While my chronic pain is a recent development, my problems with anxiety are noted early on in my medical history.

I was struggling to maintain my composure at 16 when my workload at school reached monumental proportions.

LIke so many of my peers, I was encouraged to take as many AP classes that I could possibly handle under the justification that it would better prepare me for college. It’s not that these teachers and school administrators are wrong, but you don’t want to encourage behavior that leads to burnout before the kid can even think about high school graduation, let alone college prep. It started to get really bad in my junior year, which is the same time when a bunch of my friends started smoking marijuana on the weekends. I resisted drug use at this age because I was desperate to succeed and graduate college someday. But if I had access to CBD back then, I know my life would have been a lot easier. With the recent legalization of CBD and hemp you can find these products in most major stores in either tinctures, oils, capsules, or more. While there are hordes of people who take CBD primarily for their chronic or acute pain problems, there are just as many like me who use CBD to treat their anxiety and stress. I feel like I can consume CBD while I work without feeling too intoxicated to complete my tasks. If anything it helps me stay focused when intrusive thoughts threaten to derail me amid my work. That’s why I recommend CBD to everyone I know struggling with anxiety and stress issues.