It’s happening again! You feel the sweat beading up on your brow and your heartbeat quicken. Then your throat starts to close and you feel like you are drowning on dry land.
Panic attacks are a real problem and are debilitating for those who suffer from them. In the United States, 6 million adults suffer from panic disorders! Women are two times more likely to develop the condition.
How can you control your panic attacks before they strike without using dangerous prescription drugs? Many people are trying to use CBD oil for panic attacks, and it’s getting some real results!
If you or a loved one suffers from panic attacks or anxiety, we’re here to help! Keep reading about how to reduce your anxiety and panic with a natural solution, CBD oil.
What Is a Panic Attack?
Panic attacks scare anyone who has (or even witnesses) one! Many panic attack sufferers describe it as a drowning feeling and they often believe they are going to die!
Some of the symptoms of a panic attack are:
- Quickened heartbeat
- A feeling of muscle weakness
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling like you lost control of yourself
- Numb or tingling hands/fingers or toes/feet
- A feeling of impending death or doom
- Feeling sweaty palms
If you, or someone you know, experience any combination of these symptoms, the cause might be a panic attack. Be aware that everyone experiences panic attacks in a different way.
Don’t run away when you see someone having a panic attack. Leaving someone along in a panic attack is the worst thing to do! The best thing you can do is stay with them and speak positive, gentle words to encourage them out of the panic that grips them.
What Is CBD?
Many people believe that CBD comes from marijuana. Those people are dead wrong! CBD comes from a cousin of the marijuana plant called hemp.
Studies comparing CBD vs THC show that CBD does not activate the psychoactive (high) feeling like its cousin THC. In reality, CBD blocked some of the receptors in the brain and prevented some of the THC molecules from absorbing into the system. That means that CBD helps reduce the mind-altering effects caused by the presence of THC.
On its own, CBD has pain-relieving properties and calming effects. People who are looking for the natural medicinal qualities of marijuana without the “high” feeling should look for CBD only products.
How Does CBD Help with Anxiety?
Some studies show that CBD reduces stress and slows the racing heartbeat. Since panic attacks cause stress and racing heartbeat, the counteractive effects of CBD are very helpful.
Other anxiety variations that see positive results from using CBD are insomnia, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CBD has even shown antipsychotic effects in people who suffer from schizophrenia!
With no psychoactive effects, but so many benefits for physical effects of anxiety, it’s easy to see why so many people are turning to CBD to treat panic attacks!
How to Use CBD Oil for Panic Attacks
CBD oil comes in a variety of styles and flavors to suit every palate. Vaping oils, topical oils, and oral oils are some of the most common types. Be sure you know what you are getting because you cannot use oral CBD oil in a vape pen or vice versa!
Not all methods of taking CBD are the same. The fastest-acting method is inhaling vapor/smoke and using a sublingual (under the tongue) oil. Though these are quick to attack your anxiety, they also last for a shorter period of time.
Swallowing oral CBD oil enters your system slower because it has to go through your digestive tract. Using CBD in this way has a peak period (where the effects are at their most effective) of anywhere from 1-6 hours!
To manage anxiety, you will want to take a daily dose of CBD so it remains in your system at all times. For breakthrough anxiety and panic attacks, use an emergency supply like a vape pen or sublingual oil to combat your symptoms as soon as possible.
As far as dosage goes, you can talk to your doctor to find out how to start using CBD, but you don’t need to. Since it is almost impossible to overdose, you can start on a small dose of a couple of drops (or puffs) at a time. If that is not enough, add a little more each time you dose until you find the amount that works best for you.
Everyone is different and will have varying levels of tolerance to the effects of CBD. Some people who have been using CBD for years take tiny microdoses. Whereas, some people who are new to CBD need a higher dose right off the bat!
You Can’t Stop the Waves of Anxiety… but You Can Learn to Surf
There are many ways to help prevent, cope with, and recover from panic attacks and anxiety. Try using CBD oil for panic attacks when you or your loved ones feel one coming on. It’s a great, natural alternative to dangerous and addictive prescription drugs!
One way to help prevent anxiety issues is to take care of yourself! Most people don’t focus on self-care, and it shows! Look at how many people suffer from panic attacks!
We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that it helps you with the anxiety that you face in your daily life. For more info about self-help, relationships, and even technology, check out the rest of our blogs today!