CBD for HSP's

It shouldn’t be any secret that Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP’s) are prone to anxiety, panic attacks, and diagnoses such as ADHD. As an HSP myself, I have dealt with anxiety for more years than I can count!

If you find yourself walking around all day, every day, over-processing your environment and feeling what everyone else feels, some anxiety is naturally going to make sense.

This is one of the main reasons why I love learning so much about the Highly Sensitive Person. The mere definition and explanation of the innate trait puts the anxiety, the old panic attacks, and so many other things into perspective.

In my own experience, I have tried many things to squelch my anxiety and the sixth sense that follows me around every day - namely red wine. I once even took Xanax and anti-depressants in order to feel somewhat “normal,” but didn’t like the way they made me feel.  I also really wasn’t comfortable being on a synthetic drug, so I discontinued taking them.

In addition to these mind-altering drugs, I have also tried several different natural alternatives such as vitamins, herbs and essential oils (for which my love is no secret)! And, of course, there is meditation, different exercises, juicing and, well, you get the drift.  All of these things help, yes, but my go-to has always been red wine. This is probably because it’s the easiest and most accessible to get – not to mention society has done a damn good job of selling us the lie that wine is tres chic.

Well, after some self-reflection, I decided red wine really isn’t the answer for anxiety…is it? After all, it’s just another drug and poison that, quite frankly, I was ready to break up with.

It was then, as fate would have it, a family member was having a particularly difficult time managing their ADHD. At the time, they were going through an event that was really exacerbating it and a friend, wanting to help, recommended CBD oil.

CB what I asked? What is that?

What I discovered really surprised me.

You see, CBD stands for Cannabidiol.  CBD comes from a hemp plant (male), whereas marijuana comes from a cannabis plant (female). CBD has no THC; it will not get you high. CBD oil is not psychoactive like marijuana is. There is loads of information on this oil and more studies are coming out each and every day. Researchers believe it is beneficial for almost everything you can think of; depression, anxiety, pain, brain trauma - you name it, CBD can help it.

Even with all of this information, however, no matter how great this oil supposedly was, there was no way I was going to give this to a younger family member without trying it first to see if it was safe.  On a personal note, too, I wanted to see if it there was anything to the claims of it helping anxiety.  

Speaking of safe, compared to other alternatives you might use CBD oil for, it is considered relatively safe with minimal side effects.  From what I’ve read, the most common side effect most people have talked about is dry mouth.

And…so I tried it.

Honestly, I did not think it would do anything except make my pocketbook a lot lighter and maybe my mouth a little dry.

I have to tell you, though, there is something to this stuff.

I have been using it for several weeks now, at a low dose (250 mg), and have been blown away with the positive outcome, with no side effects at all.

I’m amazed at how it has really helped to take the edge off my anxiety.

What’s even more remarkable is how it seems to restore you back to your old self - back to before all of life’s stress began. It’s like remembering who you really are.

I have also found many other positives:

  • Increased focus

  • Less craving for addictive substances, such as caffeine and alcohol

  • More patience

  • More ease at being mindful and in the moment

  • Calm

  • Not getting upset over the little things

  • Better sleep

And, the one reason I like it so much for HSP’s is, that I have experienced much less over-arousal in general. This is the one thing HSP’s contend with more than any other thing - over arousal and agitation from taking in too much sensory information and over-processing the subtleties of life. They say this is because HSP’s tend to have overactive or “hyper responsive” amygdala’s. The amygdala is the area of the brain that assesses threats and controls the fear response. Some studies suggest CBD might calm the amygdala when one is over-aroused.

I can tell you first-hand that it calmed mine.

So, how does CBD oil do this?

Researchers say we have an entire system in our bodies called an endocannabinoid system. CBD oil acts on the receptors of this system. If the endocannabinoid system in your body is healthy and vital, then it helps all other systems function optimally. It acts as a regulatory or homeostatic system. Dr. Dustin Sulak, describes the endocannabinoid system as “literally a bridge between body and mind.”

In my family, we now have three members taking it and all have had very positive experiences.

After a lot of research, we decided to go with Green Roads World, but there are many companies out there for you to choose from. We chose Green Roads for a few reasons:

  • They third party test their product. So this speaks to the validity of their product and their message. I want anyone I purchase essential oils from to also prove third party testing, so there is no reason CBD oil should be any different.

  • The owners have impressive backgrounds, and are passionate about CBD oil because of their own experiences and results from it.

  • They offer a substantial discount for past or present military service.

  • Easy to use and informative website

  • Excellent product

If you’re looking for a natural product that helps the HSP accentuate their positive nature, and experience less of the negative, then say hello to your new friend - CBD oil.