Have you tired CBD? Over the past couple of years CBD has almost been what you can considered a “trend”. And by that I mean little by little is catching more attention and is actually sold in a lot of different retails. Even though I kept seeing it everywhere, even on social media, it was never something I ever thought I would use. There is a huge sigma surrounding CBD and I was like most who weren’t educated. Its been 1 year of me using it here & there and 10 months of consistent use. I have so much to say about this topic and what it has done for me personally, that I knew this is something I have to share with others!
At first I started researching CBD for my dog. I have a 13year old shih tzu who started going through some anxiety. He’s always been a calm, chill dog. Sometimes I truly think he’s a cat! But he started going through episodes of being anxious and not really caring to do much. Way more than his normal self. We took him on doctors trips, even brought another dog into our family to keep him company. Nothing seemed to work. A family friend told us his dog who is also older started acting the same way until he tired CBD. At first I wasn’t on board. See I truly thought CBD was simply marijuana. But like every pet owner, you treat your pets like kids and would do anything to help them.
So, we tired it and guys it really help. Within a couple of weeks, our chill dog was back. One side effect (if you can call it that) was that now he was more active. Running around, not minding he’s actually 13 years old. I then experimented with their beauty line, which I ended up in love with but never went further than that. You can find my CBD beauty post here.
Why I Introduced CBD for Myself
After seeing what it did for my dog I went on and did some heavy research on CBD and what it can help with. The list and testimonials were huge, but one major reason people took it was for anxiety. I have suffer from anxiety since I was a little girl. I didn’t even know what it even was, but I remember those panic attacks like it was yesterday. But my anxiety always had a reason behind it. When most people felt nervous about things, I felt anxious. My way of handling it then, was knowing it’s happening for a specific reason and it will eventually go away. Which it did, until I became a mom.
I don’t know what it is about being a mom that makes me feel more anxious about things I never once was. Maybe its the fact that so many people depend on me… but I’m only one person. Overwhelmed. After becoming a mom my panic attacks would just appear, completely out of the blue. It started with being extremely more cautious than I ever was to even feel anxious about driving. Driving guys, something so simple. But then my dad passed and my anxiety also changed. I became not only anxious but felt like I was in a bad mood. Dealing with so much personally to also add motherhood into the mix. I threw my focus to my job which was great to distract myself, but not truly dealing with his passing had a huge affect on me that I didn’t even know. Not only was it affecting me mentally, but also physically. During the holidays I had a panic attack that lasted for days. This was my breaking point to seek help.
Conquering My Anxiety
After years of feeling this way I finally decided to seek help. Not sure why it took me this long, but most likely it was my opinion on it. In my younger years it ran its course and then went away. Also, I wasn’t fully accepting that this wasn’t okay. I use to think it’s okay to have bad days and good days. Which I still believe it. But it isn’t okay to live with a problem like this when there are solutions.
I started counseling, which helped a lot, but I need something else besides that. Then, I started talking to my doctors of my fears when it came to taking medication (because even that stresses me out). I wanted something natural with no side effects… seemed like I was asking for something that was impossible. He told me to read up on CBD and see if it was something I wanted to try. Which I never did until we tired it for my dog.
My CBD Journey
There was one thing I read that is major when you’re thinking of trying CBD is what are you actually buying and what is the dose you need. When buying CBD I highly recommend going to a specialty store and asking them questions of what’s actually in that bottle as well as what you’re trying to achieve by using CBD. You want to make sure the quality and potency is exactly what’s on the label! You also want to make sure you speak with someone who is knowledgable in this field. The brand that we used for our dogs stood out best to me. Not only did we have good results from him using it, but what’s on the label is what you get.
I started taking it here and there, which was my first mistake. Just like with anything else, results happens from being consistent. Two months after that I created a regimen that seems to work for me. Part two of this post will be coming soon, which I’ll share my daily regimen as well as some facts about CBD.
How I Feel Now
Before I started taking CBD I had this weird opinion on my anxiety. I use to think if I got on anxiety medication I wouldn’t be myself. How silly, right? I had this unrealistic thought that its okay I am like this and somehow medication will turn me into somebody I wasn’t. And guess what, it is OKAY I have anxiety! It’s part of my life. But it isn’t okay for me to consistently live through it. It’s okay to get help and find a solution to help you. It doesn’t change who you are. In fact, the real you was and will never be that anxious girl! I am now the girl who feels in control about my emotions + feelings. I acknowledge those anxious feelings, instead of burying them inside. I also know that there is solutions for me to bring that control back.
Have you ever thought of introducing CBD into your life?
Stay tune for part II of my CBD journey!