It's difficult to pinpoint the moment I decided to give CBD a try. I had used cannabis regularly for a number of years when I was younger. I enjoyed being stoned, I liked the social side with my friends, I liked the fact it rather pleasantly passed the time and I really enjoyed the fact that it calmed down my brain a bit. Imagine a million things going through your head, like a tap stuck on full. Money, job, repairs, family problems I had, problems I would expect to have, motorbikes, problems with motorbikes, movies, love life, all these were played on repeat constantly. Cannabis slowed that to manageable trickle. The problem with that was I am an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person, I guess I have an addictive personality. I was smoking too much, at home, at work - it was constant. I started to realise it was a bit of a problem and decided to stop smoking altogether about 5 years ago. Insomnia and anxiety started to creep in about a year ago and rather than revert back to smoking bid 24/7 about 4 months ago it dawned on me to look into CBD.
"I literally could not switch off, I was going to bed between 11pm and 1am and I was not falling asleep for an hour or two then I'd be up at 3 then 5 then 6"
I was under a great deal of stress at work, I worked in telemarketing, lead generation, inside sales and business development but it was more the uncertainty of a pending buy out that had me unsettled. That, accompanied with worry about debt and the pressures of a large young family, had caused me to stop sleeping well. I literally could not switch off, I was going to bed between 11pm and 1am and I was not falling asleep for an hour or two then I'd be up at 3 then 5 then 6. The problem was not so much the amount of sleep, but the fact it was completely broken up. I spent 90 % of my time literally exhausted. This had a direct bearing on the return of old deep rooted social anxiety issues - not diagnosed professionally but I really struggled in going to new places with new faces - a nightmare considering my line of work often had me at places way, way out of my comfort zone!