Why Are You Here?

Why are you here?

Deep topic for our first meeting, I know. Don't worry, we're not here to tackle any existential crises. The fact of the matter is, you’re here to find out if CBD can fix you. You also probably want to know if CBD oil is safe, legal, and how it works. The good news is, The Heartland Hemp Happy Hour is loaded with shared stories of experience, anecdotal evidence, and best of all, the burning desire to help you thrive in every way you were meant to. Stick with me and I’ll teach you the ways of the world. Kidding- go see your therapist for all that.

In all seriousness, we’ve all been here- listlessly browsing the vast arrays of self-help blogs, life coach columns, and chirpy little articles about finding your inner peace through meditation with Susan the Life Hacker. I don’t know about you, but I’ve yet to meet a Susan who made me feel less anxious (Sorry, Susan). Here’s the thing- regardless of what you’re here seeking, we’re all bumbling around in life with the same end goal. At the end of the day, we just want to feel good. No matter what avenue allows you to reach that goal- mentality, spirituality, or physicality- the underlying desire is always simply to reach overall homeostasis.

It happens to the best of us.

Brace yourselves, because yes, we’re about to be getting intimate on the first date. I recently found myself going through a pretty rough patch- and we all know what that’s like, of course. Life happens to everyone, and often it just so happens to suck. I won’t bore you with the details because everyone’s got a good sob story, and mostly no one wants to hear it. The point is, I’m in this situation, sad, angry, and overwhelmed with how to move forward. This is where lots of people can fall prey to unhealthy forms of self- medication. Anything to make the pain or discomfort the tiniest bit more bearable, right? In the midst of trying to sort out how to move forward, I ended up having a breakdown of sorts at work (pathetic, yes I know, but don’t pretend that you haven’t had at least one meltdown in the office bathroom). Despite my best efforts to retain my dignity by melting down in seclusion, a coworker found me in the stairwell in my distress and offered to make me some “special” tea in the break room. I agree, thinking she might just poison me and solve all my problems. After steeping the tea, she pulled out a little vial from her pocket and dropped a few drops into the mug. I’m definitely feeling pretty sketched out at this point, but she sees my face and reassures me, “It’s just CBD oil, it’s not illegal or anything and it will help you calm down.”

At this point in the story, you’re probably thinking “oh, is this where we find out that CBD oil cures everything, even stairwell breakdowns?” Well, no. Wouldn’t that be convenient though? No, CBD oil hasn’t been proven to be a cure all or even a cure-some, yet. However, I can tell you that after I drank that tea, I was able to attend three back to back meetings that should have been an email and all with a smile on my face. Not an easy feat. More specifically, mere moments after sipping the tea, I felt a physical sense of tension release in my body and in my mind. Let’s be clear, I did not feel in the least intoxicated or out of touch. I felt completely present, but as if my body and mind had achieved that much sought after state of homeostasis, despite the continued presence of aforementioned rough patch. The CBD oil didn’t cure my mental state or magically vanish all of my problems. It DID noticeably decrease my anxiousness about my situation and allow me to keep moving forward to the point I was mentally able to confront the issues that had been previously so crippling.

Happy Hour without your co-workers.

CBD oil is no miracle cure. CBD oil, from my own personal experience and that of countless others, is a tool that you can add to your tool belt which will bridge the gap when you fall short of that homeostasis. Today I started with my own story, but if you keep an eye out, Heartland Hemp Happy Hour will continue to explore the effects, education, myths, and implications of using CBD oil and its many applications. Let’s reach our homeostasis together.