Cannabidiol (CBD) is quickly becoming a common household item across the U.S., thanks to its many purported health benefits that range from reducing insomnia1 to soothing achy muscles.2 Another popular reason some people use CBD is because of the studies linking it to anxiety relief.3 In fact, a recent study showed that 20 percent of CBD users stated “anxiety” as their primary reason for using.4 If you’re curious about using CBD, find out how it compares to homeopathic anxiety medication and what homeopathic anxiety medication is.
CBD vs. Homeopathic Anxiety Medication
CBD is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, meaning it’s the part of the plant that does not produce a high. It is available in many forms, such as oils, balms, tinctures, capsules, and confections. Several studies have shown that CBD can help reduce various types of anxiety, specifically5 social anxiety and PTSD.6 Many other animal studies reveal the efficacy of CBD in relieving stress, but according to the ADAA, there haven’t been enough properly controlled clinical trials to support CBD as an effective treatment for anxiety or depression.7
Homeopathic medication refers to alternative and natural treatment for certain health conditions like anxiety. Brillia for Adults is one such homeopathic medication which uses antibodies to the brain-specific S100 protein (S100B), an important regulator of various different intracellular and extracellular brain processes. Unlike CBD, which may have side effects like dry mouth, fatigue and drowsiness, one of the benefits of using homeopathic medication like Brillia is that there are no harmful side effects.8 The homeopathic medication can also be taken without a prescription or official diagnosis and has no contraindications. Brillia has been shown to effectively reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, restlessness and impulsivity in children and adults when combined with healthy lifestyle habits like getting adequate sleep, eating nutritious foods, limiting screen time and practicing mindfulness. If you’re interested in how CBD compares to Brillia for kids with anxiety or ADHD, find out more here.
Why CBD Is Also Being Considered a Homeopathic Remedy
Many homeopathic remedies come from natural substances like plants, minerals or animals. They are not meant to cause harmful side effects or addictions as in the case of many pharmaceutical drugs. Some homeopathy advocates say that homeopathy refers to a medical system that helps the body heal itself. Like the antibodies in Brillia, which influence how the S100B protein acts in the body, many experts believe that CBD interacts with our body’s endocannabinoid system in a similar way, by influencing how natural endocannabinoids act in the body.9 Despite this similarity, it’s difficult to trace the ingredients and manufacturing process in each CBD product and very little is known about CBD's medicinal effects or potential hazards. Homeopathic products like Brillia also have to go through a review and registration process with the FDA, while CBD has been flagged by the FDA due to “unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of products containing CBD.”10 This is especially important to keep in mind when considering giving CBD to children because there is so much unknown about efficacy and how CBD interacts with other systems in the body. It may not be a safe option to treat symptoms of anxiety.
Brillia vs. CBD: Pros & Cons
As stated above, Brillia works by regulating the activity of the S100B protein, effectively helping the body reduce the symptoms of anxiety naturally. Brillia also has no contraindications, which means that you can take it without worry because there are no harmful side effects. The same cannot be accurately said for CBD because too much is unknown about how CBD interacts with other systems in the body or other prescription medications. Brillia is much of a more direct approach to the source of anxiety symptoms, and verified science shows how and why the homeopathic mediation works in the body without affecting other organs.
Pros and Cons of Using CBD for Anxiety:
Pros: Some studies and anecdotal reports show potential for promoting elevated mood; CBD may have fewer or less harsh side effects than pharmaceutical drugs; many forms are available
Cons: Insufficient research on efficacy and safety; unknown long-term effects; unreliability in product quality; potential for dependency unknown; unclear which systems/organs are affected when using
Pros and Cons of Using Brillia for Anxiety:
Pros: Clinical studies, anecdotal reports and scientific evidence all show positive results based on how the active ingredient interacts in the system; Brillia has no harmful side effects; there are no contraindications
Cons: Cost may be a concern for some; takes two to three weeks to build in system; dosages must be administered multiple times daily in a regimented fashion; product contains lactose, which may be an issue for those who cannot tolerate lactose enzymes
Find out more about how Brillia works to help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Also keep in mind that if you are currently taking prescription drugs for anxiety, Brillia can be safely added to your regimen. Some customers have even found that Brillia helps to reduce undesirable side effects brought on my prescription drugs. If you are interested in replacing current medications with Brillia, please note that Brillia takes two to three weeks to build in the system. Always advise your doctor before you stop taking other medication.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles and a mother of one. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, and VICE.