Does CBD work? I tried it to find out

Much like Chandler from Friends, one of my favorite ways to unwind after a long, stressful day is taking a bath. I have spent years cultivating and perfecting my bath routine. Candle, book, something to effervesce, maybe a face mask or a glass of wine if I’m feeling extra indulgent. I thought it couldn’t get any better—I was wrong. Enter Well CBD.

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If you’re skeptical about CBD, I don’t blame you.  We should be skeptical about any product that purports to be the end-all-be-all to all of life’s problems—especially when it comes to health and wellness. If you’re on the fence, I suggest taking the plunge with bath salts (pun intended). Bath salts are the perfect way to dip your toes into the world of CBD and be able to experience its effects without ingesting it. (Alright, I’ll stop with the bad jokes now).

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WHAT IS CBD?

Cannabidiol, or as most people know it, CBD, is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana that can have potential health benefits. Unlike THC, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect, meaning it won’t get you high.

WHAT DOES CBD DO?

Most people have heard about the health benefits of CBD. It’s the hottest trend in health and wellness because of its reported effects on stress, inflammation, pain, mood, and more. Does the science live up to the hype? Here’s the deal: our bodies have something called an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Our ECS is responsible, in part, for controlling our stress and fear responses (think “fight or flight”) and CBD products can help support and promote endocannabinoid production.  What does that mean? Well, in layman’s terms, it means that CBD can help us to manage stress more efficiently.

There are a number of studies that indicate the effectiveness of using CBD to treat stress-related disorders, but there’s a lot of research that still needs to be done—not only on CBD but on the dozens of other cannabidiols found in marijuana and hemp. My advice is to take each persons’ story with a grain of salt and know that you might not have the same experience.

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MY FIRST EXPERIENCE

I tried CBD for the first time in early 2018 before everybody and their mother was using it for every known ailment under the sun. I purchased a CBD tincture from a local health and wellness store and took it sublingually (under the tongue) for a while and found that it did absolutely nothing for me. I’m not sure what the issue was—maybe I was taking the wrong dosage, maybe I got a shoddy product—but either way, it didn’t work. From that point on, I was extremely skeptical of CBD. It seemed like a modern, gentrified version of snake oil to me.

I WAS INFLUENCED

A few months ago, I was watching one of my favorite Michigan bloggers’ IG story—@whatkatefinds—and she was raving about a CBD cream that she was using for knee pain. Still skeptical after my first experience, I looked the brand up and was super intrigued.

I have tried all of Well’s products now—and Kate was right, their products are amazing.  I didn’t try the products convinced that I would feel any effect at all—but I absolutely did.

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STRESS RELIEF

December was a rough month for me and January has not been any better. There are a lot of things happening in my life that are beyond my control. I know “accept what you cannot change” blah blah blah, but it’s easier said than done and I’ve been looking for actionable steps I can take to feel better.

Being under constant stress has wreaked havoc on my body. My mind never shuts off. My muscles are tense. I have a constant stomach ache. I can’t sleep at night. I’ve tried a lot of things to help, and some do. I see a therapist. I’ve started journaling. My doctor gave me a prescription for Omeprazole to help with the stomach issues. But arguably the most disruptive part of stress has been not being able to sleep. I’ve tried Melatonin, I’ve tried reading before bed, not being on my phone or having the TV on, I’ve tried rain sounds and sleep masks. I asked my doctor for a prescription sleep aid (which he wouldn’t give me because they’re “habit-forming”). Then one night, as I lay in bed wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, it dawned on me that I should be trying CBD.

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HOW I USE CBD

I wanted Well’s products to work, but I had low expectations based on my last experience with CBD. CBD didn’t magically solve my problems, but I’m so thankful for the little bit of relief that they have been able to provide. My absolute favorite products are the bath soak, the body cream and the body oil.

I’ve been using the bath soak 2-3 times per week, and following up with the body oil or body cream once I get out. There is something absolutely magical about the bath soak, I’m not even joking. I had to look up the ingredients because I was so impressed by it. Not only does the bath soak have 50 mg of CBD in it, it’s made with both French Gray Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, as well as grapeseed oil and lavender essential oils.

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ABOUT WELL CBD

All CBD in WELL Products is grown clean, in the USA, CO2 extracted, pesticide and solvent-free, and is third-party tested with a minimum of 99% purity. Additionally, all Well Products are vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Well CBD products are intended for use for those 18 and older and should not be used if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you’re interested in Well CBD you can purchase through their website or check them out on Instagram.

TL;DR
The effects of CBD are subtle but definitely helpful in alleviating stress, helping soothe sore and achy muscles and even aiding in a successful bedtime routine. I highly suggest testing our products and incorporating CBD into your routine if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

Disclaimer: I received these products as a gift, but I am not being compensated in any way, and my review is 100% honest and authentic.

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