C’Mon ‘N Ride It – The {CBD} Train

I may not be able to smell your Tranquil Breezes from a mile away these days, but I can certainly smell the delightful scent of pot being dispensed in the Denver metro area every time I drive down I-70 to the world’s best airport, DIA.  If you’ve been living under a rock you may not know that five years ago Colorado became one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use.  Washington state did as well on the same date, but for some reason everyone is all about Colorado.

The way the law was passed, among other reasons, was a promise to give the tax revenue to public education.  Between 2014 and 2018 our state spent $36.6 million on regulation, enforcement and education {not schools, but educating the under 21 crowd on the dangers of pot smoking.}  In that same time period, $12.8 million was given to education. Hmmm, a little shady.  You can follow the money in this article on The Denver Channel.

Cmon Ride the CBD Train

With this newfound industry, our state became super popular and a whole host of other industries, services and products related to marijuana were born.  One such product is CBD.  CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. THC is also a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant.  Simply put, THC will get you high, CBD will not.  You can read more about CBD in this Project CBD article.

Let me just repeat that, CBD does not contain THC, therefore it does not get you stoned, but you still need to find out if it’s legal in your state, because sometimes it’s not.

While they both boast therapeutic benefits, CBD is clearly what you want if you don’t want to, don’t like to, don’t have time to, like to drink wine instead, or you live with your parents and you can’t, get stoned.  Last year, I was having horrible anxiety and I was curious about CBD.  I have suffered from anxiety on and off for years.  I have since learned the anxiety was a by-product of past traumas, including a bad marriage and divorce, which resulted in low confidence and culminated into a fear of flying, among other things.

Adding fuel to the flames is the often times high stress career I have chosen, working in live events. Last year working one such event, a couple friends/co-workers and I were discussing our off the charts anxiety. Was it a coincidence that we all suffered from it and we all worked in the same job?  The topic of CBD came up, I asked a lot of questions, was very curious about it, and tried it in the form of a vape pen.  I didn’t think it worked.  In fact, I didn’t think it did much of anything.

I decided it was all hype and I really didn’t think about it again.  Until a few months ago, when I was wondering if CBD oil would be a good addition to my Drink, Pray, Love journey.  Long story short, my sister’s black Lab, Molly, was old and having seizures and joint problems.

My sister got her hands on some doggy CBD oil and it helped make Molly’s life a little better for a few more months.  Unfortunately, it helped with the joints, not the seizures, and sadly, RIP Molly.  I was so tempted to try CBD, I considered trying the doggy CBD, but I couldn’t find any research on whether it was safe or not.

I mean, is it as gross as a human eating dog food, or is it similar to the human form of CBD, therefore OK? Those were my questions and I couldn’t get them answered, so I didn’t try it.  Several weeks later, a woman from a CBD company called White Cedar Naturals contacted me after reading my blog and asked if I wanted to try it because I was a perfect candidate.  I assume she read the stuff on dating post-divorce.  BTW, the Universe works in mysterious ways.  CBD oil lands on my doorstep, but the elusvie dream job?  Still elusive…

I received a bottle of 300mg Hemp Extract in the mail and I’ve been using it for about a month.  Also, just to clarify since there are so many names for this stuff, Hemp Extract and CBD Oil are basically the same, but this Vitamin Shoppe article breaks it all down for you.

I’ve been using it for about a month and I take one dropper full, about 10mg, a day.  I think it’s working, but I’ve been incorporating other wellness habits into my life, so I’m not sure if it’s the culmination of all of it, or if the CBD really does work that well.

Initially, I was warned about the taste.  Apparently, some people don’t like it, and I was advised to have a drink, such as tea, nearby just in case.  The taste is my favorite part.  It tastes like cinnamon and I actually look forward to taking it each morning.  Maybe I’m addicted.  Just kidding, it’s non-addictive.

The one downside is it makes me nauseous.  I have tried taking it with food and without food and I get the same effect.  It passes within about 15 minutes, but it’s a little uncomfortable and brings up bad memories of morning sickness.

When my bottle is done, I’m going to take a break from it and see how I feel.  Who knows, maybe it is the magic elixir I should’ve been taking years ago.  In any case, my anxiety is under control.  To the point that I was able to sit in an extremely crowded bar in Nashville without having to run of the door… If you’ve ever been in a crowded elevator, or crowded room with me and watched my face drain of all color while I’m making a beeline for the exit, you will understand what a big deal this really is.

 

P.S. White Cedar was a great company to work with and they donate 10% of their profits to children’s charities worldwide.  Who doesn’t like a company that gives back?  You can purchase their products on Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

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