Anxious feelings can creep up on you whether you like it or not. It’s about how you respond to the problem that helps you tackle it.
Whether it be preparing for an exam, a job interview, social settings, or an existential crisis; attempting to treat anxiety and stress is vital for a healthy mind.
Some stressors are completely healthy, like a challenge to beat, but some, like not leaving the house due to the infinite possibilities that could occur, can be extremely debilitating.
CBD has helped many people in the United States achieve a natural, healthy way to tackle anxiety without any psychoactive components interfering with their daily routine.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about the future. Symptoms may include an increased heart rate, fast breathing, sweating, and fatigue.
For most people, anxiety isn’t something that debilitates their social or personal lives, but still causes some discomfort every once in a while. Daily stress can build up over time causing physical aches & pains, irritability, or even sadness.
In some, Anxiety can be intense, overwhelming, and life-consuming. Everyday situations can induce panic and fear, making life feel extremely debilitating.
Common symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or severe & ongoing anxiety, include emotional distress excessive anxiety & worry.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), a mental health condition in which social situations induce irrational anxieties, is also very common in Americans. Along with severe anxiety, this condition may exhibit palpitations, fear, and depression along with the irrational thoughts and feelings about the situation.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an often overlooked area of anxiety. This sector experiences excessive/obsessive thoughts that lead to repetitive & impulsive behaviors. This can be extremely debilitating to the average person as thoughts usually overwhelm the normal pattern of executing daily actions.
Does CBD Oil help anxiety?
Yes. Cannabidiol CBD helps combat anxiety by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS helps regulate bodily systems & maintain equilibrium, or homeostasis. This includes body temperature, blood pressure, sleep cycles, metabolism, mood regulation and much more.
Cannabinoids are found in more common places than just hemp plants & cannabis plants. For example, females produce cannabinoids in their breast milk that are crucial for fetal development.
It is believed that CBD interacts with the CB1 & CB2 receptors in the brain and body throughout the Central & Peripheral Nervous Systems.
In a 2011 study, researchers studied the effects of CBD on people with SAD. Participants were administered an oral dose of 400mg of CBD, or a placebo dosage. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.
Many clinical trials have been released on CBD since it’s popularity arose in the past decade.
Can I take CBD oil with antidepressants? Is CBD a safe alternative for anxiety medications?
Of course, but with everything you begin taking, it’s important to consult your health care physician before starting.
CBD is a naturally occurring, or organic compound. It is completely safe to ingest and take part in a wellness regimen. It doesn’t interact with pharmaceuticals the same way they would with each other.
For the most part, most people don’t experience any side effects from starting CBD while on other prescription medications.
Although, there are CYP450 liver enzymes that get inhibited from the presence of CBD. These enzymes help break down medications, like blood thinners. This can cause some anxiety medications like Xanax or Ativan, to increase their side effects such as drowsiness or sedation.
This of course depends on the strength of medication you are on and the amount of CBD you ingest. The stronger the medication, the stronger side effects may be. So start low, & go slow when it comes to starting a CBD regimen.
Many of our customers have successfully weaned themselves off of prescription SSRI’s with the help of Hemp CBD and/or medical marijuana.
We always recommend talking to your health care provider or pharmacist before starting a new supplement.
What are the negative side effects of CBD oil?
It’s not very common to experience negative side effects from CBD oil. It is common though, to experience negative side effects from too much CBD.
Some of our clients have experienced dry mouth, diarrhea, fatigue, drowsiness, and decreased appetite. Don’t worry, this is very seldom and we recommend cutting back your dosage until symptoms are relieved.
At a recent MITA Conference, it was discussed that too much THC can actually induce anxiety in users, therefore, reversing the anti anxiety effects. If your feelings of anxiety increase, check your CBD, you may have a full spectrum CBD (whole plant), if this is the case, then switch to a Broad Spectrum CBD or an Isolate CBD, both contain zero THC.
It’s important to start low & go slow- find the dosage that works best for you and your body.
You know your body best.
Has CBD helped with your anxiety? Is CBD for treating anxiety a scam?
As a teenager, anxiety induced panic attacks were a regular pattern. From over-breathing my way to being lightheaded to almost passing out, Social Anxiety & Panic attacks have been a lingering battle to conquer.
Daily activities that I always loved, or had no logical reason to not enjoy, started creeping up on me. For example, meeting up with good friends became a chore that I struggled to accomplish and loathed to think about.
Not because I don’t absolutely love my friends, but because I would get these irrational thoughts racing through my mind before anything ever happened.
My heart would start to race as I arrive to hang out, and my hands would sweat like I’m about to get caught for something illegal. Producing speech when you’re feeling like a spotlight has been shown on you is harder than it seems. I felt so awkward, out of place, unwanted- even though I was invited and loved!
This has always been a feeling that I try and handle in a healthy way by being mindful with my thoughts, practicing my breathe, practicing yoga, working out frequently, & eating a clean plant-based diet.
Anxiety relief isn’t always achieved by my daily exercise routine, or morning meditation, leaving me anxious, stressed, and tired throughout the day. Even following a healthy lifestyle doesn’t always calm my nerves, and that’s where CBD comes in as my secret weapon.
When these situations arise, I rely on CBD to help tame my thoughts and worries.
The effects I experience are calming, soothing, and relaxing. I notice that my thoughts aren’t as ‘racy’, and are easier to ‘control’, helping me focus more on schoolwork and my career. It’s difficult to explain exactly how I feel on CBD, but it’s a positive feeling, similar to the best feelings in my life-when I felt my best.
Cannabidiol has also been a nightly ritual for chronic pain in my lower spine. This was from a previous injury as a swimmer. I dose an hour before bed, slightly higher than my daytime doses, and am able to sleep all night without tossing, turning, and moving the pillow in between my legs.
Hemp CBD is not a scam.
Just like any product on the market, there are high and low quality products. Sometimes the low quality products work just as well as the high end, but usually you get what you pay for.
Cheap CBD extracted from the roots and stalks of the hemp plant is more likely a ‘scam’. Quality CBD companies, ones that extract the CBD from the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, are providing top-shelf CBD that is more reliable, trustworthy, and more likely to work than the cheaper brands you see.
Another reason CBD ‘doesn’t work’ for it’s users is that they aren’t taking enough CBD for their body weight, metabolism, or severity of ailments being treated.
The most common fix we provide clients with is to add in a third dose, or a second one. Most people are taking a dose once a day, or only AM & PM. It’s crucial to understand that an AM/PM dose may work on one individual, but not for another. Your body may need an extra dosage.
Everybody is different. You know your body and how you feel best, so use your intuition to guide you to the best dosage regimen possible.
Another, more uncommon reason why CBD doesn’t always satisfy its users is that they are using only Isolate, or CBD with a zero amount of THC. State laws vary with the legality of Full-Spectrum CBD products, but if available to you, we recommend always choosing a Full-Spectrum CBD.
What is an effective dose of CBD oil for anxiety?
An effective dosage of CBD varies from user to user. The individuals weight, metabolism, ailment severity, tolerance, and sensitivity to CBD all come into play when figuring out the right dose to take.
To know if you’re getting an effective dose of CBD, pay attention to how you feel. Start low, and go slow when it comes to milligrams of CBD. You don’t need too much of this potent cannabinoid to feel its relief.
The symptoms you’re treating should dissipate, or at least lessen in severity.
Average CBD doses for anxiety based on severity:
- Mild: 5mg-15mg
- Moderate: 15mg-30mg
- Severe: 30mg+ (avg. 30mg-60mg)
See how one dose a day affects your symptoms. Increment doses, and milligrams as needed until desired effects are achieved. Most end up needing a dose every 6-8 hours to manage chronic anxiety disorders.
Each individual may react differently to cannabinoids based on their tolerance. Medical Cannabis users tend to have a tolerance to CBD already, causing higher doses than the average consumer.