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It was actually a bad bout of jet lag after a trip to California that inspired me to finally test out the CBD oil (I’ll admit that my weed-based reservations kept me from trying it for the first few months). Knowing that the oil had also helped people with sleep issues, I squeezed one full dropper of the Everyday Plus oil onto my tongue, per the instructions, and waited.
Thirty minutes later, I was surprised by how subtle the effect was. While I expected a hazy nodding-off effect similar to melatonin’s, the oil simply relaxed my body ever so slightly—my heart stopped pounding against my chest, my legs stopped kicking beneath my sheets, my mind stopped racing. I wasn’t sure if it was the oil or the late hour, but eventually, physical relaxation gave way to mental relaxation, and I drifted off to sleep.
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With that said, I’m definitely intrigued enough by the subtle effects to continue taking the oil and to possibly up the dosage to the recommended two full droppers of the 30mL bottle per day. Plus, I take comfort in knowing that it’s an all-natural product that’s responsibly grown on family farms in Colorado. Something that’s safe, legal, requires no prescription, and makes me less anxious, less scatterbrained, and more focused? I’m definitely on board.
The current CBD industry is like the internet’s early years. the Wild West. Legally, speaking, a Harvard Medical School blog post reads, “All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction, and while the federal government still considers CBD in the same class as marijuana, it doesn’t habitually enforce against it.” With heightened interest around CBD, it’s important to note that because CBD is currently unregulated, it’s difficult to know what you’re getting (whether that’s a tincture—commonly referred to as CBD oil, which is often combined with a carrier oil like coconut oil—topical products like creams and balms, sprays, or capsules), despite product labels and brand promises, the blog post further reads. It’s also important to note that people experience CBD differently. For the most part, the National Institute of Medicine says that while most people can tolerate CBD, side effects do exist. They might include dry mouth, drowsiness, and reduced appetite, among others.
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I assume this is also a side effect of feeling less anxious, but I seem to fall asleep faster; within the 20-30-minute range rather than my normal 45 minutes to one hour (or longer). Not only do I seem to be skipping or at least shortening the whole tossing-and-turning phase of my sleep cycle, but I’m able to snap out of the overthinking that often keeps me up at night. Of course, there’s no telling whether a big life event would disrupt this newfound bliss, but I’d like to think it’s helped on a day-to-day basis.
But here’s the thing: It’s not for everyone and all CBD products are not created equal — not by a long shot. I get my vape cartridges from a small vendor Dr. Parodneck recommended, but she cautions that because CBD quality varies wildly depending on the manufacturer, it’s buyer beware. A 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association study found 43% of the CBD products that the researchers ordered online had more CBD than indicated, while 26% had less. Some even had more than a trace of THC.
“There’s a 75% chance of getting a product ordered or available online where the CBD is mislabeled,” says Marcu, one of the study’s coauthors. Adds Dr. Maroon, “Buying from a reputable manufacturer is crucial, because it matters how the plant is cultivated and processed.” One clue is cost: If it’s too cheap, it may not be the real deal. My half-gram vape cartridge is $50, but it lasts a long while, and for me that’s a very small price to pay to be able to enjoy my kiddos.
Then one day the following week, another friend gave me a hit from a CBD-oil vape pen at a moment when I was starting to panic about being late to our movie. Within less than a minute, I felt a de-escalation, and after a few minutes, I felt noticeably, appreciably calmer. I reported back to Dr. Parodneck. “That makes sense,” she said. “When you vape, 50% of the product gets utilized. With edibles, it’s between 10 and 20%, and it takes longer to kick in because your body must metabolize it.”
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Whichever type of cannabis plant it comes from, generally speaking, “if it has less than 0.3% THC, it’s considered hemp-derived CBD, and in general it is being sold over the counter,” Dr. Parodneck explains. It can also be shipped to all 50 states if ordered online. But there is a caveat: There are still areas in which CBD is not considered legal, as it is taking time for local laws to catch up with federal law, so be aware of the rules where you live. In some areas, folks have occasionally been busted for having CBD products, either because it comes from a species of the cannabis plant, which remains illegal in some places, or because even the tiniest amounts of THC are entirely illegal — so check the rules where you live and travel. (Aaaannnd. as if that’s not complicated enough, now that the FDA has approved the first CBD-based prescription medication for rare forms of epilepsy, CBD is considered a drug and — guess what? — it’s illegal to sell food products containing drugs, such as CBD-infused coffee or juice shots. How strictly that’s enforced can also be wonky, depending on where you live.) Oh, and you should know that it’s possible for CBD to show up on drug tests for up to 30 days, because even if it says “pure CBD” on the label, it may still contain a teensy-tiny bit of THC.
Effective for what, you ask? Research is preliminary, but CBD seems to help with pain and certain neurological conditions. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and more, says Joseph Cohen, D.O., a cannabis doctor in Boulder, CO. Taken orally — as a tincture, in a capsule or vaped — some find that it can also alleviate anxiety and depression by working on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in self-regulation, mood and relaxation.
The next week I tried the same thing, but also bit a 10mg CBD gummy in half, bringing my dosage up to 15mg. After a week of this, I thought maybe I felt a bit calmer an hour or two after taking it. but I couldn’t be sure.
So off I went, first trying a brand a friend recommended. I took 10mg of a CBD tincture at around 11 a.m., held it under my tongue for a minute as advised, and then waited to feel like the secretly chill person I know I am deep down inside. Nada. I did this every day for a week and didn’t notice a difference.
Jones: But if there was one takeaway from our conversations, it was this:
Dr. Yasmin Hurd: Ironically, even though it’s now this huge fad in our society, we still don’t have a very good handle on how it’s working.
Jones: And what about those moments of instant relief? Was that in my head, or could CBD act that fast?
If anything, I just feel extremely tired.
I had some alcohol, and I’m certainly not going to have trouble sleeping. I think I’m going to eat a slice of pizza.
Dr. Hurd: So, perhaps…taking it at night only might be best because it can make you a bit sleepy, and everyone has a different sensitivity. If you take it at night you get past the initial sedative effects… and then you don’t have to worry about taking other things like caffeine to try to stay awake.
Jones: Um, to be honest, I don’t feel that different. I think that the biggest change that I noticed is…I was just tired all the time. I feel this kind of slo-mo lethargia that makes me feel, like, a little bit disassociated with reality. And I think that is what made me feel a little less anxious at times.