CBD for Anxiety: Does It Help?

Updated: Jun 2

Did you know that 33% of people in the United States have used CBD products at some point? This percentage is only starting to increase as the benefits of CBD become better understood by the public. In particular, many people are wondering if CBD for anxiety really works.


If CBD does help with anxiety, it could be a great natural treatment and, at the very least, it could make a good supplement. Keep reading and learn more about the benefits of CBD, what it is, and how to take it.


What Is CBD Exactly?

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis and hemp plants. Most CBD products tend to come from the hemp plant because this plant produces higher concentrations of CBD than the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant, in contrast, produces very high concentrations of another cannabinoid: THC.


THC is a cannabinoid that produces a psychoactive high when consumed. CBD, in contrast, is not able to do this because it affects the brain in a different way.


Even so, CBD can still be very beneficial for both the brain and body. CBD comes in a variety of forms but perhaps the most popular form is CBD oil.


There are different types of CBD oil such as full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD oils. There is also CBD isolate which may come in the form of oil but it may also be crystalline. CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD and it doesn't contain any other cannabinoids or plant compounds such as terpenes or plant fats.


This form of CBD may be ideal for those who want to try CBD without any other factors coming into play. The great thing about CBD oil is that it is particularly versatile. Some people like to sprinkle the oil on their food or add it to smoothies and other drinks.

There are also CBD edibles that may come in the form of gummy candy, cookies, chocolate, and so on. Many people enjoy CBD vapes which work by turning CBD vape juice into a vapor to be inhaled. All of these different forms of CBD affect the brain in the same way, although their effects may kick in at different times, depending on how you consume the CBD in the first place.


But as CBD affects the brain, does it affect anxiety too?


Does CBD for Anxiety Really Work?

The endocannabinoid system is a system that occurs naturally in the human brain. It has two receptors: the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Both of these receptors have important functions even when there isn't any CBD in your body to react with those receptors.


For example, most of the CB1 receptors are located throughout the central nervous system, including the brain, and they are responsible for the pain response, among other things. The CB2 receptors are dotted throughout the peripheral nervous system and they are responsible for responses related to the immune response and inflammation throughout the body.


CBD has the ability to interact with both of these receptors, but scientists are still not exactly sure how it is able to do this. When CBD interacts with the CB1 receptors in particular, there seems to be a change in the brain's serotonin levels. Since serotonin is a feel-good hormone, low levels may bring about depression and anxiety.


On the other hand, if CBD is able to regulate those levels, the cannabinoid may be able to alleviate symptoms of anxiety. There have been studies conducted on rats that show that this may be the case. In these studies, scientists administered CBD to rats who were under stress and the CBD seemed to relieve that stress.


There have also been studies on humans with social anxiety disorder. The study involved giving some subjects a placebo and others a dose of CBD. Those who took the dose of CBD experienced fewer symptoms of anxiety compared to those who got the placebo.


Some studies found that CBD may even be able to soothe the symptoms of PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder. More studies are necessary to see how effective CBD really is when it comes to treating anxiety, but the research is promising.


How to Take CBD

Before you start buying CBD for anxiety, you will first need to learn how to take it. The dosage is particularly important because if you take too much CBD, you may experience some unpleasant side effects. The recommended dosage for more people is between 30 mg and 60 mg.


You can go as low as 10 mg per day, but this might not provide you with the effects and benefits that you're looking for. You can take CBD at any time of the day. Some people like to take CBD with food, but you can also take it on an empty stomach.


But how long does it take for CBD to kick in? It depends on how you take it. If you vape or smoke CBD, the effects will be instant. On the other hand, if you inject CBD in the form of an edible or oil, you might have to wait 30 minutes to an hour for it to take effect.


You can also take CBD oil sublingually. This involves putting the oil under your tongue where it can absorb into your blood through your tongue's membranes. This will take about 20 minutes to work.


All About CBD for Anxiety

While more research is necessary to see if CBD for anxiety really works, the research so far looks to be very promising. CBD affects the brain by interacting with the endocannabinoid system and it seems to lessen the symptoms of anxiety in studies conducted so far.


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