Things on your mind in the middle of the night: Your children. Where is the beachfront property going to be when all the Arctic ice melts? Your parents. Deranged politics — and not just at work… is it time to change the batteries in the fire alarms yet?
Anxious? You bet. You'd have to be a zen monk not to feel anxiety these days.
As a baby boomer, you know how stressful life can get. You've survived this long because you have coping strategies. And although they may have served you well for decades, it's possible to overdo it with exercise, booze, mindless TV or your other preferred means of escape. Thus you take it easy, and despite your best efforts, you find yourself wide awake at 3:15 a.m., your mind besieged by improbable catastrophes. Or just a vague and creeping sense of dread.
Mention this to your doctor and you might go home with a prescription for Xanax, or an anti-depressant — more than 34.4 million adults took antidepressants in 2013-4, up from 13.4 million in the 1999-2000, according to a survey cited by the New York Times.
CBD oil for PTSD? Veterans are getting good results
In fact, a lot of boomers are taking a lot of pills to deal with the stress of daily living. But what if, instead of developing a chemical dependency, you could take an organic, non-toxic, non-habit forming relaxant — one that's been successfully used to treat our most troubled warriors?
Retired Army Dr. Philip Blair, M.D. has been giving CBD oil to veterans with PTSD, and getting positive results. As he told the Cannabis Science Conference in 2017:
It turns out, PTSD IS treatable, and potentially even preventable, by simply providing high-quality CBD. I’ve seen first-hand in my pre-clinical trials CBD's positive effects. Including reduced anger, reduced anxiety and jumpiness, reduced drug dependency, increase in quality of sleep, increased feelings of well-being and more. From a medical perspective, there’s no doubt in my mind, CBD is a non-addictive, non-psychoactive, incredibly viable treatment for PTSD patients.”
A strong endorsement, and a blessing for former soldiers who are desperate for help. As well as for the rest of us: You don't have to be a combat veteran to be battling anxiety — it’s an everyday condition of life in these United States. A baby boomer I spoke with recently shared this:
Two months ago were some pretty tough times for me. My father was rapidly declining due to Alzheimer's, my job was becoming less enjoyable, and it was the middle of winter. At one point, I said to my wife, “I don't know if I've ever felt lower mentally.” She was concerned. So was I.
[Someone I know] is an advocate for CBD and he was finally able convince me to at least try a bottl
e. I did and am pleased to share that the benefits have far outweighed my expectations. The relative calm that has settled over me is wonderful — in the midst of dealing with my father's condition and switching jobs to what is going to be a fulfilling but highly demanding position — I am loving my mental state. Sure, life tosses some challenges my way but they neither derail nor defeat me. I'm going to encourage my wife to try it as well but will make sure to manage expectations — she's not necessarily going to ‘feel' anything. It's more of the lack of the darker edges that can reach out and tear away at someone. That's gone.
Another aspect worth mentioning is the lack of a racing mind when I wake up in the middle of the night. In the past, I was usually unable to get back to sleep for at least an hour due to the slideshow of daily stresses that presented itself. That's pretty much gone. The slideshow projector can turn on but I don't watch the screen. Sleep is good.
How to relax… without poisoning yourself
If you're anxious — and who isn't these days? — could CBD oil help? Among the positives about CBD oil:
- It can be calming, but CBD oil doesn't get you high (nor does it give you a hangover).
- You can take CBD oil in a variety of ways: by capsule, tincture, paste or vape.
- While the marketplace is crowded, there are established, reputable companies selling CBD oil.
- CBD oil is good for you in a number of ways; people are using it to treat arthritis and other chronic pain, cancer, Type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and other conditions.
A caveat: There's a lot of misinformation about CBD oil out there. There are new players in the market every month. So if you're interested in the potential of CBD oil, the best thing you can do is educate yourself. Talk to your friends; look at sites like Project CBD. If you decide to give CBD oil a try, buy some from a trusted source and give it a trial.
Realize that cannabis, of which CBD is a derivative, is a personalized medicine. As with most medicines, your body's response to CBD oil is going to depend on your own situation, including your genetics, and the state of your endocannabinoid system.
In short, now is a good time to give CBD a try. You might sleep a lot easier.