You’ve got a looming deadline for a major project at work. Your kiddo just told you 5 minutes ago that they need 100 cupcakes for tomorrow’s class. The car has been making a weird noise for the past two weeks, and SURPRISE! Family is coming to stay and will be here tomorrow. Commence the eye twitching.
Sound familiar? You, along with 40 million other American adults, may be suffering from anxiety and stress. In today’s world of deadlines, financial strains, multitasking, and million-mile-an-hour mentalities, people feel more overwhelmed than ever before. And, it isn’t just external pressures causing those racing thoughts and sleepless nights, anxiety can be genetic. Because the mental and physical effects of anxiety are more common than ever, accessible and reliable alternatives for relief from anxiety, stress and depression are needed more than ever.
Enter Delta 9 THC edibles.
While humans have used THC and cannabis for medicinal and soothing purposes for centuries, our practices and technology have evolved significantly. Tasty, discreet, effective, and easy to use, edibles can be an extremely effective management tool for managing symptoms of anxiety. However, it’s important to understand the signs, and always consult your doctor before seeking long-term use of THC edibles to treat anxiety.
COMMON SIGNS AND EFFECTS OF ANXIETY
So you know you feel…off…but what are the signs that you should look for to know you have anxiety? Anxiety is different for everyone, so you may experience some of these symptoms, or have symptoms that are not listed.
Effects of anxiety on your mind can include:
- feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax
- having a sense of dread, or fearing the worst
- feeling like the world is speeding up or slowing down
- feeling like other people can see you’re anxious and are looking at you
- feeling like you can’t stop worrying
- worrying about anxiety itself (worrying about if a panic attack might occur)
- low mood and depression
Effects of anxiety on your body can include:
- a churning feeling in your stomach
- feeling light-headed or dizzy
- pins and needles
- feeling restless or unable to sit still
- headaches, backache or other aches and pains
- faster breathing
- a fast, thumping or irregular heartbeat
- sweating or hot flushes
And while anxiety and stress are closely related, the signs and symptoms of stress can vary a bit.
How stress can make you feel:
- irritable, angry, impatient or wound up
- over-burdened or overwhelmed
- anxious, nervous or afraid
- like your thoughts are racing and you can’t switch off
- unable to enjoy yourself
- uninterested in life
- like you’ve lost your sense of humor
- a sense of dread
- worried or tense
- neglected or lonely
- existing mental health problems getting worse
- difficulty breathing
- panic attacks
- blurred eyesight or sore eyes
- sleep problems
- muscle aches and headaches
- chest pains and high blood pressure
- indigestion or heartburn
- constipation or diarrhea
- feeling sick, dizzy or fainting
- sudden weight gain or weight loss
- developing rashes or itchy skin
- changes to your period or menstrual cycle
- existing physical health problems getting worse
If all of this feels like a lot, it’s because it is! Stress and anxiety negatively affect millions of people daily. But, this is where Delta 9 THC gummies like KAVVA truly shine. Taking a lower-dose Delta 9 THC gummy can help reduce and manage anxiety and stress to manageable (or even almost non-existent) levels.
HOW DO THC EDIBLES WORK?
You’ve taken your KAVVA Joy Delta 9 THC gummy. Now what?
First, your stomach has to break down the individual components of the gummy, including THC. From here, it travels to your liver, where in the process of metabolization, your body converts the Delta 9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC (a much stronger component than exists in cannabis plants themselves). While our bodies convert all THC, no matter how it is consumed, to 11-hydroxy-THC, it is most present when the THC is ingested orally rather than through other forms like vaping or smoking. This means that you can consume lower doses of THC, which are delivered more efficiently to your body to experience the benefits and calming effects of the chemical itself.
Once the converted THC has been metabolized through the liver, it is absorbed into your bloodstream where it will then travel to your brain. Here, it binds to cannabinoid receptors in the endocannabinoid system (fun fact: all humans have this system!)
Because the gummy takes some time to break down, then travel around your system, it can often take up to two hours for the effects of a THC gummy to kick in. With this long wait, many people feel like the gummy isn’t working and want to consume more. But have a little patience before you pop another one! Give your body time to break the gummy down, and ease into the soothing effects of your edible doing its work.
Studies have shown that THC can be very effective in treating anxiety and relieving panic attacks, as well as improving relaxation. When consumed in lower doses, THC has a calming effect on the mind and body according to the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute. A “low dose” is defined as 1mg – 10mg, so it’s good practice to start with 5mg (or less if you feel that you’re more susceptible to the effects of THC) and go from there.
Remember, while these stress-relief and anxiety-relief gummies can be incredibly effective when taken in the right amounts; too many or too high of a dose can have the opposite effect. Be sure to take things slow as you go.
Now that you know how THC edibles can be the perfect aid in improving your overall quality of life, it’s time to find your favorite flavor, take it slow, and enjoy the quieter mind from the calm, stress-relieving benefits of KAVVA gummies.
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