If you are struggling with anxiety then you have probably spent some time researching or working with basic therapeutic options such as mediation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other similar techniques. You may also have tried pharmaceuticals for coping with anxiety. If those things are not working well for you, don't despair. There are other options!
While alternative means of coping with anxiety are numerous, the option that most interests us is CBD, or Cannabidiol. This powerful little compound is the main component of the hemp plant, known for its therapeutic benefits. Fans of Full Spectrum Hemp Extract believe that along with helping to win the fight with anxiety, it can also help to prevent or ease seizures, reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids that is found in the cannabis plant. When most people think of marijuana, they think of getting high, and that comes from THC, which is another cannabinoid. The reason that THC makes you high is that it is psychoactive. It binds to certain receptors in the brain and produces the feelings that recreational users enjoy so much. There are many other similar substances in the plant. CBD and THC work together, with CBD making the THC high longer but less 'sharp'. When CBD is taken by itself, it binds to the CB1 receptors in the body. These receptors are spread all over the body, with many of them in the nervous system and many also in the immune system.
Other well-known cannabinoids include CBN (which is also thought to be anti-inflammatory and to have similar benefits to CBD), and CBG, which is also gaining a following in alternative circles.
Hemp and marijuana are very similar plants. The main difference is that hemp has been bred to contain almost zero THC and is intended to be harvested so that the fibres can be used for making fabrics. Meanwhile, cannabis is bred to have a balance of THC and CBD, depending on whether it is intended for recreational use or for medicinal use. In some parts of the world, it is illegal to buy or sell cannabis related products, and that is why some companies that sell cannabidiol related products choose hemp-derived variants so that they can legally export them. If all you are interested in are the medicinal benefits of CBD then hemp-derived products are for you.
Full spectrum extracts are oils that are extracted from the plant in a way that not only provides theCBD, but also provides the "full spectrum" of beneficial compounds including terpenes and phenols in the plant as well. This is better than extraction processes which focus just on the cannabidiol, because the process is generally cleaner, natural, and you will get to enjoy the benefits of the whole of the plant as intended.
Scientists are still learning how the terpenes and other substances from hemp interact with each other but it is generally accepted that they do provide some useful synergy and that there are benefits to taking full-spectrum extracts instead of a more 'processed' single cannabinoid extract.
There are several studies which show that cannabidiol can help to reduce anxiety and even be of some help to people who are struggling with depression. It is thought that when CBD binds with receptors in the brain it influences how the brain responds to anxiety by regulating the responses that it has. This means that it can be useful for people suffering from stress, social anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is most important to not that this can be achieved without impairing reaction times, producing a 'high' or altering awareness in other ways. It does not 'dull' the senses the way other medications do and current research suggests that there are no side effects. Indeed, it is not possible to overdose either. Someone who takes a large quantity of full spectrum hemp extract is unlikely to experience any adverse effects, except for perhaps an empty pocket lol.
Hemp products come in many varieties that can be applied topically or taken orally. To get the anxiety-reducing benefits, it is usually best to take orally. There are a few ways to do this but...shameless plug, we think Lucid Dose is the best way to go. It is water soluble and thus can be added to anything.
The next best thing is sublingual application (simply put a few drops under the tongue and let them soak in that way, rather than swallowing them but a true tincture is alcohol based and that burns...a lot). Another option is to add CBD oil to your recipies or to make gummies or other sweets with the oil. You can even add it to normal foods with Dose and not have to worry about changing your flavor profile. A relief for anyone who has struggled with infusing products in the past. Dose and sublingual use are probably the easiest ways to control the dose.
CBD is not addictive or habit forming, and it is well tolerated by most people. The use of CBD as a medication is something that is not regulated, and it is still quite new to most medical professionals. While the use of medical marijuana is becoming more well-known, the use of THC-free hemp-derived oils is still comparatively unexplored. If you suffer from anxiety and you are considering trying CBD then you should discuss your plans with a doctor that has some experience with marijuana and related substances. Do not discontinue your use of any prescription medications that you have been given without first discussing those plans. Some antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications will need stopped in a controlled or tapered fashion, and you could be putting yourself at risk if you try to stop them of your own accord.
It may take some time to figure out a dose that will work well for your needs, so be patient and give it time to work. Not everyone will find that cannabidiol is immediately helpful for them, but it does work for many people, and it can provide them with a life free from anxiety, and free from dependency on traditional medications that dull the senses.