If you find yourself struggling with anxiety and stress, know that you are not alone. You and over 40 million adults in the United States are affected by some form of anxiety and stress. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition reported in the U.S. The good news is that while this ailment is increasingly common, it is also highly treatable. A new method that many people are turning to, to treat these issues is the use of CBD products.
What is CBD?
To understand the benefits of CBD you first need to know what CBD is and how it’s created. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is an active ingredient in hemp plants. CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is the cousin to the marijuana plant.
Even though hemp and marijuana plants are close genetically, CBD doesn’t contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana that creates a ‘high’. While both THC and CBD have proven to have therapeutic effects, CBD will not leave you feeling intoxicated or under the influence. That is because CBD and THC interact with the brain differently.
While CBD has been a buzzy word around the natural wellness product community for a while now, it was actually discovered in 1940. In fact, cannabis has been used around the world for thousands of years to help with pain relief, better sleep, and more.
It is also important to note that there are different types of CBD including full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and isolate. Full-spectrum CBD is when you take the whole help plant and create an oil or other products. This kind of CBD contains everything from the plant, including fibers, THC, terpenes, and more. Broad-spectrum CBD uses the entire plant but removes any THC. Lastly, isolate is pure CBD; everything is taken out of the hemp plant except the CBD. Isolate is broken down to a powder. Broad and full-spectrum have many benefits, however since you are using the entire plant the consistency of the product goes down, because each plant has different amounts of THC, terpenes, and CBD.
Symptoms of Stress and Anxiety
Before treating your symptoms, it is important to figure out what exactly your body is experiencing. The exact cause of stress and anxiety has yet to be pinpointed. Researchers believe that it comes from a combination of factors including; environmental and genetic factors, as well as brain chemistry. The theory of brain chemistry being a contributing factor is founded on the idea that anxiety disorder symptoms can be credited to imbalances in naturally occurring chemical messengers in the brain, known as neurotransmitters. These are responsible for regulating communication between the nerve cells throughout the brain.
It is also important to note the differences between stress and anxiety. While the symptoms of stress and anxiety can be similar, what’s happening in your body is a bit different. To put it simply, stress is your body’s reaction when it feels fear or a threat. Anxiety, in return, is your body’s reaction to that stress. Once you’re able to better identify what exactly is happening in your body, it should be easier to treat.
Can CBD Help Stress and Anxiety?
There have been many promising studies that have shown that CBD may help with anxiety and stress. One particular study, conducted in 2015, set out to test CBD as a potential treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The results from this study showed that CBD interacted with several of the cannabinoid receptors in the brain that are responsible for regulating fear and anxiety. The team that conducted the study additionally found preclinical and clinical evidence that confirmed CBD as an effective treatment for various types of anxiety disorders. Some of the disorders that have been effectively treated with CBD are:
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- panic attacks
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- social anxiety disorder
Anxiety and stress can present themselves in different ways in people’s lives, no two people’s anxiety looks the same. Because of the complexities and differences, finding an effective treatment plan can become a challenge. If you go the pharmaceutical route, finding the medication that works best for you often takes a trial and error phase. CBD could offer you relief from stress and anxiety, without having to experiment with different prescription medications.
Risks and Side Effects of CBD
CBD is a natural, non-toxic substance that has been used for pain, sleep, and anxiety relief. It seems that the confusion and conflicting information surrounding cannabis has previously clouded all of the benefits and healing properties that it has to offer. CBD is a naturally occurring and non-toxic substance and when used at the suggested dosage, it can target and alleviate many issues. The medicinal properties of the cannabis plant hold a lot of promise and we have amassed some of the most scientific minds to continue to explore the therapeutic properties.
Even though CBD has been around for centuries, research is still being done on its benefits and potential risks. There has not been any data that says CBD is potentially harmful unless taken in very large doses. Like any substance, be sure to take the recommended amount.
Further, CBD may interact with medications such as blood thinners. Some side-effects may occur, including drowsiness, gastrointestinal issues, and dry mouth. However, it is important to note that we have not come across anyone who has experienced these side effects. Some potential side effects also have to do with the difference in CBD brand. Since CBD doesn’t have to be FDA approved, not all CBD is created equal. Make sure your CBD has been through a third-party testing procedure that tests for THC, heavy metals, pesticides, and more. Always choose a brand that can guarantee consistency. Read our full blog on what makes our brand consistent and how we can guarantee our product is pure, tested, and effective.
How to Use CBD
A natural first question when deciding to begin using CBD oil is, how? How do I use the product and how do I ensure that I achieve my desired outcome?
As a first-time user, it can be confusing to navigate the correct way to use CBD Oil. While there are many ways to use CBD products, at Applied Botanics, our line is designed to be administered orally.
Our product comes with a marked dropper to easily dispense your appropriate dose. Once you have determined what dose is the best fit for you, fill the dropper, place the oil under your tongue and hold for around 30-60 seconds before swallowing. Our advanced product formulation offers a pleasant taste to guarantee a quality experience from start to finish.
Allowing the product to absorb under your tongue before swallowing, provides the quickest absorption through the lingual artery in the mouth and into the bloodstream. This method delivers quicker and more noticeable results. Some oil will still have to pass through the digestive system before ending up in the bloodstream.
It is important to avoid contact with the interior and exterior of your mouth to keep the dropper clean. If you do make contact with your mouth, we recommend cleaning the dropper with an alcohol swab to avoid any bacteria coming into contact with the oil. This will ensure the preservation of the product and extend the lifespan of the product.
Get Started Today
If you’re ready to try CBD today to help manage your stress and anxiety, we recommend our Comfort CBD oil. Unlike other CBD brands, we’ve created five targeted CBD formulas each built with a proprietary blend of all-natural terpenes to aid specific health challenges. Our Comfort line is built with select terpenes to calm your mood and decrease anxiety, Comfort is the perfect CBD to help keep your stress at bay while reminding you to take a break and breathe.
It’s important to note that our CBD products have the highest level of CBD, at the most affordable price of any CBD on the market. This is in line with our company’s mission of offering premium, consistent, and affordable THC Free CBD products for all. Comfort is 1500mg of CBD, 50mg per serving.
We hope that you benefited from this guide. We’re here to help you in your CBD journey, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com for any questions or feedback.