CBD Product Reviewer
Male | 35-44
I was experiencing a lot of stress at work, and had done some research into CBD and thought maybe it could be worth a shot. I picked up the NuLeaf CBD oil and didn’t feel anything dramatic, but have been noticing that in the afternoons, after I take it, things seem to go a little bit smoother for me. I’m glad because then I’m nicer to my coworkers and that can make a big difference! I can’t comment on most of the uses people say CBD’s good for, but I’ve observed a positive correlation between my use of it and my mental welfare. Compared to other CBD products with which I’ve experimented, the CBD oil seems to provide the most gentle effect, and I associate its effect more with the mind; with capsules, gummies, and inhaled high-CBD strains of marijuana I feel it more so in my body. So I consider this an ideal product for anyone inclined toward a psychological, as opposed to a physiological, experience. Even after taking very small amounts (a couple of drops, which is less than I’ve seen specified in some studies which mark the ideal quantity as being multiple milligrams per kilogram of body weight) I feel a positive change, so I imagine that this bottle of CBD oil could last me a very long time if I continue to use it at this slow rate. I look forward to seeing how my use of it progresses over time, as all signs right now are encouraging. Yay!
Now that I’ve been using this NuLeaf CBD oil for a longer time, I can say that it has become a valuable tool to have, and I carry it with me wherever I go. On the off chance that a bad day should arrive (and maybe I shouldn’t call this an “off chance,” considering my moods are prone to producing bad—or should I say sad—days), I’ve been finding that I can take whatever amount of this CBD oil feels equivalent to the force of my mental inertia (my method of estimating this is admittedly somewhat intuitive, though also based on experience) and then within a few hours I typically find that I am in a better place, emotionally. At that point, I’m able to focus more on whatever I need to do since I’m not bothered by a flurry of negative thoughts. Of course, it could be argued that this is a coincidence and that my state of mind would have improved within a few hours regardless of my ingestion of CBD oil, but let me tell you what I know about my life: It usually doesn’t get better on its own. I have years of experience with my own inner turmoil, and as far as I can tell at the moment the only factor that has changed is the ingestion of CBD oil. So, until things stop going so swimmingly, I’m going to be thankful for this product and its place in my life. Give it a shot!
After further experiments with the NuLeaf CBD oil, I have found a few “tricks” which appear to be contributing to my having more easygoing and positive experiences, and I’d like to share them with you.
First off, I’ve found—and this was suggested to me by some clinical research I looked into, and then I confirmed it (to whatever extent such confirmation is possible as an individual using non-clinical methods of subjective reporting) with my own experience—that it’s best to take the CBD oil within an hour of eating. Before or after, it doesn’t seem to matter, though I’ve come to prefer after because I find that if I become hungry after having ingested CBD it can have an odd way of mixing with my mood. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “hangry,” meaning angry because hungry; what I’m describing is more like “hexistential” or “melanhungry.” Anyway, so if I take the CBD oil before a meal then I pretty much head this state of being off at the pass
My next pro tip is (if you’re going to take it during the day, particularly the workday) to wait a while, until perhaps closer to lunch. Sometimes the state of relaxation into which I enter (perhaps not because of the CBD oil, though I think it probably is) can even be a bit numb, which can be an odd way to feel while filing invoices and such. If I take it later in the day, then I leave work feeling refreshed and pure.
On my second week of use of the NuLeaf CBD oil, I’ve been able to better find the limits of when I even feel that I need to use it at all, which is a particularly helpful discovery as I am not exactly of a pay grade in which I can afford to be spreading the stuff on my toast and making face cream out of it (though I have an equally poor friend who did make a salve out of CBD oil and some body care products, which she applied to her temples at the onset of migraines, to some success). It’s a question of finding days when thoughts are irreparably scattered due to stress, versus the days on which a few deep breaths and some calming thoughts may suffice. For those of us who aren’t addicted to coffee, it’s like the difference between a day on which you’re dead tired and need a cup of coffee, versus days when your energy level is fine but you drink coffee anyway: On the tired days it gets you back to baseline, but on other days the coffee can be too much. Luckily CBD is vastly more gentle than coffee and never makes me feel like I’m completely freaking out, but still, I’m finding that it can be good to have a nice day operating on my own steam—without any assistance from products like this—when I get the chance. No need to become dependent if there’s still some hope.
I see a lot of articles and books either purporting that (or questioning whether) CBD is “a miracle.” I don’t know if I would go that far on the record, but then when I imagine the complications and expense connected to insurance and the factors surrounding it, in comparison to the simplicity of an over-the-counter product like so many CBD items, I can’t say I’m not grateful enough for it that I wouldn’t perhaps hyperbolically call it a miracle in casual conversation. I’ve been finding that there’s a major peace of mind in knowing that I have an easily administered tool at my disposal in case the need should arise, as opposed to having to do what I’m usually relegated to doing, which is shrugging in the midst of my discomfort and saying “I guess this is just how it has to be for broke suckers like me.” Can this oil I’ve been taking stop every problem? No, I haven’t found that to be the case. But it’s batting average is good enough, and it has seemed to provide enough edge in the fight against the dominant issues of my mind, that at this point I feel I’ve passed any doubt that it’s a boon. For those of you who feel that it may be of benefit to you but have some reservations about (or prejudice against) hemp-derived products, trust me: The use of CBD for personal well-being is incredibly different from recreational marijuana in close to every imaginable way.
I usually don’t eat sugar, in part to avoid the dentist and in part to avoid something which always happens to me: sugar sends me on a terrifying emotional roller coaster, on which a single cookie can turn into hours of vague panic, followed by the interminable slowing of time and then an evening of exhausted, depleted rumination. As a result of this, I’m pretty averse to sweets, but I’m still a sucker for donuts (especially the yeasty kind) and cheesecake.
I’ve been resisting a craving for donuts for weeks, very successfully (okay, I filled out an order for some donuts on GrubHub, but I closed the tab before I could complete it), but this morning came in to my office and there were two boxes of donuts. Pretty good ones, too. So I gave in and ate two. I knew that things were about to get bad.
Well, guess what? I grabbed some of this NuLeaf CBD oil, took a half-dropper of it, and four hours later I’m still feeling fine. Sure there was a rush of energy from those frosted terrors, but I think that the CBD oil neutralized the emotional component of the donuts’ onslaught, which is so fantastic that I have to be careful that I don’t press my luck and go get some cheesecake after work, thinking that I’m suddenly invincible.
Your dietary choices are your own concern, of course. I’m just saying that this was a situation in which this CBD oil came through for me.
All is still well on the CBD front. I must go back on some things I’ve said earlier about my perception of a difference in locus of feeling (body vs. mind) between orally ingested CBD oil and other methods of delivery, as I took a half-dropper of the NuLeaf CBD oil a few days ago and was surprised to find—hours later, once I was at home and in bed—that my body was positively tingling, as relaxed as if I’d just spent hours in a series of aromatherapeutic hot tubs and saunas. While this would definitely go through the bottle much faster, I can’t deny that I’m glad to know that I have the option to kick things up into such a higher stratum of relaxation by ingesting that amount if needed. I had been unsure of whether the oil would be suitable for people who hoped to use it in connection with physical discomfort, but now I’m inclined to think that there could be the possibility of that being a good idea—though I was experiencing no physical pain at the time of my ingestion, so I can’t speak to any actual demonstration of efficacy in this regard (might I add that, with so many factors to consider, I do not envy the scientists who must precisely determine the matters surrounding such issues as these). So all of this is to say that it turns out that the oil is all-purpose, as far as your CBD needs probably go.
I’m experiencing an interesting effect, here in my use of NuLeaf CBD oil (I keep forgetting whether they capitalize the L or not… c’est la vie): I’m starting to wonder if it’d be possible to experience a life without scattered thoughts, and whether that life would be an improvement or not. Normally I’m operating at 180 miles per hour—with the same risk of crashing and endangering the lives of those around me—and conversations are charged with a nervous energy that I’ve spent years disguising as a kind of maniac charisma, which some people love and most people truly hate (the ones who love it seem to be empathetic types who detect the discomfort under the bravado). I’ve noticed with use of the CBD oil, however, that my demeanor is much more relaxed, and that this carries through into the basic essence of conversation. It’s not like the stunted, muted conversations I used to experience when I smoked marijuana—conversations in which I felt like I was incapable of speaking, or of making sense, even if technically I was saying exactly what I intended to—but rather gentle conversations in which I feel something approximating what I always figured normalcy was like. I can say hello to a person, ask them about their weekend, all of those things which previously seemed impossible, either despite or because of the fact that they’re the most fundamental components of human interaction. But was that really who I am? Is this just CBD?
God, I hope they never illegalize this stuff again. I mean technically CBD, as a hemp derivative, is still classified differently by different organizations (I believe that the DEA views it differently than do other government organizations, for example—I could tell you some odd stories about agreements I’ve heard national banks making with businesses so as to avoid some of these legal snags), and there’s no telling what the tide of history will slosh around. Still, based on my experience, there’s nothing to this stuff that should cause anyone any alarm. It hasn’t engendered revolutionary tendencies in me, nor prevented me from participating in the economy, nor made me violent toward others, or incapable of operating heavy machine (or incapable of doing anything, for that matter), nor have I experienced disturbing ancillary effects or lost or gained sleep. I’ve just mellowed out in manners most manageable and mild, focused on my work with slightly more ease (and slightly is a godsend as far as I’m concerned), and been able to leave behind the stress of the workday with less strain than normal. There’s nothing psychedelic about it. I haven’t tasted colors or “understood” the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey or suddenly become enthralled by sitar music (well, not any more so—truth is I already loved quite a lot of sitar music). But maybe there is one hippie-ish aftereffect of my CBD use, which is that I must ask this overly dramatic question: Can’t we give peace a chance?
Things have been going smoothly on a consistent basis with the NuLeaf CBD oil. On Saturday I had to move the vast majority of my possessions into a storage unit, with only one person helping me (I’m not saying it’s crazy or unjust to have so little help, I’m just painting you a picture here) and by the time we were done it was dark out and my muscles felt like they’d been sucked dry and thrown in an attic for a few months. On my way home I took some of the CBD oil and by the time I got back I was able to feel that it was doing its thing, which in this case was to make me feel significantly less like a sore mummy. I had even considered taking some earlier in the day in an effort to overcome the agitating effects of a latte I had in order to counteract exhaustion (but which then had the side effect of increasing the general agitation that comes with moving) but decided against it in case they canceled each other out. Nonetheless, at the end of the night, I was very thankful for the CBD oil’s apparent easing of my tensions, which allowed me to more easily wind down and get into a relaxed state conducive to sleep. It didn’t knock me out instantly or anything, but still was a welcome factor in combating what I think would otherwise have been a painful and long night of weird dreams.
Of course, we all know that muscle fatigue worsens for the few days after whatever caused the initial strain, and that fatigue is also accompanied by general exhaustion. I found that a couple of days after a recent heavy exertion I was so physically exhausted as to also be essentially brain-dead, shocked by my own bed-ridden inertia. In the hope of being able, at the very least, to escape some of my unavoidable fixation on the discomfort I was experiencing I took some CBD oil. Within an hour or two I still couldn’t move (or rather couldn’t muster any motivation to do so), but at least I wasn’t feeling mopey about it anymore. This had the wonderful effect of turning my day from one in which I was resenting myself for being trapped in bed (and watching really terrible movies which normally you couldn’t have paid me to watch) to one in which I recognized that it was okay for me to spend a day trapped in bed—it should be noted that the CBD did not, however, cause me to start watching better movies. So now I have observed this stuff affecting (positively) not only agitated or depressed moods, but also one which was oppressively neutral, meaning that it seems to interact fabulously with the full spectrum of emotional difficulty. I mean folks, I can’t sing these praises much louder. If you’re on the fence and you have a CBD product in an online shopping cart, click buy now!
So my experiment in journaling my experiences with NuLeaf CBD oil is coming to a close (I actually thought that it was coming to a close last week so I wrote a very dramatic entry then; this will have less in the way of fireworks). My overall feeling is that this is a product which will be received differently by people on a case-by-case basis. I gave varying quantities of it to friends, some of whom reported noticing a significant difference in how they felt, and some declaring that it did nothing for them at all and they considered the whole enterprise a scam. I fall somewhere in the middle: I feel that the CBD does for me what I need it to and no more, which is ideal because anything more may enter into the territory of pronounced “side effects,” or extremities of effect which would be detrimental to the stasis I’m seeking. CBD oil has become my constant companion in the fight against stress and distracted, agitated thoughts. For people who feel that their problems in these regards don’t extend to the realm of major psychiatric conditions requiring intense medication regimens, it may be just the ticket to bringing them down to earth (or up to earth, depending on the polarity of your problems). It assisted me in the workplace consistently, and never proved to even vaguely impede me in my job performance. It proved to be equally helpful in my home life. This CBD oil product’s ok by me.