Hi, I’m Harry. I experienced anxiety as a student. For me, CBD was the answer.
CBD three. Simple. Letters. but honestly, those three letters made a world of difference to me.
If you’ve read about Hide & Seek you’ll know that I’m really open about my story. I think it’s really important to speak out about mental health so others can learn they’re not alone and more importantly find a solution that works for them which, for me, was CBD. I thought I’d spend a little more time here telling you about my journey so hopefully you can realise you’re not alone. Do feel free to share. It may help someone else.
Why did my anxiety happen?
I started off at University eager and excited like most students. The first week was a whirl of meeting people, signing up for clubs at the fresher fairs, drinking (a lot! Too much?!) and finding my way around a new city. I found the first few lectures were thought-provoking – I was doing a Politics and International Relations degree - very different from school.
About three weeks in, the novelty started to wear off. Quite quickly. The lectures were still interesting but with just 13 hours a week I didn’t think there was enough of them. I only had three short essay assignments to do in three months and I ended up staying in my room for up to 10 hours a day – then sleeping for around 8-9 hours which only left for a few hours a day for food and a few chats in the corridor. Don’t get me wrong, I was studying in my room but I felt trapped and claustrophobic. It started to feel like a prison cell.
I do like a drink but I found the incessant focus of drinking EVERY SINGLE night too much. I just didn’t enjoy that cycle of pints of pints followed by a hangover, staying in my room staring at the ceiling and then doing it all again. Not to mention I simple didn’t have the money to go out every night. The first weeks were great but as soon as freshers wound down the clubs were the same every night. No difference from night to night. Repeating the same activities daily without having anything to strive for or to be motivated for can put an individual in a bad spot mentally. It gives someone a feeling of a lack or purpose.
What did I do about it?
It was my dad who actually recommended CBD oil in the end. I’d had a bit of counselling – I had to pay for this privately – as the wait for the University’s Counselling service was three months. It helped to talk about my feelings but I still felt constantly on edge – just anxious.
So, I started taking CBD oil twice a day. At first, I didn’t notice many changes but it is something you need to keep up with. You need to find your ‘sweet spot’ which for me was three drops of CBD oil under the tongue, morning and evening. This level of CBD just helped to take the edge of things. It balanced my anxiety and outlook; I felt calmer. It made my everyday just that bit better.
The best way to put how CBD helped me with anxiety was taking the edge of things. It didn’t completely stop my anxiety – which is a good thing, a small bit of anxiety I believe is a great motivator. But CBD helped me manage the racing thoughts and allowed me to feel free from the crippling grip anxiety has. In turn, feeling freed from anxiety allowed me to want to go out more. Which therefore reduces anxiety further as you’re tackling what the anxiety stems from. Speaking a year and a half down the line I now don’t suffer from anxiety at all but still take CBD daily as the other benefits CBD posses are well worth continued use.
CBD interacts with the body in amazing ways. The cannabinoids in the CBD activate many pathways within the brain and studies have shown it has a positive effect on the serotonin receptors which reduce anxiety and panic attacks and is known to relax and improve mood.
What can you do about your anxiety?
If you are experiencing anxiety at University firstly don’t worry that you are alone. In a recent Ranstad survey of 2,000 students, over a third of students said their mental wellbeing had deteriorated since starting in higher education. In addition, 20,000 students didn’t make it to their second year in 2019…
My advice to you is to find what works for you but CBD could be one of the answers.
Other things I do are also really easy to build into your routine – a walk every day, meeting good friends once a week (rather than every night!) – socially distanced of course at the time being, exercising regularly to release those endorphins and eating well. I’m a great believer that what you put into your body and how you look after it – eating well, not drinking too much, exercising, relaxing, mindfulness – all help you be the best version of yourself you can be.
Finally, do get in touch. I’m really happy to share my experiences with you and talk about CBD to give you some more information about my journey.
It’s most important you don’t suffer in silence and, if you don’t want to speak to me, there are others out there who can help.
- Mind.org.uk – 0300 123 3393
- Anxiety UK – 03444 775774
- Samaritans – 116 123
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – bacp.co.uk
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