CBD For Occasional Anxiety
Mental health is one of the top challenges people face daily. Stress, anxiety, and depression are a struggle for many.
Doctor visits, medication, and the perfect recipe for self-care are some of the usual things people turn to to help improve mental health.
Can CBD oil help relieve my occasional stress and anxiety? How much should I take? And how often should I take it to get the best results possible?
Today we’ll answer these questions and discuss how CBD affects the brain.
What is CBD?
Just a quick review, cannabidiol or CBD is derived from cannabis. Hemp and marijuana are part of the cannabis family.
Cannabis contains 80-100 different cannabinoids, and the two main cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
The difference between marijuana and hemp is that marijuana contains low amounts of CBD and high amounts of THC. THC is commonly known for its anxiety-inducing and intoxicating properties.
Hemp, on the other hand, is just the opposite. It contains high amounts of CBD and low amounts of THC while showing stress and anxiety-reducing properties.
CBD research is still emerging, but more studies show that CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans with minimal side effects and low potential for abuse.
How does CBD affects the brain?
Recent research shows that CBD may help decrease stress and anxiety by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS helps to keep the body in homeostasis. The body produces natural endocannabinoids, similar in structure to cannabinoids found in cannabis like CBD.
Thus, CBD is familiar to the body because it resembles the natural endocannabinoids.
Within the ECS, the body has receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors mediate the psychoactive, anti-inflammatory, and immune support of CBD.
We know that Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, affects your mental health. Low serotonin levels are generally associated with stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.
Research on CBD is still in the beginning stages. Still, it is understood that CBD may inhibit the use of Serotonin already present, which may provide stress-lowering effects.
What does the research say about CBD assisting with anxiety?
In a 2019 study (1), 72 people took CBD over time, which was shown to have an anxiety-reducing effect.
This 2021 study (2) reports that CBD effectively reduces stress and self-perceived anxiety.
Many things can affect whether CBD will work effectively for you to ease stress or help reduce anxiety. However, CBD does not work for everyone.
From these studies, we can not guarantee that CBD will reduce your stress or occasional anxiety.
Still, we hope this information can help you decide if it is worth trying and educate you on how to use it to achieve the best results possible.
What CBD Oil is best for anxiety?
There are a few different kinds of CBD oils available:
We recommend Full-Spectrum CBD Oil for occasional anxiety because it contains all the naturally present cannabinoids, including a small amount of THC, essential oils, flavonoids, and terpenes.
These naturally present ingredients work together to create the entourage effect.
The entourage effect means that the therapeutic ingredients create more health benefits when they work together than they would add up to individually. Think of it as 1+1=3.
The small amount of THC found in Full-Spectrum CBD is not intoxicating. But, does provide health benefits as it works with CBD. Broad-Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate do not contain any THC.
CBG and CBD for occasional anxiety
Cannabigerol, or CBG, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, is still in the first stages of research. Still, we are finding that CBG may provide many health benefits, including reducing stress.
CBG and CBD create a synergy that may be wonderful for supporting mental health.
Different forms of taking CBD
Each method of taking CBD has a different bioavailability rate. One of the fastest is CBD Oil drops under the tongue (sublingual). But there are many forms of taking CBD.
Some of the most common are:
- CBD Oil Drops
- CBD Softgel Capsules
- CBD Gummies
- Others include gum, chocolate, honey, and CBD Smokeables
These are all available in Full-Spectrum CBD, Broad-Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate.
Softgels and gummies take a bit longer to enter the bloodstream because they go through the digestive system.
However, they are highly recommended for those who dislike the taste of CBD.
Softgel or Gummies may be more convenient for some people. Fortunately, you can choose whichever you prefer.
What dose should I take for occasional anxiety?
How much CBD should I take? You can use our dosage calculator to find the appropriate dosage based on your weight.
If you’ve never taken CBD before, we recommend taking a few drops the first day to see how your body reacts to the CBD oil and working up to 1-2 droppers full each day or more until you reach your desired results.
You can take your dose in the morning and evening or spread it throughout the day to help ease your occasional anxiety.
How long does CBD stay in my system?
You may notice the effects of CBD within about 20 minutes of taking it sublingually.
The effects of taking CBD usually last 2-6 hours. However, it may still be in your system for days. If you’ve been taking CBD for months or longer, it can take 2-3 weeks to completely leave your system.
Are there any side effects of taking CBD?
CBD sometimes does have mild side effects, including:
- dry mouth
- reduced appetite
We recommend you lower your dose or discontinue use if you experience these side effects.
Note that CBD does interact with some medications. Check with your doctor before you take CBD if you are taking medications.
It’s important to note that if you take Full-Spectrum CBD, which contains the legal limit (0.3% or less) of the intoxicating cannabinoid THC, over a long time, that very small amount of THC may build up in your system and cause you to fail a drug test.
So, if you want to take CBD to help assist your stress or occasional anxiety, and you are worried about failing a drug test, try a Broad-Spectrum CBD product or CBD Isolate. These do not contain any THC and are safer to use.
Sum it up!
CBD is an amazing product with many health benefits.
It may help to decrease stress and occasional anxiety by interacting with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which keeps the body in homeostasis.
CBD may also support serotonin levels in the brain to be balanced for optimal mental health function.
CBG may also be beneficial for mental health functions. Full-Spectrum CBD and CBG work well together to create a therapeutic synergy that may be effective in helping to reduce occasional anxiety.
CBD Oil may be the more bioavailable CBD choice when taken sublingually throughout the day.
However, CBD Gummies, CBD Softgel, and more CBD options are available for your preference. And are also high-quality and effective products.
When taking CBD, remember to talk to your doctor about possible medications that may interact with CBD before you begin taking it.
Reduce or discontinue your use if you experience any adverse reactions.
Here at Zatural, we want you to have the best experience possible in learning about and using CBD. We hope you have found this information helpful.
For stress or self-perceived occasional anxiety, we recommend:
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(1) Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: A large case series. The Permanente journal. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/
(2) C; M. J. H. (n.d.). Reasons for cannabidiol use: A cross-sectional study of CBD users, focusing on self-perceived stress, anxiety, and sleep problems. Journal of cannabis research. Retrieved August 4, 2022, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33602344/