My name is Greg. I’m a male in my twenties who’s been diagnosed with and suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and clinical depression. In addition to mental afflictions, I frequently experience nausea and intense headaches, both of which likely stems from my anxiety disorder. A few years ago, my wife was diagnosed with schizophrenia. It’s probable that the occasional episodes she suffers from are stress-induced.
I’ve always been a skeptic of traditional medication regarding the treatment of problems like anxiety and depression. I was especially put off by the side-effects that accompany these medications. Finally, I stumbled across the hot-button topic of cannabidiol (CBD). After dedicating much time to researching the substance’s benefits, I pulled the trigger and bought my first 500mg vial of CBD isolate extract not expecting much.
My spouse and I were surprised by the effectiveness of the CBD oil and grateful for it. The taste, while unpleasant to some, is still very bearable and more enjoyable than many other medications I’ve tasted before. In the beginning, we took a 10mg dose once in the morning and once before bed. Before taking CBD, my symptoms were severe and typical of someone living with generalized anxiety disorder: irrational racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, profuse sweating, and sometimes panic attacks. My wife was in a similar boat concerning her anxiety.
Shortly after taking the first dose, the fast-paced, fear-inducing thoughts subsided. So much so that they no longer impacted how I functioned. The symptom I was the most thankful for the CBD oil getting rid of was the sweating. It’s exhausting having to change shirts a few times per day. However, with the addition of CBD in my life, I no longer have to worry about that. My wife reported similar findings and was ecstatic to be anxiety-free after her first dose.
In the past, the two of us would smoke marijuana on occasion. For treating my health conditions, it was largely a hit and miss, with a lot of strains causing more anxiety than they treated. Thanks to CBD’s non-psychoactive effects, there is no more hit and miss; my symptoms are adequately managed every time. Not to mention, thanks to the oral delivery method of the oil, the dosing experience is far more pleasant as you don’t have to smoke anything.
Another facet of my life anxiety impacted was how much I ate. Fear makes someone’s appetite shrink to the point of unhealthiness. In my case, it was difficult to consume enough calories on a daily basis to be considered healthy. Sometimes, I’d eat less than one meal per day, depending on how poorly I was feeling. Going to restaurants was the worst, almost always ordering a questionably small amount of food. Now, CBD stimulates my appetite at the same time it calms my anxious mind; a win-win. I’m relatively worry-free about my nutrition these days and have no problem eating out anymore. I’ve seen much-needed weight-gain and increased energy through the day.
The marijuana tended to be decent in treating my clinical depression. I’ve taken prescribed anti-depressants, but still preferred weed. CBD also provides a promising, euphoric experience. However, its use is free of the side-effects that came with my marijuana use, like increased anxiety. Also, the uplifting effects of CBD come without the psychoactive “high” that leaves many unable to function as well as usual.
Headaches and Nausea
My frequent headaches and bouts of nausea have been largely non-existent in my time using CBD, presumably because of how well CBD treats anxiety. Also, there isn’t any noticeable difference in the relief it provided me the first time I used it versus when I use it today, one and a half years later. CBD offered a long-term solution for my chronic uncomfortableness that I couldn’t be more pleased with. Before CBD, I was stuck using my anti-nausea prescription medication. It left me with a bevy of side-effects, including constipation and anxiousness and was barely affecting my nausea. I’ve since disposed of the remaining prescription medication and exclusively use CBD oil to treat my nausea side-effect-free.
Speaking of traditional medication, I was a continual user of common pain relievers like Aspirin. But, once again, the relief to side-effects ratio wasn’t worth it for me; Aspirin wasn’t particularly useful in my case and often made me feel worse than before I took it.
My wife and I have been taking CBD oil for roughly a year and a half and couldn’t be more appreciative of the results and benefits its provided us with. No more worrying about irrational thoughts, no more throwing up every so often throughout the week, no more sweating, and no more headaches. We now live our lives relatively anxiety-free and are much happier. CBD did what no other medication was able to do by significantly improving the quality of our lives without harmful side-effects.