Does CBD Hemp Extract Really Work? | My Experience Using CBD

This post was sponsored by Swanson Health. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard about CBD. CBD hemp extract, or Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive product of industrial hemp that supports total body wellness.†  Admittedly, I’m a pretty skeptical person when it comes to a lot of health and supplement hype. I’m really picky about what supplements that I use in my day to day life. I fall somewhere in between crunchy and conventional when it comes to health and wellness products. I like to consider myself someone that uses integrative health meaning that I use both conventional and more holistic approaches for optimal healthy.

I kept hearing so many friends and family members that swore by the health benefits that they had experienced due to using CBD products and I continued to be intrigued. While I’m pretty fortunate to have very few health issues, but I do occasionally have muscle soreness due to working out, stress (hello, mom and small business owner life) and am always looking for small, easy-to-implement ways to support wellness in my lifestyle. Finally, I decided to take the plunge and give it a try for myself and wanted to share my thoughts and experiences with you!

How does CBD hemp extract work?

CBD hemp extract interacts with the endocannabinoid system to stimulate many functions in the body that help support sleep, digestive health, stress reduction, and overall wellbeing. Basically, CBD hemp helps the systems in your body to work more optimally for overall health and wellness. One thing to get clear: CBD hemp extract doesn’t get you high! CBD doesn’t have mind-altering properties unlike THC (the compound in marijuana that gives you the high feeling). For more in-depth info on all things CBD, check out this post!

What is CBD hemp extract used for?

CBD has been attributed to a ton of different health and wellness benefits! A few of the most common uses for CBD hemp extract are:

  • Helps support comfortable muscles
  • Supports rest & relaxation
  • Provides help with life’s little daily stressors
  • Boosts overall wellness & supports healthy function

What are the different types of CBD oil products?

When it comes to CBD products there is a huge range of products to choose from. CBD oils, tinctures, oral supplements, gummies, lotions and creams, bath bombs, soap, candies and  even pet treats can be found!  You can see a large assortment of CBD hemp extract products here!

Where can you buy it?

CBD can be bought online and in health & wellness stores. I purchased mine through Swanson Health as they are a trusted source for total wellness for the past 50 years, and is the expert source for high-quality CBD hemp extract. Swanson has the top assortment of quality CBD hemp extract products and CBD oil, including the most brands and formats and all CBD hemp extract products at Swanson are 100% quality-tested.

My Experience

Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty….how did CBD work for me?

I tried an assortment of CBD products over the last few weeks and will share my thoughts on each one. I’m planning to continue using them over a longer term and will update once again in a few weeks!

CBD Living Gummies – 10mg CBD each

These vegan CBD gummies contain full spectrum CBD hemp extract (full spectrum is believed to work better) in a mix of naturally flavored tasty gummies. I took one of these daily and found that they seemed to take the edge off. About 30 minutes after ingesting, I’d find that I felt less tense and more able to focus on the task at hand. It was almost like that chill feeling you get after a glass of wine, but without the other side effects.

EVO Hemp Full Strength Hemp Extract 12.5 mg/serving

One dropperful of this white plume hemp extract contains 12.5mg of CBD hemp extract. This particular brand isn’t flavored and has a more earthy taste (I didn’t find it unpleasant, but there are other brands that are flavored, if preferred). I really loved that the dropper had different measurements on it so that you could adjust your dosage easily. My experience with this product was very similar to the gummies, but I found it useful to use when I felt that I needed a little something extra to help chill out and especially to help facilitate relaxation. A dropperful before bed was enough to help me quickly unwind.

When needing a boost after a rough day or anxious moment, it’s a great option.

CV Sciences CBD Oil Hemp Balm 100mg

I’ve actually been using CV Sciences CBD oil hemp balm for over a year! About a year ago I sprained my ankle and I was looking for something to help support muscle health so I gave this balm a try. I can say that it definitely has helped with providing comfort. I gently rub it in and it provides support for up to 4 to 6 hours.

CBD Living Bath Bomb 60mg

I used this bath bomb when I was having some back discomfort and after soaking I felt that my muscles were more comfortable. As well as providing comfort, it smelled amazing and left my skin super soft!

CBD Living Soap 60mg

I was only able to use this a few times before this post, so it’s too soon to tell the benefits. After a few uses, my skin is soft and feels moisturized.  My main interest for this vegan CBD soap (with coconut and safflower oil) is that I have a tendency to suffer from skin discomfort, especially in the summer months. I’m crossing my fingers that with long-term use that I will see benefits to the overall health of my skin.

Final Thoughts

Overall, my experience with CBD has been nothing but positive! I haven’t had any adverse effects and I can definitely see and feel a difference in my mood when using them. CBD is not a cure-all, but does have benefits that make me feel that it’s a great addition to add to my health and wellness arsenal. I believe that CBD products are great to use in combination with other healthy habits: exercise, getting outside (vitamin D), meditation, healthy diet, hydration and stress management skills.

As always, do your own research! I love reading about others experiences, reading the scientific data, and am picky about where I buy my products from so I encourage you to do the same. More and more clinical studies are happening and it’s exciting to see what benefits and treatments may arise in the future.


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  1. Ali Gilbert June 13, 2019 at 10:08 am - Reply

    This is really interesting. I was introduced to CBD oil last month for the first time and I was nervous because I don’t know much about it. This really helps me understand it more. The CBD gummies sound great!

  2. Janell June 13, 2019 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Due to the lack of FDA approval, I’ve been hesitant to try CBD oil. Your post helped relieve some of the concern. Perhaps, I’ll give it a try for migraine pain.

  3. Ana June 13, 2019 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Me and my friends were discussing whether or not CBD really worked a few months ago. As a stressed out college student, I’m glad I found this article because CBD seems to be very effective. I’m definitely going to have to try the supplements out. I appreciate the product recommendations .

  4. Jenn June 14, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

    My husband and I are so excited to try CBD! Would love to try the gummies.

  5. Leigh Suznovich June 14, 2019 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I’ve been so curious to try CBD oil for my achy muscles and anxiety. This makes the decision a little easier!

  6. Amanda Martin June 14, 2019 at 11:04 am - Reply

    This is so interesting! I have been very intrigued by CBD and wondered how it worked for stress… I am an integrative health type of person as well and think I might give those gummies a try!

  7. Felicia June 17, 2019 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I’ve tried the oil and the cream and they both are excellent. I would really love to Win some products being on a fixed income and none of the products are covered under prescription insurance.

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