Anxiety is a natural human response meant to keep you safe and alert. But in our increasingly modernized society, natural responses like anxiety can easily become out of whack, resulting in anxiety disorders. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population suffers from an anxiety disorder every year – but despite their prevalence, only 36% of people receive treatment.
Stigma is a major reason that so few seek treatment for anxiety, and many people believe anxiety is something they can overcome on their own. There’s also the fact that some doctors push pharmaceuticals for anxiety and other mental health problems – drugs that often come with uncomfortable and even serious side effects.
With these facts in mind, it’s no surprise that CBD (short for cannabidiol) is exploding in popularity as a natural anxiety reliever. But shopping for CBD can be overwhelming for a newcomer; how do you know what’s right for you? In this article, we’ll explore the best CBD products for anxiety and how to use them.
What Is CBD?
CBD is a compound that is extracted from the cannabis plant, and it belongs to a family of over 100 other chemicals known as cannabinoids. While CBD can come from either hemp or marijuana, any CBD products you purchase online are likely made exclusively from hemp, such as our products at Every Day Optimal.
The most well-known type of cannabinoid is THC, but CBD is quite different from THC. The most significant difference, aside from legality, is that CBD is non-psychoactive – meaning it won’t get you high.
CBD provides a number of health benefits, including anti-anxiety properties. In fact, CBD is thought to counteract many effects of THC when both are consumed together, since THC is known to induce anxiety and paranoia in some people.
How Does CBD Help Anxiety?
The human body contains receptors that interact with cannabinoids; these receptors are part of a network known as the endocannabinoid system. The body actually makes its own cannabinoids, which are used in a number of physical processes such as digestion, sleep, and mood regulation.
Just like any other chemical created in the body, cannabinoids can become unbalanced. Interestingly, it’s been theorized that certain health problems may involve a cannabinoid deficiency. Whether or not this is true, supplementation of CBD can provide a variety of different health benefits, including anxiety relief.
CBD’s ability to soothe and reduce anxiety is one of its most scientifically-backed health benefits so far, with dozens of different studies confirming its effectiveness. For example, CBD has been successfully used to treat PTSD, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. CBD isn’t just relaxing; it can also help reduce pain, improve overall mood, and better regulate sleep – all factors that can be intertwined with anxiety.
Tinctures provide a concentrated and potent dose of CBD oil that is typically administered sublingually (under the tongue). The dropper that comes with a tincture allows for easy adjustments that might be needed to find an effective dose. Tinctures are a good option for those looking for a high dose of CBD, and they’re also a cost-effective way to take several doses over the course of your day. At Every Day Optimal, we sell tinctures with ½ dropper doses ranging from 5mg up to 60mg.
Capsules are flavorless and easy to use. They’re a good option for those who don’t mind pills and don’t need to experiment with their CBD dose. If you’re looking to take 1-2 doses of CBD per day, capsules are an effortless way to do so. Our capsules are currently available in 10mg and 25mg doses. We also offer an exclusive D-Stress blend containing 25mg CBD per capsule along with 8 other ingredients proven to encourage relaxation.
Vaping is a great option for anyone looking to kick a smoking habit – it’s much better for you! – and it’s a good alternative to tinctures for anyone who wants small doses of CBD throughout the day. Vaping provides less precision regarding the amount of CBD taken, but it also allows CBD to enter your bloodstream the fastest.
In our opinion, this is the most fun category of CBD products. Edibles are an easy and delicious way to take a low to medium dose of CBD. We currently offer CBD gummies in 3 different doses (10mg, 15mg, and 25mg) as well as a mint-flavored CBD-infused chewing gum that provides a constant and effective sublingual dose for those on the go.
Ready to Try CBD for Yourself?
As you can see, CBD comes in many different forms, and the market is growing every day; there are even CBD skincare products out there. While any CBD products can be helpful for managing anxiety, it might take some experimenting to find the one that’s best for you and your lifestyle. Keep in mind that if you’re new to CBD, determining the right dose can take some trial-and-error as well.
It’s important when shopping for CBD products that you buy from a reputable brand to ensure you’re getting what you expect. At Every Day Optimal, all of our products are verified using thorough 3rd party testing. Our CBD is derived from high-quality industrial hemp using the cleanest and purest (CO2) extraction methods. To browse our full collection of products, click here.