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If you’re anything like me (and what I think is the rest of the world), this year has been a complete rollercoaster. Some days I’m like eff yah, let’s do this! Other days, it honestly takes every single ounce of my being to peek out of my blankets and get out of bed.
A few months ago, I was reading my favorite blog, Ashley & Emily (formerly Two Peas In A Prada) and Emily had raved about her new CBD routine a few times so after a lot of research, I decided to take a chance and check it out.
*Editor’s, aka me, note – While writing this post, I realized it was getting super long and really had two different themes so I split into two parts. This post is all about my experience with CBD & Equilibria. If you’re new to CBD and want a basic rundown of what CBD is & how it’s used, be sure to check out Introduction to CBD first. I promise, I’ll be waiting for you here when you come back!
Equilibria is a woman founded and run company. Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Marcy Capron Vermillion, uses CBD to reduce her spinal nerve pain and use of pharmaceutical drugs while keeping her mental health in check. Co-Founder & CEO, Coco Meers, uses CBD for her autoimmune spine condition and to be more present with her family, including her two children. One of my new year resolutions awhile ago was to do a better job consciously spending, voting, and supporting with my dollars so I love that Equilibria is founded & run by women with a passion in improving the lives of others.
Standards of Quality
I also love that the CBD Equilibria uses is completely traceable to their 1,000 acre partner farm in Colorado. You can trust that the product is consistent and reliable each & every time that you order. The CBD used in all Equilibria products is organically grown and GMO, solvent, heavy metals, pesticide, and herbicide free.
Since Equilibria never uses the stalks, stems, seeds, or isolates of the plants, instead hand harvesting only the flowers and then extracting the oil, you’re getting the purest form of cannabinoids possible. Their special hemp oil features nine cannabinoids & 21 terpenes that work in unison to deliver meaningful & real results. True to their obsession with quality, Equilibria products offer 3-4 times the cannabinoids and terpenes compared to the average over-the-counter product.
Equilibria isn’t only invested in the quality of their product but also the quality of the customer experience. They are the only CBD company with a dedicated clinical support team.
What’s #myEQ story?
I’m a fairly anxious person with a high stress job (hello launching a Michelin starred Chef’s restaurant in the middle of a pandemic) and haven’t slept through the night in years. I ordered the Balance Box and started with the recommended dosing. Then, after my chat with my dosing specialist updated to half a dropper in the am, half in the afternoon and a soft gel right before bed since I fall asleep quickly but don’t stay asleep.
I’m used to rolling over, waking up, and immediately thinking about an upcoming deadline or worse – something I said in a meeting six years ago. My mind begins to race and I’m up forever until by some random feat, I happen to fall back asleep. I’m happy to report that after a few weeks of taking my soft gel before bed, I’m sleeping through the night or on the rare occasion that I do wake up, thanks Jax, I’m able to keep my mind quiet and just roll over and go back to sleep. That alone, would have made me a happy camper but Equilibria’s products have completely changed my days too.
I don’t necessarily feel “relaxed” but the way I describe it is “even“. When something stressful happens throughout my day, instead of spiraling, I’m able to acknowledge, address, and move on with my day. I wonder if this is how the rest of the non-anxious world operates & feels all the time. It truly is like a miracle.
I work for a great company and love the people I work with; I’ve been there for over six years now. Still, I found myself anxious to look at my phone after a text from my boss and have always had an exceptionally hard time walking away from work. Even a simple check in or question would make me pull out my computer at any hour. I’d not only handle whatever was asked but would also start on more work since my mind jumped into work mode and had a running list of tasks to accomplish. When Matt and I were in Europe, I worked for a few hours each morning, totally appropriate, but also sent some work emails during the intermission at Moulin Rouge. <face palm> Last November we went to Cabo, and our first night there while at dinner I was outside on the phone with our PR company trying to organize a media spot. Let me remind everyone – I work in marketing for a restaurant company, I’m not curing cancer here. I definitely have some issues with boundaries (that I’m working on) but I’m happy to report that Equilibria CBD has helped me not be so anxious in the first place.
Say I’m normally at a 85% stress level. My boss texts or we get a bad Yelp review or someone sends an email asking a question, it kicks me up to a 95% and I’m off like a horse in the Derby. Now with Equilibria, I’m sitting at a solid 60-65% (just keeping it real here). A text or stressful situation comes up, I might get up to a 75% but it’s nothing I can’t handle. I handle the problem that needs immediate attention but don’t spiral and start doing all the things. The best part? If I do find myself getting more and more anxious (2020 problems, ya know?), Equilibria Daily Drops come to the rescue. I just take another little dose under my tongue and fifteen minutes later am back to my calmer and happier self.
I’ve also found that using CBD has significantly cut back my alcohol consumption too (even before Whole 30). I was craving and counting down to that 5pm
glass bottle of wine the last few months and now will go for days without a drink. I just don’t feel this built up stress or frustration anymore. It doesn’t even cross my mind that I “need” to unwind because I feel like I never got wound up to begin with! I’m taking after-work walks, reading more, blogging, exercising more often – all things I “didn’t have time for” a few weeks ago.
TLDR What Equilibria Does For Me
- Makes me feel even & calmer
- Lets me sleep through the night
- Provides fast acting, on-demand stress relief
- Helps me focus
- Reduces the feelings of “needing” to unwind
What Equilibria Doesn’t Do
- Make me “high”
- Make me sleepy or drowsy
- Give me brain fog
- Make me lazy or want to sleep in
Getting started with your Equilibria routine couldn’t be easier!
- Finish reading this post so you’re familiar with the product line at Equilibria and what might work best for you!
- Head over to their website and use code CCWK for 15% off your first order!
- Check out and wait for your products to arrive in the mail!
- Once you receive your Equilibria goodies, you’ll set up an appointment with your Dosing Specialist. They’ll listen to how you’ve been using the products the past few days, ask some questions about your lifestyle & needs, and then recommend a schedule that will work best for you! If at any point in time, life changes (hello 2020!) you can always set up another meeting with a Dosing Specialist! Equilibria really does have a commitment to customer success & service!
- Don’t forget to join the My EQ Community Facebook group. Team members from Equilibria are fast to answer questions and it’s great connecting and sharing with other Equilibria users. There are also exclusive offers, surveys for future product development, and new product launches that are only available to registered group members!
How Can You Use CBD?
CBD can be taken or administered in a variety of ways. The great thing about Equilibria is there truly is a product for everyone.
Daily Drops – These drops are magic in a bottle. I take a half dropper of regular strength in the morning and a half dropper in the afternoon when emails and meetings are at an all time “high” haha get it? I don’t mind the taste of the unflavored but there is a mint version available as well as extra strength options too. The drops are fast acting and help increase my focus & sense of calm while keeping my anxiety at bay throughout the day.
Daily Softgels – I take my softgel before bed and like I said above, it keeps me asleep all night long. The softgels are a slow-release product with long-lasting effects. I take a spoonful of nut butter before taking my softgel so that my body absorbs all the CBD goodness and then it’s goodnight Katie.
Relief Cream – I haven’t tried the Relief Cream yet but Emily swears by it for menstrual cramps and aches. This cream absorbs into the skin topically without entering the bloodstream and is great for aches.
Dynamic Roller Duo – These are next on my list! I can’t wait to try the rollers. Each roller has 75 mg of CBD and can be used to relieve pressure points and regulate mood. There’s a Peppermint, Jasmine, and Lemon blend to energize and a Lavender, Bergamot, and Rosewood blend to relax & soothe. Yes, please!
Balance Bath Bombs – Each set of four 50mg CBD bath bombs includes two uplifting Lavender Lemongrass bath bombs and 2 Cardamom Rose soothing bath bombs.
Mindful Mineral Soak – 200mg of CBD joins over 30 minerals to nourish skin alongside Gardenia and Jasmine oils. Each bag is good for four baths.
Signature Boxes – Equilibria offers a few different boxes (which are a great deal because they’re automatically discounted when you subscribe monthly) that fit a variety of different needs. I personally get the unflavored Balance Box. It comes with a 30 day supply of the 10mg softgels and 30ml of the Daily Drops.
Okay, I think that just about covers all things Equilibria! If you have any questions definitely leave them in the comments below and I’ll be sure to answer them or put you in touch with someone from the Equilibria team.
Don’t forget to use code CCWK for 15% off your first order!
I know 2020 has thrown a lot at all of us but it’s my hope that this year has also allowed us to speak up and say, “I need help” or “I’m not okay”, to explore what those options look like, and to honor ourselves while making time for true self care. If there’s any way I can support you in your journey and you don’t want to leave a public comment below, don’t forget you can always reach out via email too.