Have you noticed that CBD has been trending in the headlines lately? Did you hear about all the heavy speculation that drew around Coca Cola for their interests in infusing their sodas? I just saw my first CBD direct sales consultant boasting about the glorious effects of using CBD oil on a local moms group on Facebook! The market has expanded tremendously and it seems like minds have eased up on the benefits of CBD. It can be found in the form of edibles, tinctures, vape pens, wax, bath bombs and many more!

WHAT IS CBD?

   CBD – which is short for Cannabidiol “is the second major cannabinoid found in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. Unlike the other major cannabinoid THC, CBD is non-inebriating. The effects of CBD include: alerting at low doses, sedating at high doses, reduces pain, relaxes muscle spasms, potent anti-inflammatory, stops nausea/vomiting, reduces anxiety/depression, counters psychotic thoughts, anti-oxidant, anti-convulsant, neuro-protectant, and anti-tumor effects.” – CBD School

   The CBD products that can be purchased online or at your local head shop is usually derived from industrial hemp and should be lab tested to show the legal THC limit of >0.3%. By the way, do be aware that if there any concerns about passing a drug test, CBD products CAN (but usually don’t) trigger a false positive. Any company selling products with CBD should have that disclaimer plastered somewhere on their website or packaging. If you want to feel more psychoactivity but are sensitive to the effects of THC, there are cannabis strains out there that have higher percentages of CBD in ratio to THC. Check some of them out over at LEAFLY

MY EXPERIENCE

   I like to save my THC dose for night time when I’m ready to wind down and relax before I go to sleep. What I love most about CBD is that I can use it during the day and not worry about being high when I don’t want to be. I’m able to be mentally present AND have the benefit of relief for my anxiety and propensity for overstimulation. It’s normal to not feel any effects right off the bat. But when you do use it consistently, you’ll take witness to its miracles. When I run out or on the days that I don’t use, I notice that mood greatly suffers. Another thing I appreciate about CBD is that it also helps alleviate any negative effects of THC. If I feel like I ingested too much THC, I’ll take some CBD to combat that intense euphoria. CBD just makes things easier overall! I personally like to mix my dabs with CBD Isolate because it doesn’t mess with the flavor profile of my THC concentrates. When I vape, my safe flavors are mint, vanilla and anything fruity. I have not been able to try CBD flower….. yet! Stay tuned for that!

-Edited to add (I tried a CBD dominant strain and I loved it!)