As the landscape of cannabis products expands every day, it’s increasingly important to distinguish facts from fiction – especially regarding what these products can do. Whether you are a cannabis connoisseur or someone looking into cannabis to address an ailment or two, this knowledge is crucial as you look to purchase cannabis products of your own.
For example, you might have heard that CBD products can help you relax and feel less anxious. Come with us at Dank Budz as we explore the truth behind this claim, examine other useful techniques for managing your anxiety symptoms, and take a close look at the CBD products that could help you.
What Is CBD?
CBD, more formally known by its scientific name, cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of chemical compounds found in Cannabis sativa L. plants. More specifically, it is a cannabinoid compound, which means that it is capable of interacting with cannabinoid receptors in your body. These receptors were developed to work with endocannabinoids (cannabinoid compounds produced within your own body) to create chemical messengers that can alter bodily processes like sleep, mood, pain, inflammation, and more. However, the receptors in your endocannabinoid system (ECS) can also receive the cannabinoid compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant.
Unlike THC, the other common cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive, which means that it will not give you the classic “high” associated with cannabis.
However, there is some research to suggest that CBD can have positive benefits, such as:
- Helping you relax
- Making it easier for you to fall asleep at night
- Reducing chronic pain
- Addressing inflammation
- Attenuating your cravings for harmful substances like tobacco and heroin
CBD can have these effects on your body because, though it does not appear to bind firmly with receptors, it can alter how the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your endocannabinoid system interact with other cannabinoid and endocannabinoid compounds. For many people, this may include a reduction in anxiety.
Does CBD Really Work for Anxiety? How Much Should You Take?
If you enjoy cannabis products, then you might have already noticed that CBD helps make you feel less anxious. Since scientific study on cannabis products is still in the early stages, scientific evidence that conclusively proves that CBD can help relieve anxiety is not readily available. However, there is preclinical research that supports the idea that CBD can be used as a treatment for anxiety. In addition, many people use CBD as a therapeutic agent to treat anxiety and have found that CBD, in conjunction with other anxiety-relieving techniques, helps anxiety symptoms decrease.
In general, patient-reported data indicates that not only do many people find CBD effective, but also how much is necessary for most people to see a difference. If you want to try out using CBD products for generalized anxiety or any sleep-related ailments, patient reports suggest that 25 to 75 mg of CBD per day can make an impact. However, if you are struggling with serious disorders such as PTSD, then you might want to take a bit more than this to see a change.
What Is Anxiety?
If you find yourself struggling with consistent, intense feelings of dread and fear, you might be struggling with anxiety. Anxiety can come on as a result of specific stressful situations, but if you experience anxiety on a chronic basis, you might have an anxiety disorder that causes you to feel constant uneasiness without any particular trigger. It’s important to note that whether you’re dealing with situational or generalized anxiety, it can have debilitating impacts on your life.
For instance, you might experience symptoms such as:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Consistent nausea and an inability to eat
- A hard time concentrating
- Difficulty breathing slowly
How to Deal With Anxiety
If you are suffering from symptoms of anxiety on a consistent basis, you may want to consider reaching out to a medical professional who can help provide a treatment plan. In addition to this, or for less intense forms of anxiety, there are a variety of ways that you can try to reduce your symptoms in your everyday life. Cannabis products, particularly those featuring CBD, can be a great option.
Still, if you plan to use CBD for anxiety, you may achieve the best results when using CBD alongside other activities that aim to reduce anxiety. For instance, you can try your hand at any of the following:
Try Some Exercise
Moving your body can have all kinds of incredible impacts on your mental health. When you work out, you trigger the release of endorphins, natural chemicals that your brain produces that can act as painkillers and boost your mood. Better yet, you don’t have to do any high-intensity workouts to release these – even just going on a long walk every day or doing some yoga can help you feel less stressed and panicked.
Exercise can also address symptoms of anxiety by:
- Boosting your confidence
- Reducing worries by helping you focus on a healthy goal
- Lowering your stress level by reducing your stress hormones like cortisol
- Enhancing your sleep quality by lowering your stress
Eat a Healthy Diet
While you might be tempted to reach for unhealthy comfort foods when you are feeling down, eating healthy foods can actually make you feel a lot better.
Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and nutrients can help you:
- Maintain healthy blood sugar levels to avoid mood swings
- Reduce the feelings of restlessness from excessive sugar and caffeine
- Provide your brain with nutrients that impact mood, like vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids.
This is not to say that you should never indulge in your cravings for junk food. In fact, restricting yourself from eating certain foods can actually increase your anxiety by making you overthink everything you put into your body. Instead, eating a balanced diet and indulging once in a while in your cravings is an ideal way to keep your body and mind healthy.
Try Some Quick Calming Techniques
It might sound simple, but practicing calming activities can really help to quickly reduce feelings of anxiety.
For example, you can try the following:
Practicing meditation for just a few minutes every day can have a tremendous impact on diffusing symptoms of your anxiety. There are many ways you could go about meditating, from smartphone applications that will remind you and guide you through each session to videos online that you can follow along with. Or, consider seeking professional guidance to begin a meditation and mindfulness practice that suits your needs.
Running Your Hands Under Warm Water
Warm water can quickly reduce anxiety symptoms for some people. It starts to soothe the body immediately, releasing muscle tension and causing the regulation of body temperature. If you are dealing with an anxiety attack, this simple trick may help quickly stabilize you.
Taking Belly Breaths
If you practice deep breathing exercises a few times a day, you could see your anxiety symptoms start to subside. One technique is called belly breathing and is easy and quick to do: all you have to do is sit or lie down somewhere quiet and close your eyes. Next, place your elbows on your knees and breathe slowly. When you sit like this, you force yourself to breathe from your belly, which stimulates your vagus nerve and activates a relaxation response.
The Best CBD Products for Anxiety
We are fortunate enough to live in a time where there is a variety of CBD products, such as oils, body creams, gummies and capsules are on the market.
Here at Dank Budz, we are thrilled to offer a wide variety of CBD-filled products that you might find effective in helping reduce some of your symptoms of anxiety.
Before we get started, we’d like to note the difference between full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Full-spectrum CBD products contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes found in cannabis, including up to 0.3% THC. Broad-spectrum products contain CBD, terpenes, and other potential cannabinoids except for THC.
Premium CBD Gummies
If you are new to the world of cannabis products, you might want to start with our 10mg CBD gummies. Perfect for newbies or anyone who wants an easily measured dosage of CBD, these bite-sized treats are bursting with fruit flavor and can help you relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress, all while enhancing the quality of your sleep. These vegan gummies are among the lowest potency gummies we offer and can help you dip your toes into the ocean of CBD and its many benefits.
Premium CBD Capsules
Not a fan of chewy treats? Another 10mg option for trying out CBD lies in our easy-to-swallow CBD capsules. Made with top-quality hemp extract, these capsules give you a convenient, straightforward way to consume CBD. We recommend that you start by taking one capsule per day and take them at the same time every day to give your endocannabinoid system time to adjust to your new routine.
Broad Spectrum CBD in Hemp Oil (250 mg)
You might find that you prefer an oil for more precise dosing and quicker effects. Our broad-spectrum CBD in hemp oil contains all of the terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids in the hemp plant, except for THC. This means that you will not experience any psychoactive effects, but you can still benefit from the entourage effect, in which all of these components work together to create the strongest therapeutic impact.
We recommend that you start out with half a dropper of this oil and then start to slowly increase the amount that you consume to find your ideal dosage. We also offer this product in 500 mg bottles.
Full-Spectrum CBD Tincture (1000 mg)
We also offer a full-spectrum CBD tincture, which you take the same way that you take our broad-spectrum one. Our safe, pure, full-spectrum tincture is for those who want a tiny trace of THC in their product to enhance the entourage effect. If you want to avoid any traces of THC, broad-spectrum is the choice for you.
We also offer this tincture in 2000 mg bottles, giving you potency and a whole host of therapeutic benefits in a convenient, cost-efficient dose.
Full-Spectrum CBD Body Butter
If you want a soothing experience for your skin, we are thrilled to offer a luscious CBD full-spectrum body butter that can rejuvenate your body and your mind. When you rub in this blend of natural oils and butter, you not only maximize the therapeutic benefits of CBD, but you also moisturize and revitalize your skin. Your skin and your mind will thank you, and you may feel the effects of anxiety slipping away as you treat your surface ailments.
Broad Spectrum CBD Muscle Cream (100 mg)
One of the many wondrous effects of CBD is its ability to soothe your muscles. If you are dealing with muscle pain or inflammation, you should try out our CBD muscle cream, which provides targeted relief for your sore joints and muscles. This relief can ease some of the anxiety that comes as a result of muscle tension and joint pain.
This compact 1 oz package is perfect for on-the-go care and is jam-packed full of natural oils and ingredients that can provide quick relief. Many of our loyal customers report feeling better in just 15-45 minutes. All you have to do is massage it into the affected area, making it perfect for recovery after a workout.
Full Spectrum CBD Muscle Cream (500mg)
If you want to experience unparalleled pain relief in a larger package with more cannabinoids, reach for our 500 mg CBD muscle cream. In our 4 oz jar, you will find a powerful blend of terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils that work together to blast the pain out of your muscles. Unlike our broad-spectrum CBD Muscle cream, our full-spectrum one contains traces (less than 0.35) of THC. They are both incredibly effective at targeting your muscle pain in under an hour, but it is merely up to you to decide which product is right for your needs.
Try Our Wide Range of CBD Products for Your Anxiety
Our team here at Dank Budz prides itself on keeping you up-to-date with current happenings in the cannabis community. Now, we’re also offering you top-notch cannabis products that give you the therapeutic effects you are searching for. If you have questions about our CBD products or want to explore the wide range of other cannabis products we offer, check out our online community today.
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