I did wonder about including this post as part of my experiments in happiness. My experience of CBD has been more about relieving anxiety. I’ve been using CBD oil daily for four months now and I’m not claiming that using CBD oil can make you happy. However, I want to recount my own personal experience with it to be clear about the positive effects it has had on my own mental and physical health in case it helps someone else.
Being allergic to paracetamol and now having developed an intolerance to Ibuprofen I’ve been left with no access to painkillers. It’s made things difficult for me. Occasionally I get migraines, and like everyone I get colds from time-to-time. In February I’d had a bad cold that had left me aching for two weeks after all of the main cold symptoms had gone. The general joint pain and muscle ache was hanging around and I just couldn’t shift it. The frustration was that a couple of doses of Ibuprofen would have dealt with it, but my doctor had told me not to take Ibuprofen anymore and so I was stuck.
I had visited several health stores and done some research online to find an alternative painkiller but couldn’t find anything. But when I was at the health food store my partner had seen that they were selling CBD oil and suggested I try it.
CBD is derived from cannabis. I’ve never tried cannabis and I’ve always avoided drugs of any sort because of my mum’s mental health issues. Having a mum who is psychotic, it’s always been important to me that I am in full control of my own mind. Plus my step-father, who I disliked intensely, took drugs. But I looked into CBD and found that the psychoactive component is removed and I was so desperate to find something that might help I decided to give it a try.
It was early evening and I took about four drops of oil, holding it under my tongue for a few minutes before washing it down with water, followed by Glenmorangie to get rid of the awful taste.
My assumption was that it probably wouldn’t work, but that if it did any effect would take several weeks of regular use, with a gradually increasing dose, to become apparent. I sat on the sofa feeling miserable and ached from head to toe.
An hour and a half later, the pain had completely gone.*
The instructions said to take the oil 2-3 times a day, and so I decided that I’d continue on a gradually increasing dose, twice a day for a week or two, to make sure I was over the cold symptoms.
As well as the pain relief, I started to notice a lessening of the anxiety symptoms I’d been suffering. For a long time I’d been experiencing waves of anxiety and panic, seemingly for no reason, and was really struggling with it. I didn’t want to start taking the prescribed medication that my GP was recommending because of all the side-effects. But within a week of using CBD regularly the anxiety had lessened considerably, and I’ve continued to make improvements. I really can’t overstate the positive effect using the oil has had on my anxiety symptoms; they seem to have completely disappeared. It is difficult to put into words, but I feel I have some stability or boost that I needed or that the reaction is just not there in the way it was before. Funnily enough, that’s what the doctor claimed the anti-depressants would do for me, but using CBD I’ve had no side-effects whatsoever. The panic feeling has just gone and I can cope.
Then there has been the effect on my sleep. For several years now I could count on one hand the number of full-nights sleep I would have in a year. I just could not stay asleep through the night, no matter how much exercise I did, no matter how careful I was about keeping to good sleep habits and regular sleep times. Since I’ve been using CBD oil the situation has improved so much. I’d estimate that I sleep through the night 5 or 6 nights a week now which has made a huge difference to my quality of life.
My daughter has chronic fatigue syndrome and she’s tried CBD oil. She says it helps her ‘about 40% of the time’. She’s found herself able to function for longer than she usually would when using the oil. However, she does not take it regularly and is on a lot of other medication which could interfere with it’s use.
The worst thing about CBD oil is the taste; it’s revolting but I’m used to it now. I drop it under my tongue for a few minutes and then use luke-warm tea to wash it down. Good quality oil is expensive, but for me it is worth every single penny because it makes such a difference to my life.
So as far as happiness goes, I think that CBD has helped me both physically and mentally with issues I was experiencing that were having an effect on my mood.
*It wasn’t the Glenmorangie that made me feel better! I drink whisky a couple of times a week so I knew that it wasn’t having any effect.