Delta-8 & CBD for Anxiety: My Cannabis Routine
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I had been taking Xanax for several years when my new psychiatrist informed me that they weren’t meant to be taken every day like an antidepressant. Whether I liked it or not, my body was hooked. After a couple of false starts, I was finally able to kick it to the curb this year.
Working with my psychiatrist, I was able to taper down to 0.5 milligrams a day of Xanax XR. During this time, I had come to rely on CBD bath bombs and started to hear about delta-8 THC. During a particularly stressful period of my life, I decided to go out on a limb and give it a try.
With the help of delta-8 THC and CBD bath bombs, I was able to quit both Xanax and Adderall (the latter which I wasn’t even trying to quit and have no problem using). My cannabis routine consists of CBD bath bombs and edibles and delta-8 THC edibles.
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Delta-8 THC & CBD for Anxiety
According to 3CHI.com, delta-8 THC is defined as a “naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis … It exists naturally and can also be produced by converting CBD or Delta 9 THC via a chemical reaction typically using heat, catalysts, altered pH environments, and/or solvents”.
While I live in a state where medical marijuana isn’t yet available to everyone, delta-8 edibles give me a way to cope with my anxiety without the legal and health risks of illicit cannabis. Because delta-8 THC is created in a lab, it is important to purchase from a reputable brand. When first using the product, it’s advised to start small. Also, data for long-term use of delta-8 THC does not exist.
Best Delta-8 Edibles
My favorite delta-8 edibles are “hybrid” products that combine delta-8 THC with CBN. I typically use ¼ to ½ of 3CHI’s Comfortably Numb gummies during the day as needed and/or a single 8 Ball. To sleep, I take 1 full Comfortably Numb gummy.
While I like the portioned out 8 balls, the CBN in the Comfortably Numb gummies can help mellow out the effects of the THC. Comfortably Numb Gummies, which contain 12.5mg of delta-8 THC, cost $19.99 for 16 gummies. One package of 8 Balls (which contain 8 mg delta-8 THC each) cost $19.99 for 25 pieces. Shipping is free for orders over $99.
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Best CBD for Anxiety
According to CBD skin/bath care brand Happy Dance, CBD is a naturally occurring compound in hemp plants that won’t get you high.
As you can tell, I’m a big fan of the Happy Dance bath bombs. At 60 mg per cube, I use 1-2 per bath depending on how much relaxation I’m after. I also have used the coconut melt, body lotion and face moisturizer, re-ordering the lotion several times. One box of 4 cubes costs $15, and money-saving subscriptions and bundles are available.
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While this routine has been serving me well on lockdown, as my days get busier and my workload increases I am seeking out more products that promote relaxation without getting you too high. While I really enjoy delta-8 edibles, they’re not something I take while working or driving … and I’m doing a lot more of both these days.
For that reason, I’ve been ordering products from a local CBD retailer and it’s been working out really well for the core part of my day when I really need to be on top of it. If this is a route you are considering, here are some tips:
- Research CBD brands before you start to go shopping. For example, Sunday Scaries and Charlotte’s Webb are both brands I recognize and would feel comfortable purchasing if I came across them in a local shop.
- If buying locally, look into the reviews of the place ahead of time for any red flags. I also like to go the website to get a feel for their company, especially the about page. For example, the place I frequent locally is owned by a veteran (and woman) seeking to get off of pharmaceuticals (a goal similar to mine).
- Keep track of the active ingredients and dosages you are using so that you can fine-tune your regimen as needed. For example, my “sweet spot” at the moment is 25 mg of edible CBD.