Gretchen Lidicker thought cannabis wasn’t for her, leaving her paranoid and with heart palpitations. But once she tried CBD, she realized the opposite was true. It made her feel so good she wrote a wh Hey, what's up! It's Christine with Gauge girl training. In today's video, I'm going to talk to you guys about how CBD changed my life. So let's get started. If you guys have been following me for any length of time, you guys know that not only am I a nutrition scientist, chemical engineer by training, I am also an e
CBD Completely Changed How I Handled My Anxiety
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“It’s made from one of the main compounds in marijuana,” the barista explained as I was taking my first sip of a hot chocolate at The End, an eclectic Brooklyn cafe known for creating the unicorn latte. I froze. Panic washed over me. It was 2017 and the last time I’d consumed any type of marijuana—more than three years before—I’d experienced paranoia, heart palpitations, and I’d fainted. (Yes, fainted. And yes, it was embarrassing.) The barista assured me that I would not get high from the CBD in my drink, so I kept sipping. Instead of panic, I felt a cozy sense of calm.
As someone who’s long suffered from anxiety (starting with general pangs of uneasiness about why we’re here on earth that date back all the way to Kindergarten, maybe even earlier), I wasn’t about to let my experience with CBD begin and end with that latte. Over the years I’ve learned to master my anxiety. er, at least I’ve befriended it so we can co-exist. I’ve done this mainly by accepting that this is just the way my brain works sometimes and limiting my intake of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar, and exercising and meditating regularly (if you have anxiety and haven’t tried these things—do). But despite all my progress, feeling anxious—even if it’s just occasionally—sucks. I don’t think anyone with anxiety would turn their nose up at a natural, quick fix.
Gretchen Lidicker: Author, CBD Oil: Every Day Secrets
On the G train home, I took out my phone and started Googling CBD—short for cannabidiol, one of the many compounds found in the marijuana plant. I was fascinated by the idea that I might benefit from a plant I had long regarded as “not for me.” My search led to a lot of confusing and convoluted articles, most of which were written by people peddling CBD products. I have two science degrees and still found myself confused about how CBD, hemp, marijuana, THC, and cannabis all fit together. The confusion made me all the more motivated to figure out exactly how to use CBD the correct way.
As someone who’s been studying alternative medicine and herbs for years, I knew that cannabis was one of the most powerful plant medicines ever discovered. To be honest I’d always been bummed that seemingly something about my physiology meant I would never really understand its benefits. But here was a realization. I was hooked on the idea that I’d just been underestimating the complexity of the plant and that there was hope yet for cannabis and me.
I started experimenting with different doses and delivery methods, looking for the moment when I understood what all the fuss was about. I’d felt calm after that first latte, but one experience wasn’t enough to convince me it was anything more than a hope-filled placebo effect. I wanted to crack the code on CBD and figure out an exact equation, something like: I took X amount of CBD via Y delivery method and got Z effect. The second time I tried CBD is was a sublingual oil at 5 milligrams (mg), which seemed to do nothing. Then I tried 40 mg twice a day and felt sleepy and lightheaded. I moved on to creams, balms, tinctures, sprays, vape pens, bath bombs, drinks, eye creams, and serums. There’s no official dosage recommendations for CBD; this sloppy trial-and-error approach is pretty standard for the newly curious.
By the end of that year of experimentation, I was so deep down the cannabis rabbit hole that I’d begun writing what ultimately turned into my first book, CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets. (opens in new tab) I was also working full-time at a media company, meaning the book was written in what felt like 80, 35-minute increments that were squeezed in at 11 p.m. on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. every other Monday, and on the weekends when all my friends were being carefree and eating tacos without me—which triggered some major anxiety. Much to my dismay, it turns out that writing a book about a compound with anti-anxiety benefits does not make you immune to book-related anxiety. (Even in my most panic-ridden moments, the irony of having CBD book–fueled anxiety was not lost on me). But I just doubled down on the idea that clearly, we could all benefit from some all-natural anxiety relief.
My research took an important turn when I leaned that the best CBD products offer an “entourage effect:” when THC and other compounds in the cannabis plant help bolster CBD’s unique anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, and anxiolytic properties. This entourage effect seemed like some abstract trip until I experienced it first hand. While visiting California in early 2018, I kept seeing non-psychoactive, high-CBD cannabis oils sold in dispensaries across the state. More accurately, most of the high-CBD cannabis oils were sold out due to the high demand. I tried out some of these California CBD oils, which are differentiated mostly by the ratio of CBD:THC they contain, looking for the ultimate ratio for my anxiety. I (very cautiously) made my way from 30:1 to 20:1, 18:1 to 10:1, and all the way down to 8:1, which is considered the threshold for intoxication. Of course there were a few mishaps, since not all brands test their products’ THC content and others often mislabel their offerings. But I slept them off, ate some snacks, and learned to distinguish the good brands from the not-so-good ones.
One of my favorites? Care By Design. I visited their manufacturing facility in Northern California, had a two-hour-long conversation with their chief scientific officer, and settled on their 18:1 CBD:THC oil. I take two or three drops under my tongue and the results are subtle but nice. When I’m in the crowded train carrying three heavy bags, I don’t feel cortisol coursing through my veins in quite the same way. When I’m bombarded with emails and a million tasks to complete in one day, I’m better able to sit still and tick them off one by one without my body going haywire.
I also keep the 8:1 CBD:THC ratio oil from Care by Design on hand, mainly for flights and acute anxiety situations like a panic attacks. The effects of the 8:1 are noticeable—I might equate it to a very subtle xanax.
If I’m using one of the hemp-based CBD oils available in all states, I take a 15 to 20 mg dosage of CBD oil by Lord Jones or Bloom Farm when I’m stressed, traveling, or feeling less-than-optimal. (It’s a life-saver if I’ve had one too many cocktails the night before.) I also use a combined CBD and THC topical balm from Papa & Barkley on my chronic neck and jaw pain, which is exasperated by my anxiety and the fact that, like so many people in 2019, I sit staring at a screen for most of the day. I’ve tried everything for my neck pain—from acupuncture and chiropractic work to physical therapy and massage. These all helped to varying degrees but nothing gave me quick relief except Advil, which has been problematic since I’ve basically made it my life’s mission to reduce my use of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
When I discovered topical cannabis lotions (I use one that’s even higher in THC—a 1:3 ratio of CBD:THC—since applying it topically won’t give you a negative reaction), it changed the game for me. Even though cannabis is expensive, it’s nothing compared to going to physical therapy twice a week. The science on topical applications of CBD is still very much in development, but I can tell you that it really, really works for me.
I started using CBD as a total skeptic. But after I did my research, it upended my life: my approach to stress management, how I feel about cannabis as a whole, even my career. Many people still feel the way about CBD that I used to. But my hunch? Pretty soon our entire country’s opinion of CBD will be changed, too.
Gretchen Lidicker is the author of CBD Oil: Everyday Secrets (opens in new tab) and the forthcoming Magnesium: Everyday Secrets (opens in new tab) (available April 30, 2019).
HOW CBD CHANGED MY LIFE!
Hey, what’s up! It’s Christine with Gauge girl training. In today’s video, I’m going to talk to you guys about how CBD changed my life.
So let’s get started.
If you guys have been following me for any length of time, you guys know that not only am I a nutrition scientist, chemical engineer by training, I am also an entrepreneur and owner of multiple online businesses and several other business ventures. And that can be stressful, which is something I talk about a whole lot. As you guys know, I provide so much science based videos and content related to how to manage your nutrition. But managing stress, anxiety and even depression is something that I have personally struggled with over the years.
And it’s actually something I’m a little ashamed to talk about because I’m a very type A person. I feel like you should be able to just muscle through your problems and push harder and work harder and dig deeper. But I think sometimes it gets to a point where that’s not enough. There is a point where you do need to actually be like, look, I need supplemental support. It took a very long time for me personally to get to the point where I was willing to accept help for those things that I was struggling with.
So when it comes to anxiety, I believe that there’s two main types of anxiety. There is chronic anxiety where you just feel constantly overwhelmed on a regular day in, day out basis. And I think a lot of that isn’t going to be solved with medication. Is it going to be solved with supplements? It’s lifestyle changes and factors that you need to fundamentally address to work on those things. And those are things that I’ve done.
I’ve been able to facilitate more help. I’ve been able to draw more boundaries for myself. I’ve been able to do things and make changes in my life to support that. However, there’s also a type of anxiety that is an acute type of anxiety where it almost feels like a panic attack. It feels as if any of you guys have ever had panic attacks. You will know that they are scary. Scary isn’t even the right word. Almost terrifying with how overwhelming you can feel and how out of control you can feel out of breath, not able to just feel OK in your own skin.
And that being said I have actually over the years explored looking at medicine for those types of things. And while I don’t like the idea of even feeling like I need medicine for anxiety because it makes me feel very powerless and weak, I got to a point in my life where I was like, you know what? I can’t go on living in a constant state of anxiety, number one. And number two, having the intensity of the panic attacks I was having.
I personally needed something to take that edge off because it was too overwhelming for me that it was actually debilitating and completely stopping my ability to function as a business person, as just a person in general.
“When I first started exploring medicine for this, did I find some relief? The answer is yes, but it made me feel very tired. It made me feel very groggy. It made me feel numb. And I didn’t like that feeling.”
So obviously, I used exercise. I started to try to solve my problems as best I could. But the intensity of the issue was still there. So a couple years ago, I started looking into CBD supplementation for my own personal issues with anxiety. And I have to tell you guys that if any of you have this stigma that CBD is bad, CBD is a drug, I really want to help you wipe that thought out of your head about it, because it’s not, CBD is cannabidiol.
THC is the psychoactive element in the cannabis plant where CBD is found. The CBD Oil that I’ve been using actually has had all of the psychoactive elements removed.
Since there is no THC, you can receive the therapeutic benefits of CBD without the “high” feeling. And that is something that I needed very badly. I came across Soul CBD a couple of years ago. And first of all, I have to say I was very impressed with the quality and the potency of the product. As you guys know, I am a chemical engineer by training and you have to be so careful what products you trust out there. You guys know I’m very, very particular, even from my own brand of products to what things I recommend you guys and I do not recommend anything lightly.
I recommend Soul CBD specifically because of its purity. It has been third-party lab tested to be THC free. A lot of the brands out there are not good quality. They are not organic. They are not tested to be verified to have all the THC removed. Why is that important? Well, number one, you don’t want to be failing a drug test and you don’t want to be experiencing the high when what you really want are the therapeutic benefits.
So keep in mind that there are different potencies of CBD. I only use the 1500 mg one. They have a 500 milligram one, which is fine, and they also have gummies . But I prefer from a macros perspective, the 1500 milligram because it’s more concentrated. Now you’re going to pay a little bit more for it, but it is absolutely worth the value. I actually love, love, love the Watermelon Mint flavor and I actually take it in my evening cup of tea.
You can also take the dropper and use it sublingually by dropping it right underneath your tongue because there are receptors there to allow it to absorb into your system very fast.
“But this has changed my life. I do not use medication. Obviously, I exercise, I eat well, I take care of myself, but when I am feeling that extreme anxiety, it takes the intensity down a notch for me.”
It’s also nice to help you relax. It’s good to help you sleep. It’s good for migraines. It’s good for all kinds of things. But for me, it has been a game changer in helping me cope and manage with extreme anxiety and even depression. So if anyone is struggling with those things and you want a more natural solution, I feel you and I just want you guys to know that you’re not alone. If you feel bad or a sense of shame for needing help in these areas, I understand, because it took me a very long, long, long time to be able to just come to terms with it and the fact that I needed some added support in this area of my life.
And that’s OK. So if you need help in that area, I strongly recommend Soul CBD. I love their Watermelon Mint CBD oil drops. Again, I only use the 1500 mg. Now, if you just want something on a daily basis with a lower dosage, try their CBD Gummies-they have 10 milligrams of CBD per gummy. The CBD Oil drops have 1500 milligrams potency, so I like the stronger stuff and I take it in my tea. So if you have any questions or if you want to try it out, you can use my code gauge girl when you visit mysoulcbd.com
Please comment below and share if you’ve ever tried CBD! I’d like to know what types of experiences you have had with anxiety and what types of things work for you as well as what things don’t work for you. Thank you guys so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next one.
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