Hey, what's up! It's Christine with Gauge girl training. In today's video, I'm going to talk to you guys about how CBD changed my life. So let's get started. If you guys have been following me for any length of time, you guys know that not only am I a nutrition scientist, chemical engineer by training, I am also an e Having suffered from sport-related pain and anxiety for years, Adam started to see huge improvements after incorporating CBD into his routine. One editor explains how she took CBD oil every day for a week to help her anxiety, plus the difference between CBD and weed. Learn more here.
HOW CBD CHANGED MY LIFE!
Hey, what’s up! It’s Christine with Gauge girl training. In today’s video, I’m going to talk to you guys about how CBD changed my life.
So let’s get started.
If you guys have been following me for any length of time, you guys know that not only am I a nutrition scientist, chemical engineer by training, I am also an entrepreneur and owner of multiple online businesses and several other business ventures. And that can be stressful, which is something I talk about a whole lot. As you guys know, I provide so much science based videos and content related to how to manage your nutrition. But managing stress, anxiety and even depression is something that I have personally struggled with over the years.
And it’s actually something I’m a little ashamed to talk about because I’m a very type A person. I feel like you should be able to just muscle through your problems and push harder and work harder and dig deeper. But I think sometimes it gets to a point where that’s not enough. There is a point where you do need to actually be like, look, I need supplemental support. It took a very long time for me personally to get to the point where I was willing to accept help for those things that I was struggling with.
So when it comes to anxiety, I believe that there’s two main types of anxiety. There is chronic anxiety where you just feel constantly overwhelmed on a regular day in, day out basis. And I think a lot of that isn’t going to be solved with medication. Is it going to be solved with supplements? It’s lifestyle changes and factors that you need to fundamentally address to work on those things. And those are things that I’ve done.
I’ve been able to facilitate more help. I’ve been able to draw more boundaries for myself. I’ve been able to do things and make changes in my life to support that. However, there’s also a type of anxiety that is an acute type of anxiety where it almost feels like a panic attack. It feels as if any of you guys have ever had panic attacks. You will know that they are scary. Scary isn’t even the right word. Almost terrifying with how overwhelming you can feel and how out of control you can feel out of breath, not able to just feel OK in your own skin.
And that being said I have actually over the years explored looking at medicine for those types of things. And while I don’t like the idea of even feeling like I need medicine for anxiety because it makes me feel very powerless and weak, I got to a point in my life where I was like, you know what? I can’t go on living in a constant state of anxiety, number one. And number two, having the intensity of the panic attacks I was having.
I personally needed something to take that edge off because it was too overwhelming for me that it was actually debilitating and completely stopping my ability to function as a business person, as just a person in general.
“When I first started exploring medicine for this, did I find some relief? The answer is yes, but it made me feel very tired. It made me feel very groggy. It made me feel numb. And I didn’t like that feeling.”
So obviously, I used exercise. I started to try to solve my problems as best I could. But the intensity of the issue was still there. So a couple years ago, I started looking into CBD supplementation for my own personal issues with anxiety. And I have to tell you guys that if any of you have this stigma that CBD is bad, CBD is a drug, I really want to help you wipe that thought out of your head about it, because it’s not, CBD is cannabidiol.
THC is the psychoactive element in the cannabis plant where CBD is found. The CBD Oil that I’ve been using actually has had all of the psychoactive elements removed.
Since there is no THC, you can receive the therapeutic benefits of CBD without the “high” feeling. And that is something that I needed very badly. I came across Soul CBD a couple of years ago. And first of all, I have to say I was very impressed with the quality and the potency of the product. As you guys know, I am a chemical engineer by training and you have to be so careful what products you trust out there. You guys know I’m very, very particular, even from my own brand of products to what things I recommend you guys and I do not recommend anything lightly.
I recommend Soul CBD specifically because of its purity. It has been third-party lab tested to be THC free. A lot of the brands out there are not good quality. They are not organic. They are not tested to be verified to have all the THC removed. Why is that important? Well, number one, you don’t want to be failing a drug test and you don’t want to be experiencing the high when what you really want are the therapeutic benefits.
So keep in mind that there are different potencies of CBD. I only use the 1500 mg one. They have a 500 milligram one, which is fine, and they also have gummies . But I prefer from a macros perspective, the 1500 milligram because it’s more concentrated. Now you’re going to pay a little bit more for it, but it is absolutely worth the value. I actually love, love, love the Watermelon Mint flavor and I actually take it in my evening cup of tea.
You can also take the dropper and use it sublingually by dropping it right underneath your tongue because there are receptors there to allow it to absorb into your system very fast.
“But this has changed my life. I do not use medication. Obviously, I exercise, I eat well, I take care of myself, but when I am feeling that extreme anxiety, it takes the intensity down a notch for me.”
It’s also nice to help you relax. It’s good to help you sleep. It’s good for migraines. It’s good for all kinds of things. But for me, it has been a game changer in helping me cope and manage with extreme anxiety and even depression. So if anyone is struggling with those things and you want a more natural solution, I feel you and I just want you guys to know that you’re not alone. If you feel bad or a sense of shame for needing help in these areas, I understand, because it took me a very long, long, long time to be able to just come to terms with it and the fact that I needed some added support in this area of my life.
And that’s OK. So if you need help in that area, I strongly recommend Soul CBD. I love their Watermelon Mint CBD oil drops. Again, I only use the 1500 mg. Now, if you just want something on a daily basis with a lower dosage, try their CBD Gummies-they have 10 milligrams of CBD per gummy. The CBD Oil drops have 1500 milligrams potency, so I like the stronger stuff and I take it in my tea. So if you have any questions or if you want to try it out, you can use my code gauge girl when you visit mysoulcbd.com
Please comment below and share if you’ve ever tried CBD! I’d like to know what types of experiences you have had with anxiety and what types of things work for you as well as what things don’t work for you. Thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next one.
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“CBD has changed my life for the better”
“I have experienced issues with anxiety over the years,” says Adam, a 40-year-old medical sales representative.
He trains community and hospital nurses on medical products; a job which involves presenting to large groups of people, often in high pressure situations.
Due to the stress of his job, which he has been doing for the past four years, Adam (who asked to remain anonymous) says he has felt anxious and, as a result, sometimes struggles leading training sessions, especially with larger groups.
He had to learn to live with this anxiety which, in his words, “wasn’t particularly pleasant”.
Adam describes himself as an active person with a keen interest in running. He trains at the gym four to five days a week and due to his intense training schedule, regularly experiences after-effects, such as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and fatigue.
“In the past I always reached for the Ibuprofen either in tablet or muscle rub formats to deal with any pain after the gym and running,” he says.
It wasn’t until his colleague mentioned a family member’s use of CBD for an injury that Adam started researching the supplement.
He continues: “When I started working in my current role, a colleague of mine mentioned that his dad had been suffering with an injury and inflammation on his knee. He told me he had been taking CBD oil from a company called Canaxen to help alleviate it.
“His dad had been dealing with the problem for some time and after taking the CDB oil, it had reduced the inflammation and allowed him to recover. As I was regularly using Ibuprofen at the time to help recover from DOMS, I thought I’d give it a go.”
But what Adam didn’t realise was that CBD also had the potential to treat another of his afflictions; his anxiety.
“I soon realised that when taking CBD oil regularly, it would also help manage my anxiety,” Adam says.
“It allowed me not to worry about presentations and training very large groups of nurses at work.”
Adam started off on six drops of Canaxen’s ‘Bronze’ option every morning and afternoon, which made a “huge difference” to his day-to-day life.
“It’s difficult to explain the feeling you get from CBD oil,” he says. “I find it relaxes me but not to the stage where I want to go to sleep or that I feel intoxicated.
“Unfortunately, there is a huge stigma attached to anything that is linked to cannabis, which I think is down to the lack of education and potentially stories of people trying a product with THC in and having a bad experience.”
After a year on the 500mg option, Adam decided to try the company’s 1000mg ‘Silver’ CBD oil, which he claims worked even more effectively, alleviating the effects of his sports training and as well as his anxiety at work.
He also noticed improvements to his skin. Having dealt with acne throughout his life, he says that the condition is now “non-existent”.
Adam adds: “I now feel I can’t live without this product. CBD oil is now a part of my daily routine. It’s done wonders for me at work which has been noticed by others. Nothing at all fazes me now, but before I found CBD I did struggle from time to time.”
Three years after he started takin the oil, Adam is a keen advocate for the supplement, recommending it to friends, family and colleagues “whenever an opportunity arises”
Adam adds: “I’m so pleased I had that conversation with my colleague and that I found Canaxen because it has literally changed my life for the better.”
I Took CBD Oil Every Day for My Anxiety—Here’s What Went Down
Dana Myers, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and life coach based in Philadelphia. She has a special interest in how race, sex, gender, ethnicity, social status and competencies impact those in marginalized communities and aims to help her clients find purpose and peace in life.
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When I first learned about CBD oil, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical. My mind immediately turned to weed and the unnerving experiences I’d had with heightened anxiety in college. For me, a person who’s already predisposed to overthinking, marijuana, no matter what the form, would typically put my mind into overdrive and result in a common yet dreaded side effect: Paranoia. But, let’s back up a bit. What even is CBD?
What is CBD?
A bit of online digging led me to realize that the active ingredient in Charlotte’s Web Everyday Plus Hemp Oil, the product I’d been offered to test, was the chemical compound CBD, which stands for cannabidiol. Unlike THC, the other crucial compound in hemp and marijuana plants, CBD (when derived from the hemp plant) does not produce the psychoactive effects that make you feel “high”; instead, emerging science has hinted that CBD may actually ease anxiety, and therefore, makes you less likely to freak out.
For example, one study comparing the effects of THC and CBD found that, while THC increased anxiety by activating the neurotransmitters involved in the “fight or flight” response, CBD actually repressed autonomic arousal—or the nervous system response associated with sudden increases in heart rate or respiration. In other words, CBD may be ideal for people looking to relax and unwind.
While the science behind CBD’s effectiveness for treating anxiety, pain, and insomnia is still in its infancy, Charlotte Figi’s inspiring story sounds promising. Figi, a 6-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare and resistant form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome, was placed on hospice care and given a “do not resuscitate” order when her parents, desperate and frustrated with pharmaceutical medication, considered medical marijuana; specifically, a strain low in THC and high in CBD. Charlotte is now nearly seizure-free since she began supplementing with Charlotte Web’s CBD oil, which the brand named after Figi.
Legal and Safety Things To Know About CBD
The current CBD industry is like the internet’s early years. the Wild West. Legally, speaking, a Harvard Medical School blog post reads, “All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it.” With heightened interest around CBD, it’s important to note that because CBD is currently unregulated, it’s difficult to know what you’re getting (whether that’s a tincture—commonly referred to as CBD oil, which is often combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil—topical products like creams and balms, sprays, or capsules), despite product labels and brand promises, the blog post further reads. It’s also important to note that people experience CBD differently. For the most part, the National Institute of Medicine says that while most people can tolerate CBD, side effects do exist. They might include dry mouth, drowsiness, and reduced appetite, among others.
That said, those interested in exploring the potential benefits of CBD should consult with their doctor (especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or currently taking medication) and be mindful of your dosage, writes Consumer Reports. And before you buy, Megan Villa, co-founder of the hemp-focused website and shop Svn Space, told Shape magazine to seek out a certificate of analysis. “Ask for a COA for the batch number of the product you have, since these products are made in batches,” she said. “You need to match the batch number to the COA that pertains to it.” Then, scan the report for potency (i.e. does the number of milligrams of CBD that the product label touts match the lab report?), contaminants and pesticides, and mold (which should live under the “Microbiological Testing” part of the report). Go a step further and note whether the testing lab is GMP (Good Manufacturing Principles) certified, and whether the lab is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Shape magazine also suggests purchasing CBD products made from domestically-grown hemp, and reading up on the difference between full- and broad-spectrum and CBD isolate.
With that, I threw caution to the wind and asked for a sample. Here’s what happened—including what it feels like—when I took one full dropper of Charlotte’s Web’s Everyday Plus Hemp Oil in the mint chocolate flavor every morning for seven days.
My First Impression
It was actually a bad bout of jet lag after a trip to California that inspired me to finally test out the CBD oil (I’ll admit that my weed-based reservations kept me from trying it for the first few months). Knowing that the oil had also helped people with sleep issues, I squeezed one full dropper of the Everyday Plus oil onto my tongue, per the instructions, and waited.
Thirty minutes later, I was surprised by how subtle the effect was. While I expected a hazy nodding-off effect similar to melatonin’s, the oil simply relaxed my body ever so slightly—my heart stopped pounding against my chest, my legs stopped kicking beneath my sheets, my mind stopped racing. I wasn’t sure if it was the oil or the late hour, but eventually, physical relaxation gave way to mental relaxation, and I drifted off to sleep.
Reflecting the next morning, I was most surprised by the fact that I never felt “high” in any way—there was never a moment of It’s kicking in; I can feel it now like with pain medications or even anti-anxiety drugs. Considering it takes time, consistency, and the right dosage to experience the full effect, I continued taking the oil once a day for the next six days. Here’s what went down.
It Made Me Less Anxious and Edgy
Rather than overthinking a sternly worded email or analyzing a social interaction, I found it easier to recognize the irrationality of these thoughts and actually let them go.
While normally I’d be slightly tripped up by little things like an overly crowded subway car or a full inbox at work, the CBD oil seems to have taken the edge off of my anxiety a bit. Rather than overthinking a sternly worded email or analyzing a social interaction, I found it easier to recognize the irrationality of these thoughts and actually let them go. In some ways, I feel more like myself. With that said, I’ve still experienced some social anxiety when meeting new groups of people—I’d be interested to see what taking the full recommended dose would do.
I’m More Focused At Work
I work well under pressure, but being extremely busy at work has almost made me less productive—I’m constantly distracted by email, Slack, and the people around me, to the point where getting my work done becomes difficult. This week, however, I’ve found it easier to put my blinders on, block out all distractions (especially social distractions), and focus on one task at a time. I think this is partly related to the lessened anxiety—I feel more frazzled and off task when my anxiety is running high. It almost feels like a newfound sense of clarity and calm that enables me to focus.
I’m Falling Asleep Faster
I assume this is also a side effect of feeling less anxious, but I seem to fall asleep faster; within the 20-30-minute range rather than my normal 45 minutes to one hour (or longer). Not only do I seem to be skipping or at least shortening the whole tossing-and-turning phase of my sleep cycle, but I’m able to snap out of the overthinking that often keeps me up at night. Of course, there’s no telling whether a big life event would disrupt this newfound bliss, but I’d like to think it’s helped on a day-to-day basis.
My Experience With CBD
Would I say that CBD oil has fundamentally changed my life? No. But per the Charlotte’s Web website, this is the typical first experience. “Anyone who has ever started a new vitamin or supplement routine knows the short answer to how long it takes to kick in is—’it depends.’ For many newcomers, they’re not sure what to imagine, or some anticipate a huge change right away. For most of us, though, dietary supplements take time.”
With that said, I’m definitely intrigued enough by the subtle effects to continue taking the oil and to possibly up the dosage to the recommended two full droppers of the 30mL bottle per day. Plus, I take comfort in knowing that it’s an all-natural product that’s responsibly grown on family farms in Colorado. Something that’s safe, legal, requires no prescription, and makes me less anxious, less scatterbrained, and more focused? I’m definitely on board.
Explore the World of CBD
Looking to learn more about CBD? These are some of my favorite products to help get you started.
For those new to CBD, Charlotte’s Web recommends this hemp oil. Containing 17mg of CBD per 1mL serving, this CBD oil is also U.S. Hemp Authority Certified. Choose from four different flavors including Lemon Twist, Mint Chocolate, Orange Blossom, and Olive Oil.
Go deep on the subject of CBD with this book that includes case studies, interviews with doctors, an overview of the latest cannabis research, and how scientists are exploring cannabis for various medical uses. There is also an explainer about the difference between CBD products made from industrial hemp versus in a lab, and products made from the whole marijuana plant.
Charlotte’s Web inaugural CBD oil product comes in two flavors; Olive Oil and Mint Chocolate. It’s also its most potent. According to its website, its Original Formula Hemp Extract Oil comes with 50mg CBD per mL.
Gretchen Lidicker puts a lifestyle spin on the world of CBD as the author draws on the “knowledge of leaders in the health and wellness world” to explain why CBD has become a top beauty and wellness trend for top athletes and celebrities. The book also includes recipes and recommendations for how to choose a top-quality CBD product.
This travel-friendly roll-on is packed with CBD and fragrant essential oils, including lavender, bergamot, and chamomile, for an easy de-stress quick fix. The result? “That elusive feeling of wakeful calm,” reads the Sagely Naturals website.
With this book, CBD is explained from A to Z and breaks down the good, bad, and ugly of a fledgling industry that is poised for rapid growth. CBD: 101 Things You Need to Know About CBD Oil covers what it is, why people take it, who it’s for (and who it isn’t for), its myriad forms, and more.
Lord Jones’ High CBD Formula Body Oil combines CBD with organic avocado, jojoba and safflower oils for smooth, hydrated skin. Each bottle has 100mg of CBD.
Charlotte’s Web’s Extra Strength Capsules feature 25 mg of CBD per capsule. The website offers capsules as a convenient and precise way to take CBD—on the go, stash them in your gym bag, pocket, etc.
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