How CBD is Improving my Mental Health and My Life

the therapeutic benefits can be long-lasting

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What is CBD and why is it all the rage today?

CBD or Cannabidiol is a non psycho-active compound extracted from cannabis and hemp plants.

In basic translation you will reap the benefits of the plant without getting high.

As a new mom and trauma survivor I’ve been curious about the benefits of CBD.

I heard CBD could possibly improve mental health and relieve my PTSD/anxiety symptoms which sparked my curiosity.

I was craving a tool to aid me in moments when my anxiety is high or my PTSD symptoms have increased. However I didn’t want to feel “high”.

Being a stay-at-home mom I want to be 100% present for my son so it was important to me to find a CBD that could relieve my symptoms without interrupting my ability to be present.

Studies have shown CBD can not only improve mental health, relieve anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy and pain. Research has also shown that it may be a superbug infection fighter.

My partner got me a bottle of 100% pure CBD oil (no THC) — THC is the part of the plant that can get you high. If you are a newbie like me, you want to find a CBD oil that is either 100% pure full-spectrum CBD or has a higher ratio of CBD to THC in it.

The first time I used it was in oil-tincture form. Within 30 minutes of taking a full dropper I felt space from my anxiety-provoking thoughts. I felt some ease in my mind and honestly — it felt amazing.

I didn’t feel high.

I was able to think more clearly and see my life in the reality it is versus the reality my anxiety creates.

For people with anxiety or PTSD we need something to help us get grounded in bodies and out of our heads.

Very recently, I had an argument with my partner and felt triggered about it for days.

I was harboring on a story in my head about our sex life and couldn’t get myself unhooked.

It was a tangled web of bullshit honestly.

I was so tired of feeling angry and confused so I took a few hits of a CBD joint.

Within minutes my mind was carried to the problem and I instantly started crying.

I realized some profound truths about my relationship to sex and how it has impacted my intimate relationships. If I am sexually rejected by a partner I take it personal rather than account for other factors i.e. parenthood, stress, libido.

I feel a deep sense of relief and peace around this old belief of needing validation through sex.

This is a huge breakthrough for me and all because of a few puffs from a CBD joint.

I know CBD isn’t for everyone but for someone like me it gives me an ability to see the forest for the trees.

I can get new information. I can feel at ease. I can be present and not live in the past or stay in my triggered story.

It is helping me gain perspective, heal and become a better person.

I can find peace and move forward.

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Self-help & mental health writer. Can't do small talk. Mama. Yogi. Coffee lover. Nature explorer. Get my free meditation mini-course here: www.emilystroia.com

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