After reading about its powerful effects and benefits online and hearing my co worker gloat about his experience with CBD oil I decided to bite the bullet and see what all the hype was about. This is a review of a CBD Oil product manufactured and sold by CBD American Shaman.
What is CBD Oil?
If you’re not living in a cave or the jungle then chances are you’ve heard of CBD oil as it has soared in popularity in the last few years. CBD oil, which is not to be confused with hemp oil, is a naturally occurring chemical in the marijuana plant and is known for healing inflammation, reducing anxiety, relieving muscle and joint soreness, and promoting sleep. The main difference between hemp oil and CBD oil are the part of the plant where they are extracted from and how they are used. Hemp oil is extracted from hemp seeds while CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves. Hemp oil is a natural moisturizer therefore it’s most commonly used topically as a lotion. It is also a popular substition for cooking oils such as olive oil. The uses of CBD oil range from topically as a muscle and join pain reducer to internally as a remedy for inflammation and anxiety. It may also be used to promote a good nights sleep. In the sports world CBD is widely used as a muscle cream to sooth soreness. CBD oil has also been used in cancer patients for reducing nausea and increasing appetite. The medicinal use of CBD is still in its early stages and people are discovering new uses as it gains more traction. One thing key factor that is attracting more people to use it is that it is a non psychoactive so you won’t get high yet it yields some of the same positive benefits as it’s close relative THC.
You can get a bottle of the standard Water Soluble solution for $59.99 or you can opt to go for the extra strength Water Soluble which contains
higher amounts of CBD for $89.99. They are a little on the high end as far as price goes but they do offer a 5 day sample for 15 bucks. If you are current or former military there’s a 5% discount. Do a quick search on Amazon and you will find many CBD products for half the price but none of them in the form of a Water Soluble and there’s been a huge concern that none of those products on Amazon actually even contain any CBD (there’s no doubt that American Shaman’s product contain CBD, they even posted their lab reports for the public to view here. American Shaman also gives you the option of adding a very small amount of THC to your mixture (I believe it’s .02%) which is something I haven’t seen from any other manufacturers.
Purified water by reverse osmosis, natural & artificial flavoring, concentrated cannabinoid & terpene rich hemp oil, saponin extract, citric acid.
My Experience With American Shaman CBD Oil
I purchased American Shaman CBD’s proprietary Water Soluble product which comes in a 30mL dropper bottle and packs 10 mg of CBD per 1 full dose (1 full dropper = 1 full dose) making the entire bottle 300 mg. CBD American Shaman claims that consuming the cannabidiol (CBD) in this form results in 10 times more bio-availability than consuming the oil which causes the effects to set in quicker and last longer.
The instructions say to take it twice a day, half a dropper in the morning and half a dropper at night. I started with the $15 sample bottle of Pina Colada flavored water soluble, pouring half a dropper into 8 oz of water in the morning and repeating before bed. I’m not huge fan of the Pina Colada flavor, I believe the natural flavor of the CBD overpowers any added flavor (like the Pina Colada) so it doesn’t mix very well. After finishing the sample bottle I restocked but this time opted to go for the unflavored version which to me was easier to drink.
How CBD Oil Reduces Anxiety
I don’t suffer from anxiety as much as I used to since I found ways to cope with it naturally through some simple diet and lifestyle changes but it only took around twenty minutes for me to start feeling more relaxed after taking my first dose of the CBD and the relaxation tends to come in waves through out the day. I also believe it increases my focus and strengthens my sense of clarity. I come up with more creative ideas and I’m more sociable when I take CBD. Ultimately, I can confidently say that I believe the CBD would help reduce anxiety in people who do suffer from it.
Does CBD Oil Reduce Inflammation and Help with Muscle Recovery?
You might be thinking about using CBD to help with muscle and joint pain relief and to reduce inflammation. This was one of the benefits that really piqued my interest. I lift weights at least three days a week so I really wanted to see if it would help with muscle recovery. The first thing I noticed is that my workouts became a lot more controlled and I wasn’t as nearly as sore the day after. I was also recovering from a few minor injuries when I first started supplementing including a shoulder impingement and the CBD relieved 90% of the pain and discomfort I had, especially during a work out. At the time of writing this I no longer have any muscle or joint paint and my work outs have been more explosive than ever.
Does CBD Oil Promote A Good Nights Rest?
You might be one of the millions of people who don’t get a good night’s rest often enough and are leaning towards using CBD to help promote sleep. I don’t have a problem sleeping so my sleeping patterns didn’t change but what I can say is I am noticeably more refreshed and focused when I wake up in the morning. One caveat from taking CBD before bed is that I end up having to wake up two or three times throughout the night to pee. Other than that I truly believe CBD can be a fantastic solution for those who suffer from insomnia.
Some Tips and Tricks
CBD Oil can yield some incredible effects when taken by itself consistently but what I’ve noticed is that when you use it in conjunction with other supplements such as this stack of magnesium, calcium, and zinc you’ll see faster and better results. The reason these two supplements pair so well is because magnesium has been shown to reduce anxiety and promote focus, and the other two minerals (calcium and zinc) promote bone and muscle health. I also recommend not taking more than 10 mg before a high intensity work out — if you do take more than that keep the workout light because the CBD causes your body to produce more sweat which can cause you to become dehydrated quickly. Lastly, cut out any fast food and junk food as much as you can while taking it as they will only water down the effects of the CBD.
If you’re looking for a proven and all natural solution for pain relief, anxiety relief and sleep promotion then CBD oil is an excellent choice. Be mindful that it will not solve all your problems by itself but when you use it in conjunction with better lifestyle and diet decisions you will see a huge improvement in your condition whether it’s muscle recovery, anxiety, or insomnia.
I also sampled a CBD infused muscle and joint pain relief cream to see how it would help me recover after lifting weights and training which I’ve written a review for here.