Jenni got her supply from a sleek, upmarket and online site, also offering recipes and oils for pets. She gives feedback of her experience and how CBD helped her cope with anxiety.
CBD tincture under the tongue
Jenni takes a CBD tincture under her tongue. Within minutes, she feels cozy and relaxed and in the mood to watch TV, or do crossword puzzles. She says she feels “delightful” instead of anxious.
CBD is the opposite of THC. It doesn’t make you high as THC does. Jenni says the effect of taking too much CBD could be a “fussy” kind of feeling that leaves you a little vague or sedated.
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People use CBD for many reasons – including anxiety
CBD is used for many reasons including controlling seizures in refractory epilepsy, for relief of pain, and also for anxiety. Anxiety is why Jenni has an interest in CBD as she has been using the benzodiazepine (Klonopin) since age 19. It makes her feel dopey, sleepy and the pharmaceutical is highly addictive. When she heard about CBD for anxiety, she wanted to try it, but she says she couldn’t really find data on the mechanics of how it helps with anxiety.
CBD for anxiety: professor explains possible mode of action
Eventually, Jenni turned to a professor of Neurobiology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, Dr. Margaret Haney, who explained to her that CBD seems to act on a very wide range of brain sites. It could be acting on serotonin receptors, making its mechanism of action similar to that of anti-depressants and anxiety medication.
Why does it work? Studies needed
Haney explained the need for double-blind studies on CBD for anxiety. A few studies suggest CBD has anxiolytic effects, but compared to FDA-approved medications the data is very scant.
It seems society is way ahead of science. Dr. Julie Holland, a psycho-pharmacologist, studies and writes about combining marijuana with psych meds, or even as an alternative. CBD has none of the side effects of benzos and is also not dangerous when combined with alcohol.
A cocktail might do
Holland points out that no one has investigated these drug interactions, but her guess is it could work well to mix cannabis and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors(SSRIs). Jenni decided to run the idea past her doctor before she embarked on her experiment, and she was given a go-ahead ‘off the record.’ Many of her friends confirmed that Dr. Holland’s patients are not the only ones mixing cannabis and anti-depressants.
The right dose of CBD to control anxiety
Jenni says she is busy finding the exact dose she should use. She’s looking for the perfect amount of CBD for anxiety treatment. Too much seems to make her too relaxed, but she doesn’t doubt that it works and that she has found a better solution than her regular meds.