Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, usually made from the natural component extracted from the cannabis plant, has many health indications. It can benefit the brain’s health, the skin, the immune system, and even the nervous system.
Acting on the latter, CBD is known for its incredible benefits to mental health. Anti-seizure, mood-stabilizing, anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety are just some of its most popular properties. Therefore, CBD oil is a highly valuable tool to use in cases of psychosis, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety (just to name a few).
What is anxiety?
The term “anxiety” can refer to a state/emotion or to a mental condition. You can get anxious before taking an exam, when you worry about something in your future, before a job interview, and so on. It’s that feeling when you start to feel apprehensive, uneasy, restless, and/or thinking about the same thing over and over. Some people even have trouble sleeping, dizziness, and heart palpitations. It’s a normal state that anyone can experience at a given time in their lives.
On the other hand, if the feeling of anxiety happens very frequently instead of just occasionally, that situation is not normal and should be addressed as a medical condition. Anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the modern world, and it can also be a symptom of even more severe conditions, such as panic disorders, phobias, or post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
How CBD oil can help
There are several scientific studies documenting the effects of CBD on mental disorders, and anxiety is one of the most studied among this group.
CBD can interact with cannabinoid receptors in our endocannabinoid system. This interaction then exerts its effects on important parts of our brains and of our nervous system, such as serotonin receptors, which are known targets for common anxiolytic medications.
In human trials and studies, CBD showed its ability to reduce anxiety associated with public speaking and social anxiety disorder. Moreover, it can increase the ability to extinguish fear-related memories and have mild sedative effects comparable to diazepam and Xanax, which can prove helpful in the treatment of patients that suffer from anxiety symptoms related to PTSD, anxiety disorder, and/or panic disorders.
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A quick guide to using CBD oil: 5 important tips
#1: Know what CBD oil does for you
It’s a given fact that CBD can help ease anxiety states in humans. But also, it’s important to know that using this type of medicine is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. These effects that CBD can have on someone’s body are highly dependent on the dosage, physical traits (such as weight, height, existing medical conditions), drug-drug interactions, lifestyle habits, and more.
We recommend you do some research before acquiring CBD oil and then try it yourself several times to find your ideal dosage, the best time of day to take it, among other factors that you might find relevant. It’s important to know exactly how you react to CBD oil, the effects that you feel after a few days, and adjust the taking accordingly. This is a trial-and-error process that should be specially adjusted to and for you, and that no one else can do in your stead.
#2: Choose your favorite delivery method
There are many ways of taking CBD oil. Capsules, supplements, tinctures, vapers, you name it. There’s a delivery method for every taste. We chose to address the ones where you ingest CBD, which is among the most studied methods: these include tinctures, capsules, oral supplements, or others. Oral taking usually has more lasting effects than inhalation (vaping/smoking), although it might take a while before you start noticing them.
Tinctures that can be placed under the tongue and oral capsules are the most common oral CBD delivery methods.
#3: Choose the best oil
If you’re considering taking CBD oil orally, there are 2 golden rules you absolutely must follow before choosing a CBD oil preparation:
- Consider the differences between a full-spectrum oil and an isolate CBD oil. You can read our article about it, which will answer all your questions.
- Make sure you know where the oil comes from, if it meets the highest quality standards, and if it doesn’t include any harmful components such as pesticides or others. For more information on how to choose the best CBD oil, read our complete article on the topic.
#4: Pay attention
So, you have finally acquired your CBD oil and are preparing to take it and see your anxiety disappear. That’s great, but remember you need to pay attention to which effects the CBD oil has on you, especially in the first few weeks.
- If you are regularly using CBD oil, pay attention to everything else you do in your daily life. For example, it’s not advisable to mix medication with CBD without first consulting a doctor, since CBD can interfere with many drugs and cause undesired effects.
- Realize when you are taking too much or too little and adjust your daily dosage accordingly.
- If adjusting the dosage doesn’t work for you, consider changing the type of oil or delivery method if you don’t experience any results in the first few weeks.
- If you start to experience side effects of any kind, decrease the dosage. If the side effects continue, stop the taking and consult an experienced doctor.
#5: Complement with healthy habits
The best way to use CBD for anxiety is to complement it with other anxiety management methods (important warning: do not mix CBD oil and any type of medication without previous approval from an expert!).
Here are a few more things you can try:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat healthy foods
- Meditation or yoga
- Get plenty of sleep and rest whenever needed
- Breathe deeply and practice relaxation exercises