If you happen to follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post about my sweet 15 year old Chihuahua Sadie. On January 12, I had to make the decision to put her down due to advanced kidney failure. During the last few weeks of her life, her health was struggling. And her vet let me know that I may need to consider letting her go.
Anyone who knows me, knows how much of an animal lover I am. And Sadie wasn’t just a dog…she was my furry baby! Of course, I’ve never had any children of my own. So the animals in my life have taken the place of human children. And as I began thinking about having to make that difficult choice during the last three weeks of her life, I began having some pretty bad anxiety with panic attacks.
The anxiety was so bad that I wasn’t sleeping well. And I had a difficult time even taking care of daily tasks. It just took me forever to get anything done and I was on edge all of the time!
I’ve struggled with mild anxiety my whole life. And in the past decade or so, I’ve been able to deal with it naturally, using nervine herbs such as passionflower, skullcap and lemon balm along with vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, my normal “go to” remedies weren’t even coming close to relieving the stress and anxiety that I was feeling.
One of my friends on Facebook made a post about CBD oil and how much it had been helping her and others in her family who struggled with anxiety and depression. I had heard about CBD oil before and even knew where it was sold locally, so after reading a bit about it online I made the decision to go and purchase some in hopes that it would at least dull my anxiety a little.
What is CBD oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil is an oil that has been extracted from hemp plants. Hemp is a cousin to marijuana, but there are significant differences between the two plants. The biggest difference is the concentration of tetrahydrolcannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes the “high” that people experience when using it. Marijuana contains high levels of THC, which is why it is considered a drug. Hemp however, contains very low levels of THC (the US federal legal limit for hemp is 0.3%). That is nowhere near enough to cause psychoactive effects. What this means is that you cannot get “high” from CBD oil.
The other major difference is that CBD oil is legal throughout the US. Unlike marijuana that is still illegal in many states and often requires a medical card in the states where it is legal.
CBD oil has a long list of health benefits that is long enough that I will be devoting a separate post to it in the next few weeks! But for me, it was the benefits for anxiety that sent me to the health food store to pick up a bottle!
The first bottle that I purchased was a popular and well known brand in the US. This oil was in an olive oil base, and there wasn’t a strong taste to it. With many CBD oil brands, you can get them in flavors if that is what you prefer. I took the drops under my tongue when I got home and within 30 minutes noticed that I was calmer and wasn’t anxious at all. I also started sleeping really well and wasn’t tossing and turning like I had been previously!
And I was getting more done and feeling better. And when it came time to make a decision about what to do with my sweet furry baby, It was great because I was able to think clearly, without having a panic attack. It allowed me to make the right decision for her so that she didn’t have to suffer. I don’t know if I would’ve been able to make that hard decision if it hadn’t been for the CBD oil!
Now, it did not take away my emotions completely! I was sad and am grieving losing her. And I’ve cried plenty! But it hasn’t been so overwhelming that I can’t function each day! Everything that needs to be done gets done, I’m much calmer and have a LOT more energy! And I’m still sleeping much better as well!
CBD oil has so many benefits that are quite impressive. And there are many great companies that offer CBD products to the public.