I started Stories of Strength not just so women could tell their stories of trauma, but also their stories of healing and what has helped them along their path.
Personally, I’ve been through therapy. Multiple times. It helps - but for me, things such as yoga, martial arts, writing, art, and poetry have always lead to a greater inner healing. Which brings me to my latest discovery on this healing path...CBDs. Cannabidiols (CBDs) - NOT to be confused with it’s psychoactive relative, Tetrahydrocannabinols (THCs) - have helped me reclaim my mind, body, and spirit. Here’s my journey.
Let’s get one thing straight first - CBDs are NOT marijuana. It’s one of the biggest misnomers I’ve come across since starting my CBD journey a couple months back - one which stands in the way of many people experiencing relief from all sorts of ailments, mental and physical. I could go on for a few paragraphs about the differences between THC and CBD, but this piece is about healing - not dispelling ignorance. So please, if you find yourself having a knee jerk reaction as if I’m telling everyone to roll up a joint, take to the interwebs and do some research.
My CBD journey started a few months back when I was introduced to the owner of Restorative Botanicals. Upon meeting he found out about ASRW and my martial arts background. He handed me a couple samples of salves and sublinguals explaining to me this isn’t a cure all. Roughly 40% of people have a “miracle herbal supplement” response, 10% feel no effect at all, and the remaining 40% feel relief, but not to the degree of oh-my-gawd-this-is-amazing. (I myself fall into the category of oh-my-gawd-this-is-amazing.) That day I had an unusual amount of aches and pains, and I was honestly a bit haunted by past traumatic experiences more than usual...which meant I wasn’t going to waste anytime trying it. I was instructed to take a dropper full of sublingual CBD oil, hold it under my tongue for a minute, and swallow - which is exactly what I did about ten minutes after receiving the samples.
Within fifteen minutes I had to stop everything I was doing and look around. Suddenly I was overcome with mental clarity, it was as if my brain was tingling with excitement to be alive again! I could formulate clear thoughts, I could speak unimpeded, and for the first time since before my first sexual assault - my trauma seemed like a distant memory. For the first time in my adult life, my brain was calm. My thoughts weren’t going a mile a minute, and I could finally think logically...and this was only the beginning.
I carry trauma; sexual, verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. Making for a lovely concoction of PTSD for me to work with through life. I’m also a martial artist, something I’ve been involved in for over a decade, meaning my body has some wear on it. CBDs have helped me with all the above and more.
Something which is often misconstrued with any medication or supplement - it is not a cure all. Yes, it will help with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, paranoia - but it will not take them away. However, the break I’ve experienced in my racing brain with the help of CBD oil has lead to me overcome a lot of mental obstacles already...and it’s only been a couple months!
CBDs may be taken many different ways; vaping, salves, edibles and sublinguals. The latter being my favorite method of delivery. It all depends on personal preference though.
Now, if I were to sit here and go through every story of how CBD oil has already affected my life for the better - this would turn into a really long piece of me repeating “THE SKY PARTED WAYS AND I SAW THE SUN” again and again.
To avoid this - below is a list of all the wonderful ways CBDs have improved my life:
-Increased Mental Clarity
-Little to No Joint Pain
-Little to No Tendon Pain
-Headache / Migraine Relief
-Deeper Meditative Experiences
-Increased Memory Function
-Improved Positive Outlook
-Decreased Anger / Bouts of Rage
-Increased Mental Control
-Decreased Trigger Reactions
-Relief from Premenstrual Symptoms
-Menstrual Cramp Relief / Prevention
...and the benefits just keep unfolding.
CBD’s can greatly improve one’s life - in all aspects; physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. They’re worth looking into, and they’re worth giving a shot. They may not be the amazing cure-all they’ve proved for me - you may not even get any effect. But the way I see it, you have a 40% chance of finding your miracle herbal supplement. Those are pretty good odds without a single negative side effect.