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Me & CBD: My Experience with CBD/Hemp Oil

Me & CBD: My Experience with CBD/Hemp Oil

Over on the ‘gram I talk about CBD/ hemp oil a ton! I’ve personally been using CBD/ hemp oil for years now, and I wanted to answer some questions and offer a deep dive into my personal experience. I take this as a daily supplement, usually in the evenings. It’s become a huge part of my routine, and more specifically, a huge part of how I manage my mental health and support my sleep. It has a tremendous effect on my nighttime anxiety and making sure I have a restful night of sleep.

First and foremost, I want to stress the importance of quality when it comes to a product like this. It’s awesome that CBD is becoming more widely known, more widely consumed, and a bigger part of the mainstream, but that means there are some products out there that might not be the best option. The quality of the product, the process of making the product, and transparency about both of those things are HUGE when it comes to choosing a brand of CBD to invest in. NED checks all of those boxes, and it’s a big reason why I’ve been using it for so long. Although I do partner with NED, they’ve been much more than a brand partner for me: they’ve given me access to a product that has impacted my day-to-day life for the better (thank you, NED!). I encourage you to check it out and as always, make sure to do your own research to find a product that is well suited for you and for your needs.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert or medical practitioner. This blog post is an account of my personal experience and opinions. This is a tool in my mental health management toolbox. There are other modalities I employ to take care of myself as well.

Why I love NED:

  • NED’s founders have such an inspiring story, and I really admire their commitment to their values.
  • They’re transparent about every step of the process of making their products, and they strive for ultimate quality and effectiveness with every batch. They want the best every step of the way, all the way from the hemp flowers to the extraction process.
  • Their product is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, which means the CBD is extracted from the hemp flower along with other beneficial components. You can read more about that on NED’s page explaining Full Spectrum Oil.
  • The products are organic, non-GMO, small-batch, and third-party tested for purity and potency.

FAQs (From my Instagram Audience):

How and when do you take CBD oil?

I take it nightly. I use a full dropper and keep it under my tongue for one minute before swallowing. Then, I drink some water. It doesn’t take long before I start to feel more relaxed, and it’s become a huge part of my wind-down routine at night to calm myself before going to sleep.

Does it make you feel “high”?

Nope — I actually think this is one of the biggest misconceptions about this product. You don’t get “high” unless you ingest a certain amount of the psychoactive component of the hemp flower (THC). I don’t even feel any sort of sudden or drastic change in my mood or perceptions, I just feel relaxed and calm. It’s very subtle, but it’s just what I need to calm my nervous system and help me wind down before bed. If you still have more questions about this, you can read this article on NED’s blog.

Do you need to ingest it, or could you apply it topically?

There are different forms of CBD. The oil I take as a daily supplement is meant to be ingested, but there are also creams that can be used topically to help with pain relief or inflammation.

Does it help you fall asleep? How long did before it took effect?

YES! It helps me calm down and get in a good headspace so I can easily transition to sleep. I typically take it anywhere from an hour to 30 minutes before bed, but sometimes I forget and I take it when I’m already in bed, too. It doesn’t take a long time — you may even fall asleep before you notice anything! NED actually just released a new sleep blend that I’ve been using, and I’m excited to keep experimenting and see how I feel!

Do you ever experience any negative effects?

I personally haven’t had any negative experiences with it. The only thing I can say is that, since it’s had such a positive impact on me, I definitely notice it when I don’t take it.

How would you describe your feelings when you take it — physically and emotionally?

Nothing extreme, it’s really just a subtle calmness and sense of relaxation. It’s not like having a drink where all of a sudden you might feel “buzzed.”

How do I know what brand to pick? There are so many out there!

As I’ve mentioned, NED is my brand of choice. I’ve been using their products and partnering with them for a long time. I totally stand behind them!

What was your dosage progression, and any reactions?

I started with 300mg (the lowest dosage), and I soon went up to 750mg. I currently take between 650mg and 750mg. I have several friends who take the highest dosage (1500mg from NED) and say it’s even better, so I’ve been considering progressing to that dosage. I’m definitely content with what I’ve been taking, though, in terms of dosage. I would recommend starting with 300mg and see how you feel for a month or so. Then, if you feel like you can handle more, bump up to 750mg.
NED also has a whole hormone collection for women to help with all stages of the menstrual cycle.

Have you experienced any side effects?

Personally, I haven’t experienced anything. If you do, though, make sure to consult your primary care provider or another health professional.

Do you take it alongside other medication?

Yes, I do. Make sure to talk with your doctor if this is something you have to consider.

Thanks to NED for being such a great partner of the @eatwellwithsari brand! I’m honored to share and promote a brand that has such a positive impact on my well being. Don’t forget, you can use my code SARI15 for 15% off your first purchase from the NED site!

Some of my favorite NED CBD products:

Full Spectrum CBD

NED’s Full Spectrum Hemp Oil is the original, and the one I’ve been using the longest. This is the oil that I hold under my tongue for 60 seconds, then swallow.

CBD Sleep Blend

The CBD and CBN Natural Sleep Blend it designed to help you sleep deeper for longer and wake up refreshed. This one blends CBN (a powerful cannabinoid that promotes sleep) with 750mg of CBD to foster steady, consistent, and deeper sleep.

CBD Hormone Balance Blend

The Hormone Balance Blend Oil is uniquely formulated to offer functional support for balancing hormones. It includes ingredients like lemon balm, evening primrose oil, red raspberry leaf, and red clover blossom, all in addition to CBD to help support your body’s endocrine function.

Thank you for reading! I hope this was helpful and informative for you! You can check out NED products online and find one that is best for you. You can also use my discount code SARI15 off your first purchase.

Thank you to NED for sponsoring this post and being an amazing long-term partner of Eat Well With Sari!

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