CBD

  • WE ARE NOT MAKING MEDICAL RECOMMENDATIONS – Only sharing information and personal experience. Always talk to your doctor before trying different things for your medical conditions

As survivors, a lot of us spend most of the day fighting our own brains, whether this is anxiety, depression, PTSD, or any other mental blockage we may be facing. 

Pounding hearts;

Sweaty palms;

Racing thoughts;

Living with these unwelcome symptoms can make everyday life exhausting, to say the least. Medication is an incredible option to help combat these feelings, but some prescriptions can do more harm than good for your body. Quick-acting anti-anxiety medications, like Xanax for example, provide instant relief, but can become quite addicting. Other long-range medications, such as Prozac, can reduce the symptoms, but don’t work for everyone.

So, what other option is available to help us?

There is such a negative “cloud” over the discussion of marijuana products including CBD, but in reality – it’s  been used to help SO many people.

So, let’s talk about it.

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, has been skyrocketing in popularity over the last handful of years.

There are many claims surrounding its use – with….. not a lot of research to back these claims. Despite the lack of research, the feedback from personal testimonies of using CBD is overwhelmingly positive. People have been using it to treat their insomnia, depression, anxiety, OCD, epilepsy, PTSD, and more. It can be used at all hours of the day, as the oil is non-psychoactive and does not make you feel “high”. 

Read that again.

The CBD component of marijuana does not get you high!

We are not medical experts, so we cannot tell you what to take for your own conditions, but we would like to share our personal experiences trying out CBD for daily use to treat our own symptoms. ALWAYS talk to your doctor when trying new treatments for your conditions.

 When I told my doctor I wanted to try CBD first before committing to other prescribed medication, he told me that he cannot officially recommend or prescribe it as he has not done enough research himself personally, but he supported my decision to test it out as it is relatively very safe, and didn’t interfere with any of my current medications. When I told him it seemed to be working for me, he said he’d continued to support that and was happy my results were positive and I felt better! – Riley 

So….if it doesn’t get you high… what does it do?

To put it in a nutshell, CBD binds itself to receptors in our bodies such as our serotonin receptors which impact sleep, pain, and our emotions. This is likely why so many people report that their sleep improves, pain lessens, and emotions feel more balanced! 

CBD also has the capability to migrate immune cells – which makes it an anti-inflammatory! This is likely why consumers report that their periods aren’t as bad, again their pain is lessened and skin flare ups like acne calms down. 

CBD isn’t like Advil which brings relief for a couple hours and wears away quickly. When taken regularly, CBD actually stays in your system for up to a couple of days. The strongest relief will be noticed in the first 6 hours or so.. but milder relief can be present constantly without breaks. If you take CBD regularly, even every 2-3 days, there will always be some in your system, likely giving you consistent relief to some degree. For people with pain that does not go away, this can be excellent, as it’s not ideal to take pain medication 24/7, and if your pain is quite awful, pain medication can be too strong to be able to drive and go to work while using. 

Riley’s Experience

When I take my CBD regularly, (I take mine as a capsule), I personally notice my pain and inflammation DO lessen. I DO sleep better (I have struggled with insomnia for over a decade). Best of all – I DON’T experience panic attacks, anxiety or depression NEARLY as bad. My PTSD triggers feel less intense and more manageable. My paranoia chills out. On so many levels, CBD has helped me function easier day-to-day. I can focus on my work without being distracted by pain and swarming, relentless thoughts all tangled up like spaghetti. I think clearer and more straightforward, as I feel more calm and my body and mind feel at peace. I feel more connected to my body, actually like the opposite of being intoxicated. 

I’ve also started to use Indica THC drops to help me fall asleep, especially on nights when I cannot afford to have insomnia, due to heavy workload the next day or whatever it may be. Indica and CBD have worked wonders for my sleep. For the first time in my life since I was maybe 13, I can fall asleep on a regular schedule and wake up actually feeling rested. I can fall asleep without a pit of anxiety or panic or paranoia overwhelming my body. Before I started using these products, I would either have to live on very small amounts of sleep or take hard sleeping medication which made me drowsy in the morning. And – more sleep has made me more productive and more present in my day-to-day life.

– Riley

Kim’s Experience

 I ‘d never fully understood the benefits until I tried smoking casually with a small group of close friends. My body felt so light for once, BUT I was in full control – this is HUGE for me. I didn’t have to worry about where I was or who I was with because I felt safe. I noticed that I was able to stay MORE present & I didnt catch my mind wandering. I remember looking myself dead in the eyes in the bathroom mirror and verbally saying to myself “wow, I’m cute as hell”, & just sobbing because I hadn’t said those words to myself in years. That was a game changer for me. For the first time, with a clear mind, I saw myself as a survivor, not a victim. I had THE BEST sleep of my life that night – an added bonus. I suffer from chronic headaches & smoking was also the only thing that took it away for a long period of time.

I started using cannabis products more regularly after being in a pretty serious car accident last summer. I smoked, but I also got CBD for those days I knew I wanted to try to get things done. For pain, the benefits were crazy, I felt like I could run for miles! I had bottles of anti-inflammatories & pain killers, but nothing relaxed my body like CBD. Mentally, the benefits have been just as good. I can go day to day without my body reminding me of all the PTSD I experience from my trauma. The anxieties are still there, but they are so much more manageable. I can take a shower without needing to whip back the curtain to make sure no one is there. I don’t feel my heart racing or the need to tap my fingers to ground myself or bring my mind away from a panic attack. The shakes are gone. I can literally just, be. Personally, CBD and marijuana have worked better for me than any anti-anxiety or antidepressant that I’ve tried.

– Kim

Let us know what your experience with CBD or other marijuana products has been in relation to your PTSD or mental or physical health 🙂

R + K ❤

References and further reading:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6482919/

https://dailycbd.com/en/condition/ptsd/

https://www.leafly.ca/news/health/cannabis-healing-sexual-violence-survivors

https://www.projectcbd.org/cbd-101/what-is-cbd

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