Can Smoking CBD Hemp Flowers Make Anxiety Worse?

As people suffering from anxiety look for effective ways to alleviate their symptoms, smoking CBD flowers is becoming an increasingly popular way of dealing with this soul-destroying and potentially life-threatening condition.

Anyone who suffers from anxiety on a constant basis will tell you that life can be a living hell at times. While it’s natural to worry, within reason, about paying your mortgage or taking your car for a service at the right time, people with anxiety disorders worry and fret disproportionately and sometimes on a minute-by-minute basis. Many folks diagnosed with GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) or more specific anxiety-related conditions do what they can to stave off the worries, but that usually includes taking toxic, mind-altering drugs known as psychotropics.

When people notice their anxiety getting worse for no apparent reason, their first port of call will usually be their doctor. He or she will many times prescribe drugs in the SSRI category, such as Prozac or Zoloft. These drugs can work for some people as they stop an excess of serotonin from going back into the brain. Without wanting to get too technical, these drugs are also dangerous for many people and almost impossible to give up as they create severe dependency. And that’s precisely where CBD Flowers come into play.

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CBD is a natural compound that occurs in the cannabis plant and is the baby cousin of THC – the more well-known compound in cannabis which gets you high and leaves you stoned. THC has also been connected more than once with anxiety and panic attacks, especially when taken on an empty stomach in large amounts by novice or occasional users. Most cannabis available today – whether on the black market or legally from dispensaries – is specially cultivated to be THC-heavy to maximize the stoned effects. CBD has the opposite effect and has been found in some studies to counteract anxiety induced by taking too much THC.

According to Martin Lee, author of the best seller ‘Smoke Signals‘, “Cannabidiol (CBD) balances the buzz and softens the euphoria – or, in some cases, the dysphoria – induced by THC, which can make people feel very loopy and weird. “CBD is the yin of THC’s yang,” he wrote. What’s more, THC and CBD are thought to work in a unique symbiosis together whereby they enhance each other’s effects.

Anxiety and high-intensity usually go hand-in-hand, so there is a price to pay when smoking CBD buds for anxiety. While CBD Flowers leave you feeling relaxed, calm and with a state of wellbeing, that also means some people feel slightly sedated, drowsy or even lethargic when they start using CBD Flowers or other CBD products. This issue is easily solved by merely lowering your dose of CBD at any given time, but it takes some practice – as with most things in life – to find your sweet spot.

According to user experiences reported online as well as some limited clinical studies and papers, CBD does not increase anxiety and is used to prevent it. When it comes to taking THC-heavy cannabis – whether it’s in edible form, smoked or vaporized – many people look for strains that have a good percentage of CBD in them to ensure they won’t get too high from the THC alongside. There are also those who use CBD Flowers, CBD Tablets and other CBD products if they took THC and felt anxious. For many, CBD really is the “yin” of “THC’s Yang.”

CBD works in conjunction with the Endocannabinoid System present inside all humans (all mammals actually) which regulates things like sleep, appetite, mood, and anxiety levels. For many people out there it’s not a case of CBD causing anxiety, but that it’s one of the best, most natural and organic ways to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety and over thinking.

If you suffer from anxiety and are looking for a natural, non-toxic and non-addictive solution, it’s well worth some research to see if smoking CBD Flowers could be the answer for you.

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Steven Bridge
Having been a cannabis and CBD aficionado for many years, Steven spends much of his time opposite a shiny MacBook, researching, exploring, understanding and creating interesting reading for people interested in knowing more about CBD, Vaping, Cannabis Strains and Delivery Methods, and just about anything related to magical green herbs that help people with anything from sleepless nights to pain.


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