That night, I slept like an overworked infant with an abundant supply of melatonin. As in, I’m pretty sure I woke up in the same position I fell asleep in. To be fair, I’ve never been someone who has trouble sleeping, and it was an especially long work day, but I did wonder if the CBD oil played a part in my comatose-level slumber.
When I strutted over to The Hempest in Boston to pick up my bottle of CBD oil, I was feeling cautiously optimistic. After all, the supportive research seemed promising, but I was also wary of a placebo effect, which can be super powerful. Would I subconsciously convince myself that it’s effective simply because I wanted it to work? The store employee recommended an oil by Charlotte’s Web, and when he asked what dosage I’d like to take (there were a few options), I immediately panicked. Fam, I felt so stressed about choosing the right number of milligrams that I spent an embarrassing amount of time frantically searching the web for guidance. Clearly, I’m a spectacular candidate for this little experiment.
CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol — a compound derived from the marijuana or hemp plant — has become an increasingly popular option for people who want to treat everything from stress to inflammation to menstrual cramps to other kinds of chronic pain naturally, sans prescription or over-the-counter pills. And there is a growing body of research to support the hype, too. One 2011 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology found that taking CBD seemed to reduce anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort for people with social anxiety disorder before they had to perform a simulated public speaking test. In another 2019 study from The Permanente Journal, 79% of participants reported decreased anxiety scores and 67% reported improved sleep within the first month of taking CBD. And in a 2015 Neurotherapeutics analysis, researchers concluded that CBD oil showed “considerable potential” for treating social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
I bounced back from anxious episodes a bit faster.
By the way — CBD doesn’t contain THC, which is why it won’t get you high the way marijuana will. That’s also why it’s legal in the United States.
On the fourth day of my experiment, my agent sent me on a commercial audition. Normally, auditions automatically make me nervous, but I was surprised to find that I was pretty much cool as a cucumber. Sure, the butterflies were still there, but they weren’t the typical nauseating, sweat-inducing variety. Because I felt unusually calm, I was able to read the script more confidently.
While finding the right CBD routine that works for you is certainly a process of trial and error, I found that taking it in the morning, when I tend to be more on edge, was more beneficial than taking it at night, when I’m inherently more relaxed.
I was slightly less edgy.
While CBD has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety, more and more people are using it for this purpose. According to a 2018 survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, the top conditions that people use CBD to treat are pain, anxiety, and depression. But how does it work? In the words of James Franco’s stoner character in Pineapple Express: “It’s actually very scientific.” Cannabidiol is chock full of chemicals (called cannabinoids) that bind to specialized receptors in the brain. Some of these receptors are involved in such neurological processes as appetite, sleep, pain perception, addiction, and wait for it — anxiety. In fact, a 2014 study at the University of San Paulo in Brazil and King’s College in London discovered that CBD directly activates a particular serotonin receptor, thus triggering an anti-anxiety effect.
Anyone who knows me well is aware that I can be a tad — well, high-strung. I always attributed this to my undeniable Type A personality; a byproduct of my perfectionism and rigidly organized nature. It wasn’t until about a year ago, when I was describing the heart-pounding panic I experience when I’m running just five minutes late, that my therapist used the term “anxiety.” TBH, it blew my mind, because it never occurred to me that there was a diagnosis for what I felt on a daily basis. While I’ve never taken prescription medication for my anxiety, I’m always seeking out ways to put a damper on it — such as through meditation and deep breathing exercises. But when I read that Jennifer Aniston, aka my lifestyle guru, uses CBD to help her cope with anxiety and stress, I was intrigued. And while I went into the process as a skeptic, I’ll admit I was surprised by the results.
The girl next door, Rachel Green, our very own Jennifer Aniston has been a long time supporter of CBD. Aniston is someone who needs no introduction, because whatever your age, she has definitely been a part of your life. Her highly acclaimed and loved character in the hit TV show FRIENDS has made her a familiar and friendly face throughout the world. She has also starred in a number of memorable movies such as We’re The Millers, Just Go With It, Marley And Me and more. Her on screen persona is as charismatic as her off-screen personality is warm. “She radiates warmth and joy and humor and love.” Says Courtney Cox as she describes her colleague and friend of over 10 years.
When it comes to her internal world, and staying the true to her warm charismatic self, Jennifer Aniston gets by with a little help from CBD. ‘CBD helps with pain, stress and anxiety’, Jennifer Aniston told US Weekly, ‘it has all the benefits of Marijuana without the high’. Jennifer is also a lover of CBD-infused beauty products. And for good reason! Because CBD products help ease aches and pains, and keep your skin looking youthful due to its fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties. Jennifer Aniston said “I love using CBD and I wish more people would know the benefits.” She is one of many strong women who have chosen to lean on CBD to help them lead their best life. When you lead a life as busy as hers, falling off track and increasing your dependence on pharmaceuticals with side effects can be easy. However, we are proud that she has chosen instead to hone her strength and calmness using Mother Nature’s elixir – CBD. CBD is something that can assist you to flourish in all facets of life. If you’re looking for something to give you the boost you need to step into a more embodied version of yourself, you know where to start!