11 Dec SELF-CARE, A NOVICE AND THRIVE CBD OIL
Who is Thrive?
I was recently contacted by CBD and wellness brand Thrive just before their official launch to test out a bottle of 500mg strength ‘Kickstarter’ CBD oil. I hadn’t tried CBD oil previously but had been curious about the benefits I’d seen others experience.
After doing a spot of snooping into the brand, I actually felt comforted that they didn’t follow the usual green bottle brands I had previously seen. They also displayed information in a way that was easy to digest. Something that became even more evident when I received the delivery and got my hands on the lovely packaging.
It also stood out to me that that Thrive’s products are lab-tested twice – internally and by an external third-party. The lab reports are also easily accessible by searching your batch number on the website.
So, what is CBD and what does it do?
Before I started taking the oil, I wanted to make sure I understood what I was taking. In short, CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of over 100 cannabinoid chemical compounds that is found in the Cannabis plant. CBD does not, however, contain tetrahydrocannabinol, which is also known as THC. This means that CBD won’t get you ‘high’ as it’s not psychoactive.
It has been said that our bodies actually produce their own natural equivalents of cannabinoids. Which are used in what has been termed our endocannabinoid system (ECS for short). The ECS contains tiny receptors that then regulate our mood and emotions. It is believed that taking CBD can help restore the balance of cannabinoids, which in return can better co-ordinate messages from our brain to our body. With this, it is believed to help with anxieties, sleep cycles and some even say chronic pain.
What did I hope to achieve from TAKING THRIVE?
My curiosities around the product sat around both sleep and anxiety. I had recently moved into a house after spending the most part of the last 10 years in apartments. Living alone, I strangely found comfort sleeping on the same floor as my front door. I once was woken up by someone trying to aggressively open my apartment’s door at around 3 AM. Luckily, it just turned out to be the upstairs tenant. He was very drunk and had arrived home to the wrong floor and was frustrated that his key didn’t work. Innocent but It didn’t stop me from feeling on edge and now, sleeping on a second floor, without the ability to reach the front door within a few seconds. My comfort blanket is gone and I’m adjusting. I was curious, could this product add calm to my disrupted sleep and help to comfort my anxieties?
500MG KICKSTARTER CBD OIL – What & how?
- Available in 2 flavours – Blood Orange & Peppermint
- Contains CBD, MCT Oil (from coconuts), and Flavour Extract
- Recommended starter dose is 70mg per day – this is approx 4x pipettes and is suggested to be taken over 2-3 separate doses
- After shaking the bottle, drop the dose underneath your tongue and wait 60-90 seconds for it to dissolve
My experience testing Thrive CBD Oil
As a beginner, I was completely clueless about CBD as a whole. Thrive’s bottle and packaging had clear instructions about the product and how it should be taken. For the first couple of days, I decided to take slightly under the recommended dosage. I wasn’t sure what to expect and wanted to make sure it agreed with my body first. I had chosen the Blood Orange flavour which almost tasted a bit like Terry’s Chocolate Orange! There wasn’t any weird oil taste or consistency, just a simple clear liquid which dissolved as stated.
It’s been around a month or so since I finished my trial bottle and I wanted to conclude my experience. To be transparent, I didn’t actually notice a difference in my sleep cycles but as our bodies are all different it doesn’t necessarily mean it may not work for another person for this use. However, I did notice other changes. As I was coming on my period around 3 weeks into taking the oil. I noticed I didn’t experience any of my usual period aches and pains. My periods are not usually kind to me and this was quite the pleasant surprise. I’ve since found out that this can be linked with taking CBD oil. It’s been a while since I finished the bottle and have stopped taking the product and have since experienced my usual woes on my recent period.
Another thing I noticed was that I had felt less on edge and felt a subtle but additional sense of calm. Overall, I would say that my experience has been a positive one. Especially seeing the positive difference in my body when on my period, I didn’t feel anywhere near as rough as I usually would. I would recommend Thrive to someone who was looking to try CBD oil. They offer different strengths and also clarity over the product which I think is especially good for beginners.