual or night time activity, especially for those dealing with anxiety or sleep issues. They seemed to soak into my skin and psyche in the perfect way.

I also enjoyed the CBD Living Freeze roller, which is an anti-flammatory for sore muscles that includes:

  • 120mg full-spectrum hemp extracts
  • Natural Menthol
  • Aloe Vera Extract
  • Arnica Montana Extract
  • Ilex Leaf Extract
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)
  • Water

This stuff is like a cool balm on a hot day. My shoulders, neck and upper arms are sore EVERY week because of all the strength training I do. I could really use a massage like twice a week, but since Momma doesn’t have the money for that kind of life, this stuff is helping out a LOT. It’s truly a relief and it’s become part of my bedtime ritual on nights when I’m feeling sore. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I’m on the CBD Living site right now and perusing some of their other products, which look equally as amazing. I think my next thing to try will be the CBD Gummies!

CBD and the Opioid Crisis

Many people are searching for more natural remedies for their ailments. As a society, we’re more dependent on drugs than ever and as you know, there is an addiction crisis in this country. CBD is helping some people with some of these addictions and offering natural, healthy solutions to both mental and physical issues. While the addiction crisis obviously requires FAR more than this, I see it as a helpful tool in the bigger picture.

People suffering from or prone to addiction need faith, community, economic stability, counseling, long-term plans of action — and it doesn’t hurt to include CBD in the plan as well.

I didn’t intend to add this part when I began this post, but it came to me and I wanted to add it. I think a lot about the addiction crisis due to my research, writing and that things God has put on my heart.

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