I Took CBD Oil for 2 Weeks. Here’s How it Went.

A month ago I developed extremeeeee anxiety.  I got some CBD oil and started taking it.  Here’s what happened.

My name’s Karen. You may know me as the effervescent personality behind such blog posts as Boys have Dinks, crowd favourite Snail Mucus Moisturizer or the classic And the OTHER Thing About a Brazilian Wax.  I’m a fundamentally happy person who’s rarely in a bad mood. If someone repeatedly tried to cut my toenails while I slept, that would put me in a bad mood I think. But that’s about it.

My perpetual good mood disappeared last month AFTER I had my breast cancer scare. Not during.  After. In the days after I found out I was in the clear, I developed ANXIETY.

I had the kind of anxiety you’d expect from someone who lied about being a great singer and was then pushed onstage (naked) to sing Opera in front of thousands of Simon Cowells.

I felt short of breath, my heart was beating rapidly, I woke up 10X every night and I just felt like a nervous ball of tangled scribbles.  For no reason. I wasn’t afraid the test results were wrong, I wasn’t worried about breast cancer at all, but THAT initial scare triggered some switch in me and I had constant anxiety.

 

 

Other than that, how did I know I had anxiety?

In the course of one week I convinced myself I had:

  1. Multiple Sclerosis
  2. a brain tumour
  3. Parkinson’s
  4. Ovarian sarcoma, anddddd
  5. Rabies.

Soooooo I’m definitely going to chalk this anxiety up to some kind of post traumatic stress after my health scare.

I tried all the things I would normally try if I found myself anxious or stressed out.  Breathing exercises, going for a run, meditation, telling myself to calm the hell down you lunatic NOTHING is wrong. All of it worked a bit, especially the meditation, but the anxiety came back.

By day 2 I started looking into other ways to get rid of my imaginary anxiety because it was cutting into the energy I liked to devote to my real anxiety. The day-to-day anxiety. The anxiety you get when you’re waiting to pull into a parking spot and you suddenly see someone else heading for it too.  

Pills are very helpful for anxiety. But I already take pills.

I have generalized anxiety, which basically means I can become anxious for no reason at all.  For this I take the smallest dose possible of an anti-anxiety drug. I have for years. It works so well that on I constantly think  I don’t need this stupid pill, I don’t even have anxiety, I’m just going to stop taking it.  

And then I remember those people who decide to go off their meds because they haven’t eaten anyone’s face in a long time and 2 weeks later they go and eat someone’s face.  So I stay on my anti-anxiety drug.

I know this particular bout of anxiety is reactionary though.  It’s like a skipping record and I just need someone to bump into the stereo to get me back on track.  Yup. I just need a little bump to get me through it.

Enter CBD Oil.

What is CBD?

CBD is one of many chemical component of marijuana. It doesn’t get you high.  THC gets you high. CBD doesn’t.

What is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is when the CBD compound is mixed into a “carrier oil”. Something that’s edible like Grapeseed or Olive oil.

What does CBD Oil do?

Everything from curing anxiety to healing bones apparently. Here’s a list of research studies that lists all the conditions CBD may be therapeutic for.  It sounds a bit snake oil to me but I was willing to give it a try.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Yes.  Unless you live in Idaho, Nebraska or South Dakota. Everywhere else in Canada and the United States, CBD Oil is a legal form of medical marijuana.

Is CBD Oil Dangerous or Addictive?

Nope. In fact it’s quickly growing in popularity among both children and the elderly population as the go-to drug for many ailments like anxiety, osteoporosis (CBD stimulates bone growth), insomnia and ADHD.

So I got me some CBD oil and took it for two weeks.  Here’s what happened

My Two Weeks of CBD.

Day 1. Approximately 35 seconds after squeezing the CBD oil drops into my mouth I was convinced that I was getting high.  Completely and totally high. I was flyingggggg!!!!   I was not.  I was fine.  Anxiety is a tricky bitch.

Day 2. My anxiety felt kind of the same I think. No big change and I still felt like I couldn’t get a deep breath.

Day 3. I might feel better, I’m not sure.

Day 4. O.K. my anxiety is definitely better.  I noticed two things on day 4.  When my heart started to beat faster (which would normally lead me into hours of a pounding racing heart)  it would just stop. Not completely because then I’d be dead. It just stopped pounding.   I’d have a few hard thumps and then it was over.  Also, by day 4 I realized I could breath again.

Day 5.  Pretty much the same as day 4. I wouldn’t say my anxiety was magically completely gone but it was a lot better.  Manageable.  Like I didn’t need to worry that if I went out for dinner I might scream and run across the tabletops heading for the door.  I’d prefer it the anxiety were completely gone though.

Day 6. I was really counting on sleeping better and again, I am sleeping better, I’m just not sleeping the way I used to. I still wake up at night, WIDE AWAKE, just not as many times.

Day 7. All my major anxiety symptoms are reduced by about 85% I’d say.

Week 2. Same as Day 7.  So my symptoms are less they just aren’t completely gone.


Conclusion

It is SO hard to say if CBD oil has “cured” me of anxiety.  Yes, I’m feeling much better than I was 2 weeks ago.  But it all happened so subtly and slowly that it’s hard to tell. Maybe my anxiety just went away on its own. Maybe it’s a placebo effect? Even if it is, that’s fine, so long as I don’t randomly hyperventilate for no reason anymore. I mean a parking lot spot is one thing but gasping for air while buying bread at the grocery store?

Oh, hey, don’t mind me, I’m simply grabbing this loaf of whole wheat while breathing as though I ran 10 blocks while being chased by a knife wielding psychopath. Who probably wants to eat my face.

Next post I’ll walk you through how to get CBD oil if you’re interested in it because the road to it may be legal but it isn’t straight.

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I had anxiety. I took CBD oil for 2 weeks. Here\'s what happened.

101 Comments

  1. Dave R. says:

    I’ve been taking CBD oil for several months for chronic pain (arthritis, back pain, inflammation, etc.) and it’s really helped alleviate the symptoms. I put my dog on CBD as well because at nearly 11 years old, she started to walk up the stairs with a very stiff gait. Now she flies up and down the stairs no problem at all.

    I’ve also been using THC oil at night so I can sleep for a change. For years I’ve taken forever to fall asleep, then I wake up in the middle of the night for a few hours, then fall asleep just before my alarm goes off. Grrrrr. I first started with a vape pen a friend let me borrow, and when I woke up the next morning after sleeping through the night, I was blown away. So this is what it feels like to sleep a solid 7 or 8 hours!

    You just have to make sure you get the right stuff. Sativa strains are the ones that give you the psychedelic effect, Indica is the stuff that mellows you out and lets you sleep. As it was explained to me “Indica = In da couch”.

    It’s all a numbers game. You need to get the right concentration and find your correct dose. Start low and build up to it.

  2. Ken says:

    Damn, I wish I could give you a caring, meaningful hug. Keep your faith in you, you rock!

  3. Anjie says:

    Hi Karen and everyone!
    Not dismissing the CBD oil. It does wonders for my dog. But in regards to the anxiety and waking up at night, the book Wheat Belly, by cardiologist William Davis has greatly improved my life with anxiety and adrenal fatigue. (My general practitioner said she didn’t believe in adrenal fatigue, so I told her Buh-Bye Now.)

  4. I buy our CBD oil through the Stanley Brothers (Charlottes Web) Through Denver Co. I give it to my autistic son for his anxiety. It totally helps him sleep better but tends to put him to sleep at school as well if (first period that is) If I give it to him in the morning before school. so we only give it to him at night now. I tried to grow a plant last summer and it turned into a huge monster and ended up being the wrong sex and I could not use it for CBD. Don’t know if I’ll try again but it would certainly be cheaper! Very expensive.

  5. Mary C says:

    Karen, I’ve been on anti-anxiety meds for many years. Sometimes after you’ve been on them for a while you need a bump up on your prescription. A little higher dose will work wonders and is way cheaper than CBD oil, at least it is in the States. Go see your Doctor. 🙂

  6. Ms Maxie says:

    This post is incredibly timely. I’ve also suffered with a near constant low-level female anxiety for about 20 years. I guess i’m an early bloomer because it started when i returned to school for a second degree when i was 30. My anxiety accompanies periods of full-blown depression mixed with dysthymia. I tried SSRIs and had a withdraw reaction when i tapering off them. I tried bupropion and had a profound headache for the entire 2 weeks i was taking it. After that, i swore off anti-depressants across the board.

    When i returned to school for a masters, i started having panic attacks and at that point, my doctor finally prescribed a very low dose prn (as needed) anti-anxiety med. Basically, i was given 30 pills to last 6 mos and that was all i needed. I never asked to increase the dose or quantity. The last time i called for a refill, i was only given 10 because the practice is trying to “lower their controlled substance prescribing.” WTF!!??!! I can see cutting off people who are perpetually upping their dose but i never asked for any change. It was important to me to feel like i had something in my medicine cabinet for when “mindfulness” didn’t work.

    A friend started selling CBD via one of those MLM companies and singing the praises of it’s effect on her anxiety. The MLM prices are crazy (because everyone needs to get a cut) so i took myself to the natural food store to buy some reputable CBD. They had a older hippy woman who was their resident “expert” on CBD. She spent about 30 mins with me discussing the products they offer. They were all certified organic and had third party certificates of analysis for chemical composition. She told me they offer a money back refund if the product doesn’t work for me and out the doors i went with my brown bottle of mystery and hope.

    I’ve been taking it for a total of 4 days now. I’m definitely sleeping better (having pretty intense dreams) and i feel more calm. I’m trying to decide whether to stick with my current dose of 8mg, try a small bump, or second dosing time.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say in your next post and am happy to hear you’re feeling better.

  7. Vikki says:

    I’ve been taking CBD oil and/or gummies for about a year. Since I’ve gotten old, I have lots of health problems–which include worrying about them. Like you, I can’t guarantee the CBD works. All I can say is: something is or I too would be racing across (well…crawling across) the table tops making for the door. Or just sitting in the corner weeping. I’m all for any help I can get, except for getting high. (Which I never have.)

  8. patricia zinn says:

    Thank you for your candor, Karen. Dr. Markus, what is “a tad “of sativa’s thc?
    be well all

  9. Tim says:

    How much oil did you take daily

  10. Patt says:

    CBD pils was suggested to me because I have sciatica, degenerative discs, herniated discs and arthritis (a my pain management says “a whole lot going on there). My first low dose did nothing for me, but I discovered I sure was sleeping well. My dosage has been upped, my back has been doing better but now I’m on a migraine bender (one bout lasted 9 days with no relief 😱😱😱, I’m in the third day of a lighter one as we speak).

    However, since it’s not covered by any insurance, it’s hella expensive. Like $150 for 90 capsules of a higher mcg level, brand carried by my doctor. I found basically the same level dosage I’m currently taking of s brand I’ve used (CBD+) for about two-thirds the price.

    I would hop onto medical Marijuana in a heartbeat in FL you have to obtain a license for usesge, which my doctor said he’d recommend it for me if we can’t get this under control. However, again it’s hella expensive. Being a retired person on a limited income, I’d rather not do it for that reason alone.

    Thanks for opening up this discussion.

  11. Lin N says:

    Tilray is a Canadian manufacturer of medical grade Cannabis Oils. Tilray has been in the business for 15 yrs. They are involved in a number of studies and research events. Not all CBD Oil is created equally. Depending on what ailment one needs to address, one may need pure CBD during the day and one that has some THC at night. There are a number of ratio’s for CBD/THC. I’ve read some of the posts and sadly, a few are misinformed. Tilray products are only available by mail order, after a doctors approval. They will assist you with what product you need given your condition as well as assist with insurance coverage as more extended health providers are providing coverage.

  12. Jennifer says:

    You may have already answered in a comment (so I apologize if so…) but I always ask the question when ever hearing reviews…”Would you do/eat/take/experience again?” All reviews should end with this question answered.

    Also did I overlook you answering this question?

  13. Great post Karen! I feel like there is still a bit of stigma with CPD oil due to people thinking it gets you high. I was having anxiety at night and would wake up every couple hours with my brain just going in crazy circles. I spoke to my doctor and started taking CPD oil about a month ago and the change is amazing. I can sleep. And when I wake up, I can go back to sleep without the spinning brain. It did take a week or so to figure out my right dose (for me it’s 8 – 10 drops), but now that I have it figured out, it’s life changing!

  14. Heather Sykora says:

    I have been very curious about CBD oil. I am asthmatic.
    I recently discovered that people who suffer chronic anxiety and asthma all suffer chronic low grade hyperventilation breathing patterns.
    I found the following breathing program that is proving to be incredible at reprogramming my brain/breathing habits. I am seeing improvements in my asthma after only a few days. I think it could be incredibly helpful to anxiety issues. I have never thought of myself as anxious- just worry too much. But I feel calmer now after working on my breathing patterns
    The book is “The Oxygen Advantage” by Patrick McKeown

    Just wanted to add this to the conversation as it has been a game changer for me.
    Looking forward to your Wednesday post!!

  15. Heather Sykora says:

    I have been curious about CBD oil for a while. I am asthmatic. I just discovered something very interesting two weeks ago:
    Asthmatics and anxiety sufferers all have chronic low grade hyperventilation in common!
    Here is the study I found :
    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/smu-apr_1110414.php

  16. celeste says:

    I tried CBD oil once, and the taste was so awful I almost spit it out. (It was worse than liver and Swiss chard put together.) Is this how it is for the rest of you, or did I have a sub-standard bit? It was from a company called Papa and Barkley out of California. I really would love to know.

    Karen, I’m so glad that you are feeling better AND cancer-free. Your posts are the delights of my week.

    • Sarah says:

      Try New World CBD, the oil actually tastes good- not like cannibis at all. I hd that same experience and refused to take it anymore until someone talked me into trying New World. It’s all lab tested and certified too.

  17. Karin in NC says:

    It is so weird how and why severe anxiety can strike. I once had a severe bout of it shortly after my boss’ husband died of a heart attack suddenly (he was in his 70’s). A few days later I knew – really KNEW – I was having one too. I stayed up most of the night one night writing good-bye letters to my daughters. Just in case I died. I didn’t die. I went to a doctor, had an EKG, was told there was no way it was a heart attack, but it was a severe anxiety attack. I didn’t completely believe the doctor but I didn’t want to take anything for it. It took a few weeks for me to talk myself down, but it finally eased up and after a month it was gone. But so weird! All because somenone I’d never even met had died. Weird.

  18. Jenny Durling says:

    I have been having trouble sleeping for a long, long time. I’ve also had anxiety and panic attacks for some 30 years so CBD sounds like a lifesaver. I’ve noticed that there is not much information available on the strength or dosage required. I do hope your next post will cover some of this. I bought some oil that you use with a dropper figuring that would be the easiest way to increase dose. Unfortunately, the stuff is mint flavored and really pretty horrible tasting! I tried a super low dose and increase it incrementally for a week or so. I found that it helped me fall asleep but not stay asleep. When I hit the dose that helped sleeping the most, it actually made me feel ‘funny’ the next day which increased my anxiety! I stopped taking it and it sits in my bedside table. I would like to try CBD oil for anxiety so I’m looking forward to knowing what brands are best and what dosage is effective and hopefully find one that doesn’t taste awful!

    • Patt says:

      If you don’t like the mint taste, let me tell you the nom mint ones are like drinking swamp water out of a rusted tin can steeped on weeds for a week. 🤢

  19. Roberta says:

    Hi Karen,
    So sorry that you are having these attacks. So many people do suffer from them.
    Me being one I too have reached out to CBD as I didn’t want to live on pharmaceuticals as I know the side effects and not sure what was worse the anxiety or the side effects.
    I purchase from a company based out of Cali. CTFO.
    One thing when taking CBD oil is they are not created equal so do your homework there is lots of garbage out there and the old saying you get what you pay for. Everyone is different it can take up to 60 days before you real see a difference. Make sure that you have access to the companies lab results good companies update monthly with these and that it’s a empty bottle money back guarantee.
    Take a look at http://www.ctfo.me/me/catsgotmytongue
    You can sign up as an associate or just sign in under shop now you will pay a bit more but if you or any friends want to sell it is a great company and doesn’t cost money to sign up to sell like some company’s. CBD is going crazy as so many people want off of the shit Pharma addicting drugs.
    I sure hope you have less and less anxiety it sucks.

    Roberta

  20. Ardith says:

    This is a great topic, especially for anyone suffering with chronic pain. The linchpin is proper dosage and how often to take CBD oil. Anyone here who can direct us to this type of information, charts? Thanks so much, Ardith

  21. Marilyn Cardinal says:

    Search online for a cannabis medical clinic in your area. These are real MDs who know and understand cannabis, and prescribe the correct cannabis product and dosage for your condition(s). The clinic emails your prescription to the supplier, who then contacts you by email, and you purchase the product online. The MDs have absolutely no affiliation, or investment in any of the cannabis producers … not allowed to. Follow up appointments to monitor your progress are scheduled. You don’t have to figure out what CBD product to use, how much to use and when, or where to get it.

    In Alberta, the medical appointment is paid for by provincial health care. Low income and seniors get discounts on prescribed cannabis product.

    My daughter has chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel, headaches, and whole body pain.
    All these conditions improved dramatically in one day. She is now functional and holding down a full time job. I suggest going online and researching CBC oil in detail. Find a medical clinic specializing in cannabis, and make an appointment. Try Harvest Medicine (medical clinic) … Edmonton (St. Albert), Calgary, Toronto, Moncton, Cole Harbour. Loads of CBD info on their site, https://hmed.ca.

    A highly rated supplier in Ontario is CannTrust, a federally licensed producer of medical cannabis. Online sales only, from anywhere in Canada.

  22. Lisa G. says:

    Thank you for guinea pigging this, Karen. I have, umm, “not high” high hopes for more research and product standardization of cannabidiol products because currently available anxiety meds for–among other varieties–generalized floating 40 something freak outs are quasi-devil drugs. They work, but you may lose your soul if you’re not careful. CBD holds so much promise, I hope they can establish some standards and get to a level of trustworthy consistency of actual cannabidiol % in the products on the market. Keep us looped in on your experience if you try other products. Yours would be a damn valuable opinion.

  23. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    Karen, thank you for divulging your experience with anxiety. I have suffered with depression/
    anxiety to the point of agoraphobia for years and although I am somewhat aware of the uses for CBD oil, have never tried it but I will explore the possibility now.

    • Karen says:

      My grandmother was agoraphobic. Didn’t leave the house for years. Then, one day she did. She never loved being out in public, but she did end up being able to go out. ~ karen!

  24. Wendy Cotter says:

    I can totally relate to having massive anxiety after a health scare. I have the same issue, but mine did not resolve nearly as fast as yours seems to be. I am very happy for you. And it was great to read your report about CBD. A bunch of us have been thinking about giving it a try for our various ailments, we just never follow through. I might just do that today. Cheers from one GAD lady to another!

  25. Phylicia says:

    I am so happy to see this post! Two years ago I was diagnosed with shingles. It was all over the left side of my scalp and I lost the hearing in my left ear. The doctors told me once the rash developed, I NEEDED to be on a pharmaceudical anti-virus. I immediately researched CBD oil (living in Colorado made obtaining it a snap) and within 15 minutes of taking the first dose (I took three times the regular dose) the pain in my head that felt like an ice pick had been lodged in there had disappeared! I was astonished!
    I kept taking the CBD and ended up with a dose of about three times the normal dose 4 times per day because that is what kept the stabbing pain away. I never went on an anti-viral and my shingles never developed into a horrible rash either. They went away in about 8 weeks completely.
    It’s been two years and the shingles have not returned and I do not experience and nerve damage symptoms so many of my other friends have complained of.
    I used Marysnutritionals.com for my shingles and I still use it to this day.
    My 78 year old Mom has severe nerve pain in her feet and I send her bittles of CBD from Bewelldexter.com and she says it is the only way she can get through her day without constant pain.
    It sounds like snake oil but I am living proof that it is truly nature’s remedy!
    I highly recommend it to children and adults because it is so safe and beneficial.

    • Karen says:

      I have a feeling your experience is key. I think that much more CBD oil is needed than what is most often recommended. Like you taking 3X the dose, 4 times a day. I believe that would be the case with anxiety as well. (although it really is dependant on each individual person and their cannabinoid system) ~ karen!

      • Phylicia says:

        Yes! There was no real dosing i structions so I just assumed that taking more would be key. I even tried to skip a dose to see if it was a placebo effect and soon my stabbing head pain would return. I think everyone has a different reaction to it so I always encourage people to at least try it. It certainly is a better alternative to big pharma if it does the trick!

  26. Susan Labrie says:

    Good morning Karen,
    Sorry to hear you are having anxiety. I conversed with you on Instagram after your health scare. I too suffered from PTSD after a cancer diagnosis. I am happy to hear the CBD helped somewhat. Just a shot in the dark but perhaps the stress also caused acid reflux? When mine
    kicks up I also feel like I can’t take a deep breath, I guess because of my stomach being so bloated, but it can be subtle and the first time I got it, I thought what the hell is wrong with me, why am I stressed out? But, it wasn’t stress, just the feeling of not being able to take a deep breath and not knowing why can then trigger the anxiety! Meditation and yoga helped me tremendously and of course a low dose prescription drug. It will get better, hang in there!
    Sue L.

  27. Marilyn Meagher says:

    For those of you living in the Hamilton area you can get information from bodystream on queenston road in Hamilton ..they will educate you and also refer you to a dr who will provide a prescription if your dr isn’t willing to prescribe medical marijuana..your Che oil will come to your doorstep and will be the right dosage and type for your problem . It’s worth a call and maybe there may be a type of marijuana that would be more advantageous to you ..

  28. I have no experience with CBD, but ten years ago I started treatment from a registered PhD Homeopath. I went from anxious life-long drug addicted mess with BAD sleep to 7-8 hours good sleep almost every night since… in two weeks. I was the perfect Big Pharma patient. Not healed and not dead! Been drug free for all ten years. If you’re interested, you can find some Ontario qualified homeopaths here https://www.ochm.ca/find-homeopath.php And if you’re curious about about how and why of homeopathy, there’s and excellent $2 e-book on Amazon called A Patient’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicine
    All the best!

  29. Ann says:

    Karen and all fans,

    I am very knowledgable about the world of CBD and that of true cannabis oil. So I would like to pass on some info that may help someone who may want to try it in the near future.

    First of all……80-90% of CBD oils on the market are junk. I don’t say this to be mean. It is true. There are no regulations in the US for any facet of CBD oil. It can be made from waste hemp grown for industrial purposes. It can have the CBD extracted by many different methods, not all totally safe materials or processes. It can be diluted with some strange flavorings, coloring and such. It can little to no actual CBD.

    But there are also some great products out there. There are several companie in the US that have their hemp grown specifically for them to make CBD oil. They grow a variety of hemp that is CBD rich and they use the entire plant to make the extract. The hemp is grown organically so no chance of residual pesticides or herbicides on the plant. They use safe and organic methods to extact the CBD as well. They are able to make the same product for sale month after month. They also send each individual large batch they make out for independent lab testing to prove exactly what is in the product. They test all the CBD levels, check for residual pesticides/chemicals, check for molds or fungal residues from the growing process. And the results of the independent labs should always always always be available to purchasers, The best companies are able to always make sure that product is available, day after day, month after month, year after year. After all, who wants their child to have success with a product and then not be able to get it to keep dosing schedules constant.

    It is important to realize that good quality CBD is going to cost you money. And you are not going to find it at a quicky mart. It is important to realize that CBD oil has been over promoted and does not cure everything from a hang nail to a massive heart attack. It can ease mild pain and anxiety for many, but then again, not for everyone.

    I am an activist to try and help my country, the US, change draconian laws that keep a potential mediciation from people who need it. Yes, I mostly focus on cannabis as medicine but I have learned a lot about CBD along the way. I have learned that CBD does truly help many kids with seizures, but far from all kids. It does little for cancer, moderate to severe pain, ect. Just having a little bit of THC is earth shattering for many of those conditions so we should be able to have both. To know my neighbor down the street, who has suffered from Parkinson’s now for long enough all his meds no longer work. He has to illegally source cannabis oil but to see how he gets 2-3 hrs each time he uses some of almost normal movement brings tears to my eyes. CBD did nothing for him, at least for the tremors.

    There are 2 companies right now I will recommend in the US. As far as I know, both products have mail order and wonderful customer support. And that customer support is another thing you won’t get with 80-90% of the products on the market. And definitely DO NOT BUY from any company who has a famous front man. Those companies are all going to lock you into a subscription service where you get automatically billed and can’t hardly break the cycle.

    The 2 companies are: Palmetto Harmony and Haleigh’s Hope. Both companies were formed by parents of kids with devestating illnesses. Palmetto Harmony is a company named after Harmony, the owner’s daughter who was born with lissencephaly, or smooth brain. A condition that is one of the worst. Most kids with the condition only live into early childhood. They are in custom shaped wheelchair inserts, with restraints to hold the head up because they have no muscle tone. They seize all the time. They get pneumonia and other deadly infections because they drool constantly. They don’t interact with people. Nothing. But Harmony’s mom tried some, at the time black market, CBD oil and it started to show signs of helping. So she researched and decided to make their own and now you would not beleive the progress Harmony has made. She is growing, now almost as tall as her mom. She holds her head up by herself very very well, and no longer drools constantly. She follows her mom around the room with her eyes and smiles as she interacts. She makes a few signs now and some sounds that seem purposeful. She hardly ever seizes and is off over half the pharmacuticals they used to have to give her. She can stand with some support for balance. No, she will never go to school. CBD won’t fix that. But her quality of life is leaps and bounds better. And her mom is a wonderful business owner. We recently got a notice that because they are now able to grow hemp in her state they can make the product a little cheaper and they lowered their prices. Mom is also a very strong political activist and she sure doesn’t have to do that with all that is on her plate.

    Haleigh’s Hope may have a similar story but I am not aware of it myself. Both companies are worth looking into on line and if your condition fits the bill, buying and trying a bottle. It is not going to work instantly, and it may be that you use the entire bottle before making a decision to how well it works for you and what you are trying to treat.

    I hope I helped save someone from wasting their money. I hope I helped convince some of you to maybe give good CBD a try.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Ann! ~ karen

    • Darl says:

      Ann, the search for quality CBD can indeed be frustrating. Once you find one that sounds good you look at their lab reports and find the extraction was done with chemicals. Thank you so much for the company referrals! I live in Oklahoma where we just passed Medical Cannabis. A little off subject… but locally I have heard of two people getting off of their high blood pressure medication after getting a prescription for Medical Cannabis. One was found comatose and the other was in distress. People need to do their homework. Not just any strain is good for every condition and I don’t think doctors/dispensaries are educating people as much as they need to.

    • Carol says:

      Thank you Ann that was so informative as I been wanting to try it but was to scared as I heard so much bad stuff they put in cbd and I do not need any reaction to stuff as I suffer from panic and have agoraphobia! So you put a new light on this!

  30. Troy Foland says:

    Hey Karen. Very sorry to hear about your recent scare. Have you talked to your general care physician? Unexplained elevations in heart rate and breathing can be a sign of some true health problems (atrial fibrillation, pheochromacytoma, etc) I’m sure it was scary enough, but did they do an ekg? Sorry. I really look forward to your blog. It brightens my day in many ways. Thanks and keep blogging!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Troy, not it’s definitely anxiety. And yes I did see my doctor. Real symptoms, but all caused by anxiety. ~ karen!

  31. Sara says:

    Karen, how did you figure out how much to take? I bought some but haven’t used it because I don’t really know ‘how’. Glad it worked for you, but will you keep taking it now or try to wean off?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sara. In the next post I talk about why it’s helpful and important to get a medical marijuana authorization to buy your CBD oil. That way you’re going through a medical professional (doctor or nurse practitioner) who is familiar with CBD oil and the dosing of it. It’s not an “Oh, take one dropper for migraines” kind of thing. You almost have to dose yourself by starting with a veryyyyy low dose to begin with so you can gauge how it’s working on you. More in the next post … ~ karen!

  32. Madonna Witte says:

    Thank you for this post!

    CBD Oil, like any newly decriminalized product, is only as good as the quality of the source, the process to produce and the dosage. CBD Oil is not a “One Ring to Rule Them All” Product.

    I have researched and experimented and discussed with many, many newly emerging CBD Businesses and have finally found the CBD product and dosage which works for me but only after much study.

    Please do not accept whatever bottle or product or dosage which is on the shelf due to convenience.

    You are all worth the time to discover the best product, company and dosage for you.

    I chose CBD Distillery because of the pristine manufacturing process and facility, the transparency, professionalism and caring of the staff and the quality of the product.

    I now have the correct dosage and number of times daily dialed in and I finally am experiencing stress and anxiety reduction of a degree that I can function without any medications.

    Ahhhhhh, that is the best of all!

    M

  33. Sandra Lea says:

    I have recently tried cbd oil for anxiety and it has done nothing for me. I tried it for two months, the second month increasing the dosage but still nothing. I know so many people who swear by it but for me, nothing. I feel like I’m missing out.

  34. Bobbie says:

    Thanks for this, Karen! I didn’t see where you mentioned how much you were taking each day. I have some of this oil in my fridge that I bought on Amazon. SO much cheaper than my pharmacy sells it for. I wonder why the cost difference?
    “Big Pharma” pushes pills for huge profits, so it’s good to see that this works for so many other ailments. I massage it into my back to help ease pain. Happy to hear it’s so beneficial to you! 🙂

  35. Grammy says:

    Sorry you suffered so from anxiety attacks. My husband has been having them lately and they’re frightening. Several people have suggested he try CBD oil, but he hasn’t yet, although he intends to. Unlike me, an old hippy, he never smoked weed back in the day when we got it for ten dollars a lid and enjoyed the quiet highs and calm it brought.

    I have several friends and family members who have been really happy with the results of using CBD oil for awhile now for a variety of ailments. We’re in California, where it’s finally legal, so it’s available in many forms in several places, but I think most have been getting it online at better prices.

    I hadn’t heard it’s supposed to support bone growth. I’ll ask my doctor if I can quit the osteoporosis meds I’ve been taking that has really scary potential side effects and switch to CBD instead.

  36. Cathy Reeves says:

    Happy April Fools to you, too!😉

    • Karen says:

      Nope, lol. It’s a real post Cathy. ~ karen!

    • Luanne says:

      Heh… I wondered about April Fool’s too, for a moment. But the anxiety information was so matter of fact, and the cannabis information was too non-sensational. Thanks for sharing exactly as you did Karen. Its information I, personally, needed.

  37. Teri on the Left Coast says:

    ¡Brava! An unofficial ‘Atta Girl’ and thank you for having the courage to ‘out’ yourself. I’m sorry you have this in your life and I appreciate you talking about it. You have a big audience and can make a difference. The more we talk about the diseases/syndromes/pick a name, of our brains the less stigma and the more progress.
    As to the CBD oil, I’m glad you are getting some relief and I’ll look fwd to your future reports.

  38. Karolina says:

    I’m sorry you went through all this and I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  39. Elaine says:

    Karen, the health-food store (on the same side of the street as Picone’s) sells CBD oil in case you haven’t been in there for a while.

  40. whitequeen96 says:

    I have had my son on CBD oil for 5 years. He is autistic and had terrible seizures, up to 9 per day! He was taking 25 pills (of 3 different prescription meds) a day and this was killing him. He lost a ton of weight (bruised his butt if he sat on a wooden chair too long) and his blood count was awful. I wasn’t sure what would kill him first; the seizures or the meds. Thank God for CBD oil; it has made such a difference! I very slowly reduced his prescription meds to 8 pills a day. (Still using Depakote, which is for seizures AND is a mood stabilizer.) I may continue to reduce his meds but I’m kind of nervous – he stopped breathing twice when he had seizures and I’m not sure my heart could stand that again! He is now a lovely, happy, charming young man of 22, who can learn and have a good future, which were not possible with all the seizures. I’m so grateful to the people in Colorado who got this whole movement started!
    For those who wonder about a placebo effect, my friend got some CBD dog meds for her dog. He would freak out at 4th of July because of all the fireworks. We have fireworks going off all week for that holiday. He didn’t have a problem last year, just went to sleep. It was a miracle!

    • Jacquie says:

      I’m so happy it helped your son and yes, CBD is great for animals for stress and also for fits. I’m glad you were brave enough to try it for your son when people can still be so negative and judgemental about it.

  41. Helen says:

    I took cbd oil for a while in an effort to help me sleep. It helped a little but I had to stop because I was feeling very low. Within a few days of quitting cbd my depression lifted.
    I’m really glad that it works for most people – more power to you!

  42. Yyz says:

    Ignore this comment. I’m posting in order to be notified of future comments

  43. April says:

    Good post. I’m sorry you had to go through that.

    I just wanted to drop a line to say that down here in South Dakota, CBD has been regulated and not made illegal.

    CBD can’t be sold in the head and glass shops or the smoke and vape shops. Probably so can’t pass any THC products off as CBD or sneak something in that is higher than 3% THC.

    Us civilians have been totally confused on the matter and CBD’s legality has been a hot debate since they made this regulation. But our vitamin shops and organic food markets still sell it. And people are still buying it.

    I use it to fight inflammation and have noticed an improvement in my disposition as well. If SD did make it illegal, I would just buy it in Minnesota or find some online somewhere. The stuff is great.

    • Karen says:

      Hi April. CBD oil is a Schedule 1 drug, which means they classify it the same as they classify hard drugs. The US is just cluing into this and I suspect will be removing them from vitamin shops and organic food markets. And gas stations, lol. ! karen!

  44. Carol says:

    I am glad the cbd oil helped. I have suffered from panic attacks since I was 27 and I will be 67 soon! There not fun! I find with my anxiety pills they have me on is soaking my feet in Epsom salts every other day! Helps with the heart rate also, going through that scare might have robbed your body of your magnesium! And you have not replenish it. We all know how everyone is low in it anyways I hope the cbd works I am going to have to try some of it to see if it is helpful as
    I would love to get of the anxiety drugs. Did you find you didn’t need the pills? Always scared to try new stuff. Would be nice to have a update on if you continue to use it and how it’s working,
    Good luck

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol. I’m still taking the CBD but definitely still taking my low dose of anti anxiety. I am using it to supplement my anti anxiety medication, not replace it. ~ karen!

  45. I have a lot to say about all of this. So much, that it’s easier to say nothing. I would start, be five paragraphs in, and still not have said all I wanted to say. So. Yes to random, uncontrollable, stupid, welcome to your 40s, anxiety. Yes to CBD. No to back stories and details. I figure, it’s helping a huge population, so go for it, GI Joe.

  46. Markus says:

    As your doctor, I would say the cbd’s And a tad of sativa’s thc will do you fine, and you will sleep off come morning.
    The thc lessens the eye pressure among other things.

    • Karen says:

      Okey doke Dr. Markus. ~ karen!

    • Ann says:

      I agree that it does lower eye pressure. Mine has been steadily dropping now the entire time I have taken my nightly dose of a true cannabis oil for sleep. I take a tiny dose, the same dose the entire time and it is truly the only thing that helps me sleep. My CBD oil seems to do the opposite so I take it in the mornings.

      My eye doc is quite amazed that my actual visual acuity is increasing each year as well. Very rare for a 65 year old

  47. Marjorie Kramer says:

    Thank you for being open about your anxiety and how you’re finding help for it. It’s nice to read an article that treats anxiety as any other illness. I sure hope you’re continuing to find relief! I’m using CBD oil to help with aches & pains, mine and our dog’s, and it seems to help, sometimes, at least.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! It’s like any other disease or condition that can flare up out of nowhere. And a HUGE percentage of the population (especially women) have generalized anxiety yet don’t even know it. They think it’s normal and that’s just who they are. But it isn’t! :/ ~ karen!

      • Erika says:

        Yes! Thank you for being open about your anxiety and the fact that you are taking medication to treat it. I was diagnosed with OCD a few years ago and really resisted the diagnosis. I just thought it was “who I was.” And I didn’t want to take Prozac — even a tiny amount. I fought that, too. But it has made ALL the difference. I wish I knew sooner, I wish I relented sooner, I wish I hadn’t felt so ashamed. It is just a little stupid pill (i.e., not a big deal) and when people like you can normalize it for everyone else, we will all be better for it.

        • Karen says:

          Oh, you’re welcome! I’m way more comfortable admitting to having anxiety than say … not liking Game of Thrones. There are way more people in The Anxiety club than the I hate Game of Thrones club. Strength in numbers. ~ karen!

  48. Kim says:

    I have found CBD to be very useful for migraines. As for anxiety, I have found quoting caffeine entirely helped. I used to think I was an anxious person (not take an anti-anxiety anxious person) just a run of the milk anxious person until I stopped drinking caffeine. This is when I discovered I am not anxious at all. I was just over-caffeinated.

    I can’t even drink one cup of tea now without feeling like I’m zooming.

    I’m not saying your anxiety is caffeine related. But maybe someone else who reads this commment? I can’t be the only one.

    You can try upping your dose or CBD. I know for migraines upping it helped when it didn’t quite cut it. After awhile they went away completely. So: Magic snake oil.

    • Kiara says:

      I 100% lowered my anxiety significantly by cutting out caffeine. I have a few cups of black tea a week now (down from a few cups of coffee a day). I feel so much calmer without the anxiety of the racing heart. My thoughts are somehow more positive. It’s crazy. I got back up to drinking tons of coffee again and just gave it up for lent, and now I am remembering just how important it is for me to keep my caffeine intake low for my mental health!

    • Karen says:

      I’m definitely going to keep taking it to see if it does lessen or get rid of my migraines! 🙂 ~ karen

      • Gail Dedrick says:

        I have been using cannabis about three times a week and have noticed a BIG decrease in my migraines. A weather front can still bring it on, but my general anxiety induced migraines are MUCH less.

    • Marlene Eastman says:

      My husband increased his tea intake and though he was having a heart attack. Two years ago Xmas morning he had two teas and a massive cinnamon bun. Next thing I know he’s calling 911. Caffeine and sugar = heart attack symptoms. No more caffeine for him!

    • Sam says:

      My wife recently started getting migraines. May I ask how much CBD you take and how you take it to get relief from your migraines? Were the effects immediate or does it take time to set in?

      • Kim says:

        It comes in a dropper form in a small bottle. So I just take a dropper a day. I take it every day. I don’t wait to have a migraine. I also cut out gluten as I found that was a migraine trigger. I think the biggest thing is to take it daily and not wait to have a migraine to take it. It took about three months of taking it consistently before I stopped getting migraines completely.

        Though they decreased significantly over that time period.

  49. Heidi says:

    Yes please tell us where and how to get CBD oil. When I think I’ve finally found a source, it’s invariably sold out or there’s some other complication. I’m in B.C.
    Heidi

  50. Tins says:

    I use Green Roads (GreenRoadsWorld.com). Their product is reliable and well made and there’s a variety of ways to take it. The quality is an excellent consistency. And they mail it to you!

    I like gummies. I have intense osteoarthritis in my back, neck and shoulders. I take meds but there are some nights I hurt so bad I can’t relax enough for the meds to work. I take a gummy and chew it slowly, forcing myself to relax and think about the chewing. By the time I’m done, my pain is starting to fade and I can sleep.

    Good luck!

    • Kath says:

      So- I’m confused. Am I reading this right? Just went to the greenworlds sight and it looks like they charge $5 per gummie bear, is that correct? The one called sleepy z specifically. They seemed to have only one size for it. Their labeling is odd and I’m new to the whole cbd world, so bear with me. Is that the standard for this market?
      And you don’t get high?

      • Pegg says:

        You can’t get high from CBD because it’s made from hemp, a byproduct of marijuana. There is no THC (or very little, less than .03% I think) and that’s the compound that gets your high.

        CBD is not inexpensive, that’s a catch. The higher the quality, the higher the price. Recently there have been studies that many companies that produce CBD products aren’t selling quality products. Green Roads is one that does. I’ve used them, but my pain from arthritis is too much for it.

        • Tina says:

          Yes Peg. Kath, you get what you pay for. A 50mg gummy will help me. I usually get 100mg gummies and cut them in quarters. Then I’ll take 2 quarters or 3 quarters, depending on the levels. You can easily find cheaper products on the market, particularly on Groupon. Just don’t expect a good product for very little money.

          Interestingly, you can get a gummy with ThC for less than a good CBD product.

        • Lauren from Winnipeg says:

          CBD oil you would find in a health food store in a place where cannabis is illegal is made from hemp. CBD that you would either order from a medical cannabis site or buy in a licensed store where cannabis is legal is made from cannabis, not hemp. CBD made from cannabis has a very low % of THC, the compound that produces a high. It’s usually less than 1% so you won’t feel high. CBD from hemp doesn’t contain any of the therapeutic compounds found in cannabis CBD.

        • Christine says:

          Hey Pegg,my husband started taking Boron for his arthritic knees.He supplements with magnesium and D,after 6 weeks he is so much better.My sister in law tried it with the same positive results.Good luck and you have to give it 6 weeks!

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