CBD Use for Anxiety
For a while, I was wary of CBD use for anxiety. I never want to be reliant on any heavy substance for my mental health. Knowing CBD is derived from the marijuana plant made me nervous, I think mostly for what those around me who don’t understand the difference between hemp oils would think if I found it helpful to relieve my panic attacks and ease anxious moments. But I decided to try it anyway.
What I like about the concept of CBD is that it’s natural. I have a Xanax prescription for panic attacks, and like my initial reaction to CBD, I’m always nervous when taking the pills because I don’t ever want to become dependent. My fear on this, at times, has prevented me from using the pills when I need them most. So in some ways, the prescription has only increased my anxiety.
I started using CBD in gummy form (Lord Jones) without anxiety symptoms just to see what the overall feeling of the gummy would do to me. I found I love how my body reacts to it: there’s nothing like a high involved (as there isn’t any THC in the products I’ve used) and it fully calms me down. Taking a CBD gummy just blankets you with a sense of peace and makes you think a bit clearer. There’s no physical reactions. What I notice most is my racing thoughts stop and allow me to really relax.
I began trying CBD oil, or tinctures, in place of the gummies. I’m partial to the oil now because it’s well-flavored. The gummies taste good, but leave an odd aftertaste that I’m not a huge fan of.
So I decided to really put CBD to the test - I took it before a blood draw in place of my typical Xanax; for any new readers, I have a pretty terrible blood and body phobia. While the draw wasn’t a comfortable experience, the CBD did help calm me. It was the fastest I’ve recovered after the major blood draw anxiety rise. I think I was in and out of the doctor’s office in less than 10 minutes, which is unheard of for me.
A Xanax would have made it a little bit easier, as with only half of my dose I do feel a little bit out-of-body. But I’ll gladly supplement with a little less cushion if what I’m doing is natural. I highly recommend at least trying CBD if you’re dealing with panic attacks or even moderate anxiety. It won’t make you feel anything but warm and comfortable: no high, no added panic.
Here are some links to my favorite CBD products.