How To Use CBD Oil To Treat Anxiety
Anxiety disorders are among the United States’ most common forms of mental health issues. Over 40 million adult Americans (18% of the population) are known to suffer from one. Despite the broad toll it can take on emotional well being, physical health, and productivity, only 36.9% of those suffering seek continual treatment.
Unfortunately, there are often enormous barriers people face when seeking mental health treatment. Those suffering may be unable to regularly see a doctor or therapist due to cost, unable to afford insurance coverage due to cost, or their private insurance plan may not cover mental health issues. Additionally, over half of the country’s currently employed psychiatrists are expected to reach retirement by 2025. A thinning mental health workforce will not help these sweeping accessibility issues.
Many mainstream medication treatments for anxiety carry numerous health risks of their own. SSRIs can inhibit libido, cause weight gain, induce withdrawal symptoms if discontinued, and in some cases, could spur a potentially life-threatening toxic Serotonin Syndrome. Another popular class of anti-anxiety drugs is benzodiazepines. Though effective, benzodiazepines can be highly addictive and are associated with an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Increasing prescription rates have coincided with rising overdose mortality.
In spite of these overwhelming treatment shortcomings and transgressions, a safer, viable alternative exists in the form of cannabidiol (CBD). Extracted from the hemp plant, CBD offers many of the same medicinal benefits of marijuana without the potent psychoactive effects of THC. Research has shown that it may alleviate symptoms across a wide array of ailments, and anxiety is no exception.
Numerous studies have found CBD to be effective for anti-anxiety with no anxiogenic effects and few sedative effects.
CBD is sold in a wide array of edible, liquid, tincture, and topical product forms. Research has attested to the superiority of full spectrum CBD oil products over isolate alternatives. It is the most versatile, most concentrated, and least diluted form of CBD available, and here’s what you should know about using it to treat anxiety.
Use A Safe And Effective Carrier Oil
The rise in popularity of CBD has created an opportunity for consumers seeking safer and effective wellness treatments. However, this has lead to a lot of products on the market that are of lesser quality and haven’t undergone rigorous testing.
We have a more comprehensive piece on what to look for when purchasing CBD oil. In short, you’ll want to buy a product that’s been third-party tested, extracted with a CO2 solvent, produced with traditional oil over an alcohol tincture solution, made with reliably sourced hemp, and distilled in a carrier oil with highly fat-soluble molecules. Hemp is actually a fairly weak carrier of CBD compound on its own. Coconut MCT oil is the one carrier with most solubles, most CBD retention, sourced with little impact on the environment, and it carries additional anti-inflammatory properties.
Until more federal oversights come into effect, third-party lab testing is one of the best indicators of quality. It has no bias and will ensure that the product is free of unsafe additives. Chemical solvents, pesticides, and herbicides may be preferred by producers for cost-cutting, but their health risks leave them much less than ideal for consumers. Currently, CO2 is the safest solvent option on the market, and the healthiest hemp by far is organic all-natural hemp.
Apply CBD Orally for Faster Relief
CBD works by stimulating the body’s network of neurotransmitters known as the Endocannabinoid System. There are no right or wrong ways to administer it, but those with more severe anxiety or panic disorder symptoms will want immediate relief.
Oral CBD consumption of oil or capsules can provide effective relief over a few hours and topicals are primarily useful for chronic pain. The two best methods for quick effect are inhalation via vaping, or sublingual dosing via using a dropper under the tongue and holding the oil drops there from 30-90 seconds. Both methods bypass traveling through the bloodstream, and both allow for efficient, almost immediate relief.
Adjust CBD Dosage as Needed
Endocannabinoid systems are all unique to the individual and may fluctuate depending on weight, age, and prior cannabis experience. If you don’t start seeing immediate results right away, don’t panic or feel frustrated; some effects may take longer to progressively build up and accumulate than others.
CBD has no potential for dependence, withdrawal, or lethal overdose, so don’t sweat increasing or decreasing the dosage as needed to tailor to the level of relief you want.
All forms of CBD can alleviate anxiety, but by far, any level of inhalation or sublingual dosage can be beneficial. If you believe CBD may be the right form of anxiety relief for you, contact us and we’d be happy to help you find the right product.