Can CBD Help With Anxiety?
It comes in waves. First you’re completely fine, enjoying your day. Then, out of nowhere, it hits you: a tidal wave of nervousness, panic, and unexplainable fear. If this happens to you, you might be experiencing anxiety. Whereas anxiety attacks can be scary in the moment, there are some comforting statistics and treatments that may put your mind at ease. For instance, you’re not alone! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million Americans struggle with Anxiety disorders.
Also, there are many options for easing your anxiety when you feel it coming on or even if you want to prevent it. It is always a great idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor, therapist or psychiatrist, but there is growing evidence on how CBD can help immensely with anxiety relief. Let’s take a look at what CBD oil is and how it may relieve anxiety symptoms.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) is a naturally occurring component of cannabis and is the active ingredient in the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant. Within the hemp plant, there are phytocannabinoids that are tasked with supporting the body and mind with the goal of creating healthier lifestyles.
What many people don’t know is that the human body can produce cannabinoids on its own. However, sometimes our body struggles to produce cannabinoids and needs assistance in the communication department. Our bodies do so by communicating with two cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2.
CB1 is found throughout our body and brain and is responsible for dealing with emotions, moods, pain, coordination and movement. On the other hand, CB2 is found mostly in the immune system as it deals with pain and inflammation. Cannabinoids attach to certain receptors in the body to produce healthy effects in our minds and bodies, so it’s important that we keep them in check! Now knowing what CBD is and why it’s important, let’s look at how it can help relieve anxiety.
CBD and Anxiety Relief
There are countless articles that discuss the research on marijuana’s effect on anxiety symptoms, however that should not be considered when reading this article. THC has a different effect on the brain than CBD does, as it is psychoactive. However, whereas CBD may not get the user “high,” it is definitely mind altering in that it can enhance mood and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
An article by the Journal of Psychopharmacology explains its findings that CBD can reduce symptoms of social anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder. As noted in their research, brain scans of participants in the study revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety. Their study also concluded that CBD changed the ways in which participants’ brains responded to anxiety, but it also just made them feel better in general.
In a more recent research study from New York University School of Medicine’s Esther M. Blessing, it was determined that CBD is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety, including Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Panic Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This research is still new and ongoing, however the effects of CBD have been promising due to all of the incredible feedback from those who are struggling with anxiety disorders.
Benefits of Using CBD to Treat Anxiety
Those on psychiatric medication have become increasingly concerned with the potential of their medication to produce unpleasant side effects. This is a major reason why people are turning to CBD for help with their anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepine) can invoke nausea, blurred vision, headaches, confusion, tiredness, nightmares, drowsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness, problems with coordination, difficulty thinking or remembering, increased saliva, muscle or joint pain, frequent urination and blurred vision. A lot of people also worry that they’ll become too dependent on prescription drugs, especially if they have a history of addiction in their family.
By using an alternative, natural medicine like CBD, the side effects are not as intense and there is no prescription needed. According to Harvard Medical School, the only side effects that have been confirmed by research and documented are nausea, fatigue and irritability. It can also potentially increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin. But compared to the long list of side effects prescription medications can have, these side effects are much less severe and a lot more tolerable for everyday comfort.
If you are struggling with an anxiety disorder, you should first see your doctor, therapist or psychiatrist and determine what the best treatment plan is for you. You may find it’s best for you to take prescription medicines and supplement them with CBD, or you may decide you would like to see a therapist and use CBD when you need it. Everyone’s wellness plan is different, but the good news for everyone is that there are many options to relieve your anxiety!
How do CBD dosages work and how much should you take?
CBD is a widely accepted treatment for anxiety, however determining the correct dosages is still difficult for experts. Because of this, finding the right dosage for you depends on a couple of factors: your weight, sex, age, intensity of your anxiety, and if you’re taking any medications.
Although determining the proper dosages can be difficult for experts, the good news is cannabidiol is safe and non-psychoactive, so you don’t have to worry about “getting too high” or taking a dangerously high dose. In addition, there have been no known hospitalizations from CBD and there has never been a single case of a CBD overdose.
With all of this being said, it is best to talk with your doctor, psychiatrist, or even the manufacturer about the correct dosage for you. However, if you don’t have access to any of these, we can help. You’ll want to start your doses out small, and gradually move up to higher doses. Frequent CBD users typically take doses between 10 and 20 mg once or twice a day, and they find that is enough to provide relief from anxiety. Most users also take one dose in the morning and then another dose 12 hours later. But again, everybody’s dosages are different, so we recommend starting small and gradually increasing dosages until you feel your best.
Where to get CBD
Since the Farm Bill has recently passed, CBD products can be sold on the internet and shipped to all 50 states. This makes it incredibly easy for you to get access to anxiety relieving supplements! However, be wary when shopping online for your next CBD product. A lot of companies are just jumping on the CBD bandwagon, with the only intention being profit. Find a company that’s ethical, people-oriented and practices sustainable growing methods.
In addition, make sure that the company you’re buying from online can show you that its products have been tested by a third party and can prove a Certificate of Analysis (COA). A COA will show you exactly what is in the product, ensuring your safety and guarantee of ample CBD within your products. When choosing a CBD company to buy from, it’s also important to make sure they sell a wide variety of delivery methods. Different products address different needs and it’s best to try all potential options to see which works best for you.
Finally, when choosing the CBD product that is best for you, make sure that there is only 0.3 percent THC or less in it. 0.3 percent is the legal limit of how much THC can be in industrial hemp products. Anything more than this percentage and the product is considered to be marijuana. Companies should list whether their product is a full spectrum or isolate hemp product.
If it is full spectrum, there is a wide variety of beneficial cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids and fiber that, when combined, produce enhanced results making it a more effective product overall. However, CBD isolates are 100% THC free. An isolate is great for anyone who cannot ingest any percentage of THC but still wants the effects of CBD. Isolates are a little bit harder to find with companies as they’re more expensive to manufacture, but if you find a company that does make isolate products, that should add to its credibility.
Groheline prides itself on remaining true to its mission statement: to de-stress lives and promote healthy lifestyles. We grow and work for our consumers and our consumers only. Our growers also practice sustainable growing methods out of our indoor facility in Conifer, Colorado. If you’re looking for the right CBD products to help with your anxiety, Groheline has a wide variety of options for consumption in both full spectrum and isolate forms! From CBD gummies, oils, and gel caps to bath soaks and salves, the perfect consumption method to help treat your anxiety is there for you.