About a month ago my friend Meg introduced me to the bad ass women behind Equilibria, a CBD company designed for women and based in Chicago. I had heard about the benefits of CBD oil from a few friends, one was using it for insomnia issues and another to help with anxiety. To be honest, I’ve never been a drug taker. Marijuana (yes mom, I’ve tried it) has always either made me super sleepy or laugh until I start to panic (haha so many uncomfortable memories). It doesn’t interest me and I personally felt like I had no real reason to try CBD. BUT, after speaking with the ladies of Equilibria, they kindly sent me their Balance Box to test out the products just to see what I thought…let me tell you what I learned!
First of all, what is CBD?
CBD is a natural ingredient found within industrial hemp flowers that has been clinically proven to improve mental and physical well-being when taken properly and consistently. CBD is completely safe and legal. It is a powerful health agent, but there are NO discernible impairment (no high!). Industrial hemp is a cannabis sativa plant grown specifically to exhibit 0.3% THC content or less — this is why there’s no discernible intoxicating effect, but also why it’s legal. Any industrial hemp plants that cross the 0.3% line in the sand become marijuana plants, federally illegal, and (after approximately the 10% THC mark) psychoactive/intoxicating.
Common uses for CBD include anti-inflammatory (the root of all disease), pain management, mental health issues, anxiety, sleep, eczema healing, fertility, autoimmune…the list goes on. CBD works within your Endocannabinoid System (ECS) to create balance in your body. Our bodies create their own “endo” cannabinoids for the ECS, and “phyto” cannabinoids like CBD further regulate and/or augment this same system of receptors. It’s really interesting! I took this from the Equilibria website:
The endocannabinoid system [ECS] plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes that affect our everyday experience – our mood, our energy level, our intestinal fortitude, immune activity, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, how we experience pain, stress, hunger, and more.
What happens if the endocannabinoid system doesn’t function properly? What are the consequences of a chronically deficient or overactive endocannabinoid system?
In a word, disease.
By modulating the endocannabinoid system and enhancing endocannabinoid tone, CBD and THC can slow – or in some cases stop – disease progression.”
Fun fact: Women even secrete endocannabinoids when breastfeeding, for their babies! Yes, the ECS plays a huge part in fertility, PMS, motherhood, and menopause. (our bodies are so fricking cool!!!!!!)
Like crazy, right? It’s really really cool what CBD can do for people. We’ve seen those diagnosed with fatal diseases use CBD and/or medical marijuana to help/stay comfortable but when you think about the other benefits it could bring to people every single day—it’s amazing.
Equilibria‘s mission is to help women live their fullest lives. From inflammation reduction to anxiety management, Equilibria supports women in their CBD journey. I’m still learning about these products and honestly personally use them on such a small scale. So for me, this little package showed up on my doorstep one day and I put it on my dining room table to open later. When I went to put Jack to bed I was closing the window in his room and slammed it on my thumb. It was the kind of pain where you think you’re going the throw up, my nail turned black within seconds and I was on the brink of crying for a good hour. I then remember my Equilibria package and ran over to open it up. Included in the Balance Box was a pain cream that I put it on my thumb and you guys, within SECONDS, the pain was completely gone. It was incredible. I walked in to tell Dave and he said to me, “wow, imagine how that could help people who are actually in pain.” Rude, but totally true!! That night I took my first soft gel which is slow release of CBD oil and great for those just getting started. I slept like a baby that night and Dave did too! If either of us woke up at all, we agreed that we fell back to sleep instantly—a big issue for us is waking up and being awake for 2 hours because our minds go crazy and we can’t fall back to sleep. If your issues are beyond that, their oil drops are more concentrated and better for those who battle with episodic stress, pain, anxiety, etc. We take the daily gels every night and I wake up feeling so refreshed and sound. We take them an hour before bed and the best way I can describe the way it makes you feel is even. Comfortable, calm and just even. No high, no jitters, no anxiousness—just even!
Their three products include daily soft gels, oil drops, and pain cream. You can learn more about them on the Equilibria site!
But if all of this stills leave you feeling like you don’t know where to start, Equilibria offers a free two-week starter dose! You can also contact their dosing team who can help you figure out the amount that would work best for you! Equilibria’s CBD is farm-to-home, at the highest quality available in the US market (straight from their 1,100 acre farm in Colorado!). All of their products are lab-tested with results readily available and they have people available to answer any of your questions. Their website has all of the information you could need!
I just want to clarify that I’m not a doctor and I’m not the best person to answer your questions about CBD (I’m still learning too!). I wanted to give you my personal experience thus far. Your health comes first, so always consult with your doctor so can determine the best course of action for your condition.
The ladies of Equilibria very kindly gave me a code to offer you 20% off your purchase! Code: lizadams
This post is not sponsored, but I received so many questions when I shared my daily gels on IG so wanted to give you all, all of the information I could! xoxo