According to statistics, only 33% of Americans have tried CBD, and most of them are still in their 20s. Of those, only 49% use it to treat anxiety.
These statistics tell me two things: I am not your average CBD user, and not enough anxiety patients are exploring treatment options.
Yup, I said it. I use CBD. It’s not a secret. I’ve always been open about my CBD usage. I’ve talked about it here, here, and here. But I haven’t sat down to have a frank conversation with you guys about CBD, or how I use it. So that’s what we’re going to do today, an anxious girl’s guide to CBD – Q & A style!
An Anxious Girl’s Guide to CBD
What is CBD?
There seems to be a lot of confusion about CBD out there. So let’s demystify it.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of more than 100 compounds found in cannabis plants. This particular compound is noted for its anti-anxiety properties, making it very different from its paranoia-inducing cousin, THC.
All of the CBD products you can buy in marijuana restrictive states are produced from industrial hemp. The 2018 US Farm Bill identifies industrial hemp as cannabis plants containing less than .3% THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana). This means the CBD you find in shops, even the flower, won’t make you high.
How does CBD alleviate anxiety?
Though it isn’t currently understood how or why CBD alleviates anxiety, researchers seem to believe it affects serotonin levels in the brain.
What made you interested in CBD?
I have four separate and distinct anxiety diagnoses: generalized anxiety, post-traumatic, obsessive-compulsive, and panic disorder. My mind is always racing. Always. Truth be told, I should be medicated.
Unfortunately, SSRIs and I don’t mesh well. I’m highly sensitive to medications. The only medicine I seem to be able to tolerate for my anxiety is Xanax. Unfortunately, benzodiazepines aren’t safe for regular use.
This is what sparked my initial interest in CBD. Compared to an SSRI, CBD’s side effects are non-existent.
When did you first try CBD?
Honestly, CBD and I didn’t get off to the best start. I tried a range of CBD isolate products back in 2017, and none of them did anything for me. I was so put off by those early experiences that I thought the CBD craze was a load of BS.
What changed your mind about CBD?
One product changed my mind about CBD: Colorado Hemp Honey. The first time I tried one of their honey sticks, I was blown away by the difference it made in my anxiety. It was like Xanax, but better! I was relaxed without feeling drugged.
What was different about the honey sticks?
To answer this question, we really need to talk about the different types of CBD available. There are three:
- Isolate – Products that contain only CBD
- Broad-Spectrum – Products that contain CBD and other compounds found in cannabis, but no THC
- Full-Spectrum – Products containing all the compounds found in cannabis
Before trying Colorado Hemp Honey, I limited myself to CBD isolate products only. That was a rookie mistake on my part. I didn’t know that CBD works better in concert with the other compounds and terpenes found in the cannabis plant (this is called the entourage effect).
No wonder none of those early products worked for me. Colorado Hemp Honey is a full spectrum product, so it’s no surprise I had such a positive reaction to it.
Now that I understand the different types of CBD, I have had success experimenting with lots of products!
What about broad-spectrum CBD?
I use a broad-spectrum CBD supplement and tincture daily. For me, these products take the edge off. They do not fully alleviate my anxiety, but they make it more bearable. Through trial and error, I’ve discovered these products work better when I throw a full-spectrum product into my routine.
When it comes to broad-spectrums, I use Osiris Organics. If you want to give them a try, you can use my code cozyincarolina for 15% off and free shipping.
Have you ever had a negative experience with CBD?
Yes! Recently I tried a new full-spectrum product that was much stronger than those I typically use. The product made me paranoid, which triggered a massive panic attack. I had to take a Xanax to counter the reaction. That’s a whoopsie I will be careful not to repeat!
I have used the product sparingly since then, without the paranoia and panic.
How much CBD should I take?
With CBD, I think it’s important to try a range of types starting with the isolates and working your way up to full-spectrums. I started with the lowest doses and slowly increased them as needed to achieve my desired result. Dosing this way helps prevent any adverse reactions.
Where do you shop for CBD?
My favorite local shop is The Hemp Farmacy on Person Street. They carry every type of CBD in various forms. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s in one of the most charming areas of downtown. Plus, it’s across the street from the Fried Turkey Sandwich Shop. #bonuspoints
What are your favorite CBD products?
I take one of these every morning when I wake up. They don’t eliminate my anxiety, but they do take the edge off.
I love, love, love this stuff!
I use this when I’m feeling stressed.
These get rid of my racing and intrusive thoughts. I can only handle a fourth of one at a time, so the pack lasts forever!
I use this tincture when the effects of my full-spectrum start to wear off.
There you have it, an anxious girl’s guide to CBD! If you haven’t tried CBD yet, I definitely recommend it. It’s been a game-changer for me, especially over the last few weeks. Don’t forget to drop a comment below. I’d love to know if you’re using CBD, how it works for you, and what products you think I should try! 😉
Happy Monday, y’all!