It’s a widely known fact that anxiety is a serious problem plaguing millions of people every day. There’s everything from occasional anxiety associated with temporary circumstances (like fear of being laid off at work to nervousness about going onstage, etc.) to chronic anxiety to debilitating levels of it that can lead to depression. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness afflicting U.S. Americans – that’s an estimated 40 million adults – roughly 18% of the country’s population.
Anxiety is, in reality, a title for a serious of different subcategories of disorders such as general anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Chronic worry and dread are some of the most common manifestations of it. Other symptoms include insomnia, feeling lethargic or fatigued, experiencing indigestion often, muscle tension, rumination, lack of concentration or focus, chronic frustration, uneasiness and restlessness, and headaches. People living with anxiety are prone to psychiatric disorders, that is, multiple times more likely than those not dealing with anxiety.
Because of the severity of this ailment and because of how common it is, CBD or cannabidiol has been used to treat its symptoms. This is one of the main driving factors behind the demand for CBD.
How Does CBD Help with Anxiety?
Research on CBD has revealed that cannabidiol carries inherent properties that have positive effects on people living with anxiety and depression. It does this by interacting with the serotonin receptors in the brain and promoting more serotonin production. The serotonin is what gives humans a happy feeling of well being. Certain studies have even noted that it takes effect faster than many prescription antidepressants that are typically prescribed by traditional doctors. Traditional medications have also been proven to cause sexual complications, drowsiness, and insomnia – they can also become highly addictive. Because of all these risk factors, more and more people are choosing to use CBD for their anxiety management.
Here are the 5 Best CBD Options for Anxiety:
This is probably one of the most popular ways to take CBDs. If you so much as begin your search for CBD products, some of the first items you will come across are CBD gummies, chocolates, and other candies. Well, did you know there are a very wide array of edible CBD products beyond just candies? From CBD coffee to CBD kombucha and much more, you’ll be sure to find some edible form of CBD that you can’t wait to try. This is a good way to keep track of dosage since many edible forms have measured amounts that are labeled and visible for the consumer. It is also a socially acceptable way of taking your CBD dosage – while popping a pill, taking a puff from a vape pen or pulling out your oil dropper might get you some unwanted attention or judgment, no one will look at you twice for simply eating. Keep in mind, however, that edibles aren’t so quick to uptake as other forms – such as sublingual application and inhalation. So edibles are not ideal for things such as anxiety attacks and situations when it needs to be absorbed into the bloodstream quickly.
CBD Vape Oils
Inhaling vaporized CBD oil through a vape pen is one of the quickest ways to get the effects of CBD. This is important in an acute anxiety situation. Being able to leisurely vape throughout the day is a great way to release stress as well. It is one of the arguments of those who smoke cigarettes – that the action of taking a break from daily activities and enjoying that slow, deep breath helps calm them down. Although it’s been proven that smoking cigarettes and tobacco are only detrimental to health, what can be applied here is the action. Pairing that action with the medicinal benefits and health promoting attributes of CBD vape oils is a match made perfectly for anxiety relief.
CBD pills or capsules are a straightforward way to take CBD to help manage anxiety and symptoms of it. It is a good way to keep tabs on how much you’re taking which is important when you’re trying to pinpoint what your best dosage amount is for desired effects. It is always recommended to start small and slow, with small dosage amounts. When taking the initial small doses, keep it the same for a few weeks before upping the dose. Then, when you go up in dosage, stay at that plateau for a while to monitor the effects. If you still need to increase, you can keep going until you find the right amount for you.
CBD isolate is derived from the hemp plant and is considered the purest form of cannabidiol that comes in a variety of forms – crystals, wax, crumble and powder. This is another convenient form of taking CBD that is easy to measure so that monitoring dosage is manageable. Isolate is versatile in its mode of uptake – you can smoke, vape, take orally, apply topically or dab.
CBD Oils / Tinctures
CBD oils, tinctures, and sprays are very popular with CBD consumers. Sublingual application is another rapid-acting uptake method that is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. This is a great choice for people who have issues swallowing capsules and pills. Being able to manage the amount you take is also relatively easy when you take it from marked oil and tincture bottles that show you clearly how much is in the bottle. There are bottles with 250 mg, 500 mg, 750 mg, 1000 mg and 1500 mg available. Being able to monitor the amount you take is important so you can pinpoint exactly which dosage amount is right for you. Oils do, however, have a distinct “weed” like taste, so it is important to note if taste is an important factor for you. The good news is there are many options with oils and tinctures and many are mixed with terpenes or aromatic oils from plants like peppermint or limonene to give them a nice flavor or aroma.