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CBD products have recently been growing in popularity amongst users when it comes to dealing with anxiety. The calming effects of CBD may be beneficial for anyone experiencing anxiety. Aside from its effectiveness, it is generally safe and has not been associated with major side effects.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, CBD is generally well-tolerated. There are, however, some mild side effects that can occur. These often result from taking too much CBD, and can include:
But how exactly does CBD impact those with anxiety conditions? The short answer is that products from the cannabis plant tend to have a strong, reactive effect with the endocannabinoid system, a molecular system that regulates many core functions of the body, including emotions. Cannabinoids can bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system and modify the way they function, yielding a range of possible health benefits.
When you check the label of any CBD product, look for information on the four key factors listed above. Labels should clearly state the type of CBD and if it was made with U.S. grown hemp. To evaluate the strength of the product, look for both the amount of CBD per bottle, usually in milligrams per 30 mL, as well as the amount of CBD per serving, usually in milligrams per 1 mL dropper.
How to Use
The quality of the CBD is directly related to the source of the hemp used in a product. Always look for brands that use hemp grown in the U.S.A. We also recommend brands that use either USDA organic hemp or hemp grown using organic farming practices. This ensures that the plants do not contain any pesticides and or artificial fertilizers.
NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil is about as natural as a CBD tincture can get. It’s made from organic hemp, it’s additive- and pesticide-free, and it’s carefully lab-tested by independent third-party labs. This Colorado-grown, full spectrum CBD offers the full benefits of hemp extract in a natural, organic product. It may be taken daily to help you manage stress and feelings of anxiety by promoting a sense of calm and wellness.
For most CBD oils, take a dose once or twice per day, depending on the amount. Some oils work better for daytime use and can be taken in the morning, while others are better suited for nighttime use to help you fall asleep. Again, if you are new to CBD, start with a low amount and slowly increase it to find the correct level to provide relief.
It’s important to know the concentration of CBD in a product so that you can take the appropriate dosage level. For those new to CBD, it’s generally recommended to start with a lower dose, 10 mg or less, and slowly increase the amount as you are comfortable to find the right level of relief. Extra strength products, with 30 mg or more per serving, are recommended for those who know how CBD will affect them. You can read more about the strongest CBD oils here.
Dr. Bonni Goldstein, medical director of California-based Canna-Centers and a subject matter adviser for Weedmaps, said she knows of anecdotes of people who said they used CBD to treat depression. “Preclinical animal data reports that CBD can have antidepressant effects. There are many anecdotal reports of patients using CBD successfully to treat depression but clinical trials in humans are lacking,” said Goldstein, who is also author of “Cannabis Revealed.”
“Considerably more human studies need to be conducted in order to fully understand the benefits of CBD in relation to mood regulation. Nevertheless, given the positive pre-clinical evidence and the high safety index of cannabis, CBD holds promise as a therapeutic aid in the management of depressive symptomatology. It should be noted that drug-drug interactions, as well as issues of tolerability and safety with long-term use, are not yet fully understood. As such, CBD should always be used under the care and guidance of a medical doctor, especially when it pertains to the management of mood disorders,” she said.
There is scientific evidence to suggest that CBD has antidepressant-like effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A growing body of research suggests that deficiencies in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) may produce depressive responses. Clinical and preclinical data suggest that cannabinoid receptor signaling may be an ideal target for developing new pharmacotherapy options for both anxiety and mood disorders.
Since antidepressant medications first became available in the 1950s, many other options have become available, including talk therapy and relaxation techniques. Medication continues to be a leading course of treatment but non-pharmaceutical treatment is important as up to 40% of patients with depression are “treatment-resistant” — meaning their symptoms do not improve after trying a minimum of two antidepressant medications.
“Admittedly, evidence on the antidepressant effects of CBD in humans remains inconclusive due to a scarcity of randomized, controlled trials, and the evidence comes mostly from anecdotal accounts or evaluation of depression as a secondary measure,” Yoon said. “In other studies of cannabis, antidepressant effects have been ascribed to THC. For instance, THC and/or synthetic THC has been reported to elicit an elevated mood in healthy subjects, chronic pain patients, and among those living with bipolar affective disorder.
“For example, one middle-aged man who found the side effects of antidepressants to be intolerable, experiencing insomnia and decreased sexual function, started using low doses of a 4:1 CBD:THC tincture. He self-reported a 90% improvement of his depression symptoms with no side effects,” she said.