I Fell in Love With a CBD Oil, and I Don’t Care Who Knows It
The term "Sunday Scaries" once meant a specific feeling I'd get on a Sunday night that followed a long work week, then a packed weekend, just before starting the routine all over again. Turns out, it’s more common than you may think: Over 40 million people suffer from Sunday Scaries. Personally, I'd find myself questioning everything in my life during those last hours of the weekend, which would only lead to one thing: anxiety.
I didn’t think I had anxiety. I would get those fluttery feelings in my chest and dismiss them as anger or frustration. Then one day, I reached a breaking point and suffered what's commonly known as an anxiety attack. Shortness of breath and uncontrollable tears left me in a panic, and I went to my local urgent care, seeking answers.
After the doctor helped calm me down, she suggested some things that could help. Yoga was one of them. I laughed at the thought of myself meditating but still gave it a go, then laughed even harder after I gave it my best attempt (nothing against yogis out there, it's just not for me). That’s when I confided in our in-house CBD expert, better known as our digital wellness editor, Rosemary Donahue. I asked if she had any CBD products she’d be willing to gift me to help with anxiety. She passed along a few, one of which was the Sunday Scaries CBD Tincture.
I decided to test the tincture right before bed, when my anxiety typically hits its peak. I put a third of a dropper (around 10 milligrams of CBD) under my tongue, waited 30 seconds, swallowed, and within 30 minutes I felt rested and calm, my breathing became regular and I felt zen within myself at an hour when my anxiety would normally be ski high. It was magical.
Before I get into details, let's get one thing straight: CBD does not get you high. CBD is different from THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the component in marijuana that causes people to get stoned. Cannabidiol is an entirely different thing, and research shows that it has indications for helping reduce anxiety, inflammation, depression, and more.