You may be thinking "another blogger and their CBD", and, well, you're not totally wrong.
I started taking some CBD supplements after doing a little bit of research on CBD and it's potential anti-inflammatory benefits, and it works pretty well. It's not just for inflammation, I've noticed that I've been able to stay more focused at work. So, is it really just the CBD? Or is it more of a lifestyle change that I'm convincing myself is coming from CBD?
In all honesty, I think it's both.
You'll find this in January when everyone comes out with their new years resolutions to "workout more, eat healthier, blah blah blah", and they will likely report feeling happier and healthier even after they've stopped going to the gym and eating vegetables by the time MLK weekend rolls around. Because, let's be real, you're going to eat those wings at the Superbowl party the two weeks later anyways so why keep up the diet and exercise? My point being, I think that many people will start taking a supplement, like CBD, and convince themselves it's helping when it isn't really doing a whole lot. And yes, there will be people that have considerable improvements from supplements and their health actually improves, but that doesn't happen to everyone. It's always going to be a combined effort with creating a healthier lifestyle as well.
One aspect to taking the CBD supplements that I didn't expect is that I have felt more focused. I think it's helped a little bit with nerves also, but that's been a bit more difficult to pin down. I currently have two supplements, 50mg CBD soft gel (Medterra) and a 12.5mg CBD soft gel that also has caffeine, B6, B12, L-Tyrosine, and L-Theanine (Medterra). I take these on and off depending on how I feel in the morning. On the days when I take these, my morning work is almost always highly efficient. Enough to where I have noticed. It hasn't made me superhuman (somedays I wish I had that ability), but it has made a noticeable difference. Is that me just being more focused or is that the CBD and caffeine? Don't know, I'll have to try just drinking coffee and seeing what that does.
I've gotten my CBD online from Medterra (https://medterracbd.com/). They grow, process, and produce their CBD products here in the USA. I've studied their website and what they do for testing (my current job is in pharma) and everything seems legit. They are open with their certificates and the testing that they perform, all testing is done by a third party to remove bias, and they seem invested in producing a high quality product that their customers can trust.
How did I find them? Well, I follow a bunch of outdoor athletes and photographers on my Instagram and a few of them had been posting about using CBD as a supplement to help with muscle recovery and reducing inflammation, so I figured I'd give it a go. I'm frequently sore from skiing and biking, I don't particularly like taking ibuprofen, so I figured trying CBD couldn't hurt. So far, I've only found benefits to it.
Only negative, as with pretty much all supplements, it is rather expensive. So, if anyone wants to figure that one out, let me know. I'd love to help bring this to more people who need it more than I do.