Kristy's Story

kristy the equestrian

I run an online equestrian accessory boutique. As a business owner, it’s vitally important that I’m performing at 100% each day, so I can handle all the emails, phone calls, and pop-up decisions that may come my way. So when I began suffering from serious long-term insomnia, I was truly desperate to find a thorough and safe solution. 

I experimented with various natural remedies like melatonin, but nothing I tried could help me get the full night’s rest I was yearning for. Instead I found myself in an ever-repeating Groundhog Day, where every night I’d wake up in the wee hours of the morning, and the next day at work I’d wander around like a zombie. Even worse than my lack of focus was the overall negative effects on my mental health. I’m the type of person who needs a solid 8–10 hours of sleep. After a rough night, I knew I was going to feel my anxiety increase and my ADD spiral out of control. After months of horrible insomnia, I was even experiencing some symptoms of depression, not to mention a major decline in my productivity at work.

I’d previously tried cannabis products in a recreational compacity, but I could never quite relax while using them and I really didn’t enjoy the feeling of smoking a substance. The whole experience just wasn’t a good fit for me, and I didn’t touch cannabis again for a long time. But on a trip to California, I discovered cannabis gummies. The impact on my insomnia was significant. For the first time in a long time, I wasn’t waking up at three o’clock in the morning with crushing anxiety and a sense of dread about the coming day.

How it Helps

Once I returned to Canada, I switched to using CBD oils with low THC content. I have one oil I use during the day for anxiety and relaxation and to help me focus when I’m at work. At night, I use a stronger CBD oil to help with my chronic insomnia (along with magnesium and some other natural supplements). 

With the CBD oil, I am more productive than ever at work. I know that I don’t have to worry about my anxiety and ADD taking away from my attention, and I can really concentrate on the tasks I need to in order to run my business. And, with a guaranteed full night of rest, I know I’ll roll out of bed the next morning truly focused and ready to take on the day.