So, it’s been 18 months of using CBD every day and many of you ladies were curious to know how it’s going. Here’s what’s changed since I started taking it, what I’d do differently looking back, and my plans for how to use it going forward.
TL;DR: I can’t imagine my life without CBD. I wake up well-rested almost every day, which still feels novel after struggling with sleep for years.
The backstory: why I started taking CBD
After college, I developed sleeping issues that I couldn’t seem to resolve. It took me forever to fall asleep and then I hardly ever woke up feeling well-rested, even if I’d slept for 8+ hours. If you’ve had sleep issues, you know the struggle.
Having a daily morning meditation practice solved the falling asleep quickly problem. But until CBD, nothing I tried for nearly 7 years helped me get restful, restorative sleep. CBD works on the endocannabinoid system, related to homeostasis, so it’s not surprising that it can help with recovery.
This is the oil I take – 3 droppers nightly under the tongue right before bed.
What’s changed since I started taking it daily
Not to be dramatic, but everything – no joke. My sleep issues are gone, and that’s life-changing. I still take CBD daily and have no plans to stop.
Here are the direct improvements I’ve seen, and which evaporate once I stop taking CBD for a while:
Waking up rested 90% of the time. I’ve beaten this drum already, so I’ll leave this one here.
Feeling energized all day instead of having waves of exhaustion. You know when you get really bad sleep and by about 1 or 2pm, you feel a sense of tiredness wash over you? That used to be my way of life and it hardly happens anymore.
Being totally functional on minimal hours of sleep. Before CBD, if I’d get less than, say, 7 hours of sleep in a night I’d feel like a hot mess. Now when that happens, I may feel a little draggier than usual, but I’m still mentally sharp and can show up fully for my life.
Feeling best on fewer hours of sleep – 7.5 hours now, instead of 8.5 before. You probably know that we all have a certain duration of sleep that’s optimal for us. Well before taking CBD, that was about 8.5 hours for me (which is hard to get on a regular basis!). Now, I do even better on 7.5 hours. That’s 7 hours a week given back to me to do things other than sleep.
All of the results I’ve noticed are related to rest and recovery, which is the area in which I think I’d been lagging the most. Other people use CBD to help with anxiety, chronic pain, and certain medical conditions, though I can’t personally attest to those uses. If you’re interested in them, check out “The ABCs of CBD Oil.”
What I’d change if I were to do it again
I’d change 2 things, both budget-related, since CBD costs a pretty penny.
First, I’d change my mindset to see CBD as an investment rather than a luxury. It costs $50 a month, and much of the time that felt like a lot for a measly supplement-type purchase that I seemed to have to constantly replenish. But now that I see that CBD is part of the 20% of my behaviors that yield 80% of my results, I’d save the unnecessary mental back-and-forth about whether or not to repurchase it immediately and just see it as a leveraged expense.
Second, I’d simplify my life by buying the economy-sized CBD oil. It’d lower my cognitive load since I would only have to worry about replenishing every few months and minimize the risk of being CBD-less between bottles (which happened a few times and didn’t go so well).
The one thing I’m adding to my CBD routine is buying CBD capsules that I can take through airport security in a more incognito way. Although hemp has been legalized and I’ve flown with CBD oil in my carry on before, I’d rather put capsules in a Ziploc bag to keep them with me safely while on the go.