Feeling the pressure as your wedding day quickly approaches? You're not alone. All the planning, budgeting, designing, and dreaming that leads up to your nuptials can get the best of even the most cool, calm, and collected couples. On a quest (or Google search) for ways you can decompress and destress, you might come across CBD oils, CBD ingestibles, and other CBD products. But what is CBD, exactly? And how can CBD help with anxiety for couples?
Brides spoke with Alexis Rosenbaum, founder of Rosebud CBD to learn more.
What Is CBD, Exactly?
Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a naturally-produced compound of hemp and cannabis plants that indirectly stimulates our brain receptors to alter the signal between cells. CBD has been shown to restore balance to important bodily functions like appetite, digestion, inflammation or pain, mood, and sleep. Thus, CBD totes claims of reducing stress and anxiety—two common woes of engaged couples—with none of the intoxicating effects of marijuana, the drug commonly associated with CBD.
CBD can come in several final forms, such as gummies and candies, but one of the most common today is CBD oil—taken in proper dosage under the tongue using a dropper or topically to reduce pain and inflammation. CBD oil has exploded in popularity over the past few years, and more and more people praise its healing and calming capabilities. And Rosenbaum told us that CBD oil is effective for helping to bring the body back into balance naturally and, crucially, with no risk of dependence.
“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” Rosenbaum says. “To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of CBD.”
How Can It Help With Wedding Stress?
It’s no wonder that more couples who are feeling stressed about all their wedding planning are turning to CBD as part of their wellness regimen. Rosenbaum was already married by the time she founded Rosebud, but if she could go back in time, she’d have leaned on CBD to help her get through the rough times. “When it was finally time for [my] wedding, I was a ball of anxious exhaustion and just waiting for it all to be over,” she says. “CBD wasn’t a part of my life back then, but if it had been I would’ve felt as if I could catch my breath amongst the madness.”
Rosenbaum says CBD is a great alternative for couples to help reduce stress and anxiety (particularly during major planning and on the big day itself), maintain proper digestion, and keep their minds and bodies feeling their best throughout their wedding journey. It can also be used topically to reduce inflammation, as well as redness and facial blemishes.
What Research Says
As its use is popularizing and it is still a relatively new product, CBD is continually being researched. There are mounting reports that CBD is effective as a pain reliever. Forty-two percent of CBD users said that they stopped using traditional medications like Tylenol or prescription drugs like Vicodin in favor of CBD, in a survey conducted by Brightfield Group and Hello MD, an online community that brings doctors and cannabis patients together. Eight out of ten say they found the products to be “very or extremely effective.”
As of now, CBD is mainly used to manage anxiety and stress, but evidence shows that CBD may play a role in providing relief from many other conditions, like ADHD, addiction, diabetes, PTSD, and sleep disorders, among others. However, these statements are not approved by the FDA. And of course, you should always consult your physician when it comes to introducing new supplements into your routine and discontinuing others.
There are understandably many skeptics out there, including those who are reluctant to use any product that is made from hemp and cannabis. Though it’s made from the same plant as marijuana, contrary to what one might think, again CBD doesn’t carry the same effect on the body as marijuana does. That’s because CBD doesn’t contain THC, the property responsible for the intoxication experienced when smoking marijuana.
CBD isn’t intoxicating, but since it’s a compound that does affect the mind, it is technically psychoactive.
That’s just one of the many misconceptions about CBD, Rosenbaum tells us. Another important one to note is that not all CBD is created equal. There are a lot of imitators out there.
“A lot of what is on the unregulated market today is snake oil,” Rosenbaum says. She noted a 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which surveyed 84 CBD products sold by 31 companies. Blind testing found that only a third of them contained the amount of CBD listed on the label.
We asked Rosenbaum what, specifically, to look for to ensure you’re buying legitimate CBD and not one of the many imitators:
- Full Spectrum: The whole plant includes all cannabinoids found in the hemp/cannabis plant.
- U.S. grown: without using herbicides, pesticides, or solvents (it’s also a great way to support local farms)
- CO2 Extraction: the cleanest way to extract the CBD without altering the compound or adding solvents
- Key ingredients: Look for products that have no fillers, additives, or preservatives.
- Research: Seek out products that have been vetted through third party lab test results.
CBD may not be for everyone, and all prospective users should consult their doctor if they are taking any medications. Just like any other supplement, its use is a personal choice. For many couples, CBD may be worth a shot for its reported ability to help with stress, anxiety, and potential pain relief.
Remembering her big day, Rosenbaum not only wishes she had used CBD throughout the planning process to de-stress; but she also wishes she could have started sharing its benefits earlier.
“I would have definitely given CBD to my bridesmaids,” she said. “Heck, I would have handed CBD out as gifts to every wedding attendee!”
Our Favorite CBD Oils and Ingestibles
The ingredients in Rosebud's full-spectrum CBD oils are sun-grown in Oregon without any herbicides, pesticides, solvents, or added fillers. Plus, they're third party lab tested for quality and potency.
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Every bottle that leaves Extract Labs is third party tested for purity. The tinctures, made from locally-sourced ingredients and with no fillers, go up to 4000mg (for extra-stressed couples!).
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With select USA-cultivated hemp, Lord Jones's CBD oils contain a broad spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich formula, crafted from just five pure ingredients. And their yummy fruit gumdrops are also top-notch, as they're made by hand in small batches and flavored with imported natural European fruit essences. What a fun way to incorporate CBD into your routine!
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With a refreshing minty flavor, the organic CBD oil from Highline Wellness is 100 percent vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free, and is harvested from organic plant materials using all-natural CO2 extraction. The results of third party lab testing are also easily accessible.
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Sunday Scaries's full-spectrum CBD is sourced directly from family-owned, pesticide-free hemp farms in Colorado. Plus, for an even more beneficial boost, their products also contain Vitamins B12 and D3, to help regulate the nervous system and boost the immune system. Bring a bottle of their gummy bears to your bridal suite in case you (or your bridesmaids) get any morning-of nerves.
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