HOW CBD IS HELPING ME WITH ANXIETY | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Petite Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Petite Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

A CHICAGO PLUS SIZE FASHION BLOG

November 11, 2019

HOW CBD IS HELPING ME WITH ANXIETY

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Chicago-based woman-owned CBD brand Equilibria.

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Chicago-based woman-owned CBD brand Equilibria.

I guess I have struggled with some form of anxiety my whole adult life, and maybe even in my teen years. But my anxiety has become more prevalent in recent times because I am juggling a lot. On top of a full-time job as a magazine editor, I also run this blog, which may seem like it's not a lot of work, but let me tell you, every second I am not at my magazine job, I am working on my blog job. And to make things even more complicated, I have a very emotionally-demanding parrot, as well as a very understanding boyfriend and caring friends who like to see me every once and a while, but understand that my schedule is hectic. In full transparency, I have been seeing a therapist for the past three years, and we have been working on moving through traumas and insecurities, but lately, we have been focused on my anxiety because it's kind of taken a front seat.

Is CBD right for me? 
I told my therapist that I wanted to start looking into CBD, and she said while it was a good option for calming anxiety, she also tasked me with doing some heavy research on which brand and what kind of CBD would be best for me. If you aren't familiar, CBD is a phytocannabinoid that is found in hemp flowers. Depending on the person, CBD can benefit mental and physical well-being when taken properly and consistently. There are so many smoke shops around my neighborhood that advertise that they carry CBD with neon lights, and inside they have containers of gummies, oils, and other CBD-infused remedies. But it didn't feel right to me. So I took to the Internet and I found Equilibria,  a Chicago-based, woman-owned CBD company that advertises "science, not miracles," and their mission is to help women live their best lives. Immediately, they earned my trust. Another really reassuring factor to me was that Equilibria has a dosage consultant who is "on-call" whenever you need her. I definitely needed someone to tell me what I should start taking and how much of it because I had never taken CBD before.

Let's try it!
So I decided to start with Equilibria's Daily Softgels and Daily Drops. I must confess that the thought of a CBD oil (a.ka. the Daily Drops) wasn't my favorite, but I learned that it may have a more immediate effect on me since the liquid is absorbed faster. I spoke with Maia, my dosage consultant, and she told me to start by taking one Daily Softgel in the morning and one full Daily Drop at night before bed. I wasn't seeing much of a change after taking that dosage for a couple of weeks so then Maia upped my dosage to two Daily Softgels in the morning, and two full Daily Drops before bed. It was then that I started seeing a big difference in the way I was sleeping. I used to have very vivid stress dreams that would wake me up and keep me up every night. Taking two full Daily Drops before bed has helped me fall asleep quicker and it also has eliminated my stress dreams. When I take my daily Softgels in the morning, I don't notice a huge change, but I do feel a little more mellow throughout the day. I can still get all my work done, I am just not pulling out my hair while I do so, which I think is great!

Three months later...
I have been using Equilibria's CBD products on and off for the past three months, but I have found that the product is most effective when I take it consistently. So for the past three weeks, I have committed to taking it, just like I take my daily vitamins, and I have really loved what it's doing for me. I still rely on Maia, my dosage consultant whenever I have questions. Recently, I decided to start taking a full Daily Drop when I feel like I am on an extreme edge. It helps relax me and it actually clears my mind when I am feeling foggy or bogged down by stress. While I don't have any chronic pain or inflammation, I think CBD can also be really effective for people who struggle with those things. It's definitely helped me get a handle on my anxiety, paired with learning tactics to help center and ground me in stressful situations. And I am also really happy that I chose to try a brand that is local to me and woman-owned. Equilibria feels like it's personalized to me, and the team makes me feel like they truly care about how I am using their product and how it is affecting me.

And today, the brand has actually debuted its "All is Calm" box, which includes all of the Equilibria products I am using, as well as a Relief Balm, Calming Oil Roller Ball, and bath bombs! You can get the All is Calm box for 20% off today! It makes the perfect gift for friends, family, or yourself! 

Have questions? I have the answers!
I'm still learning more about CBD, as well as seeing how to continues to affect me, but I found that Equilibria has some really great informational and educational content on their website, such as the RX Interactions, Lab Results, and Talk to a Dosage Specialist pages that can help you build your knowledge of CBD.

I also asked the Equilibria team to answer some questions that my followers on Instagram had about CBD and Equilibria. Find their responses below:

Do I need a medical marijuana card to purchase Equilibria or CBD in general? 
No, you do not need a medical marijuana card to purchase Equilibria or any other CBD that is hemp-derived. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production and sale of hemp bred with 0.3% percent or less THC. The industrial hemp plants we use in our products meet this requirement, and our full-spectrum, whole-flower hemp CBD products are completely federally legal.

Does Equilibria contain THC? 
Our product contains less than 0.3% of THC which is federally legal and cannot get you high. That small amount of THC is important. CBD is more effective when combined with THC; scientists call it the ensemble effect. 

Are there any negative side effects that come with taking CBD? 
The world health organization released a report saying that CBD has a safe profile that is generally well-tolerated in most people—you cannot overdose on CBD and you cannot become addicted to it. The most common side effects reported are drowsiness, nausea or headaches - most people who experience these rare side effects find that they go away on their own. 

Is Equilibria full-spectrum CBD? 
Yes! Our CBD is Full Spectrum which means that it contains many other cannabinoids and terpenes in addition to the legal amount of THC (less than 0.3%). These components of the plant work together synergistically to amplify each other's healing properties, making the CBD therapeutic benefits of CBD that much more effective. This reaction is also referred to as “The Entourage Effect." 

How can I trust that I am getting CBD that is actually potent and not just a placebo? 
Our products are medical grade and include 3-5 times the cannabinoids and terpenes than most of the products on the market. You can find our third-party lab results on our website here. 

Is Equilibria marijuana-based CBD or hemp-based CBD? 
Our CBD is hemp-derived, making us federally legal.

Is CBD regulated? How can I trust this is safe? 
While CBD is mostly an unregulated market, we’ve partnered with an organic farm in Colorado where we’ve chosen to follow all of the strictest medical marijuana laws even though we are not obligated to do so. See here for our third-party lab results. Because we have our own, single source, organic farm in Colorado, you can feel confident knowing you are getting the same product consistently batch to batch.

How has CBD helped current customers? 
The top 3 reasons our members use our CBD include anxiety, sleep, and chronic pain. We also have many members using our CBD for hormone regulation, headaches, and inflammation, among other things.

If you want to try Equilibria, you can use the code natalieinthecity for 15% off your first order! Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experience or reach out to Equilibria! You can contact me at natinthecity@gmail.com and you can find answers to more frequently asked questions on Equilibria's FAQ page.

Thank you to Equilibria for sponsoring today's post! All opinions in this post are 100% mine. I only recommend products that I have personally used and love! Thank you for supporting brands that make Natalie in the City a possibility!

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Chicago-based woman-owned CBD brand Equilibria.

Chicago Plus Size Petite Fashion Blogger, influencer, YouTuber, and model Natalie Craig, of Natalie in the City, reviews Chicago-based woman-owned CBD brand Equilibria.
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4 comments

  1. Very interesting!! I suffer from migraines so I’ve been trying to find something like this. I’ve been doing some research. Thanks for your feedback babe!😊💖

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