I’ve always been the type of person to have what I call “chronic stress.” If a problem pops up during my day, I tend to latch onto it and mull it over repeatedly. Normally, I feel like this trait is a positive for me; I tend to thrive on a bit of stress, and I think my nervous energy often works to my advantage when I can channel it properly. Occasionally though, I’ve found that the stress of my day bleeds over into the nighttime, and I have a hard time falling asleep. I’ve always had phases where I have had trouble sleeping, but throughout most of my life it was typically manageable.
A couple years ago I had a particularly bad year filled with personal and professional stressors and I found that I could no longer turn off or escape my thoughts at night. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of sleeping poorly one night, and suffering through the next day, only to toss and turn all over again when I finally got to bed. At the worst of it, I went three days with no sleep. I knew then something had to change.
My doctor recommended melatonin at night to help me relax. Unfortunately, melatonin gives me nightmares, so it wasn’t an option. Around the same time, I started to see local ads for CBD that promised to help relieve anxiety, stress, and (most importantly for me) help with sleep. I started experimenting with different CBD products—vaping, gummies, and under the tongue CBD oil. It was a gamechanger. With CBD, I could finally get a truly restful sleep.
How it Helps
I mainly use CBD products at night to help me sleep, and sometimes in the evenings to help me relax and get out of my stress mindset. The CBD allows me to stop obsessing about issues that come up through the day; instead of revisiting thoughts over and over again, I can see clearly how silly a problem is, or I can arrive to a solution more quickly.
I personally prefer a balanced CBD/THC product. I don’t like to feel like a vegetable, so high concentrations of THC aren’t for me. I also don’t take it on a set schedule, but use it as needed and never when I’m competing or at the barn.
I think getting the word out about cannabis is important. Changing public opinion allows more research to be done into CBD’s therapeutic qualities so we can better understand its benefits and limitations. For me, it’s reassuring to know that there’s a non-addictive solution when stress keeps me up at night.