The Whole Story

This is a more detailed version of my story for those who like more information.

My Weight History


Diets don’t work for me. They rarely work for anybody long term. I have been on many different diets, losing over 50 pounds several times but, like almost everybody, I could never keep it off.

Prior to June of 2019, I had not weighed less than 300 pounds in 30 years. I was 51 and spent more than 30 of my years over 300 pounds and 20 over 400 pounds. For the last 6 years, I have been unable to maintain a weight below 380 for any length of time.

On June 24, 2019, I weighed 299 pounds for the first time in 30 years.  I did this without dieting but instead by treating my anxiety.


Anxiety Discovery


I’ve always had a problem with anxiety. I just didn’t know that’s what it was. I searched the Web many times for various symptoms I had but never could find anything helpful. Then, about five years ago, I had a feeling of dread that lasted all day. When I got home from work, I searched the Web and BINGO, there it was. I read through all of the symptoms with very specific examples and felt like somebody was writing about me.

I researched anxiety medications but was concerned about how powerful they can be. I wasn’t really interested in taking something that could change my brain chemistry to that extent or something I could become addicted to. Eventually, I heard about CBD and the anti-anxiety benefits. I thought about taking it many times but kept putting it off because I was nervous. (Basically, I had anxiety about treating my anxiety.  [I want to put an eye roll emoji here but I’m afraid it’s not professional])

Meanwhile, I kept trying to diet.  Here’s how that would go…

  1. Decide to start a diet. On Day 1, worry constantly about never being able to eat what I want again. 95% of the time, I don’t make it to Day 2.
  2. If I manage to struggle through all of my worries and fears, after a couple of days I get into a routine of less food and more exercise which I really enjoy because I feel better almost right away.
  3. Something happens…
    1. Go on vacation.  Forget about the diet. Come Back. Return to Step 1.
    2. Eat more during the Holidays.  The Holidays are over.  Return to Step 1.
    3. Go out with friends.  Eat lots.  Return to Step 1.
    4. Don’t lose weight one week. Ask what’s the point. Have a big meal. Return to Step 1.
    5. Etc., etc., etc.,  Always back to Step 1.

At some point, it began to occur to me that the worry, racing and unwanted thoughts I had when trying to diet might be because of my anxiety. Not only was it possible that my anxiety was keeping me from losing weight but it may have been responsible, to some extent, for my weight gain in the first place. I had been self medicating my anxiety with food. Treating my anxiety, not dieting, might lead to weight loss for me.




I did a LOT of reading about CBD and all the various products before ordering what I decided would be the best product to help my specific problem. After I ordered the CBD mints, I didn’t start taking them right away. Eventually, on a warm Saturday afternoon in September, even though I was spending a nice day with my family, I was feeling nervous and tense. Seemed like a good time to start my experiment. I put a mint under my tongue and let it dissolve. About 20 minutes later it felt like the tension and nervousness rose off of me like steam. I felt great. I didn’t care about food and didn’t eat anything the rest of the day. I have taken one of my “magic” mints twice a day ever since. My anxiety has remained in check for many months now. I have lost over 90 pounds at this point.

The main benefit of taking the mints is that it reduces my anxiety and allows me to more fully enjoy my life. Weight loss has been a secondary benefit for me because I used to eat to feel better. Now I generally only eat when I am hungry.  

I would say that 95% of my worry and racing/unwanted thoughts are gone. I almost never feel a sense of dread or impending doom. I don’t obsess about food (or my weight). One unexpected bonus is that my concentration has improved dramatically. I also find that I am sleeping through the night instead of waking up at 3 AM and not being able to get back to sleep.


My Summary of Benefits


Below is the list of the primary benefits I have had from taking my mints

  1. Reduction in Anxiety – This is my primary benefit.  Every day of my life is better because I deal with less anxiety.
  2. Weight Loss – Although this is the reason I started taking the mints, I have still been shocked at how the reduction in anxiety has led to a more normal relationship with hunger and eating.
  3. Concentration – This was unexpected. I like to play tabletop games and within that circle of friends it has always been a joke that I can never listen while rules are being explained. Now, I am not only the most attentive listener, I have even sat down and read the rules to a new game while there are several conversations going on around me then explained the rules to everyone else. This has NEVER happened before.


My Current “Diet”


I do not consider myself to be dieting. However, I do track my food daily using a calorie counting app. I set the app to maintain my current weight so I can see how many calories I need in a day. Although I no longer use food to treat my anxiety, I do use it to treat my hunger. The calorie app does two things: it keeps me from eating larger portions out of habit and, because this is my experiment after all, it gives me clear metrics that I can use to evaluate if my experiment is working.

Find your Calm

CBD affects everyone differently. But studies have shown that CBD may help increase concentration, maintain healthy stress levels and reduce the desire to “stress eat”. CBD does not make you feel high, just calm.

Find your Calm

CBD affects everyone differently. But studies have shown that CBD may help increase concentration, maintain healthy stress levels and reduce the desire to “stress eat”. CBD does not make you feel high, just calm.

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