We recently caught up with Dayna Hunt of @wellnmind about her journey with CBD, and according to her—why you need to be taking some, right now.
It was about a week ago, when I was having consistent migraines and period cramps (all at once), when I decided to ask the universe: Where can I can a find some CBD?
I’d already considered investing in a CBD pen like Dosist, but I honestly just wanted something simple. I wanted something that I could easily take on a schedule. That’s when I resorted back to my good friend CBD oil.
So….what is CBD?
CBD is non-intoxicating, and has been found to offer a vast range of healing properties, most notably to suppress inflammation throughout your body. -Chill Body, CBD 101
What is also known as cannabidiol, doesn’t get you high, and is completely legal to sell in the U.S., as it is not directly correlated with it’s most notable counterpart THC (that dank).
Why CBD oil?
Originally, I was introduced to a brand named Happy Organics, around two years ago, and it honestly did wonders for my pain. The only thing I lacked, was a familiarization with dosage and how it affected my body. I wasn’t properly educated on how CBD was affecting me, which resulted in using the product excessively. I eventually had to buy a new one after only a month of usage (not good). I knew there was a more efficient way out there, that I could use this amazing medicine.
Introducing: Chill Body
I found this truly amazing CBD brand called: Chill Body, through an IG friend, @kaysthetics (check her out!). I noticed she already had some photography and promotional material with the brand on her profile, and knowing her, I figured it was a credible company (it’s amazing how this influencer marketing trend works nowadays). I asked her about the effectiveness of the product and if it was worth the buy. She told me it was a GO, and I bought the product with their sliding-scale discount at the time and waited for it’s arrival.
At first glance…
I received a cute box in the mail exactly one week ago and was absolutely amazed with the packaging, collateral and product. So much that, I wanted to share five reasons why I absolutely love this company, and why you’ll see me buying from them again in the near future.
After my initial briefing days (which were simply the two days prior to taking the CBD), I wrote down the third day of symptoms in my little tracking pamphlet (provided in the box) and took my dose for relief. Shortly after the 4th day, I noticed an immediate relief in my tension and stress. I was really surprised at the efficiency of the product (which can vary on your body composition and your prior usage of CBD), and I made sure to take it at the same time each day.
I’m all about sustainability, it’s how I’ve come to live. Nearly everything I do revolves around this idea. Chill Body is no different. They grow their products in nutrient-rich soil with nothing but CO2-extracted full and broad spectrum CBD into their goods. They care about their workers and they care about you!
Speaking of workers, it’s just the ladies! Yes! We get a team of amazing women making our CBD and helping us get closer to our level of chill.
Most of my facts and information comes straight from their site! With highly credible information and sourcing, comes a trustworthy product. I love that if I have any questions, whether it be on the product or collaboration ideas, I can reach out directly to them. In fact, I use Instagram on most days to communicate, and the owner Sloane herself, gets back to me pretty swiftly!
I had to look out for y’all! Not only does the site regularly have promotional deals on their site (to make it accessible to everyone!), I will always have a code for you to get 15% off your order! Getting something for $40? It’s only going to cost you $36, just by adding my code: DAYNA15 at checkout! If you want to make it even easier to get your hands on this CBD, click here and it’ll automatically be applied to your cart!
What I appreciate most about Chill Body, is they want you to find what works! Whether you have chronic pain, mild cramps or teeth-aches, they truly want to help you find natural relief.
It’s a big transition and at first was truly daunting. After I found my rhythm and added it to my morning routine, things just started to make more sense. I hope it’ll make sense for you.
I've had a love-hate relationship with coffee since I started drinking it in college. I got mono my sophomore year, and when I came back three weeks before finals, I didn't know how I was going to push through to get everything done. Enter: coffee.
I didn’t even like the taste, so I ate chocolate-covered espresso beans, I drank flavored lattes, and I added extra shots. The taste started to grow on me, the smell of freshly ground beans started to make me drool, and caffeine propelled me right through finals and into my junior year seemingly unscathed.
Coffee saved my sophomore year, and I've been drinking it on and off ever since. (I tried to replace it with tea a few years ago, but it just wasn't the same. I need the beans.) But one thing has also always followed me: that ever-present, seemingly unavoidable dark side of coffee. You know what I'm talking about: the jitters, the explosion of energy followed by feeling like honey dripping from a wall a few hours later. The anxiously pumping heart, the tense shoulders hunched up around your ears like a turtleneck. I've always taken this dark side as a necessary cost, as something I could live with, to get all those delicious energy balls of ambition that coffee brings first. And when I first started using CBD, I didn't think anything would change. CBD's main effect is anti-inflammation, right?
But boy was I pleasantly surprised. I now use CBD oil under my tongue every morning not only for my tense muscles, my tooth and jaw pain, and anxiety, but also to regulate my energy and smooth out my morning coffee.
That sounds so silly, to take CBD to counter the effects of too much coffee, but CBD has entirely changed my relationship to coffee, and to productivity. CBD disintegrates those coffee jitters, balances the surge and crash into a mellow wave of energy, and keeps my heart from pounding its way out of my chest with my morning cup.
Cannabis is an amazing plant, and CBD has so many effects and applications within our bodies. It works with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) in ways we don't even understand yet, but we can feel. CBD has touched so many parts of my life and made so many little nuggets that much better. What's your nugget?
Alright, guys. More and more research is suggesting that CBD can be wildly effective in treating not only pain and inflammation, but in managing stress. And that's huge.
Now remember: CBD is not weed. Don't worry, Mom. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of the ~100 compounds known as cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, CBD cannot, and will not, get you high.
*In fact, CBD counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC, so next time you need a life preserver to bring you back real quick, reach for CBD.
But back to the science. There's still so much to learn, but preliminary studies are showing that CBD has an even wider range of therapeutic benefits than we thought.
At smaller and larger doses, there actually seems to be a bell curve of benefits, with microdosing smaller doses being effective at managing ongoing or daily stress and axiety, and larger doses helping with insomnia and pain relief. If you read our last post, we did a deep dive into microdosing.
So that brings us to the question that we've all asked ourselves at one point or another: what's the best way to take CBD? What is best for me?
Short answer: you've gotta play the field. Every body is different, and to truly know what lights your fire the brightest, we suggest you do your younger Pokemon self proud, and catch—oops, try—'em all.
But here's our nifty little guide to the basics of the most common ways to get CBD into that beautiful body of yours.
How it works: We have a huge network of blood vessels in the mouth and under the tongue, and they're great for absorbing CBD. With a CBD tincture, you simply fill the included dropper to the dosing amount you'd like, drop the oil under your tongue, and hold for 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Let it soak right in.
Onset of benefits: It generally takes 30-60 minutes for the effects to take hold, so it's great to incorporate into a daily or morning routine.
Duration: It can last ~4-6 hours.
How it works: Our skin is the biggest organ of our body. And when struggling with inflammation, sore muscles, or chronic pain, many people choose to apply CBD right to their skin. You can apply it in the form of a balm or salve, but you can also apply CBD oil directly to your skin, or mix it in with your favorite lotion.
*Cannabinoids applied topically are not absorbed into the bloodstream.
Onset of benefits: ~15 minutes
Duration: It can last 2-4 hours.
How it works: CBD can also easily be smoked or vaped, and in our *humble* opinions, it's one of the most underrated ways to consume CBD. Cannabinoids enter the bloodstream directly from the lungs, and the effects are almost immediate. This makes vape pens our go-to option for on-the-go and as-needed stress relief. It's simple, portable, and it works.
Onset of benefits: ~1-5 minutes
Duration: ~2-4 hours, depending on your dose
How it works: Cannabinoids like CBD can be added to food and drinks, making it an easy way to consume, and precisely dose, CBD. CBD is absorbed through the bloodstream, digested by the liver, and distributed pretty evenly throughout the body. Edibles are one of the longer lasting ways to introduce CBD into your day, all day long.
Onset of benefits: ~1-2 hours, but it can be erratic
Duration: ~6-8 hours
How it works: Putting a patch on your skin may seem similar to using a topical, but the effects are actually completely different. Transdermal patches work by releasing a constant and steady dose of cannabinoids into the bloodstream. It goes into effect quickly, and can last almost all day.
Onset of benefits: ~15 minutes
Duration: up to 12 hours
It's easy to get overwhelmed, and that's why we keep it simple here at Chill. We focus on the ways we personally enjoy CBD the most, and bring those to you. Check out our full line of CBD-licious products, and try a couple out to find out what works best for *you.*