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Malika Haqq Speaks Out About Quitting Xanax

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Aug. 27 2019, Updated 4:35 p.m. ET

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Khloe Kardashian's best friend Malika Haqq revealed that she stopped using the anti-anxiety drug Xanax to manage her stress. She quit the the medication and turned to CBD oil to help her cope.

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Malika, 36, opened up about her daily struggles with anxiety in a new interview with People. She spoke about her battles in the hopes that her experiences could help others. “A lot of this s*** is in my head, let’s be honest,” actress admitted. “But dealing with stress is real for people — the daily struggles of trying to figure things out.”

“I think that the more you mature and become self-aware, you spend less time caring about what people think about what you’re doing and spend more time actually taking care of yourself and your wellbeing,” she said. “What I’ve learned is the best way to handle or deal with your discomforts in life is to be honest about them.”

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Malika added she has become more comfortable with sharing her experiences in public as she got older.

The Dash Dolls star continued, “It doesn’t mean you have to scream them from the rooftops, but it’s almost impossible to get help with something that people don’t know about. So often we struggle with things out of fear that someone will judge us.

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She first began treating her anxiety with therapy, meditation and Xanax. However, "those things didn’t help" her overcome her issues.

Fortunately for her, Malika found beam, a Boston-based CBD wellness brand that uses pharmaceutical-grade, full-spectrum CBD products. She stopped taking Xanax and uses CBD in her daily routine to help her cope.

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“A lot of anxiety is very much about the way you process things in your head. So for me, I actually am processing that I’m doing better and feeling better because I’m doing something that’s better for myself,” she said. “It’s crazy, but the truth is it really does help. It honestly has done a world of difference for me where anxiety is concerned...If you really do have a reason to be doing it, it is a game-changer."

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