We all know the saying: Beauty starts from within, but anxiety has a major impact on what exactly “within” really means to us – or what it feels like. Truth is, anxiety can be triggered but it can also be managed. Lucky for us, the rise of CBD has brought a range of solutions!
I wasn’t sure if CBD was for me, but I did know that I refused to be on strange meds with equally strange side effects, no thanks. In Austin especially, CBD is a huge “trend” (ugh hate that word) but it’s quickly evolving into a new category of business, health and wellness. I love that it’s a natural alternative to over-the-counter options.
With the growth of a new concept, comes an overwhelming wave of CBD brands. With lots of questions. Where do you even start? Oils? Gummies? Vape? What’s right for what I need? How does it work? IS THIS THING ON? 🎤
I started with Restart CBD. Two sisters. A family-run business that’s dedicated to products with Zero THC with a signature product line (Replenish, Recover, Relax and Repair) from organically grown industrial hemp and organic ingredients. Yes!
My favorite: Restart CBD’s Relax 10mL – $50
For relaxation, better sleep and stress release. It’s my go-to CBD product for anxiety. A small amount under the tongue works wonders! I’m on my second bottle (this size lasts me about 3 months) and it definitely prevents me from experiencing full-blown anxiety attacks. I usually take 1/4 dropper so 10mg/mL. Zero side effects and doesn’t take too long to kick in – a little goes a long way. It will absorb through glands first before entering the bloodstream but the effects are longer lasting.
In technical terms, this method is highly effective because the oil permeates the sublingual gland below the tongue which is loaded with capillaries as well as the sublingual vein and artery which leads to the carotid artery providing very high bioavailability.
I love this so much and it’s nice to just tuck in your purse… close for comfort. Paired with my favorite essential oils, lavender and peace, it’s the ultimate survival kit.
After I’d gotten used to the oil, I wanted to try out the CBD gummies especially since some tend to prefer this method over oil form. Hello, Not Pot CBD Gummies! These are ethically sourced from hemp (not marijuana) so it’s not only legally available in the United States, but it comes in a convenient 30-day supply jar. The main difference, aside from the physical makeup of it, is that the oil is Pure CBD (aka Zero THC) whereas these can have TINY amounts of THC present (usually less than 0.3%). Taste-wise, these also have a strange hemp taste that takes some getting used to. Time-wise, these absorb into your system faster than oils since you automatically digest them, but they’re not as long-lasting from my experience. They have subsided my anxiety (especially with road trips) and they’re a great alternative!
Good news is both options have amazing customer service and they’re great about informing the public/customers about misconceptions surrounding CBD. There’s always a learning curve for these things and I love their lighthearted approach! Restart CBD even has a private Facebook group where you can ask questions and share your experience.
At the end of the day, you’ll decide based on needs and these smaller companies are dedicated to helping you choose the product that’s right for you. In my experience, both have been game changers for my lifestyle, but Restart CBD’s Pure CBD Relax Oil has truly been the best solution for me!