I’m a Wellness Editor and This One Product Changed My Mind About CBD

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  • Value: 18/20
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  • TOTAL: 92/100

Skin-care products. Fancy, $8 lattes. Dog treats. At this point, CBD is everywhere. You might be thinking, It can’t really work, It has to be a sham, Will this get me high?

I hear you. I feel you. I was you. Until, that is, I discovered Charlotte’s Web CBD gummies.

Quick refresher: CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found primarily in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. It’s one of many powerful cannabinoids found in hemp, and is thought to help the body and mind in various ways. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning that it doesn’t have any intoxicating or euphoric effects. Instead, CBD enthusiasts report feeling slightly more relaxed and at ease.

Proponents say that CBD can help relieve pain, decrease stress and improve focus. Research says, well, not much. There haven’t been many relevant studies on the effects of CBD yet. “At really high doses (300 to 500 milligrams), CBD has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory in mouse studies,” says cannabis specialist Dr. Jordan Tishler. “At even higher doses (800 to 1,200 milligrams), CBD has been shown to [reduce anxiety] in humans.” But the problem? No one is taking doses this high because it’s unaffordable, he tells us. And while there has been some research to suggest that CBD may help with other conditions, a lot of the evidence appears to be anecdotal.

I’ve always been pretty skeptical. In spite of doing my own research and receiving dozens (not an exaggeration) of CBD-related pitches into my inbox every week, I remained resistant to the idea as a whole. 

I’m here to tell you, dear reader, that Charlotte’s Web’s gummies have made me a believer. The gummies come in three varieties: Calm, Sleep and Recovery. I’ve tried all of them, and my favorites are the Sleep gummies, which are raspberry flavored and taste so good I could probably (read: definitely) eat the whole container in one sitting—but wouldn't because, you know, CBD. I’ve had mixed experiences with melatonin in the past, but something about the combination of melatonin and CBD has me falling asleep faster than I ever have. I eat two gummies 30 minutes before I want to fall asleep, and it feels like a gradual sense of calm washing over my body and lulling me to sleep.

The Calm gummies support increased focus and relaxation with a blend of lemon balm, L-theanine and whole-plant hemp extract, while the Recovery ones are formulated with a botanical blend of ginger, turmeric and whole-plant hemp extract to support joint health and joint strength. (I’ll note here that the Recovery gummies are excellent the morning after a few too many glasses of wine.) All of these plant-powered CBD gummies are flavored with natural juices from fruits and vegetables.

Is it a placebo effect? Quite possibly, but instead of looking too much into it, I’m going to savor my newly peaceful nighttime routine. Consider my mind changed about CBD.

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...