I'd tried CBD before, but it hadn't worked for me. After holding the oil under my tongue for over 30 seconds, I walked around my kitchen for an hour thinking, "is it working?" before trudging up to bed and tossing and turning for an hour before drifting off to sleep.
It's a shame, because I really wanted to feel its benefits - cannabidiol has anti-inflammatory properties that can support overall peace and wellbeing. Bloggers I know loved it, but I figured it was another health hoax.
So when I went hiking with a friend, and she offered me CBD on the trail, I said no. I didn't want to take any more of her expensive placebo. I did ask how she was keeping a bottle of oil in her small fanny pack, and she took out what looked like a sugar packet.
She said Caliper's CBD is delivered in a powder form, which is absorbed way more easily than the oil. I told her I still thought it wouldn't work on me (or at all), but she gave me a packet to take home anyway. She stirred it into her water bottle, and we kept on hiking.
I kind of forgot about the sachet in my backpack, until in about a week, I was scrolling through my newsfeed and saw someone else talking about the wonders of CBD. Ugh!
I decided to search Caliper CBD, with the hope that they were different and was surprised to see that they claim their powder is "6.5x more absorbed in the first 15 minutes compared with oil-soluble CBD." That was promising.
Also, with the individual packets, they said it was more consistent and precise than oil, which makes sense - I definitely may have messed up the tincture dropper last time.
It was flavorless, but I called my friend just in case, asking if I had to make iced tea or something to mask the flavor. She told me it's really, genuinely flavorless, so water would be fine, but I could put it on ice cream if I wanted to. I decided to just put my packet in a glass of water, and see if it did anything. No harm, no foul.
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It stirred up easily, with no clumps floating to the surface. My water still tasted like water, no sweet or bitter aftertaste.
About 15 minutes in- I still felt nothing. What on Earth were people raving about?!
Then, about 30 minutes in, the only way I can think to describe it is that the tension from my shoulders was gently released. I'm a little neurotic, but I could feel my body telling me to take a breath and slow down, without feeling foggy.
It was subtle, but really important. This was the feeling I'd been wanting from the oils, but never got - just a gentle relaxation, without losing focus. I finished up a report I'd been working on, did some cleaning I'd been putting off and went to bed.
When I woke up, no fogginess, just a readiness to take on the day. Wow! I definitely wanted to keep this around - Caliper CBD offers a 10-pack and a 30-pack, with 10% off and free shipping if you subscribe.
I went for the 30-pack and it's been a couple of weeks now - I keep some powders stashed in my bags, and also in the cabinet, in case I'm feeling stressed. I've also noticed a difference in the way I approach stressors even when I'm not on CBD - everything feels a little more manageable.
Seriously, having Caliper CBD at my disposal wherever I go, has made me a bit of a calmer person - I know I can handle whatever comes my way. I also now understand that CBDs are NOT created equal - so many companies are just trying to cash in on the craze, so I'm glad I finally found the real deal.