CBD Oil is legal in the UK. One reporter, Kameron Virk, decided to test the anecdotal reports of cannabis oil use. Here are some observations from taking CBD orally every day for three months to help combat anxiety and sleep disorders.
Issues with sleep are one of the main reasons I first looked into using CBD, and it immediately seemed to have the desired effect.
Falling asleep was easier while waking up in the middle of the night became a rarity.
On top of that, my dreams would often feel more lucid, and remembering them in the morning was less of a problem.
My process for using CBD was less than scientific – a small dose of CBD Brothers’ White Edition before or after breakfast, meaning I’d usually “feel” the effects until mid-afternoon.
I generally felt calmer, with possibly a slight body high (despite CBD not being psychoactive), and the noise of the office felt like it was turned down.
A task that might normally cause stress no longer felt like a big deal, while the process of doing the task felt more enjoyable and seemed to come to an end much quicker.
Another reason for researching and eventually buying CBD Oil was a general feeling of anxiety I had been carrying around.
I never visited a GP or spoke to anyone about how I was feeling on a day-to-day basis, but eventually felt like I needed to do something. I can’t say that anyone who’s been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder will feel the same effects from using CBD as I did, although studies suggest it can be a help.
But while using CBD, other people’s opinions of me began to matter so little to the point where it was no longer something I thought about when walking into a crowded room – a task which had become nerve-wracking.
On a similar note, negative thought patterns were no longer something I had to focus on stopping – my mood was lifted without having to try.
The Beckley Foundation is working on a study investigating whether CBD could help with quitting smoking after some preliminary data from animal studies suggested that CBD may be beneficial.
As someone who has tried to give up smoking at various points with various methods, to no effect, this was appealing to me.
And after taking CBD in the morning it became normal for me to not crave a cigarette until the afternoon, as opposed to lighting up soon after leaving the house.
CBD isn’t just available as an oil but also as creams and capsules.
My mum had been complaining of severe pains down one side of her body after undergoing surgery and, after buying her some, the CBD was so effective that it’s now become part of her routine too – replacing traditional pain medication.
Like anything you use regularly, your body will soon get used to CBD. The first time I used it I sat on a train wondering if I’d used too much – there were no negative effects, but I just felt way giddier than had been expected. There was a pleasant warmth all over my body, and since that first day, I’ve not felt the same effects to that extent.
I’ve upped the amount I take each morning to accommodate for my body adapting, but will eventually have to move up to the higher percentage oils, or whole plant extracts. It goes without saying that the price increases as the percentage does.
Three people I know – my mum, a neighbor, and a friend – started using CBD in the time that I did, after hearing me talk positively about it.
Alongside the effects listed above, researchers also claim that CBD acts in many of the opposite ways to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and can reduce many of the negative effects THC can cause.
In countries where cannabis is fully or partly legal this means that it’s easy to buy high CBD strains of cannabis, while in England, where weed is still illegal, 80% of cannabis sold is high THC, according to to the Beckley Foundation.