To say I often need to take a “chill pill” is a gross understatement. Ever since I was younger, I’ve struggled with anxiety. Not the crippling kind, just the steadily-annoying type, where something feels wrong, but you have no idea what that thing actually is. I’ve never been officially diagnosed with any type of anxiety disorder or psychological issue- but all my family and friends would hardly agree that I am anxiety-free.
With the burnout epidemic on the rise, as well as the common, every-day stresses that accompany the transition into adulthood- I’ve been on the hunt for something (anything) to help quiet the static of everyday life.
My ultimate goal; to help ease the steady flow of anxiety I feel on a daily basis.
Despite the overwhelming number of claims on the internet, I wasn’t overly-optimistic about the powers of CBD. I considered it to be purely a brilliant marketing scheme, and moved on to trying some “more holistic” approaches. I decided to try quitting coffee, cold turkey, to help reduce my anxiety. Terrible idea; my family, friends were begging me to start drinking it again after a (seemingly long) few weeks. And before you ask; Yes, I tried it long enough for it to make a difference, and No- it did not.
After a few failed “natural” attempts and several hours of exhaustive research, much trial-and-error, and a few tearful phone calls to friends dealing with the same issue- I stumbled desperately into my first CBD vape pen purchase.
Now- I’ll be the first to admit that just because a particular trend is hot in the market at the time, that its popularity doesn’t prove its efficacy. Using CBD to relive anxiety, however, proves to be legitimately helpful.
About a month ago, a friend gave me a hit from their Stanley Brothers vape pen. I was starting to stress because we were late to the movie we were headed to. Within less than a minute, I felt my anxiety started to lessen. A few short minutes later I felt noticeably calmer, and much more “zen.” I shared this with my friend, who said that it “made sense.” Apparently, when you vape CBD oil, 50% of the product gets utilized. With edibles, it’s between 10 and 20% and it takes longer to kick in. This is great news for me, because I don’t love the taste of most CBD gummies.
Since then, my own vape pen has been my go-to when I’m starting to feel anxiety creeping in, and need to just chill the heck out. And because it’s non-psychotropic, I’m not glued to my couch like I just smoked a big ol’ Indica joint.
Research into CBD is just cranking up, but it does seem to help with pain and some neurological conditions. Most of the research into whether CBD helps anxiety specifically has been done on animals, so it’s very basic, and needs to be conducted in actual humans.
However, it does show promise; one study involving people asked to speak in public found that CBD significantly reduced anxiety, compared to others who were given a placebo.
“I think there’s good evidence to suggest that CBD could be an effective treatment of anxiety and addiction” and other disorders, says Dr. Esther Blessing, a psychiatrist and researcher at New York University. “But we need clinical trials to find out.”
My opinion: CBD oil has proven to be useful in the management of day-to-day anxiety. If you have PTSD, generalized anxiety, or social anxiety, CBD oil may be a useful as a part of your treatment plan. I’ve been puffing on my CBD vape pen once a day for about 3 months now, and can confidently say that I have observed a significant improvement in my anxiety. Maybe it’s good ole’ placebo, maybe it’s magic…