How CBD Can Help You Manage Your Anxiety

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

marijuana plant with CBD chemical compound

If you are the one in thirteen people around the world who suffers from anxiety, you know that it isn’t a fun thing to handle. Restlessness, sweaty palms, stomach aches – none of these symptoms are pleasant to deal with. According to the World Health Organization, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder worldwide.

For those who live with anxiety, finding a safe method to help manage it can be a huge concern. Some prescription medications, like Xanax or Valium, contain substances that can be addictive. While other medications, such as Prozac, can help decrease symptoms over time but don’t work for everyone.

So what does that leave? Don’t feel like you’re out of options – turn to CBD! CBD is the new rising star in helping people with anxiety by decreasing symptoms and creating an all-natural remedy. Keep reading to learn more!

 

Does CBD Really Work?

If you’re just beginning to take a look at CBD, you should know that it is a viable option for helping those with anxiety and has been gaining traction over recent years. Evidence has been accumulating in its favor, pointing to the medicinal benefits it has as well as its therapeutic potential. 

In a 2019 study conducted in Japan, 37 teenagers with social anxiety disorder, or SAD, received either a 300 mg dosage of CBD oil or a placebo each day for four weeks. The teens were then assessed with surveys used to diagnose and measure SAD symptoms. According to the reports, the anti-anxiety properties of CBD was able to reduce the symptoms that are associated with the disorder, proving that it was able to effectively offer aid. This is comparable to Paroxetine, a prescription medication that is often used to treat SAD.

In another study out of Fort Collins, CO, researchers took a look at 47 patients who reported having concerns with anxiety. Over the course of three months, the majority of those patients were given 25 mg of CBD in addition to their daily standard treatment. After the first month, almost 80% experienced an improvement in their anxiety symptoms. After two months, 78% of patients reported continued improvements compared to the previous months. 

 

Different Ways to Consume CBD

When you’re looking to get started with CBD, getting familiar with the various types of products that are available is a crucial first step. There are pros and cons with each option, and it is important to determine which one would best suit your needs.

Tinctures and Oils

If you are looking for an option that is quick, easy, and accurate to consume, then opting for CBD tinctures and oils would be the best route. Most tinctures contain CBD as an alcohol base. CBD oils often have CBD extracts that are infused with a carrier oil. For this, think along the lines of coconut oil or hemp seed oil. 

For this method, you can either add drop sublingually with a drop under your tongue or choose to mix it in with your favorite herbal tea. When consumed sublingually, the cannabis enters the bloodstream at a quicker rate, kicking in as fast as about ten minutes and lasting anywhere from three to four hours. 

CBD Vape Oils

In recent years, vaping has been a huge cause for concern due to some of the health issues that have popped up. However, based on reports from the Center for Disease Control, these issues were linked to illicit-market THC vape cartridges that contained vitamin E oil, making them dangerous. 

When purchasing from a legal, state-licensed cannabis dispensary such as From the Earth, you can rest assured that all of our products are highly regulated and safe to use. If you have any questions, be sure to ask one of our helpful staff members while in store!

Edibles

One of the best things about CBD is that it can be added to just about any food you desire. Gummies, chocolate, baked goods – doesn’t matter! This is an especially good choice if you are someone who finds comfort in food.

An important thing to note about edibles, however, is that it can take about an hour to feel the effects of CBD, so tread lightly, especially if you are new to edibles. Because CBD has to pass through your gastrointestinal tract, it slows things down a little bit.

Dosing for Beginners

If you read through the studies that were linked above, you will notice a key difference between the amounts that those in the trials were given. The students in Japan each were given 300 mg daily, while those patients at the Colorado facility were given 25 mg. At this time, there is no recommended ‘perfect’ amount for CBD. 

However, this isn’t necessarily an indication that CBD is unsafe. In fact, existing studies suggest that it appears to be a safe and well-tolerated treatment option. If you are considering experimenting with CBD, here are some basic factors you should consider.

  • Body weight
  • Metabolism
  • Concentration of CBD
  • Severity of your anxiety

Keeping these things in mind should help you when choosing which products to purchase. Once again, if you have any questions, stop into one of our locations. We would love to help you find the right fit for you and your needs. 

No matter what, don’t let anxiety keep you down or stop you from enjoying the things that really matter. Tincture, edible, vape – doesn’t matter! Harness the natural power of CBD and get to feeling better ASAP! 

 

Locations and Delivery

If leaving your house is something that contributes to your anxiety, don’t sweat! We here at From The Earth can now bring CBD right to your door. Online weed delivery from our Hanover, MI location, or one of our other locations, is so easy to use, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been using it before! 

With our user-friendly website, browse through the products available and check out reviews and other various information you may need to make an informed decision. If you’re choosing to do weed online delivery from your phone or laptop, but have questions, just pick up the phone and give us a call. We’re still happy to assist you! 

8 Things You Should Know About Cannabis

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

Woman holding out cannabis joint outside

For those curious about cannabis or those who are ready to be first-time consumers, knowing where to begin is crucial. For decades, cannabis has been demonized by the government, causing distrust, confusion, and misinformation among the greater population. Thanks to dedicated scientists and cannabis advocates, we are on the horizon of a new and more honest beginning. As we enter an era of acceptance and curiosity, cannabis has not only become more accepted but welcomed, as legalization sweeps across the country. 34 states have legalized cannabis for medical use, and 12 states for adult recreational use. 

Whether you’re interested in cannabis use to aid with a medical issue or it’s just something you’d always like to try to help spark a little inspiration, start off with this list for some information prior to beginning your cannabis journey. 

 

 

1. Shake Off the Stigma

As more states begin to legalize cannabis and federal legalization seemingly right around the corner, it’s important to shake off the stigma that has been attached to the plant for so long. Unfortunately, years of misrepresentation and propaganda have led the majority to believe that cannabis is dangerous and harmful, lumping it in with illegal narcotics. However, this could not be farther from the truth, as cannabis has been proven to help with a variety of health issues, including anxiety, loss of appetite, and seizures, and even cancer. 

 

 

2. Use Responsibly 

Cannabis is a mind-altering substance. It’s important to use it safely and responsibly. Just like you wouldn’t drive a car drunk, you shouldn’t use THC products and operate a vehicle. The same can be said of CBD products, though they typically don’t have mind-altering or potent psychoactive effects. It is encouraged to use cannabis safely in your home for the first few times, at least you know how it affects your body. You should keep all products locked and stored away so it is out of the reach of animals and children. Cannabis is not meant for those who are underage.

 

 

3. Ask Questions

When you visit a cannabis dispensary such as a From The Earth shop for the first time, remember that the employees are there to help. They are knowledgeable on a wide array of products and want to take the time to get to know you as well as your needs. This will help them provide proper recommendations. When it comes to cannabis, education is the goal. Finding out what works for you starts with asking questions and having an open mind. Due to the misinformation that has been put out for years, it’s important to distinguish fact from fiction.

 

 

4. Start Slow

Potency is an important factor to keep in mind when consuming cannabis products, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran. Pay close attention to the THC percentages in flowers and THC mg in edibles.  Rule #1 is you can always consume more, but you cannot go back and consume less. If your body is not acquainted with the feelings and sensations of being high or you consume more THC than your body needs, there is a chance you’ll experience negative side effects. This can leave you feeling anxious, dizzy, and otherwise unpleasant. 

Be safe and start out with the mindset that ‘less is more’. Give your body time to process the THC and wait until you feel the effects before consuming more. Particularly when it comes to edibles as they take longer to kick in due to having to journey through the digestive tract. 

Man sitting on couch rolling a joint of marijuana

 

5. Get Comfortable

Start off by using cannabis products for the first time in the safety of your home. While it would be tempting to try it at an outing, such as a festival or hanging somewhere with friends, until you know how the high will affect you, it is best to begin at home. This way, you are in comfortable and familiar surroundings, without worrying about traveling or relying on a ride to get back to your house. 

 

 

6. Verbiage is Important 

First thing’s first – when talking about cannabis, avoid calling it ‘marijuana’. This particular term has spent so long in the spotlight that it has been painted as a negative and derogatory word while associating it with addiction instead of holistic wellness. It also has racist roots, during the war on drugs Harry Anslinger the Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics was quoted saying “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use”. This is just one example of the government’s campaign to criminalize the plant and paint the term in a negative light. So when speaking to friends & family, remember its history and make sure your go-to lingo includes ‘cannabis’ and ‘cannabis products’. 

 

 

7. Know Your Terminology

There will be a lot of new words you will stumble across during your cannabis journey. Learning them all upfront may seem like a daunting task, but remember – when you visit a cannabis dispensary, they are there to help! From The Earth staff is trained and highly knowledgeable, willing to answer questions and provide assistance. 

A popular question includes the difference between CBD and THC. While CBD has a non-psychoactive effect and is a derivative of Cannabidiol, you can read more in-depth about it in a previous article.

 

 

8. Types of Cannabis

Other than the edibles mentioned above, there is a multitude of ways to enjoy cannabis. Part of starting out is finding what suits you best. There is the traditional route of smoking the cannabis flower. This can be rolled in a joint or blunt, or consumed through a pipe, bubbler, or bong. Different types of flowers can be bought at From The Earth cannabis dispensary. 

Vaping has taken off in popularity, cannabis instead being consumed through a desktop device that contains an oven-like chamber that heats the cannabis to release vapors for inhalation. Cartridges are available for purchase at cannabis dispensaries, including the varied selection at From The Earth. They are pocket-sized and can be activated at the push of a button. 

For something a bit outside of the norm, many people enjoy applying topicals instead of smoking or vaping. Topicals can be used as a spot treatment or applied regularly to help with chronic and day-to-day ailments. Some of these can include arthritis, fresh tattoos, old scars, sunburns, and more. From The Earth sells these products as creams, ointments, and even bath bombs.

Last but not least, another great option would be using tinctures. They are similar to edibles, as they are ingested. To use, just add a drop or two directly under your tongue, or mix into your favorite tea or smoothie to add a boost of flavor. Make sure to follow the instructions to use the directed amount. 

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