Published on: 10/24/18Having completed my first week of consuming 1 drop of 1500 mg CBD oil, 3 times a day, I continued to follow Endoca’s dosage planner and upped my dosage to 2 drops, 3 times a day for the 2nd week. My initial impression of CBD oil was everything that I had hoped for. My overall sense of anxiety had lifted to a large extent and I was no longer suffering from the nervousness that had become a regular feature of my early morning routine prior to using CBD.
Indeed, the strongest difference that I had felt in that first week was an overall improvement in my ability to focus and concentrate. I had written more in my first week of CBD than the previous 3 weeks combined.
However, one of my biggest flaws is certainly that I tend to over worry, and overthink on many of the small or indeed bigger details that we all face each and every day. I cannot deny that my anxiety has caused me to worry (to an excessive level) about many things in life and ultimately this is why I decided to start taking CBD oil.
Suffering with Anxiety
Suffering from anxiety is one of the hardest things I have had to endure in my life. Perhaps the main reason for this, is, of course, the lack of understanding and the related stigma that still continues to surround mental illness. Most people, indeed almost all of us, will testify to having suffered with anxiety or depression at some point in our lives, but for those of us who have suffered with either, or both, for the entirety of our lives, those feelings are much harder to explain or justify. Even as a writer, as someone who loves to share and express emotions, I found it virtually impossible to communicate the issues that were going on inside my head. As many of you will appreciate, that silence can make the suffering all the more painful.
I remember the pain I had in my stomach at 12 years old as I made my way to the first day of high school in a new town with no friends. I remember the guttural sound of fear that my body emitted as I approached the entrance to the school in my mum’s car on that day, 23 years ago, like it was yesterday.
In the years that followed, I developed a variety of anxiety-related conditions. IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) and Eczema were just two of the physical ailments that waved the flag of my internal misery. And yet despite my external symptoms, my pain was almost always internalized.
Throughout my teenage years, my conditions, both physical and mental entered my life in waves. Some days were good, but most, generally, were not. I was not a happy teenager but thankfully, I did develop relationships that allowed me to face many of my internal fears. Friendship is such a valuable commodity when your world can seem so insular and unhappy.
Unfortunately, though, there was never any permanent solution to my feelings of anxiety. They plagued me. Not every day. But on many. Worrying about jobs, about money, about relationships, about family, about the state of the world, about, well, everything.
While I learned to deal with some of those feelings, others were always problematic. I tried different things like anti-depressants but I never felt happy or comfortable taking medication that also came with so many different side-effects as well as being contrary to my own belief system.
Unfortunately, in the last 20 years we have seen an explosion in the number of people being prescribed with antidepressants and while many will simply chalk that up to a better understanding of mental health, there can be no doubt that the pharma industry has played a massive role in the staggering amount of Americans now taking antidepressants.
It was reported in 2016 that 16% of Americans were currently taking some kind of antidepressant. This figure represents a huge 65% increase on the figures previously released in 2001.
For me, I just didn’t want to go down that road. So many people find it virtually impossible to ever stop taking these kinds of medication due to the horrendous effects that occur when you do in fact, stop taking them. I can personally attest to this painful reality despite having only taken this kind of medication for a matter of weeks.
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However, while I did not have a positive experience with those medications, I was much more willing and excited to try CBD, given its natural source and having had such a positive first week, I was full of positive energy for the days and weeks to come.
At this point, I upped my dosage to 2 drops for week 2 and 3 drops for week 3 and my experience in these weeks were much the same as week 1. More focus, far less anxiety and a better overall sense of wellbeing and calm.
Having now completed a full 3 weeks of taking CBD oil, I once again upped the dosage but at this point, I began to feel that the effects were a little too strong for my own particular liking. The taste 4 drops at once is certainly more intense than just 1 drop while I felt that with 3 drops, 3 times a day, I had found my own CBD sweet spot. I was feeling energized throughout the day, but still able to sleep with serenity in the night.
Going forward, there is no doubt in my mind that CBD has given me a new lease of life, a new sense of optimism and a new found ability to channel my anxieties into positive energies.
While I am convinced that CBD will remain a vital part of my life in the future, I am also aware that in order to achieve a better sense of health and happiness, I must continue to eat well, sleep well and pay more attention to the important details in my life, and less attention to those issues that really don’t matter that much.
We are all human. We are all vulnerable and I am certainly no different but with CBD now in my life, my anxieties have reduced significantly and while I am not complacent about the future, I feel so much more optimistic that my days of suffering from anxiety could now be a thing of the past.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).