• Nikki Vergakes


Updated: Mar 1, 2019

I am an extremely anxious person. Some days, every little interaction is like hiking up a mountain. It's not that I'm antisocial - it's all about quieting down the inner naysayer monologue.

"They're not going to think you're interesting if you say that, in fact, they will think you're weird." "They're nodding and agreeing with you, but they're secretly judging you."

Or worse, "You look horrible in that dress. You're fat."

I'm actually pretty proud of how well I'm able to function with this anxiety. I graduated college, live on my own, have had a few "big girl jobs", and have sustained a relationship and many close friendships. I didn't even know that taking something that could quiet those thoughts, that wasn't a lorazepam, existed. That was, until I found CBD.

What is CBD?

You may have seen CBD popping up in the adjectives for some of your favorite menu items: coffee, smoothies, protein bites and more. One of my first interactions with it was at a tea shop in Northampton Massachusetts. I bought some CBD gummies at a store that also sold tie-dye clothing and incests. That's why I thought it was something made by and for "hippies", until I did my research.

A few CBD Considerations

  • According to Samantha Macfarlane, many CBD oils contain inflammatory oils which completely counteracts the benefits and some are extracted using damaging processes. The best way to avoid this is to take a high-quality CBD product like Ned.

  • Although the terms CBD and Hemp oil are sometimes used interchangeably, they are different products that are used and consumed in their own way.

  • Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant. Hemp plants are a form of cannabis sativa that is typically grown for industrial purposes. Hemp plants contain traces of both THC (which causes the psychoactive affects that make you feel "high") and CBD oil, or cannabidoil. Hemp oil is mainly used in cooking for its nutritional benefits. It has a high level of vitamins E, B, B1, and B2.

  • CBD oil contains a concentration of CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD works with the body's endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping the body in a state of balance.

  • CBD oil ignites the body's natural cannaboid production. Basically, introducing your body to CBD oil regularly can encourage it to keep producing cannaboids that keep you in "balance". This is why it is so good for anxiety and mood.

Personally, I find that it helps my anxiety both during the day and at night. I take a drop in my coffee in the morning, and a dropper orally at night.

Are you ready to try CBD? Luckily, I have a recipe below for an CBD-infused smoothie (you can make it into bites like I did), and a discount code for you.

Deep Roots CBD is full-spectrum hemp oil that is organic and third-party tested. Hint: full-spectrum CBD is the kind you most likely want! If you'd like to check it out for yourself you can use my discount code nikkiv here.


  • 1/4 cup of greek yogurt

  • 1/4 cup of cherries

  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides

  • 1/2 tbsp Moon Juice probiotic powder

  • 1 drop Deep Roots mint CBD oil (use code nikkiv for 10% off)

  • 1/8 cup 88 acres vanilla sunflower seed butter

  • Top with cacao nibs and shredded coconut for some fun!

Blend all of the ingredients and top if you desire. If you want to make them into balls like I did, add some more greek yogurt and some coconut flour to thicken them, and make balls. Be careful - CBD should not be frozen!

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