CBD and Anxiety
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The world is currently in a period of stress and turmoil due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The repercussions from the virus have caused people to become incredibly stressed as the future remains unclear. Most of the world is currently locked down with little knowledge of when the world will return to normalcy. In my home state of Michigan, it is beginning to look like there isn’t a chance that places will open up again soon and that is true for a majority of the United States and the rest of the world. While some states and European countries are slowly returning to the pre COVID world, many people are finding themselves in a state of anxiety and worry about the possible return of the virus or the state of the post virus world. This leaves a lot of people scared and confused as to how to control this feeling of worry. There is no magical cure or end all for anxiety or any mental health condition. However, many people are currently taking CBD oil to manage their symptoms of anxiety and for many of these people, CBD is helping.
What is CBD?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis Sativa Plant. It is a natural substance in the plant that is now finding itself being used in products such as edibles and oils for its significant therapeutic and relaxing characteristics when applied or consumed. However, unlike THC, another chemical found in the Sativa plant, CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD has differing effects on the brain’s neuro-receptors than THC meaning that the consumption and use of CBD will not cause its users to feel “high” or intoxicated. Because of this, CBD is a good alternative health option to those who are looking for the health benefits of the Cannabis Sativa plant but may not want the additional intoxicating effects that are associated with the consumption of THC. This combined with its ease of use make CBD a good option for those who are looking for the beneficial uses of the cannabis plant.
CBD and Anxiety
The national institute on drug abuse or the NDIA has ran tests for general anxiety disorder or GAD and the effect of CBD on treating anxiety and stress. According to Healthline.com, lab rats tested with CBD have shown signs linked to reduced stress when given CBD oil. These test subjects showed signs of decreased anxiety and stress overall such as decreased heart rate, and the reduction of other physical symptoms of anxiety.
Further research suggests that aside from GAD, other forms of anxiety such as SAD or social anxiety disorder or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) may be able to be treated by CBD use also as well as other conditions such as insomnia and other mental health conditions. This information was reported by healthline.com as well citing a study conducted by the Sage Journal of Psychology. This study gave patients struggling with social anxiety disorder doses of CBD and the individuals involved in the study reported that their overall level of anxiety had decreased after taking CBD oil.
How do I take CBD for Anxiety?
There are many ways to consume CBD products. CBD edibles, Oils and CBD vapes are the most popular methods of taking CBD currently. It is important to pick the right method for you when taking CBD.
It is easy for CBD to be added to pretty much anything. CBD gummies are currently the most popular edible form of CBD and can be easily found at CUR. Edible CBD products normally take longer than oils or vapes to see the effects, but the effects of the gummies will last for a longer period of time. Always be sure to check the legality of your state or area when purchasing or using CBD products.
The most popular method of consuming CBD is by using sublingual oil, or "tinctures". This consists of a carrier oil, such as coconut, hemp seed, and vegetable glycerin oils infused with cannabinoid profiles such as CBD, CBG, CBN, and many more. CBD oils offer more instantaneous effects than CBD gummies but provide effects for less time. These oils are taken with a dropper, which allows you to directly regulate the amount that you are consuming. Again, it is important to check for the legality of CBD in your state or country before buying and using CBD products.
Smoking CBD/CBD Vape Products
CBD can be smoked or vaporized using a special vaporizer that works with CBD oil. Currently however, vaping is still not proven to be 100% safe for your lungs. Legally purchased CBD vape carts are highly regulated but still use caution and be sure to purchase your CBD vape products from a reputable source, such as CÜR.
Dosage and Afterthoughts on CBD for Anxiety
It is important to talk to your doctor before starting CBD use. Your doctor will be able to provide you with further information about CBD as well as the proper dosage in order to help treat various types of anxiety. That being said however, the NORML or National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana laws states that there are little to no CBD products that can provide a total replacement for traditional treatment for anxiety. So far, the studies show that CBD has a clear connection to the treatment of anxiety and the treatment of various other anxiety related disorders but it is up to you and your doctor before deciding if CBD is right for your individual use and treatment.