For the budtenders at ASCENT, one of the most commonly asked questions is: Does CBD help with anxiety?
What Exactly is CBD?
One of the non-psychoactive components (i.e. cannabinoid) of cannabis, known as CBD, has become a sort of household name these days. Well known for its strong anti-inflammatory effects, CBD is touted in the mainstream media as a miracle drug. It can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. The best part for many is that it doesn’t even get you high! Naturally, many folks from all walks of life are curious about what exactly CBD is and how it can help them.
Does CBD Help with Anxiety?
Currently, there is no definitive answer to the question of whether or not CBD helps with anxiety. This is mainly due to the lack of scientific research surrounding the effects of cannabis and CBD. It’s especially true when discussing the long-term impact of CBD use. However, studies such as Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders assert that there is strong evidence that CBD can be used to treat various forms of anxiety.
Another reason why your budtender may not be able to confirm whether or not CBD helps with anxiety is that the majority of them aren’t medical professionals. This prevents them from giving definitive medical advice regarding anxiety and other ailments.
But, there is hope…
Yet it is also important to consider the mounds of anecdotal evidence that says CBD can help with anxiety. There are so many inspiring stories out there of folks finding relief for anxiety. I even have one of those stories myself!
However, as is the case with every other method and medium of cannabis consumption, every person is different and responds to cannabis differently. What works for someone else may not work for you, but there is also the possibility that it does work for you!
Finding CBD to Help with Anxiety
If you have decided that you want to try CBD to treat anxiety, the next step is finding a product that works for you. As usual, this process is one of trial and error. The two main categories of CBD products are gel capsules and tinctures. Gel capsules are great if you prefer a longer time span of relief. Their effects typically last longer than those of a tincture. On the other hand, tinctures are great if you prefer a faster uptake, as they tend to kick in much faster than gel capsules.
To get the most benefit out of your CBD, make sure to choose a full-spectrum, cannabis-derived product. This means that the product contains all the cannabinoids including THC, and not just CBD by itself. The potency of the CBD is significantly increased when THC is present with the CBD, even if there is not enough THC to produce psychoactive effects.
The budtenders at ASCENT are eager to answer any questions you may have about CBD and help you find the right product for your needs.