It’s May, which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is one of the most important parts of overall wellness — but it’s so frequently forgotten when we’re resting and trying to take care of our bodies. It’s easy to forget that the way we feel and see the world has an incredibly important effect on our overall health.
One of the most common mental health struggles today is anxiety. John Hopkins University estimates that 18% of Americans aged 18-54 suffer from an anxiety disorder every year. Anxiety is commonly experienced alongside disorders such as depression , adding to and complicating the healing process.
CBD is often used to support treatment for anxiety, not least because it can often work in tandem with conventional medication without interference. But effects and interactions can happen, so consult with a medical professional before consuming CBD if you are currently taking medication for anxiety.
What Is Anxiety?
Sure, you may feel anxious on occasion. But what’s the difference between feeling anxious and having anxiety?
In a nutshell, anxiety is being in a consistent state of worry and/or fear regardless of if you’re in actual danger. It can be difficult to control and often affects a person’s general well-being. The National Institute of Mental Health lists these as symptoms of generalized anxiety:
- Poor quality sleep
- Inability to control worry
- Feeling restless, on edge, or “wound up”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, or
Note that generalized anxiety may be ongoing, while other anxiety-based conditions (such as social anxiety) may be tied to specific triggers.
Anxiety’s Arch-Nemesis: CBD
If you cope with anxiety on a regular basis, you should know that CBD directly addresses anxiety in ways that no other natural treatments can. It won’t get you “high.” In fact, CBD products are specifically designed not to have a psychotropic effect.
The real stars of the CBD show are cannabinoids. These are compounds found in the cannabis plant that directly interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system in the body is all about regulation, acting as the “traffic cops” of the brain’s neurotransmitters. The cannabinoids in CBD interact directly with this system.
But what does this have to do with anxiety? As it turns out, CBD may help aid in recovery from anxiety (even in the moment). The effects on the human body are still being studied. It’s not recommended that CBD be used as a sole treatment for anxiety. But CBD may in fact actively promote healing from anxiety thanks to its active interactions with the endocannabinoid system. If you’re looking to enhance the effects of other anxiety treatments (or help soothe anxiety in the moment), CBD is an ideal solution.
Our Top Picks for using CBD for Mental Health
Here at Mission Farms CBD, we curate products for our customers that utilize all the best aspects of CBD. Different cannabinoids have different effects, which is why you may experience different effects with different CBD products. Here are our favorites for promoting healing from anxiety, as well as our recommended uses for each product.
This ingestible oil is designed to address anxiety in the moment, but also provide ongoing relief. The idea is to help you calm down — but not fall asleep! The oil features the “mother cannabinoid” CBG (cannabigerol), which forms the base for every other cannabinoid in CBD. It has been studied for decades by people curious to learn how it can potentially benefit human health.
One thing’s for sure: CBG knows exactly how to interact with the endocannabinoid system. Full Spectrum Max Relax CBD Oil is designed to help “take the edge off” without putting you to sleep. This oil-based tincture is meant to be taken in small amounts under the tongue, perfect for travel or if you want a fast-acting solution.
One of our most popular products! These tasty gummies come in multiple flavors and works quickly to help calm anxiety. They’re packed with Full Spectrum CBD, the most balanced way to consume CBD and what’s considered to be the most well-rounded experience. But there’s also a secret weapon at play: Nano CBD. Think of it as “extra strength” CBD, faster-moving and pumping up the rest of the spectrum so it works more efficiently. Feel free to pop one of these gummies for some on-the-go anxiety relief, or for when you’re looking for a more “even keel” relaxation experience. They’re also helpful for helping ease into sleep.
Portable and refreshing, these little mints are perfect for throwing into a purse or back pocket. If you’re curious about CBD or not sure how to work it into your routine, these are the mints for you. No aftertaste means you can enjoy a mint whenever you need a little help calming down. At 20mg CBD per mint, you’re definitely receiving a lot of relief in a small package. There’s absolutely no THC, as these mints use CBD derived from Oregon hemp. As with most CBD products, these mints can also help promote healthy sleep. But they’ve also proven popular among people looking for relief from social anxiety. But be warned: the other people at the barbecue might want to try a “chill mint” or two.
We at Mission Farms CBD work to help promote healing among our customers, whether it’s from anxiety, muscle pain, or even the discomfort of menopause. We work to bring the best CBD to you and your family.
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