Can CBD Prevent the Ick, Saving Your Long-Term Relationship?

23rd August 2021

With many of us firmly entrenched in Love Island season, it's only a matter of time before talk turns to the ick. The ick can strike at any time, wreaking havoc in both long-term relationships and short-term situationships (see: Priya, Brett, and #briegate). However, at Candid, we know what really matters and we want to help, by answering the burning question: can CBD help with the ick?

We've really laid the groundwork – we'll tell you what the ick is and why it happens. We'll also explore whether or not CBD can help with it, and in what capacity. Furthermore, we'll tell you several common factors that contribute to the ick, and what you can do to avoid it at all costs. After all, prevention is better than cure.

So, What's the Ick, Exactly?

You might have felt it in a big way, but you may not know its official title. Before we establish whether CBD can actually help with the ick, we'll tell you a little about what it is. After all, it's always best to start from the basics.

The ick happens when, for some reason, you're suddenly disgusted by a romantic interest. This can strike at any time, affecting both casual dates and long-term relationships. Ask any Love Island enthusiast, and they'll tell you that the ick stems from the show itself.

First, it was used famously by Olivia Attwood in 2017, regarding Sam Gowland, who she was coupled up with at the time. The ick was then popularised by Leanne Amaning, a contestant on the fifth season of the show. Famously, Leanne got the ick from Mike Boateng, who she thought was moving too fast in their, well, situationship.

Here's what makes it even worse: we often don't know what gives us the ick… until it happens. Often, they'll do something cringe-worthy, disgusting, or just plain rude, and that's it – you're done. Your icks could be extremely specific; perhaps you don't appreciate white skinny jeans, like Sharon Gaffka, one of our ill-fated Love Island favourites this season.

However, they could also be quite general.  For example, when asked, a friend described her biggest ick as, “general unkemptness”. We're not sure how much more general you can get!

To make things a little easier for you, we've done a little research. After searching far and wide, we've found ten things that could give you the ick.

  1. Dirty houses – especially kitchens and bathrooms.
  2. People who refuse to drink water.
  3. Loud or messy eaters; noisy chewing.
  4. Rudeness or unkindness to waiters.
  5. Excessive emoji use.
  6. Running for the bus with a backpack on.
  7. Wearing sandals or sliders with a pair of socks.
  8. Dancing to the lyrics instead of the beat.
  9. Littering, especially when there's a bin within seconds of you.
  10. Long, cracked, and jagged toenails.

I've Got the Ick – Can CBD Help?

If you've got the ick, don't worry; it's only human, after all. There's no need to call time on your three-year relationship just yet! There's also no need to cancel a potential love interest over whether or not they like cheese, or prefer a night in over a taxidermy date.

Furthermore, it's important to note that things that give you the ick aren't exactly red flags. While some of them can err on that side of things (general rudeness, anyone?), they're usually harmless, cringe-inducing behaviours.  But to get down to brass tacks – can CBD help with the ick?

Well, at Candid, we certainly think so. While downing a few drops of CBD oil might not help shake the cringe, it can certainly help with some aspects of it. To understand whether or not CBD can help you with the ick, we have to first delve deep into the cringe-fest to find out where the ick stems from.

Put That Ick Back Where It Came From

There are several different reasons why you might get the ick. First, it's usually because someone has done something that makes you cringe. We all have aversions to different things; therefore, it's only natural for you to feel second-hand embarrassment.

You might also get the ick if your brain kicks into high gear, trying to protect you. Sure, this might sound a little far-fetched, but hear us out. You're living through a pandemic; you're exhausted and burned-out, and trying to kick-start your love life. In this case, you might be slightly anxious, leading your brain to look for an escape route.

Because of this, you could be hit with the ick fairly early on into a series of dates – even if it's going well. After all, like Faye, we might all lean into self-sabotaging tendencies, and use the ick as a defence mechanism. It's a pity, however, that all men aren't Teddy!

If this is the case, CBD could be an ally in your fight against the ick. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, CBD could help with anxiety, and stress-related behaviours. In this case, a few drops of a CBD tincture or a few gummies before your date could help with the ick.

While it might be tempting to down a few shots to cope with the ick, CBD is a far better option. You'll avoid a potential drunken meltdown, and avoid a hangover the next day! Therefore, there's no need to die of the ick, like the Hedgehog on that Sylvanian Drama video – especially if it's anxiety-related. Some CBD should set you straight… and potentially kick off a new relationship.

CBD Isn't a Cure-All, Especially for the Ick!

Hayley Quinn, a dating expert, says that getting the ick can just mean needing to reflect. According to Quinn, “the ick can reflect our own discomfort with getting closer to someone, rather than something the other person is actively doing.”

With so many of us trying to juggle work, friends, family, and self-care during a pandemic, this can strike even the most stable relationships. Therefore, in this case, CBD could come in handy. Studies show that CBD works in tandem with your endocannabinoid system, which is in charge of mood regulation, among other things. In this way, CBD could help regulate your mood and assist in understanding why you've caught the ick.

However, in other cases, CBD might not be able to help with the ick at all. Gurpreet Singh, a relationship counsellor and therapist, suggests that the ick might be a reflection of bigger-picture issues. In this case, it's always best to trust your gut; not even the best CBD bath bomb (or an ill-timed, “You're my girlfriend; I do love you!”) can help!

So… Can CBD Cure My Ick or Not?

Well, no – CBD can't exactly cure the ick. However, depending on what your ick stems from, it might help you cope with it. By taking some time to regulate your emotions, you might be able to understand why you've caught the ick, and whether you can move past it.

That being said, in some situations, it might be best to call it quits. Your ick could be a sign of bigger issues down the road. CBD might not be able to help your ick here, and it's always best to listen to your instincts.

To tackle the ick, you could always try some CBD. However, if that doesn't work, it might be time to call it quits. Thankfully, it isn't the end of the world – you have plenty of time to get back out there, and as with everything else, we move!

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