CBDiary is an article series that features real women’s experiences with CBD products. The purpose is to anonymously share how women use CBD, what worked, and what didn’t. We’ve learned CBD is very personal and what works for one might not for another – everyone is unique.
Industry: Tech / Startup
Location: Chicago, IL
Wellness routine in a phrase: “Sleep is the most important element of your health”
Products tried: Nite Nite The Good Patch
What I wanted: A chance to calm my overactive brain and fall asleep
“I started as a management consultant but after my two year program jumped into the startup world. Now I work in marketing for a media and festival company – we bring together entrepreneurs from around the country to give a place to tell their stories. I love what we do and I really enjoy working on the brand itself because it is so identifiable.
Wellness to me used to feel like a buzz word. When I heard people talk about self-care and wellness I typically though it was just an excuse to buy a bunch of serums. It’s only recently that I’ve started defining it for myself but it’s been a journey. Today, I have cut out alcohol during the week and aim to be in bed by 10:00 pm. Eventually, I’ll add a consistent work out schedule.”
When I first heard about CBD
I’ve always struggled sleeping when work gets busy. I’ll lay in bed, my mind will start running so I grab my phone try to write down whatever is in my head and attempt to clear my head again. I tried ZZZquil for a few days but felt pretty drowsy in the morning. A few weeks ago, I saw a couple articles about CBD for sleep and after a bit of research wanted to try something easy.
Why I chose this product
I chose the patch because I didn’t want to mess around with dosing. It was the easiest option I found.
I have to admit – I read through the instructions a few times and completely missed the little picture that shows you where to put it. I wasn’t sure how long it would take to kick in so I decided to try it a bit earlier in the evening. I was looking to differentiate being actually tired and the effects of the patch so I chose to put it on a bit before 9 pm.
Within 15 minutes, my eyes started getting heavy but I noticed the patch itself felt a bit tighter that I would like and it was getting itchy. I waited but eventually, peeled it off and swapped wrists. I have a feeling that switching and reapplying reduced the overall effect because I didn’t have the same sensation as when I first tried it. I finally hit the bed right before 10:00 pm and fell asleep immediately but ended up waking up a couple of times during the night. When I finally got up in the morning, the patch was gone and I later found it in a random spot on my boob – whoops.
Overall, it worked for me – I fell asleep much faster than usual and didn’t wake up drowsy the next day, which was my biggest fear.