CBD for Anxiety
Many people experience anxiety on a day to day basis, and in fact anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder worldwide. Common anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium can provide quick relief but they can also become addictive.
CBD is becoming popular for those wanting a more natural way to help relieve anxiety. CBD helps combat anxiety by interacting with the body’s naturally occurring Endocannabinoid System (ECS). CBD is non-psychoactive (it won't make you high), and when ingested it interacts with the cannabinoid type 1 receptor (CB1R), the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor, and other receptors in the brain that regulate fear and anxiety-induced behaviours.
Various studies have found evidence to support the use of CBD as an effective therapy for treating generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In one study over 75% of participants who took CBD over a 2 month period found that CBD helped reduce their anxiety and improve quality of life. 15-19% of those in the study did however find an increase in anxiety symptoms over the same period. This is important, because the difference in experience could be related to dosing, and also genetics in terms of how each body processes CBD. Studies looking at CBD for anxiety have had considerable variation in the size of dose, ranging from 6-400 mg of CBD per dose.
There is no universally recommended dosage for CBD. High levels of CBD, such as 300 mg, have been known to cause sleepiness and relaxation. Low levels of CBD can have the opposite effect, and may create an elevated response like wakefulness and alertness. As with all cannabis products the best approach is always to start low and go slow to find what works best for you, your body, and your desired outcome.
If you're looking to explore CBD to treat your anxiety symptoms, OUIDE RELIEVE+ Healing Oil may be a good place to start. RELIEVE+ is a blend of full spectrum CBD and CBG healing oil, and the dropper is a great way to control your dosage. OUIDE Balance products are also a great option with 4:1 CBD to THC, and available in micro-dosed Pastilles (5mg), Gummies (10mg) and Pill form (25mg).
As always, we encourage you to talk to your doctor about treatment plans if you currently take prescription medications.