Nearly every aspect of life looks different than it did just two months ago – weddings, proms, graduations, and other events are all on hold. Not only that, but our homes have also turned into offices and classrooms. And, even as we slowly move into the recovery stage of this pandemic, our ‘new normal’ now includes gearing up in face coverings when going out in public.
Facing these added stresses, experts recommend taking time to unwind, taking media breaks, connecting with friends, and taking care of our bodies. Keeping physically and mentally fit also includes eating healthy and exercising (CDC).
Are there other options for treating anxiety?
But, is there more you can do to treat anxiety? The short answer is yes! Try CBD oil! You’ve probably heard it advertised or listened to a friend rave about it, but what is it? And, what type of CBD is right for treating anxiety? Let’s dive into some of the basics so you can decide if it’s right for you.
What is CBD? How does it work?
CBD is a natural compound that comes from hemp and cannabis plants – and it’s one of the most well-known cannabinoids out there, next to THC. While researchers don’t know exactly how CBD affects the brain, they believe it works by binding to receptors in the body and alerting our serotonin signals. And, we know that keeping serotonin levels in the right range can play an essential role in our mental health. (Medical News Today).
While research into CBD is ongoing, many users report many therapeutic benefits, such as controlling inflammation, promoting healthy sleep, improving focus, antibacterial, and calming and mind-boosting effects (National Institute of Health).
What’s the best way to take CBD?
If you’re curious about using CBD to help manage your anxiety, what form is best? The question can be complicated because everyone reacts differently, and each method delivers CBD in a slightly different way. Here are some basics to help understand the various ways to take this health-promoting compound.
- Sublingual – This delivery method can take several forms, but, ultimately, products absorbed under the tongue. It can include tinctures, sprays, and oils. These forms are an easy way to consume CBD because the dosage enters the bloodstream quickly.
- Edibles – CBD may come in many edible forms, such as gummies, truffles, mints, or any number of yummy products. Edibles are ideal when you need steady levels of CBD throughout the day. Keep in mind edibles can take several hours to kick in, and users absorb about 20% to 30% of the CBD taken.
- CBD topicals – CBD-infused topicals may come in the form of lotions, balms, creams, and these are a great choice when provided concentrated relief to a specific area.
- Smoking and vaping – Vaping and smoking allow CBD to go directly into the bloodstream, so users feel the effects much faster with high absorption rates. But, keep in mind vaping and smoking may cause other adverse health effects.
Scientists continue to study how our bodies can benefit from CBD. So, unfortunately, there are still no universally recommended dosage guidelines. Experts do agree, however, that individuals should start with small doses, and make minor tweaks to find what works best. And, once you find your optimal CBD regimen, keep in mind the dosage and therapeutic effects may change if you switch products.
It’s ok to ask for help
We may be in uncharted territory with COVID-19, but with the support of our friends, family, and medical professionals, we can bring down stress levels and stay as positive and healthy. If you’re new to CBD and want to learn more, please get in touch! At Releaf Clinic, we are your one-stop-shop for everything related to CBD and medical marijuana. Our online CBD store is launching soon! Call or email to get answers to your questions about CBD and for information about obtaining your medical marijuana card in Ohio. Our certified physicians provide secure, medical marijuana consultations, using our break-through telemedicine portal. It’s simple, private, and 100% online. Don’t wait to start feeling better! Visit our store today.