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I Started Using CBD Oil Every Day—and This Is How It Changed My Life

Better sleep, energy for workouts, and a compliment from my husband make it all worthwhile.

I’m not well-schooled in the ways of cannabis—figuring out what CBD is took some time. Until recently I didn’t know my hemp from my weed. THC, CBD…IDK. It’s like trying to get the square root of a number: If I concentrate for a minute, I can figure it out, but really I just don’t care, you know?

Then my friend started selling CBD oil. She’s a stay-at-home mom-turned-yoga instructor and a total straitlaced health nut. I thought, if she was into it, maybe I should learn more. So I found out CBD stands for cannabidiol, a natural extract from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It’s not the chemical in marijuana that brings the high—that’s the THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

There are still plenty of studies to be done, but so far science has shown that CBD appears to target more than 65 areas in the brain and body that are involved in regulating pain, mood, and sleep. Notably, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, enhancing and balancing the messages sent via endocannabinoids and neurotransmitters. By doing so, it has the potential to lower inflammation, ease pain, bring a sense of calm, help those coping with anxiety, and improve sleep.

I want all those things. Inflammation can lead to aches, pains, and acne, and—yes, at the age of 47—I’d be happy to get rid of them. Given that my husband and son have nicknamed me Yelly Melly, I’m guessing I could also do with a deeper sense of calm. And I’m a busy working mom, so sure, I’ll take better sleep!

Inflammation can lead to aches, pains, and acne, and—yes, at the age of 47—I’d be happy to get rid of them.

There are numerous CBD oils and balms (and drink mixes and bath salts and dog treats), but I gravitated toward an oil by Beam for a couple of reasons: It’s THC-free (I’ve learned that some companies don’t filter out traces of THC—I’m not here to get stoned, people), and it’s broad-spectrum, which means beneficial plant compounds, like terpenes and flavonoids, are left in the extract.

I began taking a one-milliliter dropperful of oil, containing 66.7 milligrams of CBD, morning and night. There isn’t an industry-standard recommended dose, so I started with the brand’s lowest potency. I held the drop under my tongue for a minute or so, in order for the cannabidiol to seep into my bloodstream rather than get digested (which is also a good delivery system—just not as direct). It tasted fine, sort of neutral, with a hint of plant life.

A few days later, I took my first barre class. I hadn’t worked out in a year, thanks to a shoulder injury, and I was nervous I’d be in serious pain afterward. It wasn’t too bad. After class, I rubbed some CBD balm on my shoulder. The idea behind balms and lotions is that CBD gets absorbed through the skin, without taking a trip under the tongue and through the bloodstream, so it goes straight to the receptors that need it most. The next day, I took a yoga class (all hail, Groupon!), which didn’t leave me extra-sore or strained either.

Could all this pain-free movement have been a result of the placebo effect? Sure. But I like to think my inflammation was kept in check by my new CBD regimen. Still, I’m no medical expert, so I reached out to Staci Gruber, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She told me that anecdotal evidence and pre-clinical trials suggest CBD helps with pain and inflammation, but “we don’t have clinical trial data.”

Also, I stopped having nightmares. Weirdly, I get them a lot—like, I’m driving down the road and suddenly I’m in the ocean. That kinda thing. But since I started taking CBD oil, the nightmares haven’t come. My daily stressors remain the same, but my stress symptoms have lessened, so I’m totally giving CBD oil the credit. I also spoke to David L. Nathan, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. He agreed there could be a connection: “All drugs that can help with sleep—and CBD may be one of them—will not affect just the onset and duration of sleep but also the quality of sleep,” he explained.

Inspired by my reduced chronic pain and stress-free slumber, I also started getting up at 5:50 a.m. for a brisk 2-mile walk with my neighbor every morning. And yeah, I’m still taking barre and yoga classes. I’ve got energy for everything!

But the most concrete proof that CBD oil is doing good things for me came about two weeks after I started taking it. I hadn’t mentioned my new CBD routine to my husband, in part because I wanted to assess for myself whether it had an impact. But out of the blue one night while watching TV, he turned to me and said, “Hey, I’d like to thank you for not getting so frustrated lately with me and the boy. I appreciate it.”

Better sleep, energy for workouts, and a compliment from my husband make it all worthwhile.

Blessed CBD Reviews

About Blessed CBD:

At Blessed CBD, we’re passionate about helping people in the UK lead healthier and happier lives. We’re a small family-run business on a mission to provide our customers with the very best CBD oil.

“ I just wanted to say a huge thank you to yourselves and all the staff.

My husband has been taking your drops for the last couple of months and I have seen a huge improvement in his mental health.

As a veteran of the Afghan war he was suffering with PTSD on top of an already fragile mind. Adding on to this the COVID lockdown it was the worst I have ever seen him, however having taken initially the 500mg and now the 1000mg drops I have seen him transform into an entirely different person.

“ Dear Sarah and team at BLESSED,

I want to thank you so much for this amazing cbd oil. I have been so sleep deprived for months on top of suffering from very bad stress, and needed a few good nights of restful sleep. I cant tell you how delighted I am. To awaken from a great sleep has made all the difference. Not only that its addressing my night pain too.
I would definitely recommend your cbd oil and order more. ”

“ I started using CBD oil a while ago for my condition, polymyalgia and found that within a very short space of time I was benefiting from the CBD oil. There is no going back to the steroids I’d been using to control the pain. I will continue to use CBD oil along with recommending Blessed to others.
My partner will soon be using the cream for knee pain on a recommendation from a dancer who uses the cream with some success for joint pain – I will keep you informed of the results

Thank you all at Blessed
Joy x ”

“ Thanks for your email. I started taking it on Friday & have experimented with the times & amounts of drops I take each day. Yesterday I took most of the drops at bedtime, as you suggested. My ability to get off to sleep has vastly improved already. Last night I put my light out just after midnight & fell asleep quickly. In recent months I’ve been unable to sleep until between 2 & 5am – so that is a huge improvement in just a few days. I also feel calmer during the day. I like the flavour too, very clean & earthy.

Looking forward to experiencing continued benefits in the future.

Thank you so much for your response & this fantastic natural product! I would much rather use this than the temazepam I’ve been prescribed, but have been reluctant to use! ”

“ I would like to say there are a number of things I love about your product

1. Your delivery is always next day which I love
2. You give tracking which is nice
3. I saw that the delivery to me was £7 and you didn’t charge extra for it
4. You have very good packaging and packaging standards, I like how even the box it’s sent in has its branding on it, as a marketer I appreciate it
5. I don’t know a better CBD than yours

Blessed CBD has collected 300 reviews with an average score of 4.80. There are 284 customers that ❤ Blessed CBD, rating them as excellent.