I Tried CBD Oil for My Anxiety. Here’s What Happened.

Ever since 2012, when Colorado and Washington voters passed amendments to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in their respective states, the cannabis industry has seen a meteoric rise in the US. In fact, according to Arcview Market Research and its research partner BDS Analytics, spending on legal cannabis in the US alone is expected to go from $9.2 billion in 2017 to $47.3 billion a decade later. But one of the most rapidly growing parts of the cannabis industry doesn’t involve pot at all.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that, unlike THC, isn’t psychoactive—which means that users won’t experience a “high” after ingesting it. Rather, proponents for CBD rave about its alleged medicinal properties.

It’s said to be therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, and provide natural pain relief for those experiencing chronic pain. Some even claim that CBD contains anti-anxiety properties; and, as someone who deals with anxiety every day (and takes no medication for it), the hype alone was enough to convince me to give CBD oil a shot.

Taking CBD Oil for Anxiety

Here’s what my first three days of taking CBD oil for my anxiety looked like.

I Tried CBD Oil for My Anxiety. Here's What Happened.

Day 1: Friday

I had my first consultation with a brand new Doctor at 9am on Friday. I was nervous, to say the least. I’m no hypochondriac, but Doctor visits, no matter how routine, never fail to get my heartbeat racing.

To make matters worse, her office was on the Upper East Side, a full hour commute from my apartment in Brooklyn. Rush-hour on the MTA, as anyone from New York can attest, is no joke.

I mixed 15 drops of CBD oil—one dosage, as stipulated on the back of my bottle—into the last dregs of my morning coffee, and chugged it down right before leaving.

I expected to feel sleepy, dizzy or slow, but honestly, I couldn’t detect any differences. In fact, I was worried I hadn’t taken enough.

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It wasn’t until much later, when I was telling my partner about my day, that I realized the CBD might have had an effect.

Normally, busy morning commutes, filled as they are with elbow-jabs and rude, man-spreading passengers, leave me feeling irritable. But I couldn’t remember feeling anything but relaxed on the subway that morning—and I wondered if the CBD had perhaps worked after all.

Day 2: Saturday

You know those days where everything just goes wrong? Yeah. Saturday was one of those days. From the second I woke up until noon, I was just bombarded with things to do—and somehow, they all just kept going wrong.

Finally, around lunch, I remembered to take the CBD. Maybe it’s because I was so tense, or maybe it was just a placebo effect, but it was as though I could actually feel the tension slowly release from my body.

Day 3: Sunday

My agenda for Sunday included rearranging my living room with my partner and assembling a few new pieces of furniture we bought—not exactly stressful work, but long and laborious.

I remembered to take the CBD oil in the morning, with coffee again. I find it tastes better when mixed in with a fat component, like soy milk. And again, I didn’t feel any discernible physical effects. We got through all the building and shuffling with relative ease, though, and I didn’t get frustrated after we had to take apart and rebuild a pesky desk three times.

It seems like CBD helps mellow out my mood and take off the edges when I’d normally feel discouraged or annoyed.

All in all, I am definitely going to continue experimenting with CBD oil. My experience with it so far has been subtle, but certainly positive.

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Vincent T
Vincent T1 months ago

Thanks.

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Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace1 months ago

Thank you for telling us.

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Shirley Plowman
Shirley Plowman1 months ago

THANKS, HELPFUL.

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Peggy B
Peggy B1 months ago

TYFS

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y2 months ago

thanks

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

Or you could re-order your routine, delegate, find more support from your partner, prioritise, go to bed earlier.... just saying.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara3 months ago

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