Initially, my questions surrounding cannabidiol caused hesitation regarding the researched and proven benefits from the usage of the product. I did some research on the topic; and however limited, the research on CBD proves positive health benefits for all different aspects of physical and mental improvements. After researching the multitude of products that derive from CBD, I decided to try a tincture. I purchased my first CBD tincture from a local farmers’ market. This small grocer carries brands and products I trust, as I know they are triple checked for natural ingredients.
After speaking with one of the store clerks, I chose the brand Charlotte’s Web. I have linked their website here.
I purchased the full-strength CBD oil in the 30mL size bottle. This size was perfect for me, and I would recommend it for anyone trying CBD for the first time. The product is extracted from the hemp plant, and contains less than .3% of THC. I wanted a product that contained no more than trace amounts of THC, because I was not looking for the psychoactive effects associated with the compound. There are 9mg per serving, 1mL, or 2 droppers worth of product. The tincture works by using the dropper that comes with the product to drop .5mL underneath your tongue.
At first, I started out with just 1mL per day. Charlotte’s Web recommends 1mL twice a day, which is four full droppers total. I wanted to see how my body reacted to .5mL in the morning as soon as I woke up, and .5mL before bedtime. I purchased the olive oil flavor, which is the only other ingredient in the product besides the extract parts. This flavor isn’t delightful, but it didn’t bother me too much.
After usage of the product, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Initially, I wanted to try CBD as a pain relief from cramps. I read numerous testimonies of women who experienced relief from taking CBD, so I thought I would try. I am not a fan of over-the-counter medicines, and wanted to try a natural alternative. Unsurprisingly, I felt relief within the first hour.
Cannabidiol is involved in the modulation of receptors which affect signaling to mediate a wide array of responses: anti-inflammatory, and metabolic. These are associated with many impairments and conditions that are claimed to have been benefited by the use of CBD. The application of CBD in patients and individuals with neurological disorders is emphasized to have decreased the effects of those conditions. I have attached the link to the study published in the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health.
In my experience, the usage of CBD has drastically improved my sleep cycle and pain relating to cramps. The improvement in my sleep cycle was a pleasant surprise, as I did not intend to purchase the product based on that factor. I hope that with this review, you received more valuable insight on CBD. Whenever I make any sort of alterations relating to my health routine, I proceed very cautiously. In all of this, I was very conscientious in what I was putting in my body and how it would react. While there aren’t any glaring side effects, it is still important to pay careful attention to how your body reacts to any new products or supplements.
Maroon, Joseph, and Jeff Bost. “Review of the Neurological Benefits of Phytocannabinoids.” Surgical Neurology International, Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd, 26 Apr. 2018, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938896/.