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Is CBD Oil Right For You?

Is CBD Oil right for you?

I'm sure if you've been browsing the anxiety blogs and groups, you've come across the term CBD Oil. Some people with anxiety swear by it. If you've ever been curious and don't know where to start, you've come to the right place. Let's explore some of the ups and downs of CBD Oil. 

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD Oil, is made up of 104 chemical compounds and is created from the marijuana plant, Cannabis sativa. Most associate marijuana or cannabis with getting high. The general "high" that people refer to comes from the ingredient Tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC. However, even though both THC and CBD are present in the marijuana plant, CBD does not have the same effects as THC and does not cause the mind altering effects that THC does. CBD Oil is extracted from the cannabis plant and usually diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. 

Benefits of CBD Oil

Originally, CBD Oil has been thought to relieve pain by impacting your endocannabinoid receptors (CB2), thus helping to reduce the "pain" signals your brain is telling your body as well as decreasing the inflammation that goes along with that. However, recent studies have found that CBD acts to help the body use more of its own cannabinoids that occur naturally. Some common pain relief for medical issues include arthritis and multiple sclerosis and is often combined with THC to gain these effects. 

CBD Oil has been proven to reduce anxiety in both children and adults, and acts like an anti-depressant with brain by affecting the serotonin levels in the brain. In the past, people who suffered from anxiety were advised not to use marijuana because the THC chemical caused an increase in paranoia. However, without the major presence of THC, CBD seems to have a calming effect on most individuals. It has been proven to help with post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Things to Be Aware of

Some of the known side effects of CBD Oil include: anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, diarrhea, convulsions, fever, and changes in appetite. If you are on other medications, CBD Oil can interact with certain medications. Before starting CBD Oil, consult your doctor to see if this is a good option for you. 

You should understand that CBD Oil is not legal in every single state in the USA. You need to check with your local laws to find out more information. Cannabis is legal in some states for recreational and/or medicinal use but not all. Other states allow CBD Oil but do not allow the use of medical marijuana. You can find out more information about states that allow specified CBD Oil use here. In Illinois, you can apply for a medical card to receive either marijuana or CBD Oil for medicinal purposes. To apply for a medical card, you just need a diagnosis appropriate for the use of medicinal marijuana or CBD Oil. 

You should also know that you can test positive for THC on a drug test when taking CBD Oil, because even though there are not any mind altering side effects with this, there may still be trace amounts of THC mixed in with the CBD Oil. 

How to Use CBD Oil

Do not attempt to smoke CBD Oil. It is not meant to be smoked and can be harmful if done so. CBD Oil can be used in a variety of ways, including mixed in different foods or drinks, taken by dropper or a pipette, capsules, sprays to be administered under the tongue, or massaged onto skin via a thick paste. As for the specific dosage, please contact a physician or a licensed distributor for more information. Because CBD Oil is not regulated for the medical treatment of anxiety, little is known about how much of a dosage one should take and how often one should use it. 

Still Need Something Extra? 

There are so many things that you can do to improve your anxiety. I have lots of resources that you can check out here. However, if you need something that requires a bit more action, come schedule a talk to strategize what your next steps could be. Do you want a change? If so, schedule a free consultation with me. 



Creative Space Online Counseling and Coaching

Barbara Maulding, NCC, LCPC