CBD & Anxiety: How it Can Help
It seems that everywhere you turn, you can’t help but see or hear something about CBD.
Given the range of health benefits associated with taking hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products, many individuals have been rushing down to their local dispensary to get their hands on this recently legalized People around the world are reporting about the wellness benefits they are receiving from CBD.
Benefits are known in the form of stress and anxiety reductions, general pain relief, improvements in sleeping behavior, reduction in ADHD symptoms, and the list goes on, including helping pet illnesses.
It seems that any symptom or condition out there can at least be helped by the use of CBD. The testimonials of everyday people are hard to ignore. It is not a cure-all for everything, but it may help. And overall, it cannot hurt to take it.
So why exactly does CBD help with many symptoms, including anxiety? Let’s learn a little about CBD and then tackle this important question.
What Exactly is CBD?
This is a commonly asked question. Many people have an idea about CBD, but it can be confusing to know what makes CBD different from cannabis/marijuana (CBD is indeed different!).
CBD and THC are both called “cannabinoids.” Experts believe there are over one hundred cannabinoids that exist within the cannabis plant. CBD and THC are just two of many.
Some people may already be familiar with THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol, because it is the cannabinoid that gets users “stoned” or “high”. This is prevalent in marijuana. Marijuana is legal in some states, but not all.
CBD, on the other hand, is generally extracted for use today from the hemp plant. Hemp is a sister of marijuana. Hemp is the plant that has limited amounts of THC in it. This is why it is legal in all 50 states, whereas marijuana is more highly regulated. CBD does not get users “high”; CBD is reported to provide wellness benefits without the “high.”
CBD derived from hemp only contains 0.3 percent or less THC, while on the other hand, CBD derived from marijuana can contain upwards of 25 percent THC. A very notable difference (and a legal difference at that depending on what State you are in).
In recent years, CBD has been identified as the primary cannabinoid containing many health and wellness benefits for helping common medical conditions.
In fact, there are other cannabinoids and terpenes (other naturally occurring compounds) that are in the hemp plant that work with CBD to provide benefits. Use of the whole hemp plant, often called “full spectrum CBD” is beneficial, because you reap the advantageous effects of the entire hemp plant, not just the CBD.
This is why it has become popular to extract only CBD and incorporate it into products for people who don’t want to get “high.” The market is exploding, but consumers must ensure that they select the correct product and not something that is made from inferior hemp (for example using pesticides) and that the product is subsequently processed correctly and cleanly using organic practices and materials. It’s super important to know what you are putting in your body, and CBD is no different.
How CBD Helps with Anxiety
The hardcore research on CBD is still ongoing. This is largely because it was only in 2018 that CBD became legal. Until then it was forbidden for farmers to grow and process.
Although there isn’t enough research done yet today to support claims like “CBD treats all anxiety,” there is certainly evidence that supports a reduction in anxiety symptoms by using CBD. From independent studies to user testimonials, people around the world are reporting their findings.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound that directs a critical system in the body called the endocannabinoid system. These systems in the body control things like emotion, anxiety, pain, inflammation, and other critical things. A balance of CBD in the body can help so many different aspects of the body work more smoothly.
Anxiety is said to affect some 50 million adults in the USA. Some have reported great success using CBD products. It makes total sense because CBD works with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system to keep the body in check.
What people are doing is typically taking some CBD oil (make sure it is organic and well crafted!) under the tongue for 60 seconds… that oil and CBD absorbs into the body via the many blood vessels that are present under the tongue.
After a minute or so, the oil is swallowed. Sometimes the effects of CBD can be noticed almost immediately. Other times, depending on the symptom being treated and the person, it can take a build-up of CBD in the body to help over a period of days or weeks. One should not give up on CBD if it does not work immediately, experts recommend that the CBD is tried for at least one month before a decision is made as to whether it is helping a person.
The hype about CBD is real. It is turning out to be what looks like a very viable option and natural alternative to many drugs. Often times, it is used in combination with prescription or OTC drugs for even more effectiveness.
With CBD, we recommend buying the best product you possible can – organic and clean, and figuring out what the best dosage is for you. Enjoy CBD, it might help you!
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