A Personal Journey with CBD
Guest Post by: Lisa Gallagher, Director of Community Relations, Made by Hemp
My journey with CBD has been a labor of love – literally.
Like most people, I was skeptical when I was introduced to CBD. I wondered if it was legitimate, if it would get me high, if it was legal, if I would somehow get in “trouble” for taking it. What may be different for me is how I discovered CBD in the first place.
In December 2014, I went on a date with a guy named Jeff Gallagher. Like many people these days, we met online, so this was the first time we were seeing each other face-to-face. Jeff had an IT business at the time, but also a burgeoning CBD business in its early stages. Never having heard of CBD, I asked, “so, is this a cover for a marijuana business?” What I didn’t know then was that I was about to enter the relatively unknown world of CBD, and it would become one of the most important things in my life.
You see, in 2013, when Jeff started the company, almost no one outside of cannabis circles had heard of CBD. In 2014 when I met him, that hadn’t changed much on a national scale. However, there was enough buzz going around by then that Jeff had launched his own product line and was winding down his IT business to focus exclusively on CBD. Jeff himself had been introduced to the product in early 2013, and it helped him so significantly, he set a goal of helping five people per month with CBD. Fast forward to 2020, and we help thousands of people every month – but our keystone value of helping people is still very much a part of every decision we make at Made by Hemp. (Oh, and if it’s not obvious by now, I married the guy.)
So, not only do I take CBD now, everyone in my family (including my pets) takes CBD on a regular basis. I’ve become engrained in the business of Made by Hemp, and in my Community Relations role, I have the privilege of educating the public and interacting with local businesses about CBD. My goal is to break through misconceptions, help people with product selection, and destigmatize this side of the cannabis world.
Why do I take CBD and how does it help me?
Well, first of all, the FDA hasn’t made a formal statement about CBD, so as you read this, keep in mind that these are my personal observations about my own experiences. Your experiences may differ. I have a couple of things going on in my middle-aged body and mind – specifically, sleeplessness and muscle aches and pains.
The products I find helpful are specifically tinctures and salves. Here are some details about my regimen:
- I take a tincture about an hour before I plan to go to bed, holding it under my tongue for about sixty seconds before swallowing. I personally use Tasty Drops, as I think the benefits of full spectrum hemp oil (meaning there are trace amounts of THC, along with other cannabinoids, plant waxes, and terpenes) are important.
- I use a variety of CBD salves and creams on aching muscles, stiff joints, and other areas of inflammation (including inflamed areas from sun exposure). My favorites are the Made by Hemp Cooling Muscle Rub, the Made by Hemp Muscle Relief Balm, and the Made by Hemp Healthy Glow Face Serum. Be careful when using the Cooling Muscle Rub on your face (although I’ve been known to swipe it across my forehead if I have a headache) or on your hands, as the menthol can sting your eyes – otherwise, it feels heavenly everywhere else.
I have personally found these topical products to be game-changers in my overall health and wellbeing.
Your personal needs and preferences may warrant a different selection of products, frequency of use, and dosage. My own family members have different wellness needs, and therefore we each use CBD uniquely. Fortunately for everyone, there is a wide variety of products available for consideration.
There is a lot of independent science available on CBD, and I encourage you to become an educated consumer. High quality ingredients, USA grown organic hemp, and a reputable manufacturer are things I recommend you look for in a CBD product.
My health and wellness journey has only just begun. CBD is an important component – in combination with nutrition and exercise – and I am looking forward to new research and new products that maximize the potential benefits for us all.