I couldn’t have started my CBD journey at a better time! Right at the beginning of the year, I decided to give CBD oil a try after hearing my friends r a v e about it. It has become a topic my friend group and I discuss a lot, really, and I’d say almost every one of my girlfriends are using some kind of CBD right now. Whether it’s CBD seltzers, CBD drops, or CBD creams.
My partnership with Equilibria kicked off in March, which, of course, was when the world seemingly turned upside down. I was grateful to already be on the “CBD train” and I continue to find the benefits very useful for me. I thought, now that it’s been six months, that I’d give you an update of how it’s going for me and if I still love it. (Full disclosure: I have an ongoing partnership with Equilibria to share on Instagram stories once a month, but this particular post is not sponsored. I do receive commissions for items sold though! You can use “CARLYTHEPREPSTER” for 15% off your first order.)
You do not need to buy Equilibria, but I would encourage you to research the brands you buy from. Not all CBD is created equally. I like that Equilibria has complete transparency about their sourcing– they partner exclusively with a farm in Colorado so they know exactly what is, and what isn’t, in their oils. And they provide dosage consulting for free, which can help you find your perfect dose.
As with anything in life, everybody is going to have a different experience with CBD. I’ll share what has worked for me. It’s funny when I compare it to my friends, everyone uses it in different ways for different reasons.
The cream is my holy grail. If you want to dip your toes into the CBD world, I would recommend starting here. It works unbelievably well. At first I was, like, this has to be a placebo effect… it worked so well, so quickly. I was blown away.
I use it for four things specifically: jaw pain relief, shoulder tension relief, menstrual camp relief, and mosquito bite relief. I use it most frequently for my jaw, which always causes me pain since I clench and grind my teeth all day and all night. It gets SORE. I rub a tiny bit on both sides of my jaw and massage it in. It’s hard to describe the relief, but the best way to describe it is that I don’t feel the tension… I don’t even think about it, until much later in the day when the CBD wears off. I even realized I was clenching my jaw a lot while working out, so I make sure to do a touch extra before I work out. It works.
I do the same thing for menstrual cramps and shoulder tension– just massaging it onto my skin as needed, where I feel like I need it. And for mosquito bites, it doesn’t take away the bite or make it less swollen or red, but it DOES take away the burning itch! I am a mosquito magnet so it was a lifesaver this summer!!!
I take a dropper of CBD oil before I go to bed. It doesn’t instantly solve any anxious feelings for me (it may for other people, but my anxiety runs ~high), but I do think it helps me ease into sleep. I am psycho about my sleep routine and get into bed pretty early so I can needlepoint for a bit, then read for a bit. I take the CBD right when I get into bed so it has time to sink in while I’m unwinding. I always start a meditation to fall asleep to and I think I fall asleep faster and smoother because I rarely hear the end of the ten-minute audio!
Would love to know if you have tried it yet and what you thought of it!