CBD Oil for Anxiety – Does it Work?
Anxiety is a natural mental health reaction that we have evolved with for self-preservation (when we were hunter-gathers, it would help keep us safe from danger).
However, if you’re constantly feeling anxious, it can stop you from leading a comfortable and well-adjusted life.
One of the most common forms of anxiety disorders is social phobia, where you typically become uncomfortable in social settings.
According to research, millions of people in the UK struggle with mental health and anxiety on a day-to-day basis.
Previously, people would mainly turn to anxiolytic, prescription drugs to manage their anxiety, but drugs typically don’t achieve the greatest results, and they can be incredibly addictive.
But CBD is a product that has been suggested to be effective in managing anxiety disorders .
Scientists have published studies listing numerous health benefits of CBD for physical pain, epileps,y and mental disorders.
Does CBD Oil Work for Anxiety Disorder?
You’ve probably heard that CBD is fantastic for managing anxiety, and you may want some reassurance about that.
Cannabis products have become more mainstream recently, and the research on these products is still young.
But according to scientific reports and anecdotal experiences, CBD has been shown to help with anxiety relief.
Many people in the UK are consuming varied CBD products to manage their anxiety. And so, if you’re struggling with anxiety, you might want to try out CBD oil.
It’s a versatile active ingredient that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.
Many people that take CBD, including our customers, confess that CBD consumption is the most reliable and effective method of managing anxiety.
It not only achieves fast effects but also has virtually no side effects.
What is the Right Product Type and Dosage of CBD to Try for Anxiety?
We would suggest three products that can help tackle anxiety:
- Our Full Spectrum CBD oil, which is administered under the tongue daily.
- Our Body Oil, which is applied to the skin.
- OurCBD e-liquid, which is inhaled via a vaping device.
How much CBD oil should you take? Unfortunately, there’s no standard CBD dosage that is appropriate for everyone.
Instead, different factors are typically considered when establishing what the perfect dosage is for each individual.
When starting with CBD oil , we suggest starting low and gradually increasing your dose until you find what works for you personally.
Using our Full Spectrum oil, start with taking a couple of drops at least twice a day – ideally morning and night.
Do this for at least 5-6 days. If you do not notice an improvement, you can increase the dose by 1-2 drops each serving. Continue to do so until you find what works for you.
The absolute most important part of taking CBD oil is how long you keep it under your tongue. This needs to be at least 3-4 minutes.
The longer you keep it sitting there, the bio-availability is significantly increased and more active CBD will enter your system.
Also, another fantastic product to use for anxiety is our Body Oil.
When applied to the chest, rubbing directly to the skin over the heart area can be highly beneficial in bringing the heart rate back down to a normal pace.
You can also use the body oil to enhance relaxation by applying it to the temples and pressure points on the wrist and feet.
It can also be added to a bath for an extremely relaxing and calming experience.
CBD e-liquid is a swift way of giving the body a dose of CBD, which can give users almost immediate effects.
CBD enters the bloodstream instantly when vaped, which is highly beneficial for anxiety sufferers as it can provide rapid relief.
Another fantastic benefit about vaping CBD, aside from the speed the effect takes to kick in, it also offers great portability, ease of use, and convenience.
How Long Does CBD Take to Work for Anxiety?
The speed of effects is invariably affected by various factors, including the product type, potency, and ingestion method.
Something to always bear in mind is that CBD works differently for each individual, and if you’re new to CBD, it may take slightly longer for your body to respond.
A bit of trial and error is needed when finding what dose works for you.
Oils that are ingested sub-lingually (under the tongue), the effects can typically kick in anywhere up to around 45 minutes. For some people, this can be more immediate.
Using body oil over the chest usually takes effect anywhere between 2-10 minutes.
Vaping CBD e-liquid users can usually feel effects almost immediately.
Is It Legal to Take CBD Oil for Anxiety and Other Health Problems?
Many people have concerns as to whether CBD is legal. The short answer is yes. It is completely legal in the UK.
The UK government legalized the extraction and sale of pure CBD oil that contains no more than 0.2% THC.
You must consume quality products to make sure the levels of THC are within the legal limit.
There are some disreputable sellers whose CBD brands and products contain illegal THC amounts.
At CBD Queen, you get nothing but top-quality products extracted from GMO-free, organic hemp plants.
Our high ratings and excellent reputation can back up our word.
How Does CBD Help with Symptoms of Anxiety?
Anxiety disorder manifests itself not only as a mental health issue but a physical one too.
Symptoms include nausea, shaking, hyperventilation, diaphragm spasms, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, fatigue, and appetite loss.
For many anxiety sufferers, the physical symptoms of anxiety can cause more anxiety, which leads to a full-blown panic attack.
CBD can potentially help manage these symptoms by:
As well as the physical side of anxiety, studies have suggested that CBD can help with mental symptoms too.
CBD has been shown to increase the serotonin receptor activity. Serotonin is the compound that is responsible for regulating our mood, as well as anxiety and sleep.
(If you are enjoying this post, you might also be interested in this article about CBD tolerance and whether you need to worry about it, or this one asking if can UK doctors prescribe CBD oil?).
Often depression and anxiety are caused by a lack of serotonin.
Traditional antidepressants work by inhibiting the absorption of serotonin, which can lead to an imbalance.
CBD oils work by strengthening the serotonin receptors, which is a far more natural solution.
Not only is this great news for those who suffer from anxiety, but those with conditions such as:
- SAD (social anxiety disorder).
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
- GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and panic disorder.
(You might also find this post asking “what is CBG?” interesting. Or take a look at this post about CBD and the immune system).
A Deeper Introduction to CBD
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the biggest trending products in the wellness space. It’s a highly versatile product that can be consumed in a variety of forms.
CBD is derived from cannabis and more specifically, the hemp plant. It’s legal in the UK as long as products contain less than 0.2% THC.
CBD is derived from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. But, unlike marijuana, it doesn’t cause any psychoactive effects.
The chemical compound THC is the only cannabinoid that is psychoactive and causes the feeling of being ‘high.’
There are three main forms of hemp extracts:
Full Spectrum CBD consists of all the naturally occurring compounds and cannabinoids of the hemp plant, including terpenes, flavonoids and small traces of THC.
CBD consumers typically favour products based on Full Spectrum CBD as they exert a greater therapeutic effect, thanks to a synergistic interaction known as the entourage effect.
Broad Spectrum CBD comprises all the organic compounds and cannabinoids of the hemp plant, except THC.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD, as most other compounds and cannabinoids of the hemp plant have been eliminated.
People who don’t want to ingest any THC usually go for products based on either Broad Spectrum CBD or CBD isolate.
What are Cannabinoids, and What is the Endocannabinoid System?
Within the cannabis plant, there are active compounds known as cannabinoids.
There are hundreds of cannabinoids, but the most famous cannabinoids are CBD and THC.
THC is the only chemical compound that is psychoactive, which induces euphoric feelings and mental highs following marijuana intake.
CBD is responsible for up to 40% of the hemp plant, and unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive.
CBD oil is completely safe to consume and will not cause any feelings of being “high” or “stoned.”
Cannabinoids achieve various physical and mental effects through their activity on the endocannabinoid system.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex biological system that is made up of cell receptors and corresponding molecules located throughout the body – in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.
Though it performs different tasks in each tissue, its goal is always homeostasis or optimal balance within the body.
By consuming CBD, the CBD interacts with your ECS and helps to bring balance back to the body.
Taking CBD for Anxiety: The Takeaway
Although there isn’t concrete scientific proof of the effectiveness of CBD for managing anxiety, preliminary research and anecdotal experience assure that CBD oil is helpful.
NOTE – There is also evidence to suggest that some types of psychotherapy can help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
So it might be that talking to a professional therapist could help you to feel better.
If you want to see what some of our customers say regarding the effectiveness of our CBD products.
Please take a look over our Trustpilot reviews and see how many people have incorporated CBD oil into their lives and are now managing their anxiety in the most natural way possible.
CBD oil for anxiety: can cannabidiol treat anxiety?
Cannabinoid specialist Dr Julie Moltke looks at the relationship between CBD oil and anxiety.
Cannabidiol – more commonly known as CBD – has a number of health benefits. Along with treating pain, epilepsy and acne, several studies have found that CBD oil is helpful for easing symptoms of anxiety. But is CBD oil something anxiety sufferers should consider over traditional treatment methods?
Cannabinoid specialist Dr Julie Moltke looks at the relationship between cannabidiol and generalised anxiety disorder:
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil contains a carrier oil with a CBD extract in one form or the other. Examples of typical carrier oils are MCT oil (coconut oil) or virgin olive. The CBD is added to the oil, either an isolate of pure 99.9 per cent CBD or as a full or broad-spectrum extract.
The broad-spectrum is often made from industrial hemp and contains CBD, along with all the other components of the plant. This includes terpenes (the essential oils giving cannabis its distinct smell) and other cannabinoids like CBG, CBN and THC. The broad-spectrum extract is a full spectrum, where all traces of THC has been removed.
Millions of people use CBD oil to deal with anxiety and stress due to our high-paced lifestyles.
In the UK THC is considered an illegal substance and therefore full-spectrum CBD oils are technically not allowed. Retailers that follow regulation will therefore only sell CBD oils based on either isolate or broad-spectrum. Some people will testify that full-spectrum oils work better because of what we call the entourage effect. This is the effects gained by all the cannabinoids and terpenes working together.
We still do not have enough clinical research to fully understand and support the entourage effect, and at the end of the day, it is down to the consumer to decide which product they feel most comfortable with.
How does CBD oil work?
Millions of people use CBD oil to deal with anxiety and stress due to our high-paced lifestyles. Researchers have investigated this association between CBD and anxiety reduction in a well-known study from 2011. In a gold standard double-blinded placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) were either given a dose of CBD or a placebo. They then had to do a social speaking simulation and their anxiety levels measured by different parameters were assessed.
People who had received CBD showed significantly lower anxiety levels than participants who had been given a placebo. The ways CBD work in the brain are complicated and still to be further investigated but there is evidence to suggest that CBD might even work against depression and addictive disorders.
How does CBD oil ease anxiety?
CBD works by interacting with one of the body’s own regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). We have endocannabinoid receptors almost everywhere in the body and it is part of our nervous system. We find them most abundantly in the brain but also in the gut, reproductive system, bones and immune cells.
CBD works by interacting with one of the body’s own regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system.
The ECS plays an essential role in keeping the body within a narrow range of operating conditions and controls important functions like mood, memory, stress, sleep, behaviour, appetite, pain, immune function and reproductive health. In the body we naturally produce chemical substances called endocannabinoids which binds to the endocannabinoid receptors and regulate all the above functions – the endocannabinoid system holds an important role in keeping us healthy and happy.
CBD can also bind to these receptors and active the ECS, thereby regulating the same functions. If this seems a bit too geeky all you need to remember is that CBD works a bit like social media. It acts everywhere and controls everything.
How does CBD oil ease anxiety?
As described above CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to produce some of the effects that people report, but CBD is also binding to other receptors in the brain like the serotonin (5HT)1a receptor. Serotonin deficiency is associated with depression and other psychiatric disorders and it is likely that the effects CBD has on mood and anxiety are related to this interaction.
The ways CBD work in the brain are complicated and still need to be further investigated, but there is evidence to suggest that CBD might even work against depression and addictive disorders.
What is the best CBD oil dosage for anxiety?
In the study mentioned above the participants were given a one-time dose of 600 mg CBD. This is a very high dose which I would not recommend outside a clinical setting. If you haven’t tried CBD before I would start low and then slowly increase the dose.
Starting with 5 mg twice a day and eventually, you might end at 50 mg twice a day. As everyone reacts different to CBD, one person might feel symptom relief with a dose of 10 mg per day and others will need 200 mg.
Many people like to use a vape for acute anxiety as it works very quickly and this might be useful if you suddenly feel anxious in a crowded space or other acute situations.
Does CBD oil have any risks?
The World Health Organisation has stated that CBD is safe and with no addictive potential. In a 1000 mg CBD, 30 ml bottle, a full 1 ml pipette contains 33 mg CBD. This means that 1 drop contains a bit more than 1,5 mg CBD.
Most people take between 10-100 mg CBD per day which is thought to be completely safe. One study showed that when you take doses of CBD above 1000 mg you might see a small effect on liver enzymes but this dose is uncommon and not recommendable. If you have any doubts, consult your doctor.
⚠️ If you’re taking other medication for anxiety or any other condition, it is important that you consult with your GP before trying CBD oil.
What’s the safest way to purchase CBD oil?
It is definitely of the highest importance to purchase your CBD oil from a trusted source. My advice to a new consumer is to ask a lot of questions. Ask about the labelling, the labelling is not always clear, and sometimes even I get confused. If it says, 200 mg on the label is it then 200 mg of pure CBD or is it CBD plus a mixture?
It is definitely of the highest importance to purchase your CBD oil from a trusted source.
As brands cannot suggest serving size, it is good to know what you are looking for and do your background research when you want to find the right product. Ask questions like do they quality test their products and what are the quality standards. All brands should use third-party testing.
Personally, I use different products throughout the day. At the moment I use a calming oil before going to sleep. I always liked to drink chamomile tea while reading a few pages in a book, as it makes me really calm before going to bed. I also have no phones on the bedside table and no computers one hour before bedtime. I recently added this oil by Yuyo Botanics to my evening routine and I take 1 full pipette which is approx. 30 mg cannabinoids one hour before going to bed.
Netdoctor top pick: we love Grass & Co’s Ease CBD Hemp Oil, a citrusy blend of CBD, ginger, turmeric and orange.
Dr Julie Moltke MD – Cannabinoid specialist Dr Julie Moltke qualified as a Doctor at Copenhagen University of Medicine and studied at Karolinska University, Stockholm and Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris.
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