I Used CBD Oil Every Day For 2 Months, and Here’s What I Learned
Ever since CBD oil recently became mainstream in the US, I've had a ton of questions. Is there really no THC in it? Does it actually help alleviate anxiety? And most importantly, will this make me sleepy as hell when I don't want to be?
Although I was itching to try it for a few months and was already obsessed with CBD For Life's Rub when it came to relieving my sore muscles, I was too chicken to take the plunge into actually giving it a whirl until my friend Emily sent me a few samples of CBD For Life's Phytocannabinoid Rich Hemp Non-Flavored Tincture ($40).
For those people who are wary about the fact that CBD oil is derived from the marijuana plant like I was, rest assured there's no THC — the component in marijuana that gets you high — in the products. So while CBD oil is cannabidiol, you don't need to worry about any adverse effects as far as psychoactive results are concerned. Another thing to keep in mind? You don't need a medical marijuana card (something that's impossible for now in New Jersey!) to buy it.
Excited, I went home that night after work, put on my fancy pajamas, and settled in. After reading the instructions on the back of the bottle, I opted to try a dropper's worth — so 1 mL — of oil on my first go-round. Thirty minutes after putting it under my tongue and leaving it there for a minute, I was still waiting for something to happen. Then I kept waiting. Disappointed that nothing was "happening," I turned off my lamp and went to bed.
Despite being underwhelmed the first night, I woke up feeling amazing. As someone who typically wakes up at 2 a.m. with anxiety about literally everything, I rose for my day having clocked an uninterrupted eight hours. And I could feel it instantly. Finally, I realized how restful it can be when you actually sleep.
Feeling like I might be onto something, I decided to take a relatively small amount of CBD oil, between 20 and 40 milligrams, every single day for 60 days to see if I felt any better in the long term. Here's what I've found: