We don’t yet know how are vaping devices affecting our health in the long-term. The federal and state health authorities began an investigation in September 2019 about the connection between vaping products and severe lung disease. The situation is being monitored and as soon as we get new information you will get an update.
Cannabis is becoming more and more popular as marijuana legalization movements are happening all around the world. Cannabis is considered to be a cure for mental or physical problems. While THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is illegal in most states because it affects your brain psychoactively and makes you high, there is another chemical compound found in a cannabis plant known as CBD cannabidiol that doesn’t make you high and can be used for medical purposes.
CBD can help people with chronic pain or alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy, and also relieve anxiety.
Medically, anxiety is treated with prescription drugs such as Valium or Xanax, that belong to the class of benzodiazepines. They are not recommended in the long-run because there is a risk of dependence and resistance, so people are relying on CBD for treating anxiety.
Does CBD treat anxiety
Studies done recently such as this one published in 2019, claim that CBD can be helpful in treating anxiety, and some users report the same. If the CBD is derived from a hemp, it is most likely legal and contains only a small amount of THC.
Dr. Eshter Blessing who is the New York University Psychiatrist and researcher said: “Strong evidence exists that CBD is effective in treating anxiety but clinical trials are needed” in a 2018 interview with the National Public Radio.
But how should we use CBD properly?
CBD is produced in various different forms, such as lotions, oils, sprays or candles. And they are all used depending on the condition that a person has. So it is very important to choose a method that suits you bests.
Here are three ways of using CBD for treating anxiety:
Vaping THC-based marijuana to treat anxiety and pain
Jessie Gill, is a registered nurse and uses CBD for her anxiety supports cannabis. She started using medical cannabis to relieve her pain caused by a serious spinal cord injury.
After that she found out that CBD helps her with her anxiety. Before that she says to have used a vaping pen as means to inhale vaporized CBD oil.
Vaping is one of the fastest ways to feel the effects of CBD on anxiety.
Gill says that she used to vape “in the early morning, during the day, and before going to sleep” She used a strain that contained mostly CBD and was low in THC, and was microdosing (Inhaling small doses so she wouldn’t get high).
She also mixed her high THC oil, which she used for her pain, and the high CBD for her anxiety together. Gill also says that she reduced her THC-inflicted anxiety with the help of CBD.
Some people who feel anxiety after using THC, take CBD to counteract it.
Vaping causes some concerns such as the chemicals found in the vaping liquid and the heating coils inside the vape pens. There are also some long-term uncertainties about vaping and also negative consequences that we might not know of.
Gill says that it was a disadvantage that the strain she vaped was too expensive in her home state, so she started using CBD oil under her tongue.
CBD taken orally against anxiety
Oral sprays and CBD oils are frequently used by people in treatment of anxiety, and people take the liquids under their tongue.
CBD is quickly absorbed by the tiny capillaries in the mucous membranes and it gets directly in the bloodstream.
Gill says she takes CBD oil every morning and night. “Currently I take 25 mg of high-CBD oil twice a day, when I wake up and before I go to bed. Also when my mind starts racing I always reach for it, in order to ease my anxiety.’’ She also uses around 50 to 100 mg CBD daily when she has anxiety and chronic pain attacks.
People who don’t like swallowing capsules or taking gummies can always try sublingual CBD oils. Even though some people dislike the “weedy” taste of sublingual CBD oils, they can always choose oils infused with ingredients such as peppermint which neutralizes any unpleasant flavor.
Apart from dropping the liquid under the tongue, sublingual CBD oils can be mixed with various beverages such as teas. There are oils which can be rubbed onto the skin or taken in forms of capsules.
CBD gummies for anxiety
Candy is one of the most popular ways for consuming CBD. They come in different flavors and you can adapt to the dosage depending on your needs.
Beau Schmitt is a restaurateur in San Diego who uses two to three CBD in form of gummies twice a day to treat his anxiety and sleep problems. “I prefer taking gummies rather than oils or vaping because they are more convenient and I’m not drugged during the day when I do business,’’ he tells Healthline.
People might look at you in a funny way when you pull out your oil dropper, but "no one is going to ask you questions why are you taking CBD gummies.’’ "You don’t want people to ask you why are you dropping tincture under your tongue or vape in order to relieve your anxiety’’.
Gummies are not the best choice in situations of panic and anxiety attacks because they act slowly.
CBD is most definitely helpful when it comes down to anxiety. However the FDA does not approve most of the CBD products. Which means that every CBD product has a different quality.
Is CBD legal?
Even though in some states marijuana-derived CBD are legal, on a federal level they are illegal. CBD products which are hemp-derived with less than 0.3 percent THC are legal on a federal level but illegal under some state laws. Make sure to check the state laws where you live or anywhere you want to travel to. It is important to know that some CBD products are not correctly labeled because they are not FDA approved.
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