If you follow me on Instagram, you know I talk a lot about mental health — specifically anxiety. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder very early on in my twenties, but truly believe I dealt with it long before I was diagnosed. Not long after that initial diagnoses, my doctor also diagnosed me with depression. Immediately — with both diagnoses — I was put on medication. While they were incredibly effective, I felt like a shadow of my former self when I was medicated. I was essentially emotionless and numb to the world around me. After a few months, I stopped the anti-depressants completely but continued to refill my anxiety prescription for emergency use only, and still keep some on hand just in case.
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know that for most of the month of August my anxiety came to a head. It was truly the worst it had ever been and I felt like I was in a deep pit that I couldn’t climb out of no matter how hard I tried. I felt like I was trapped, the walls were closing in on me, and I was literally left breathless at times gasping for air. I was in actual physical pain and nothing I was trying at home was working for me.
My boyfriend had been gently encouraging me to see a chiropractor for a few months, and when I had finally had enough of the physical pain, I began researching chiropractors in the area who specifically specialized in anxiety. I found one, went to my first appointment, and have gone countless times since then. I can’t even begin to describe how much better I feel.
I currently go to the chiropractor every week. It’s quick, painless, and I honestly feel immediate relief. After my first couple of appointments my chiropractor suggested I try CBD oil to help with my anxiety in addition to my weekly adjustments. I started taking 300mg of sublingual CBD drops, and to be totally transparent with you, I’m not sure what to think.
When I started taking CBD, it was during a time when my anxiety was at its highest, and while I felt like it was working, I’m not sure it was doing much now that I reflect on it. In some aspects, I wonder if it was making my anxiety worse. A few weeks ago I stopped taking it, and I’ve been nervous to start again. I’m thinking of trying the drops this week now that my anxiety has decreased significantly to see if it makes a difference.
As I do with any new supplement, I went straight to Dr. Axe to see what he had to say about CBD oil. If you’ve never heard of Dr. Axe before, I highly recommend checking out his site here. He is one of my most trusted sources for all things health and wellness; I will be doing a separate post soon about his page and some of my favorite articles on his site.
Dr. Axe outlines several benefits of taking CBD oil, including relieving pain and inflammation, reducing anxiety, promoting cardiovascular health, fighting cancer, and relieving nausea, among others. It’s being recognized as a potential treatment for epilepsy, anxiety, schizophrenia, vomiting/nausea, and other health concerns according to his research and studies he sites in his article.
I’m hoping to start the CBD oil again tomorrow, so I will keep you all posted on whether or not it’s helpful for me. I’ve been doing a lot of research, and have read that if you take it consistently it can make a huge difference in anxiety. I’m curious to know — have you taken CBD oil before? Did you find it helpful?