Cannabis culture is infiltrating the world, one Jiu Jitsu mat at a time.
CBD: its popular as shit in the USA and it’s popping up all over Australia, being added to everything from salads to sundaes, sweet treats, smoothies and petcare products.
Most noticeably though, is CBD’s (the nickname for Cannabidiol) rapid insertion into worldwide BJJ culture. Any mat-loving practitioner will have felt the presence of CBD-infused anythings and all of its benefits during post roll conversations over the past 12 months, even if they’re yet to give it a try.
Personally I have used CBD for a while, dabbling in the stuff when in the USA and locations it is easier to get a hold of. Recently when CBD Oils Australia hit the market, I figured I would take up the services rather then trying to dodge the minefield that is Australian Customs.
America has officially gone CBD mad, and well as with most trends it seems as though Australia is heading down the same path. But what is this magical extract that’s got foodies, health nuts and hippies forking out big bucks for the nutritional bonus and dietary supplement?
CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana that promises to relax you without the feeling of being high. Legal in the US, not so much in Australia, however there is a grey area so why not make the most of it 😊 it’s not to be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the illegal stuff that will have you flying high as a kite.
Thanks to its purported therapeutic abilities to fight inflammation, counter pain, ease anxiety and calm the nerves, CBD is increasingly being used by athletes, baristas and alternatives throughout the world. It has even been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat seizures linked to two rare forms of epilepsy. According to health experts, adding as little as five milligrams of the oil to your choice of food or beverage is enough to have you chilling out in no time.
Basically, CBD claims to offer relaxation without intoxication, addiction or overdose. When added to your daily routine, CBD promises to give you a pain free, mentally clearer and overall happier day, so I figure why not give you my insight into a weeks CBD use as I kick it off again.
A week of CBD
After chatting to a few friends who were already singing the praises of CBD’s benefits – some swear by adding it to your smoothie the morning before an important day at work, others say a few drops in their tea prior to a blind date works absolute wonders, one even claims it helped him to cut back on alcohol – my curiosity was piqued. My usage in the past was simply 1 mg under the tongue 3x a day. I decided this time I would add some to my morning coffee and again to my post workout protein shake of an evening. I would do this every day for a week, to gauge how it changed my mood and alertness throughout the day, sleep pattern, and general well-being.
Sneaking between two to five drops (the recommended amount) of CBD into my morning cold brew proved easy enough, and adding it to the evenings shake before bed was surely going to see me nod of into a slumber like no other.
By 9am after my first CBD-infused coffee, I was definitely more alert than usual at my desk. Rather than daydreaming about my second coffee, reaching for a cheeky snack, or yawning my way through an email, I was breezing through the morning and barely left my desk until I realised it was time for lunch. I instantly high-fived myself, but then wondered how much of this was the CBD working its magic, and how much of it could simply be a placebo?
I’m usually a pretty solid sleeper, even if I don’t get quite enough (what is enough?), so I can’t say I noticed much of a change to my sleep pattern. But I will say I found myself bouncing out of bed more easily that week, with a lot less joint pain than usual, especially in my lower back. I wasn’t putting myself to bed any earlier than usual, so I was still clocking my usual six hours or so, but that morning alarm felt slightly less alarming than usual. I think I may of even woke up 20 minutes before the alarm.
I’ll admit, in the past I didn’t love the taste of CBD in my coffee, but with the CBD Oils Australia’s mint flavour this time was different. Many reviews claim you can’t notice it at all, but I could definitely feel the oily texture in my beloved beverage. Not a con so to speak especially for those who are into bulletproof coffee anyway.
While anxiety has never been too much of an issue for me, there are aspects of life – the jam-packed flights, waiting in stupidly long lines, the constant travel – that still leave me wondering why I moved to this line of work in the first place. But mid-week through my CBD experiment, I observed that my afternoons felt almost pleasant – a word that never applies to any FIFO workers mid swing blues.
I started to recognise this feeling of being surprisingly calm, just enough to take the edge off, but not enough to make me feel like I was under the influence of a drug, throughout the week. It was as though someone had spiked my flat white with tiny crumbs of Valium. And I liked it.
To CBD or not to CBD?
Despite the hype, CBD is something nobody knows too much about just yet. What we do know is that those selling the supplement have marketed it perfectly, targeting the anxiety and natural pain relief economy in such a way that consumers are led to believe that they need it to cope with the stresses and pains of daily life (think fidget spinners and adult colouring). One forecast predicts that the market for hemp-based CBD alone will reach $US22 billion by 2022. So someone, somewhere is laughing all the way to the bank.
Will I continue adding a daily dose of CBD to my daily life? Certainly, but that’s mostly because due to my lifestyle of working away and training a lot to keep my self sane I suffer a few of the symptoms it claims to alleviate, mainly the joint pain and lower back issues. Pricewise, anyone wanting to make CBD a regular thing needs to be prepared. But I’d certainly recommend if you’re feeling particularly strung out, or sore, Im not sure how 1 day would work, I feel as though CBD is much more of a preventative rather then a quick fix once the pain arrives, but sure why not try a CBD smoothie for shits and giggles and let me know how you go.
Planning a trip to the US anytime soon? Look up the closest CBD-friendly cafe while you’re in town. Or for an extra kick, find out which bars are serving up cocktails laced with the stuff.
Not heading to the US? Then why not look up CBDOILSAUS.COM.AU and let them take the hassle of getting your oils, vapes or coffee into your hands. Why not use the code “FREEROLLERS” at the checkout for 10% of your entire order!
Until next time