Before we jump into this week’s blog, we want to take a moment to say that although a bit unorthodox this year, Thanksgiving was still pretty fantastic. We hope yours was, too! Whether you were with your immediate family, your quarantine pod, or beaming in via a Zoom or Skype-cast, we hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving and we are most definitely looking forward to the rest of the holiday season.
Let’s Ask The Important Question.
Among all of the questions that we’re asked by our clients, partners and end-users, the one that comes up time and time again is how to know if your CBD is working. This is a great question – so much so that we have decided to devote this week’s blog to answering this as best we can.
Why We Use CBD
First off, it’s important to know specifically why you are using CBD in the first place. Some of the most popular reasons for using CBD are:
- Pain/inflammation relief
- Mood enhancer
- Stress/anxiety relief
- Sleep aid
If you are using CBD or thinking about using CBD, you are definitely not alone. It is estimated that 25% of the US population has tried CBD, and 1 in 7 people use it on a daily basis. It’s important to remember that CBD, unlike THC, does not “get you high”. This is because CBD does not have any psychoactive properties, so you won’t ever feel the CBD “kicking in”.
So, How DO You Know If Your CBD Is Working?
The process is much more subtle. You are more likely to suddenly realize that you are no longer feeling the pain that was bothering you, or you feel less sore than you did an hour ago, or that you are generally calmer.
In the case of sleep disorders, you are going to notice that falling asleep is much easier and that you feel more rested when you wake up in the morning.
For stress and anxiety-related issues, you will notice that you don’t feel as anxious and your stress levels may feel reduced. The problems that cause stress or anxiety will likely remain at some level (after all, CBD is not a cure-all) – but they will not be so overwhelming that they suffocate your ability to focus on other things. They may still be there, but they will definitely be more manageable.
One surprising additional effect of regular CBD use is increased impulse control. CBD can help with impulses ranging from angry outbursts to nervous habits and even compulsive behaviors such as smoking and drinking. This is one of the reasons that CBD is seen as having real potential in helping people quit smoking. This effect might take a few days before it really kicks in, but some people have noticed the difference fairly immediately.
The most important thing to remember is that CBD has a very subtle effect. It is more like the warm glow of a fireplace as opposed to the blazing furnace of a bonfire. You are more likely to be suddenly and pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness as opposed to experiencing an overpowering effect. This is one of the reasons why we love CBD. Its subtle and effective without the overwhelming – and often toxic – effect of pharmaceuticals.
Next week, we’ll tackle the reasons why your CBD might not be working and what to do about it. Until then, stop by the shop to do some Christmas shopping and be sure to try out our new holiday bundles – on-sale for a limited time!