Please note that I am not a certified physician or medical professional. My experience may not be the same for you, I urge you to take what I say with a grain of salt and implement whatever feels right and works best for your life. Consult with your doctor before making adjustments to your medication. Do NOT stop medicating via prescription drugs unless advised otherwise.
Struggling with anxiety and depression are two things I’m no stranger to. As far back as I can remember, I’ve suffered from social anxiety brought on by bullying in school. Which lead me down a path of depression after graduating. I’ve carried both with me into my twenties. They’ve manifested as my stressors have shifted. As well as carrying the mental pain and its weight on my body through day to day living. Some days are harder than others, naturally. It’s not my intention to share this for pity or attention. I know many of you suffer from panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, severe depression and/or crippling anxiety. I just want to say that I get it. I know and though it may look different for you in your life, I hope one day you can find peace, and by me sharing this you feel less alone. I’m always here to talk to you. Should you choose to reach out, I will listen.
Mental health is a topic I believe not enough light has been shed on. Not enough action is taking place to make it understandable to those that are unaware or misinformed. In my own journey to awareness I’ve learned that being vulnerable is strength and connecting with trusted allies is necessary in moving forward. Whether that be through therapy, self-developmental reading or holistic medicating.
Today I want to open the floor to discussing CBD, also known as Cannabidiol. As well as share some answers for those that want to learn more. An FAQ is listed below, please feel free to message me or leave a comment if you have a question that wasn’t addressed.
Backtracking a bit as to why I’m sharing this today – Last week I took to my Instagram, posting a CBD focused story and many of you reached out to me via direct message. After many conversations I wanted to further discuss this topic and create a post so I can link it as a resource, should anyone have further questions in the future. It’s important for me to share this information because I very strongly believe in holistic health and healing.
I have been self-medicating with CBD for quite a while. In my experience I’ve felt an extremely positive reaction to consuming it regularly. My preferred method of consumption is via oil, also known as a tincture. Which can be found at most health stores, smoke shops or online retailers. Ranging in price based on it’s dosage/mg.
CBD is commonly used by those to help alleviate inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions without adverse effects. For many, it offers a calming effect and can help aid in restful sleep. That’s not to say it causes drowsiness, however it may for some depending on the dosage and mental state. Which brings me to why all of this relates.
Implementing a regimen of CBD has given me the ability to better control my anxiety. As well as my depression, and overall quality of sleep. All of which greatly affect my mental health. I’m sure I don’t have to explain what it’s like going days on end without a solid night of rest, constantly having your mind race with irrational thoughts and fears, worrying about things not in your control. Feeling that intense emotional pain has always lead me to experience intense body aches. Eventually that prolonged cycle drives you insane. I felt like I was crazy – I still do. But now I’m at a place in my life where it’s actually manageable. If sharing my story can offer help to at least one of you in a similar position, it’s worth everything to me. No one should have to struggle with the idea that their mental health isn’t controllable….