CBD Oil & Anxiety

One in three Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder. In America, anxiety is the number one mental health issue and it's costing the U.S. over $43 billion a year!

For people living with an anxiety disorder, sweaty palms, racing thoughts, a pounding heart, can make everyday life very difficult.

Prescription medications like Valium and Xanax offer a quick relief but are very addictive, are made from chemicals and can have some serious side effects.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has become a popular alternative to prescription medication. However, there is an abundance of hemp based CBD products today, so finding a reputable brand is key. 

Our guide to CBD & Anxiety is here to help educate our community about the benefits of using CBD oil to help relieve anxiety, and inform our members about how to dose properly and find the right product.

CBD: A powerful anxiety treatment

Recent studies have shown that CBD has tremendous potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorders, social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A recent clinical study done by NYU professors has shown conclusive evidence "that demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, including PTSD, GAD, PD, OCD, and SAD, with a notable lack of anxiogenic effects.“ 

They also found that: “experimental findings support preclinical findings, and also suggest a lack of anxiogenic effects, minimal sedative effects, and an excellent safety profile.”

While these studies are promising for CBD in helping alleviate anxiety, more research still needs to be done.

CBD: What is it? 

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and has significant therapeutic properties. It interacts with our network of neurons called endocannabinoid system.

The endocannabinoid system’s main role is to keep your body in a state of balance. It works with other systems in our body, like our digestive and immune system. It communicates with other systems—via cannabinoid receptors located throughout our central and peripheral nervous systems—to keep our temperature, mood, appetite, inflammation, and more all within a healthy range.

When you take CBD, you boost your body’s own internal endocannabinoid numbers. When something is out of balance, such as an inflamed joint due to arthritis or an injury, this boost helps your endocannabinoid system better treat and relieve the issue.

CBD: How does it help for anxiety?

CBD interacts with our network of neurons called the endocannabinoid system which runs throughout our bodies. There are two types of receptors, CB1 & CB2.
CB1 receptors, which are present throughout our body but mainly our brain, deal with coordination, pain, emotion, mood, appetite and memory. 
CB2 receptors, are common in the immune system and affect pain and inflammation. 

When taking CBD oil for anxiety or other conditions, you help increase both your body’s and brain’s capacity to induce a state of calm and relaxation and allow it to restore emotional equilibrium.

CBD & Anxiety: Dosing for anxiety

The truth is, there is no universally recommended dosage for CBD and to date, there hasn't been any large-scale clinical trials for dosing guidelines. 

However many industry experts recommend taking 1-20mg of CBD twice daily to help reduce anxiety. Dosing can vary greatly between individuals depending on body type, body weight and may need to be adjusted accordingly. We recommend to start low and slowly increase over time as you pay attention to the subtle effects on your body. 

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CBD & Anxiety: Best CBD products for anxiety

Understanding the pros and cons of each type of products is important when choosing the right CBD oil for you.

Tinctures or Drops

CBD tinctures are a quick and easy way to take CBD. It's also one of the most accurate and reliable ways because it's easy to measure how much CBD you are taking. 

Shake the bottle well, and start off with half a dropper under the tongue. Hold for 10-25 seconds and swallow. The cannabinoids will rapidly enter your bloodstream and you will feel the effects within 30 minutes and last up to four hours.

Edibles

CBD can be infused into a wide variety of food such as candies, chocolates and bars. You can also use your CBD oil and add it to your own at home recipes to combat your anxiety.

Although CBD edibles are a great and delicious way to take CBD, it may take over an hour to feel the effects. Furthermore, the bioavailability of CBD could be lessened because it has to pass through our entire digestive system before its metabolized by the liver. This means that you will have less CBD in your body than when you first ate the edible.

This method, although delicious and convenient, makes it less effective to reduce acute anxiety attacks.

Vaping 

Vaping CBD is another popular form of taking CBD. However, there's a lot of scrutiny due to potential health issues related to vaping.

By inhaling CBD, you ensure that you receive a quick and powerful dose of CBD. The cannabinoids directly reach the alveoli of the lungs, and from there, CBD molecules enter the bloodstream for rapid absorption. 

Proceed with caution when considering any vaping products.

CBD: Finding trustworthy brand

 A lot of companies are selling CBD whether online or in a retail space. When buying CBD it's important to first the verified customer reviews for the brand and the product you are considering. This will give you a good indication if you can trust the brand.

It's also important to check where the hemp is coming from as not all hemp is created equal. General, hemp that comes from outside of the U.S. tends to be of lesser quality so we recommend companies that use organic U.S. grown hemp.

Check the labs reports or ask for them from the company you want to buy from. This will give you an indication if the mg of CBD they are advertising on the product is actually in the bottle they are selling. A 10% -15% difference is acceptable. 

To make it easier for our community about finding quality brands and products, we have partnered with BKLYN CBD. They offer premium CBD oil made from organic U.S. Hemp.

To reduce your anxiety, we recommend:

For CBD beginner, we recommend going with Full Spectrum CBD oil, that contains a low amount of CBD. We usually recommend starting low and working your way up.

The Finesse Time Drops have been skillfully crafted from U.S. grown hemp and contain 900 mg of full spectrum CBD oil. Shake well. Take the oil sublingually and swallow. One dropper delivers about 30mg of CBD. Take additional droppers for the unwinding effect you desire. 

For more advanced CBD users, we recommend going with something a little stronger. Chances are, you've built a small tolerance to CBD and therefore need a higher concentration of CBD. 

The Chill Time Drops contains 1800mg of full spectrum CBD oil. Crafted from U.S. grown hemp these CBD drops promote a sense of calmness and is our go-to for taking the edge off.  Shake well. Take the oil sublingually, wait 20 seconds and swallow. One dropper delivers about 60mg of CBD. Take additional droppers for the unwinding effect you desire. 

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