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CBD: Los Angeles' New Favorite Way to Treat Anxiety

James Reed: Cannabidiol oil leaves you feeling relaxed and calm but doesn’t have anywhere near the same number of adverse side effects.

Anxiety is no laughing matter. It can range from a mild feeling to a debilitating panic attack. Treating anxiety is no walk in the park either. While there are plenty of prescription meds on the market that can help, their side effects can be quite nasty.

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For many people, it’s the side effects that prevent them from seeking help. Who wants to walk feeling like a zombie all day? Or not be able to sleep at night, lose their sex drive, and so on? It’s a catch-22 situation. The meds help you feel more relaxed but come with a host of problems.

CBD Oil to the Rescue

Cannabidiol oil leaves you feeling relaxed and calm but doesn’t have anywhere near the same number of adverse side effects.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil offers a natural solution. It’ll leave you feeling relaxed and calm but doesn’t have anywhere near the same number of adverse side effects. That’s one of the reasons that the semi-legal state of CBD oil in California has been so exciting for anxiety sufferers.

We’ll look at CBD oil specifically for it’s relaxing properties here. If you’d like to find out more about the other benefits, head over to HMHB.org’s review as they break down the scientific facts of using CBD oil to help with anxiety disorders and depression.

CBD oil falls into a bit of a gray area. It doesn’t contain more than trace amounts of THC, which is the compound responsible for making you feel high. Medical and recreational marijuana use is legal in California.

Here’s where it gets confusing. Licensed dispensaries can legally sell CBD oil. You can buy it online or over the counter legally, as long as the supplier has the correct license. If they don’t have the license, they’re not allowed to sell the product in any form.

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At present, the state of California is taking a tougher stance when it comes to enforcing this rule. How they’re going to do so, considering how popular the product has become, is questionable.

Los Angeles Can’t Get Enough

In Los Angeles, life is good but hectic. It can be hard to relax after a stressful day at work. Pop some CBD, though, and you’ll feel more relaxed. You’ll get a better night’s sleep and won’t feel drowsy the next day. Add in the low side effects, and you’ve got a winner.

Is it any wonder that we’re finding products popping up all over LA? And, considering that this has become a multibillion-dollar industry, it’s hardly surprising that enterprising entrepreneurs are finding new ways to serve up the oil that everyone wants, as demonstrated in LA Weekly's best CBD flower list.

If you’re nervous about ingesting it, take a nice warm bath with a very special bath bomb. Or enjoy some tea with an extra special ingredient. CBD products now come in all shapes and sizes and are being lapped up.

Is This All Just Hype?

Of course, some wonder if CBD oil is just the flavor of the month. Let’s face it—the current hype does make you think that CBD might just be this season’s superfood. Unlike goji berries, though, this oil has some real medicinal benefits that can be quantified.

Part of the reason for the hype is that it is so effective at treating anxiety. Also, while the use of CBD in its current format is something new, the cannabis plant has been used since ancient times as a healing herb. So, if this is all hype, it’s been going on for a good few thousand years.

Residents of Los Angeles think they’re onto a good thing. We tend to agree. Is this going to be the right remedy for everyone? No— there’s not a single medication in the world that can be all things to all people. It’s an excellent alternative to dangerous pharmaceuticals, though.

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