Almost every single one of us has experienced anxiety at some point in our lives, whether it be before a big event or as a result of some daunting news. And for some, anxiety may happen more frequently and consistently than others. Depending on the underlying issue or severity of the stressors, you could be experiencing disproportionate amounts of anxiety.
Of course, these feelings of anxiety can interfere with day-to-day life, your sleep and rest, and distort your overall sense of self during an anxiety attack.
Before we can start to address the best form of CBD for anxiety, and why you could find relief with cannabis for your symptoms, let’s first review what is anxiety and explore some of the triggers that might cause you stressors.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of anxiety are:
Anxiety can be caused by many different interceptions such as major life events or experiences, but could also be based on inherited traits passed down genetically.
Being aware of what triggers our anxiety is the first step in handling and dealing with it. If you can start to identify what drives your anxiety, you can begin to address it through proper help, with CBD and cannabis potentially playing a role in helping resolve some of those symptoms.
Generally, our anxiety is triggered by something, so here are a few examples of triggers:
Now that we know what and how anxiety is triggered, we can look at how using CBD to help manage our anxiety could work and explore what is the best form of CBD to take for anxiety.
CBD, for those of you who might be new to this term, stands for cannabidiol and it is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. It is non-psychotropic and was federally legalized in 2018 thanks to the Farm Bill legalizing hemp, which is where the majority of CBD is produced from.
If you want to learn more about CBD and other cannabinoids, explore our CBD 101 guide. It will go over in more detail the different types of CBD, the benefits, and more details to help familiarize yourself with this popular cannabinoid.
CBD as a cannabinoid plays off of our bodies’ own endocannabinoid system and receptors. Specifically, CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.
And with the way CBD interacts with the CB1 receptors, is attributed to impacting the serotonin signals.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. And low serotonin levels are typically associated with causing anxiety. So taking CBD which interacts with your CB1 receptors could help rewire those transmitters to fire optimally causing an increase in serotonin and a reduction in anxiety.
There are a lot of different types of products with varying doses out there, which can be confusing for consumers looking for immediate relief from their anxiety symptoms. Depending on your preference and what ultimately works best for you will guide you towards what products to explore to find potential relief from anxiety.
To discover where to begin, you need to think through what form factor makes the most sense. Do you prefer something discrete, or something with more immediate effects? Depending on the time of day you’re wanting to take it could also steer you towards a particular product over another.
For most people, the sublingual oil is the most popular because of its potency, easy-to-use administration, and fast-acting effects. Our droppers are calibrated, and in our 40mg/ml full spectrum oil, you’ll get 1200mg of CBD in the total bottle, with thirty 40mg servings. If you take the full 1ml dropper, you’ll be getting 40mg, take half and that’s equal to 20mg, a quarter is 10mg, etc.
What dose works best for you will be different from person to person, so we always recommend starting with 10mg and increasing from there. The benefit of the sublingual oil is that it is absorbed pretty quickly thanks to the capillaries found in our tongues. Anything placed under your tongue will be immediately absorbed into your bloodstream.
Another popular consumption method is edibles due to their pre-dosed format and discrete consumption. You will need to first determine the best dose to start, and we have 30mg full spectrum fruit slices which is a popular starting point for most. If you feel more comfortable, you can start with half a gummy which is equivalent to 15mg of CBD, and see what works better for you dose-wise from there.
The good thing about CBD is it is nonpsychotropic so you shouldn’t have any fear of an overdose, too much CBD can cause drowsiness which is why we recommend starting with a low dose and working your way up.
There is also no wrong frequency of CBD to take so for some people they take it daily before bed, for others, it’s daily as part of their morning routine, and for others, it could be a combination of both depending on how anxious they are feeling on a particular day.
Another benefit of digesting CBD in edible form is that while it might take longer to take effect because it is breaking down in your digestive tract versus being absorbed immediately sublingually, you could experience longer ongoing relief because of how it’s being absorbed.
We definitely encourage you to play around with the right dose and form factor to figure out what is best for you.
Probably the most fast-acting will be inhalation which can be done either by smoking CBD hemp flower, you could also vaporize the hemp flower, or smoke it via a cartridge and battery through vaping.
No matter what you choose, this form factor will be easier to feel the effects as you are inhaling it and within a few puffs should feel relief. So it would be easier to gauge how much to do based on how you feel after a few inhales. We recommend taking one to three puffs and taking a pause before reconvening. There isn’t an exact dose, only what works best for you in your time of need so keep exploring what products and doses help ease your anxiety best.
Some people they don’t enjoy smoking, and that’s okay, that’s why there are other form factors to choose from. But someone seeking more immediate relief from an anxiety attack could consider some type of inhalation of CBD to experience the benefits compared to another type of consumption.
We have CBD vapes in our retail store that are also available to ship in Texas.
We have a wide range of CBD hemp flower to choose from, feel free to reach out to our team to inquire what their favorite strains are and why.
And different types of devices for you to smoke your help flower whether you want a pipe, water bong, or herb vaporizer.
In conclusion, there is anecdotal proof that CBD can be an aid in helping to manage and mitigate anxiety, but it will come down to how much and how frequently you consume it to find the best benefits for your personal situation.
It’s not a one size fits all approach, but that is why our team is here to help guide you on your canna-curious journey and help connect you to resources and education to make the best decision for you.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We are happy to answer your questions and are on standby for a chat.