Is CBD the answer to the anxiety that many people suffer due to the hectic nature of our daily lives? In this article I will seek to uncover the answer to that question as I look at how CBD affects anxiety.
What is CBD?
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of the active components of the cannabis plant. Cannabis is typically known for it’s THC content, which is the property that allows you to feel “high”; however, that is not the only useful property of the plant.
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive properties and therefore is ideal for people who want the healing qualities of the drug without the high feeling or any altering to their brain chemistry. CBD has been studied in recent years to discover it’s usefulness in treating insomnia, anxiety and pain among other things.
Can CBD Help Anxiety?
The short answer is, it might. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the theory that it does. For years people have been experimenting with CBD outside of government regulations and these people claim that in their experience CBD does in fact help with anxiety. The issue is that there has been little scientific research on CBD in relation to anxiety. We just don’t know enough about it to say definitively one way or another that CBD can help anxiety.
What Does the Research Say?
The research on CBD and anxiety is still in the beginning stages. Up until now there have been too few clinical trials conducted to say one way or another if CBD would be helpful in the treatment of anxiety. That being said, there are clinical trials being conducted to look into that very question all around the world, including the US.
How Should one Consume CBD for Anxiety?
There are many ways of consuming CBD. One of the most popular ones is CBD oil. Oil is a popular method due in part to its easy dosing ability and the variety of ways you can use it. CBD oil is a very potent method of ingesting CBD and most people don’t need more than one drop of oil. The fact that a drop of oil can just be placed under your tongue is appealing to those who need a quick method of controlling anxiety.
It also appeals to those who do not like the idea of smoking CBD and those who are opposed to the smell of burning cannabis. It is a discrete way to measure a fairly accurate dose quickly. A similar way of ingesting CBD for anxiety is through the use of vaporizer pens or vape pens. Vape pens heat oil to the temperature required to activate the CBD properties. This is a speedier method for treating anxiety as the inhalation of the vapor causes the CBD to enter your bloodstream faster than ingesting it.
There is little stress involved with measuring out doses in this method because the vape pen comes with cartridges of oil that are pre-measured. Two other methods of consuming CBD involve a little more guesswork. You can cook with CBD (either the oil or a marijuana strain high in CBD) or you can smoke it using a bong, pipe or joint. The guesswork involved in these can cause some difficulties. You have to experiment with how much to smoke and what strain best treats your symptoms and cooking with CBD is notoriously difficult to standardize and measure accurately.
CBD Dosing for Anxiety
It’s difficult to give a specific dose of CBD that will alleviate your anxiety symptoms. As mentioned above, there is little scientific research into CBD and anxiety and therefore there’s no standards for CBD dosing. Because there is little regulation when it comes to CBD sales any CBD that you purchase online may have different amounts of CBD in them than advertised.
If you can’t trust the source it’s difficult to accurately measure how much of a CBD product you require to manage your anxiety symptoms. At this point you’re left almost exclusively with the option of trial and error. Test a small amount of your CBD product and increase in small increments until you feel relief from your anxiety symptoms.
Are CBD Products Safe to Use?
There has never been a death due to overdose from ingesting too much cannabis. That being said, “safe” is a relative term. Will you die? No. However, if you purchase CBD from on online retailer and they are inaccurate in their representation of how much CBD they included in the product you might find your anxiety symptoms getting worse from too much CBD, or you might expect relief from anxiety and not get it when there’s not enough active CBD inside your product.
There is also the chance that there have been additions of other substances to the CBD products you purchase that could cause serious harm. Until there is further testing and regulations regarding CBD sales I would advise caution in all of your consumption.
How Do you Buy CBD Products?
The easiest way to buy CBD products is online. There is such a large variety of online resources out there. Anything you’re looking for, whether it be oil, vape pen cartridges or edibles can be found online. Shopping online also makes it much easier to compare prices of various CBD products so that you get the best value for your money. It’s important to note that although you can find hemp oils in some stores be cautious because hemp seed oil does not contain CBD even though CBD oil is commonly referred to as “Hemp Oil”.
Is CBD Legal?
Yes, CBD is legal in the United States because the majority of CBD is sourced from hemp plants, not from marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are forms of the cannabis plant and although they both contain CBD hemp plants do not contain THC in large enough quantity to effect anyone. For your CBD to be legal throughout all of the United States it needs to be sourced from Hemp and it must contain less than 0.3% THC
In conclusion CBD might be helpful for the treatment of anxiety. The research is still young but it looks to be promising and the anecdotal evidence suggests that there are definite anxiety reducing benefits from using CBD. I look forward to seeing where the research leads and I hope that in the future CBD is properly regulated in a way that will allow anyone to receive the benefits.