It is estimated that more than 40 million adults in the United States alone suffer from anxiety-related conditions. While the top lines of defense tend to be in therapy or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), more and more doctors are turning to alternative methods such as herbs, breathing techniques, and as it grows more popular and more extensively legal, cannabidiol (CBD) products for anxiety.
What Do We Know About CBD?
At Johnny Apple, we take great pride in educating ourselves on what CBD products are out there, how they can be used, and whether or not your expectations are realistic or a little over the top. We share that information with every visitor to our online store, not because we want you to buy from us, but because we want you to get the most relief from the experience.
We know CBD is different than tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the element in marijuana that gives the user that feeling of being “high” or mentally “elevated.” We also know that more states have recently passed laws allowing the use of CBD products. But there are a few other interesting bits of information you may want to consider before using CBD products for anxiety.
Options for CBD Products
First and foremost, CBD comes in a variety of delivery methods. You can choose from gummies other various candies, tinctures and vaporizing oils, among many others. No matter the intake method, CBD products tend to have the same effect, though absorption for the stomach and the lungs differ widely. So now let's consider which product is best for your needs.
The answer depends upon whether you’re comfortable with “smoking” or vaping your CBD, so to speak, or if you’d instead choose an edible. Edibles are, without a doubt, the tastier option of the two and may be a more comfortable introduction for people who have never smoked or vaped.
Clean CBD with No THC
Despite the claims of any company selling CBD, there are traces of THC in some CBD products. This may not appear to be a big deal, but that small trace of THC will affect the impact on your anxiety and will likely come up on a drug test if one is administered. To ensure your CBD products for anxiety do not contain THC, only choose from companies who address the fact that this occurs.
Use With Diagnosed Anxiety
One of the more important things to think about when choosing any natural treatment for anxiety is your current and past medical history. If you are feeling overwhelming anxiety on a daily or weekly basis, you may want to consider seeking out professional assistance. Although it aids in relieving symptoms, CBD oil and other products are not designed to medically treat anxiety.
CBD Products and Anti-Anxiety Meds
Another consideration pertains to your current intake of prescription medications. If you’re currently taking doctor-prescribed medications, whether for anxiety or another condition, speaking with that physician about using CBD as an alternative or complementary treatment is best before you use it for the first time.
CBD treatments are just becoming available in many states, so you may find more information from local herbalists, especially if you are taking other supplements that may affect mood, such as Kava or St. John’s Wort.
Combining with CBD Products
The most tried and true means of personally fighting anxiety includes breathing exercises. If you’ve chosen CBD products in the form of vaping or “smoking” you can combine that with breathing exercises proven to naturally lower anxiety. Combining the two treatments may prove more useful for some users.
As a quick tip, you may find it more effective to use the breathing exercises between your CBD inhalations or hits from your vape pen. So, you would vape or “smoke,” wait a few moments before exercising the breathing technique and repeat. Probably the most popular breathing exercise is the calming breath. There are three steps to this breathing technique:
Step one: breathe in deeply and slowly through the nose and fill your lower and upper lungs with air.
Step two: hold on to that breath for two to four seconds.
Step three: gently and slowly exhale your breath through pursed lips. Pursed lips look like you’re about to give someone a peck on the cheek.
Use Regularly or as Needed
Few people considering CBD products for anxiety take into consideration whether or not they should use the products on an as-needed basis, or as a part of each day. While little medical study has gone into this topic, it may be a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for information addressing the difference between whether or not regular or as-needed use is more effective.
At Johnny Apple, we pride ourselves on selling only the cleanest CBD products in waxes, topicals, tinctures, isolates, and cartridges, including CBD products for anxiety. You don’t have to settle for one or two; you can combine products if only to give each one a chance, so you know which offers you the most benefits. Send one of our experts a quick email with all questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have the answers you’re looking for so that you don’t waste time or money on subpar products.