How To Use CBD for Anxiety

How To Use CBD for Anxiety

One of the most common uses of CBD is for anxiety.

Most people find that CBD is very subtle at treating anxiety and can be a good alternative to prescription medications because it rarely has side effects. 

When people do experience side effects with CBD, they are usually tolerable and not intense.

What are the benefits of using CBD for anxiety?

  • Calming
  • Relaxing
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sleep
  • Less distracting thoughts
  • Improved sense of well being
  • Less need (or complete cessation) of using Rx antianxiety medication and thus less side effects

What are the side effects of using CBD for anxiety?

Some people may find that using CBD for anxiety makes them too sleepy, sedated, or detached. 

Others may appreciate this effect because it helps them sleep and get a better rest. 

If CBD makes you sleepy, you may want to only use it at night.

CBD can have drug interactions. Please check with a doctor before starting on CBD if you use other medications.

CBD will not work for everyone for anxiety. The symptom of anxiety is far too complex for there to be a “one-size-fits-all” drug to treat it with. 

When I am feeling anxious, CBD does not work for me. I find the effects to be too sedating and detaching. But that is me. 

I have seen countless examples on the internet of life changing experiences with CBD for anxiety.

There are too many CBD for anxiety success stories to ignore.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression and have not found success with conventional medications or supplements, CBD is definitely worth a try. It may just be the game changer you are looking for.

How does CBD work for anxiety?

Illustration Of How Does CBD Works On Anxiety

The exact mechanism by which CBD helps with anxiety and depression is still under investigation. 

Based on the current evidence available, researchers believe that CBD's antianxiety effects are a result of its action on the 5-HT1A receptors of the serotonergic system.

CBD's effect on anxiety may also be due to its impact on a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system

By supplementing with CBD, users may be helping their endocannabinoid system work better because CBD helps increase levels of endocannabinoids in the body.

How can I use CBD for anxiety?

Most people like to either vape CBD or use a tincture for anxiety. These are the two fastest methods of ingestion.

For vaping, people usually figure out the best dose for themselves through trial and error. 

You can just do one inhalation at a time and you will find what works best for you.

For tinctures, we always recommend you start with a low dose and work your way up slowly. “Start low and go slow”. 

You can start with as little as 5 mg of CBD and work your way up from there. 

Some people find that 20 – 25 mg of CBD is a good daily dose for their anxiety symptoms.

You can use CBD capsules as well. Just make sure you check the bottle for the CBD mg content of each capsule before you take it for the first time.

What are good terpenes that work synergistically with CBD for anxiety? Good terpenes for treating anxiety are limonene and linalool.

What does research say on CBD for anxiety?

  • In a study on public speaking anxiety, CBD worked just as well as valium but without any side effects.
  • In multiple studies with animals using specific experiments for anxiety/depression such as the forced swimming test (FCT), elevated plus maze (EPM), and Vogel conflict test (VCT), results suggest that CBD exhibited an anti-anxiety and antidepressant effect on the animals in the tests.
  • In a study of 10 treatment-naïve patients with SAD (social anxiety disorder), CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety, relative to placebo
  • In a study on 10 healthy male subjects, CBD decreased subjective anxiety and increased mental sedation, relative to placebo

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  • jYo says:

    Great site – thank you!!!
    I’ve been using Full Spectrum pills and tincture for anxiety and have had some miraculous results, but one day is completely different than another – how my body metabolizes the cannabinoids and terpenes. I recently tried vaping a Stash vape additive which seems to be full spectrum. I’ve had the best results ever, but unfortunately, it irritates my throat. I thought I was getting a VG liquid, but I think they pulled a fast one on me. It says Kosher glycol. Looking that up, i only find Kosher propylene glycol (PG)! I’m guessing that’s what is irritating my throat from what I’ve read.
    Can you recommend a reputable full spectrum VG vape? BB doesn’t have one from what I can tell.
    Also, the guy that sold me the Stash CBD got me a package deal on a box mod (perhaps used or refurbished), but I think it’s more than I need and perhaps not the best for CBD. The coil is a SMOK .15 ohms. The box has TC with Ni, Ti, SS. I have no idea what I’m doing with all of this technology. I’m just using the wattage mode to go as low as I can and still get some vapor which seems to be around 31W. I imagine I can buy another tank/coil thing if I knew the best thing to buy for vaping CBD.
    Could you make any recommendations?
    I really appreciate any advice you can offer. Thanks in advance!

  • Hey thanks for your comment. Unfortunately I’m not a vape expert and am still learning the ins and outs of that space. I recommend you check out Bradley’s Brand CBD. Joe over there is great and would be happy to answer your questions. Make sure to tell him CBD School sent you 🙂

  • Marta says:

    This is a really good article describing the benefits of cannabidiol.
    In a certain study, the placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alert levels when compared with the control group. Eighty percent patients said that cannabis products are effective, so the results are certainly promising!

  • Thanks for your feedback, Marta! 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I have been reading about strengths but I am so confused. Holland and Barrett for example have oil 2.7% but everything on line is in mg. I’ve had severe anxiety since a trauma as a child and now 47. I’ve tried lots of anti depressants but I am still down and so anxious I hide away every day.
    I really want to try it but I have no idea if it’s 1mg or a 1000%. I love your article thank you so much.

  • Hey Lisa. Thanks for your great question. And I’m sorry to hear about the anxiety. I know how hard that can be. You are doing the right thing by taking action and looking for solutions. There is a lot of confusion in the CBD world regarding % and mgs, so you are not alone! The main thing to use for measuring the dose is the mg of CBD. If you show me the exact product you are using, I would be happy to help you more on getting all of your questions answered.

  • jen says:

    I was able to purchase some CBD oil (with a small amount of THC present, unfortunately. I live in Denver and it’s not sold retail without having a THC component, at least according to the woman who helped me) at a dispensary last night and used it for the first time before bed. I’m trying to wean off of Zoloft after experiencing pretty horrific discontinuation syndrome a couple months ago and was hoping the effects of CBD would mitigate some of those withdrawal symptoms and also alleviate the anxiety that put me on the SSRI to begin with. My question is, do some people experience a heightened awareness/insomnia when taking it at night? The product is Endocanna’s Hemp Oil Tincture and the composition for their CBD preparation is
    150 mg (10 mg/dose)
    750 mg (50 mg/dose)

    Any advice would be so appreciated – I was up until 1 am with a lot of hyper vigilance.

  • Hey Jen. Thanks for your inquiry. I completely understand where you’re coming from and why you want to smoothly discontinue the use of Zoloft. I’ve been in your shoes before. While it’s more on the rare side, I have heard of some people experiencing an alerting effect from CBD. For those people, they usually avoid taking CBD at night for this reason. If you keep having this reaction, CBD may not be the right tool for you. Did you experience this effect on multiple occasions or just one time?

  • Rob g says:

    So i just tried me first CBD vape (hemp bombs) and it did make me feel tired and sleepy, but then I woke up with anxiety30 min later,I tried it to help me deal with anxiety and I feel spaced out, sleepy and tired but can’t sleep because of the anxiety. Did I not do enough? Is the brand no good?

  • Hey Rob. Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good experience. I’m not familiar with their vape products. The best thing to do is speak with them directly. I recommend you speak to a doctor about the anxiety.

  • Belle Dushner says:

    Hi, I’m suffering from anxiety and depression right now and I don’t know what to do about this but I read an article about marijuana being used as a medicine www(dot)worldwide-marijuana-seeds(dot)com/blogs/marijuana-news/cannabis-as-medicine and it can help cure physical ailments like arthritis as well as helping people cope with mental illness, anxiety, and depression. Can this be a solution to my problem? Any suggestion or sharing experience is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Belle thanks for your question. We recommend you speak to your doctor about some options.

  • Skip says:


    I take CBD oil for anxiety. I have experienced remarkable results. I take only 10-15 mg twice daily. I do not experience heightened awareness, and I actually sleep better too. I wonder if it is the THC which is causing those conditions? CBD is normally associated with overall calmness & improved sleep.

    I’m not sure the information the Denver retailer gave you with respect to THC content was correct. I get my 0% THC CBD from a retailer who sources from a well-known Colorado CBD manufacture. I recognize that is not retail but I suspect you were given erroneous information. It doesn’t make sense that a retailer in CO would be required to have THC in their CBD products.

    My source is Optimum Botanicals. They only sell THC-free products & would probably know if retailers in CO are required to have THC in their CBD products.

    Hope this helps.

  • Alexandru Vasiliu says:

    Hi i just started with cbd and i tried different oils for vaping i tried 25mg/20ml 50, 150, 300 and now i am trying a 3000mg as the previous ones had no effect at all, also i dont get high from smoking weed as well and im quite resistant to anesthesia. My question is. From my 3000 mg/20ml oil bottle i used about 4ml to put in my vape. Is that overdosing it as by my calculation thouse 4ml has 600mg of cbd concentration if im right. Can you please let me know if its overdose or i did not calculated well. Also in your videos you said you took 300 cbd was that ml or mg conce tration, if it was ml what concentration was it?

  • Hi Alexandru. Thanks for your question. Will you please let me know what the exact product you are referring to is? This will help me answer your question in the best way.

  • Emma says:

    The number of people in this world are struggling with anxiety. I found CBD as the best cure for anxiety and it works quickly without leaving any harmful effects. CBD is helpful in improving sleep and calming the mind. I really appreciate the way you have explained the benefits of CBD. Thanks and Keep posting.

  • Thanks for your feedback, Emma 🙂

  • jimi says:

    hey there. I’ve been taking cbd for anxiety for 2 months now and its amazing. im still extremely new to this and learning as much as i can, and your youtube is definitely helping. one question I have that i get confused about is the mg….. I’m taking a 500mg tincture, 40-50 drops which equals to 20-25mg a day….. the store that I go to now sells a 1500mg bottle ….. my question is if i get the 1500mg bottle instead, will i need to take 3 times less drops, to get tge same affect, because that bottle is 3 times more cbd per mg? does that make sense or am i way overthinking this? thank you so much for your help. ps …. I’m in canada and a lot of places don’t ship here, do you know of a good online shop that does ship to canada? thank you

  • Hey Jimi! Glad to hear you are having such good results. Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 that’s a great question and I just did a video about this today. Stay tuned for that one. The 1500 mg bottle will likely be the same dose (i.e. 40 – 50 drops = 20 – 25 mg) if it’s the same brand as the 500. But you should still check the Supplement Facts to be sure, as it might be more concentrated in the 1500 bottle. The best way to be sure is to check!

    If you send me a link where I can see pictures of the Supplement Facts of both bottles I can tell you for sure! 🙂

  • Regarding your question about shipping to Canada: I believe most and almost all CBD sellers here ship to Canada. I know that Nuleaf Naturals definitely ships there as CBD School has a contributor to the blog who would receive CBD from them. Let me know if you have any more questions and I will do my best to help you out 🙂

  • Jea A says:

    Rob g, when I tried the vape for some reason I reacted like you did but I did the tinctures and I had a totally different result.

  • Hey Jea. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

  • cbd science says:

    If you suffer from lifestyle issues like high intensity pain, low appetite, forgetfulness in ageing, sleeplessness, anxiety you are most likely to find help in CBD.

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  • Wasim N says:

    Cbd has helped with my anxiety tremulously . The best way I found is to use it in my food . I buy a high potency oil and use 3-5 drops when I serve up a dish in my frying pan. It works wonders and it gives the food a bit more flavor. Also more and more stores are selling drinks that contain cbd from fruit juices to water . This helps tremendously when I’m on the go . Over time my anxiety has started to flatten out and I’m able to make better decisions and quicker decisions especially regarding time management. I’m happy more and more people are starting to see the value of CBD. More importantly I’m happy to see that’s availability is rising .

  • Hey Wasim. Thanks for sharing your experience with CBD! 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    Where is a reputable place to buy cbd oil for anxiety?

  • Cannabria CBD says:

    Well written and to the point. I appreciate the detail in this article!

  • Jake says:

    Does your dog hide under the bed every time there’s a thunderstorm? How about when you take him for a car ride or when he has to meet new people? Or what about when you leave him alone at home for a few hours?

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