Unless you've been on another planet for the past 12 months, you'll have seen, heard of or tried CBD in some form. Tea, oil, balm, moisturiser, vaping, smoking, inhaling, the market and range of products seem to grow each day! I first heard of CBD oil about 12 months ago, or cannabis oil as I knew it. Immediately alarm bells rang and I dismissed it, I'm into health and wellness, why would I take cannabis? I was almost outraged at the company who approached me and asked me if I was interested in finding out more. How shallow minded of me!
Recently For the Ageless reached out and asked if I would like to trial some CBD products and curiosity finally got the better of me, along with the reviews and testimonials I’d heard from other people in the health and wellness industry so I decided to give it a go.
While I’m no expert and certainly not scientific in any way shape or form For the Ageless provided me with a really simple explanation of CBD oil and quashed any concerns I had about it being linked to getting ‘high’ or having any psychoactive effects.
Essentially, CBD oil (cannabidiol) is a completely naturally occurring extract from the hemp plant. The oil is extracted from the plant without the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The THC is what gives the body the high or spaced out feeling, so you can rest assured when you are using CBD oil you are not consuming or absorbing anything containing THC. There is a plethora of information on the internet about CBD and, if like me you aren’t scientifically minded it can become confusing and sometimes worrying, knowing what companies to trust and choose.
I’ll admit when it arrived I thought the packaging looked quite ‘cannabis’ like as it contained a picture the leaf we all associate with cannabis consumption. Also, the tea and oil had the distinctive smell that you sometimes catch a waft of on the street but undeterred I began my trial.
I’ve seen quite a few claims on the internet and social media about the benefits of CBD oil and I was intrigued to see if I felt all or any of them. As an avid CrossFitter and yoga teacher my joints and muscles go through the mill so I was hopeful that the CBD would reduce aches and pains that I sometimes experience.
The tea and the oil lasted me approx 10 days and here is my experience.
I made a huge schoolboy error when I first tried the oil because I didn’t read the instructions properly. The bottle comes with a dropper to consume the oil sublingually (sublingual application of the oil is considered one of the quickest ways to feel the effects as the oil is absorbed into the bloodstream under the tongue) and advises to drop the oil under the tongue and hold it there for 1-3 minutes to absorb. I dropped it under the tongue, swallow and nearly spat it out because of the taste! Lesson 1 learned. My mouth felt a little tingly but other than that nothing really different.
I carried on using the drops (in the recommended way from here onwards!), for approx 10 days until the bottle ran out, using them twice a day. While I haven’t yet used CBD for long enough to experience the majority of the effects others have felt I did notice a definite reduction in my anxiety, and general stress levels. I felt calmer, more grounded and on the whole, slept better than I have done for a while using the oil.
I also drank 2 cups of the tea during my trial. As an avid green tea drinker, I quite enjoy the taste of a non-sweet, leafy, tea so I enjoyed drinking the tea. I can imagine if you like a sweeter drink this may not be for you or you may need to sweeten it in some way, but for me, it was very enjoyable. Hemp tea comes from Cannabis Sativa L (basically the buds, leaves, flowers, and seeds), again non THC and all natural. If anything drinking the tea in conjunction with consuming the oil just added to the relaxed state I felt when consuming the product.
My trial with the oil and tea has now finished and I do find myself missing consuming it and feeling the effects. It’s hard to say long term whether I would have felt any other effects or whether the less anxious, relaxed state would have continued with long term consumption but I can safely say I am now a convert and I will be purchasing some more in the very near future.
CBD oil comes in different strengths and there are also a list of things to consider when buying an oil. They can also range quite a lot in price, and when doing my research I found the cheaper oils on the market weren’t necessarily certified and the content (%) of CBD in the oil also varied quite dramatically.
Make sure you do your homework and purchase your oil from a reputable source and if you are at all unsure reach out and ask for some advice. Anyone selling or distributing CBD should be able to answer any questions or concerns you have and if it doesn’t feel right, look elsewhere.
*The products for my review were kindly gifted by For the Ageless but all opinions are my own