Research shows that CBD has some positive benefits on health, however. For example, studies show CBD may help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. It’s also been shown to help treat or prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. CBD has shown promise as a treatment for common side effects of cancer treatment, including nausea and vomiting. It even holds promise as a treatment for anxiety, and it might help with short-term sleep problems, too.
What Is CBD?
There’s a stigma, for better or worse, associated with marijuana that may be deterring people from trying CBD. I will be the first one to tell you that, as a rule, I’m no fan of the sensation of being “high” or stoned. I do, however, like and am always curious about, alternative treatments to health issues I face, whether it’s essential oils for headaches, acupuncture for low-back pain, or probiotics for regular tummy troubles. Because research shows CBD may help ease symptoms of anxiety, I decided it was a good option for me to try.
So CBD Isn’t Marijuana?
The next day, the effects of my first higher-dose day weren’t as strong. I was able to accomplish my work and felt productive, but a certain “edge” was taken off my mind. When I work, I typically feel crunched or pinched by deadlines, even when I’m on not late. The higher CBD didn’t fully erase the “urgency” I feel with my work, but it helped me feel calmer, less frantic.
Tonight I made sure to steep my tea for a full half-hour, which is supposed to ensure all the CBD makes it into the teapot. It definitely made a noteworthy difference. About an hour after drinking my pot of tea I noticed a sense of peaceful clarity and drowsiness which made it so much easier to fall asleep. I slept through the night and woke up very well rested the next morning.
I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to winding down and going to bed, we’re all looking for ways to improve our quality of sleep, to lessen the anxiety from our day, and to turn off the voice reminding us of all the nagging items on our to-do list.
By the last day, I had lost a total of five pounds—which I know is all water weight, but I still found that to be pretty surprising. I also noticed I had less indigestion in the evenings, was sleeping way better, and also fell asleep much faster.
I usually try to foster a good night’s sleep by reading before bed or listening to a meditation app, but when I found out a simple cup of CBD tea could check off all my sleep hygiene-related boxes, I figured it was worth a shot!
I didn’t really notice anything tonight—which I think is due to my not steeping the tea long enough. I’ll be sure to steep the tea for closer to twenty minutes or so moving forward.
Here’s what happened when I swapped out my evening nightcap with a pot of CBD tea—and why I probably won’t be drinking it on a regular basis.