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I Started Using CBD Oil Every Day—and This Is How It Changed My Life

I'm not well-schooled in the ways of cannabis—figuring out what CBD is took some time. Until recently I didn't know my hemp from my weed. THC, CBD…IDK. It's like trying to get the square root of a number: If I concentrate for a minute, I can figure it out, but really I just don't care, you know?

Then my friend started selling CBD oil. She's a stay-at-home mom-turned-yoga instructor and a total straitlaced health nut. I thought, if she was into it, maybe I should learn more. So I found out CBD stands for cannabidiol, a natural extract from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It's not the chemical in marijuana that brings the high—that's the THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol.

There are still plenty of studies to be done, but so far science has shown that CBD appears to target more than 65 areas in the brain and body that are involved in regulating pain, mood, and sleep. Notably, CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system, enhancing and balancing the messages sent via endocannabinoids and neurotransmitters. By doing so, it has the potential to lower inflammation, ease pain, bring a sense of calm, help those coping with anxiety, and improve sleep.

I want all those things. Inflammation can lead to aches, pains, and acne, and—yes, at the age of 47—I'd be happy to get rid of them. Given that my husband and son have nicknamed me Yelly Melly, I'm guessing I could also do with a deeper sense of calm. And I'm a busy working mom, so sure, I'll take better sleep!

Inflammation can lead to aches, pains, and acne, and—yes, at the age of 47—I'd be happy to get rid of them.

There are numerous CBD oils and balms (and drink mixes and bath salts and dog treats), but I gravitated toward an oil by Beam for a couple of reasons: It's THC-free (I've learned that some companies don't filter out traces of THC—I'm not here to get stoned, people), and it's broad-spectrum, which means beneficial plant compounds, like terpenes and flavonoids, are left in the extract.

I began taking a one-milliliter dropperful of oil, containing 66.7 milligrams of CBD, morning and night. There isn't an industry-standard recommended dose, so I started with the brand's lowest potency. I held the drop under my tongue for a minute or so, in order for the cannabidiol to seep into my bloodstream rather than get digested (which is also a good delivery system—just not as direct). It tasted fine, sort of neutral, with a hint of plant life.

A few days later, I took my first barre class. I hadn't worked out in a year, thanks to a shoulder injury, and I was nervous I'd be in serious pain afterward. It wasn't too bad. After class, I rubbed some CBD balm on my shoulder. The idea behind balms and lotions is that CBD gets absorbed through the skin, without taking a trip under the tongue and through the bloodstream, so it goes straight to the receptors that need it most. The next day, I took a yoga class (all hail, Groupon!), which didn't leave me extra-sore or strained either.

Could all this pain-free movement have been a result of the placebo effect? Sure. But I like to think my inflammation was kept in check by my new CBD regimen. Still, I'm no medical expert, so I reached out to Staci Gruber, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She told me that anecdotal evidence and pre-clinical trials suggest CBD helps with pain and inflammation, but "we don't have clinical trial data."

Also, I stopped having nightmares. Weirdly, I get them a lot—like, I'm driving down the road and suddenly I'm in the ocean. That kinda thing. But since I started taking CBD oil, the nightmares haven't come. My daily stressors remain the same, but my stress symptoms have lessened, so I'm totally giving CBD oil the credit. I also spoke to David L. Nathan, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and founder of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. He agreed there could be a connection: "All drugs that can help with sleep—and CBD may be one of them—will not affect just the onset and duration of sleep but also the quality of sleep," he explained.

Inspired by my reduced chronic pain and stress-free slumber, I also started getting up at 5:50 a.m. for a brisk 2-mile walk with my neighbor every morning. And yeah, I'm still taking barre and yoga classes. I've got energy for everything!

But the most concrete proof that CBD oil is doing good things for me came about two weeks after I started taking it. I hadn't mentioned my new CBD routine to my husband, in part because I wanted to assess for myself whether it had an impact. But out of the blue one night while watching TV, he turned to me and said, "Hey, I'd like to thank you for not getting so frustrated lately with me and the boy. I appreciate it."

Is It Safe to Use CBD Oil Every Day?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become a popular remedy in the health and wellness industry. CBD’s roots lie, literally, in marijuana and hemp plants but, unlike the more divisive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not cause the high associated with marijuana use. Instead, CBD is a natural remedy that helps stabilize the body’s endocannabinoid system.

A healthy human body is in a natural state of homeostasis, ensuring a person’s sleep habits, daily mood swings, and responses to physical pain are in balance. However, when the endocannabinoid system does not function properly, the body is thrown off balance and people are susceptible to physical and mental disorders. CBD oil helps to correct this imbalance and reduce the symptoms of physical or mental discomfort.

As society embraces more natural products and remedies, CBD oil is available in a wide array of products to help treat underlying medical conditions. People can even purchase bundles of CBD products to ingest the oil through different methods.

All of that being said, is it healthy to use CBD oil every day, and will you succumb to any side effects or consequences by doing so? That’s what we’re going to look into today.

Why should you use CBD oil on a daily basis

To truly answer this question, you should consult with your personal or family doctor and ask about the pros and cons of using CBD oil.

In theory, a person with a weakened endocannabinoid system will benefit from regular CBD ingestions. The endocannabinoid system describes the body’s natural cannabis-like molecules, which were first discovered in the 1990s. It produces endocannabinoids that attach to neurotransmitters throughout the body in an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of both the body and the mind.

Endocannabinoids help the body remain healthy when subjected to changes in the environment. But if there’s a shortage of endocannabinoids, the body’s homeostasis is thrown off balance, thereby weakening the immune system. This is what leads to disruptions in people’s moods, appetites, and sleep habits; consequently, these symptoms are prone to cause depression, anxiety, and physical disorders that reduce a person’s quality of life.

How does CBD oil correct the endocannabinoid system

CBD’s natural compound functions in a very similar way to the body’s own cannabis-like endocannabinoids. According to the Medical Cannabis Network at Health Europa, CBD influences the same receptors that are bounded by endocannabinoids. As a result, CBD oil can serve as a functional substitute for a depleted or underdeveloped endocannabinoid system.

Through numerous studies, scientists have determined that CBD can help treat several underlying conditions associated with physical and mental disorders. The FDA has officially approved a CBD-infused drug called Epidiolex, which is a viable treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome. Additionally, CBD has been used to treat cases of schizophrenia, symptoms of depression, and has also improved the livelihoods of senior citizens coping with chronic pain.

Can you get addicted to CBD oil?

If you’re someone who is attempting to treat chronic physical pain or mental disorders, like anxiety or depression, it’s natural to want to use remedies for those conditions as frequently as you can. At the same time, you may have an underlying fear of becoming addicted to CBD oil that makes you question whether to proceed with the treatment.

Clinical research published by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that CBD is not habit-forming, or prone to abusive and dependent behavior. People are able to experiment with ingestive doses as they see fit, and will not form a dependent habit for CBD oil.

That being said, it’s best to consult with your doctor if you feel a sense of unease or panic about taking CBD oil. You should undergo a medical examination to determine the functionality of your endocannabinoid system, which will indicate whether you’ll benefit from regular CBD ingestions.

Some people can ingest small doses of CBD oil no more than 5mg per day and live a healthy, fulfilling life. Others take up to 1,500mg per day to treat their illnesses. It all depends on the severity of your condition, in which you should speak with your doctor to determine the optimal CBD dosage for your needs.

Does CBD have withdrawal symptoms?

It’s unlikely that people who suddenly stop taking CBD oil will experience any noticeable symptoms of withdrawal. The side effects, should the endocannabinoid system remain deficient, will be a return of physical and mental symptoms that reduce the quality of life.

In some circumstances, doctors recommend that people who take CBD oil discontinue their other medications. If too many external remedies are ingested into the body at the same time, it’s not healthy for your vital organs.

When required to stop taking other medications, you may experience symptoms of withdrawal from those treatments. Symptoms can include irritability, nausea, dizziness, and episodes of fogginess. As a result, withdrawal has less to do with the CBD oil itself. Instead, the withdrawal-like symptoms are related to ending your prescription medications.

Again, it’s best to speak with your doctor if you plan to start or stop taking CBD oil. You want to minimize the potential for any bad side effects of CBD use, and your primary physician is your best point of contact to discuss those possibilities.

Final thoughts

When it comes to your own quality of life, you’ll benefit from forming, and then maintaining healthy habits on a regular basis. Adding CBD oil as one of your regular products of choice is your choice to make. It’s also up to you to decide how often you’ll use CBD products.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll experience any significant side effects from daily CBD ingestions, there are still many unknowns about how CBD oil will react to the body’s underlying conditions. Always consult with your doctor if you plan to take CBD oil and ask for a recommendation on how often you should do so. Follow that advice and you should remain healthy.