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How To Use CBD for Anxiety

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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.

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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

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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 for anxietySource: https://www.reddit.com/r/CBD/comments/6dhujg/took_my_first_dose/

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?

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

References

Zuardi AW, Cosme RA, Graeff FG, and Guimaraes FS (1993) Effects of ipsapirone and cannabidiol on human experimental anxiety. J Psychopharmacol 7: 82–88

Schier, Alexandre Rafael de Mello, et al. (2012). Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an anxiolytic drug. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria34(Suppl. 1), 104-110. https://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-44462012000500008

Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa

Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report

Central anandamide deficiency predicts stress-induced anxiety: behavioral reversal through endocannabinoid augmentation

Effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) on Regional Cerebral Blood Flow

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  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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