With Wild Brand Ambassador Alex Hodges Bennett
Your heart is pounding—you don’t have butterflies in your stomach; they’re fluttering throughout your whole body. It feels as if you’re submerged underwater and can see the surface, but can’t kick fast enough to get to the top.
Over 40 million Americans are all-too-familiar with these feelings. Anxiety looks different for everyone. What or who triggers it, how long it lasts, and the ways we manage it. But one thing we can all agree on: Anxiety f**king sucks.
GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT STRESS
It’s tough on us mentally, physically, and emotionally—keeping us from fully embracing ourselves and enjoying life. When we don’t unleash our anxious thoughts onto a pad of paper or in someone’s ear, we internalize them and quite literally FEEL all that tension, which can lead to more even more serious long-term health issues.
In 2020 alone, anxiety has risen by 50%, and only 36% of people are doing something about it. We’re here to change that in an extreme way. At Wild, we believe CBD is the antidote to anxiety, and as someone who has personally experienced and overcome it, I stand for a world with less stress and more CBD. Wild has created a line of hemp-derived CBD products that are precisely measured to restore the best version of you—and serve as an advocation to rid the world of stress so people can feel free and wild.
I starting dealing with anxiety in 2019 when I quit drinking. To me, anxiety feels like an uncontrolled heartbeat, causing the rest of my body to panic. It usually results in laying on the floor, writing on paper to my husband because I can’t speak. Some people have suggested medication, but I never wanted to go down that route. So, I tried everything else—which led me to CBD. Like many people, I was skeptical of it at first. I questioned whether this plant could really save me from all my stress. And to be honest, it didn't at first. I tried a handful of CBD brands until joining the Wild team, and that’s when everything changed... Wild does CBD differently.
THE ANTIDOTE TO ANXIETY
After extensive research and development, our team found that it took 80-100mg of CBD to really *feel* its benefits. So, each tincture product has 100mg of CBD per serving. The oils are basically made for anxiety. Not only are they third-party tested at every stage of production (as with every Wild product), but they ONLY contain hemp-derived CBD, MCT (coconut) oil, and natural flavors (that will blow your mind). Being a health-conscious person, knowing that really puts my mind at ease.
CBD (short for cannabidiol) works to relieve anxiety in a variety of ways. You have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that produces its own form of CBD, called endocannabinoids. They send messages to cells and interact with several systems throughout the body to promote homeostasis or balance. Among those is the nervous system, which directly impacts your stress and anxiety levels. When you take CBD, you’re supplementing your ECS and further fortifying these systems.
There is growing research on how CBD directly impacts anxiety levels, but here's what we do know. In a 2019 study, 80% of people with anxiety reported massive improvements directly connected to CBD consumption. Research has shown that it works by targeting receptors throughout the nervous system and by regulating your serotonin levels. Serotonin is the “happy hormone” that helps stabilize our mood and feelings of well-being. Regulated serotonin levels result in improvements in anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. The best part is, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects (unlike its distant cousin, THC).
ALEX'S CBD RITUALS
In the morning I take a six-pack tincture shot. It’s my go to; there’s just something to be said about taking a shot a day—I love the whole experience. In dealing with my anxiety, I struggled to skip my beloved morning coffee. Early on, I stopped drinking it altogether because it would trigger my anxiety. But I didn’t want to give up the things I loved, so I created a morning routine around CBD and coffee. Each morning, I’ll sip on my oat milk latte after taking a CBD shot. That’s usually all it takes for me to stay focused and energized, yet calm and collected at the same time.
Then, nighttime is for vape. First things first, the Wild vape is incredibly effective. Both the vapor device and CBD pods were hand-designed by Wild to provide a clean approach to vape. Let’s just say I wasn’t a vape-person before trying it, but now it’s my saving grace. It heats at a clean, cool temperature of 180 while the average vape burns at 350-700 degrees. Its smart circuit board maintains that low temp, providing a smooth, even draw that feels like a breath of fresh air.
The CBD pods are bursting with flavor and contain absolutely 0 THC or nicotine. We believe natural you is the best you, and the vape's goal is to enhance that. I’ve come to associate the vape with deep relaxation as it’s the one CBD product that provides instantaneous relief. When hitting the vape, you take a deep breath in and exhale all that pent-up stress. It’s almost a form of meditation for me. So, each night, I’ll grab a book and read while I vape. It’s my favorite ritual.
For someone who’s reading this and struggling with anxiety, I can’t suggest CBD more. I joined the Wild team with a deep passion for celebrating self-expression and living without the restraints of anxiety. Since then, our mission has been to enrich the planet and people living on it by creating one-of-a-kind CBD products that allow you to enjoy life and focus on the things that make you feel wild, not worried.
Stay Wild at Heart.