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An Expert Answers All Your Questions About CBD

From gummies to pills to beauty creams, CBD is everywhere: Americans spent more than $360 million on products with this cannabis compound in 2017. And devotees claim it boosts health and has all the bliss-out benefits of weed, minus the paranoia. But how much do you really know about it? We’ll be honest, what it is (and isn’t) and what is does and how it works is complex—and had us more than a little confused before we started working on this project. So we asked an expert, Alex Capano, chief science officer for Ananda Hemp, a Kentucky-based health and wellness brand specializing in CBD products—a woman who spends all day every day studying CBD—to breakdown everything we might possibly want to know about the plant derivative. That way, you can feel confident adding it to your medicine cabinet (and nightstand, and handbag) ASAP.

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What is the difference between CBD and THC?

Though they’re both found in a cannabis plant—meaning either hemp or marijuana—using CBD (full name: cannabidiol) is a far cry from smoking weed. Like THC (or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is a cannabinoid—a molecule that helps the functioning of our endocannabinoid system, which regulates our mood, sleep cycle, inflammation, immune response, and more. But unlike THC, CBD isn’t intoxicating. “In other words, CBD can’t get you high,” says Alex Capano, chief science officer for Ananda Hemp, a Kentucky-based health and wellness brand specializing in CBD products.

“They both are relatively safe, but CBD is arguably safer for several reasons,” she says. For one, it won’t affect your motor skills or cognition, so you can use CBD and still drive your car or get through a day at the office without causing coworkers to raise an eyebrow. Also, while the THC in a joint, vape pen, or gummy might leave you feeling paranoid, CBD is actually an anxiolytic (meaning it nixes anxiety) and anti-psychotic.

Both THC and CBD come with potential therapeutic benefits (read: can help ease your aches) but they work in different ways. THC decreases the perception of pain, while CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory. Also, CBD alone can treat severe epilepsy. THC, for its part, is better at alleviating chemotherapy-induced anorexia or HIV-associated cachexia, explains Capano, because it increases appetite (hello, munchies). As she puts it: “CBD can help with nausea, but it’s not going to make you eat a bag of Doritos.”

Is CBD legal?

Yes and no. Legality is a complex topic because it depends on where your CBD product comes from, says Capano: “CBD is legal at the federal level only if it’s derived from U.S.-grown hemp that has a license and permit under the Farm Bill; if yours is flown in from overseas or is derived from the marijuana plant, it’s technically not federally legal,” she explains. (A cannabis plant is either hemp or marijuana, depending on how much THC is in it. Hemp has 0.3 percent THC or less by weight when harvested, while marijuana has more than 0.3 percent THC by weight and is still federally illegal.)

Making it more complicated: Some states have restricted CBD sales, so even if your product was derived from federally legal hemp, it’s legality where you live does vary by state. There’s a chance, Capano says, that you might run into law enforcement who’s not up-to-date on the bill and arrest you for possessing it—but it’s unlikely.

How do I use CBD?

There are tons of CBD products on the market, from lotions you rub on to capsules you swallow and tinctures you drop under your tongue. All these are made similarly: By extracting CBD, or cannabidiol, from a cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier, such as coconut oil, explains Capano. The way you choose to use it is totally a matter of preference and might require some experimentation.

You can’t OD on CBD, but dosage is personal. “More does not necessarily mean better,” warns Capano. “The response dose curve looks like a bell, so you want to hit the top of the bell without going over.” When figuring out your optimal dose, add a bit more every three days or so and see how you respond. If you get to a point where you don’t feel any extra benefit (or feel worse), you’ve gone too far; dial it back a bit the next day.

With a tincture, Capano recommends starting with 10mg of active cannabinoids (this should be on the label). In some products, 10mg is a few drops; in others, it’s a whole milliliter. Put the oil under your tongue and hold it there (no swallowing!) until it absorbs. If taking orally (e.g., popping a pill), you’re going to need more, says Capano, because you lose a bit of the active ingredients to something called first-pass-metabolism by the liver. A pill with 15 or 20 mg of CBD might be comparable to 10 mg of a tincture. “Also, keep in mind that oral ingestion results in a delayed onset,” she says, “so wait an hour or two before adding anymore, especially if there’s THC in there.”

For oils, creams, and other topical treatments—which are a great option for eczema, burns, or other skin conditions—“dosage depends on the concentration of the product, but generally just apply a small amount, as needed,” suggests Capano. Topicals also can help with headaches or migraines if you apply it at onset. And if getting your CBD with a vaporizer, start small. “You need less from a vaporizer and will have a very rapid onset,” she says. For this reason, she recommends trying just 2.5 mg at first.

Whenever you’re starting out with a new product, the best time to try it is right before bed—just in case it makes you drowsy, says Capano. Even if it doesn’t, you’re pretty much guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

Can I vape CBD?

Yes, and it may be your best bet if you’re hoping to achieve quick pain relief. Of all the options for taking CBD, vaping has the most rapid onset; you’ll feel its effects within minutes, says Capano. “Some people use CBD daily for prevention of a migraine, but if they feel one coming on, vaping might be a good way to get an almost-immediate CBD delivery to abort a migraine quickly,” she says.

One caveat: Most vaporizers use either propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin (PG or VG). Those are added ingredients used as carrier oils, and unfortunately we don’t know yet whether they’re safe to vaporize, warns Capano. If immediate pain relief isn’t a priority, another option, like a tincture, cream, or capsule (which take longer to set in), might be the safer way to go.

How much CBD should I use?

Like Capano explained above, the perfect dose varies from person to person. It also depends on a few things—the first being whether you’re using an isolate or full-spectrum product. Isolate products are pure CBD while full-spectrum products contain multiple cannabidinoids and oils, vitamins, and more natural compounds. “With full-spectrum products, you need a lower dose—and that might prevent drug interactions and will be easier on your liver,” says Capano.

Your ideal dosage also varies based on how you’re taking it—you’ll need less from a tincture than a capsule, for instance, because tinctures have a greater bioavailability (meaning more gets into your bloodstream and causes an effect).

But as a general rule? “Start low and go slow,” recommends Capano. “More isn’t always better, it’s like a bell.” Start with 10 mg worth of active ingredient a couple hours before bed. Each day, you can increase the amount slightly and take note of how you feel; dial it back when you don’t feel any extra benefit (or even feel a little worse) from additional milligrams. The sweet spot will likely be between 10 and 40 mg a day.

What are the side effects of CBD?

Unlike smoking a joint, using CBD won’t leave you with a giggling fit or the munchies. It can, however, make you sleepy. “The most common side effect is drowsiness, so don’t take it for the first time and get behind the wheel or head into a big presentation,” advises Capano. Wait to see how your body responds, just in case. In some cases, CBD can exacerbate heartburn or lead to mild allergic reactions, such as hives (though this is likely a reaction to the carrier oil added to the CBD, says Capano). Using CBD can also cause diarrhea or change in appetite or weight, according to a recent German study.

All that being said, if you’re taking CBD for a condition like anxiety or epilepsy, the potential drawbacks are generally milder or less of a nuisance than the side effects you might expect from traditional medical treatments.

The real concern when it comes to side effects, says Capano, is whether or not the CBD in your medicine cabinet is legitimate. You first need to find out if it’s even real CBD, as synthetic can be dangerous. Then look into how the plants are grown, how the product is manufactured, and what quality-assurance tests the brand conducts to ensure safety and the elimination of pesticides, chemicals, microbes, and molds. “It’s an unregulated industry, and there’s a lot of great branding and marketing out there, but unfortunately transparency is rare and not knowing what you’re getting is common,” warns Capano. “Usually that risk just means wasting your money, but it could be harmful, if there are dangerous chemicals in there, for example.” Contact the company with these questions; any reputable brand will be willing to provide customers with all these details.

How long is CBD in my system?

As a general rule, CBD should be out of your system in less than a week after you stop using it. But it varies from person to person, and the longer and more frequently you’ve taken it, the longer it’ll take to get out of your body. Here’s why: It’s lipophilic, meaning it dissolves in fats and compounds in your body over time, says Capano. That’s a good thing when you’re looking to prevent pain or alleviate anxiety, as the compounded levels boost the health benefits, says Capano. But yes, it will make the CBD take longer to leave your system if you decide to stop using it.

Can I take CBD every day?

Not only can you, but for the best effects, in most cases you actually should take CBD on a daily basis. “You can’t overdose on CBD, and it’s lipophilic (or fat soluble), which means it compounds in your body over time, adding to potential health benefits,” says Capano.

Still, “less is more,” she says, because CBD is metabolized through the same pathway in your liver as many common prescription and OTC meds. For that reason, Capano recommends sticking with full-spectrum products (which contain multiple cannabidinoids and oils, vitamins, and more natural compounds) as opposed to isolate products, which are pure CBD. “With full-spectrum products, you need a lower dose—and that might prevent drug interactions,” she explains. (Drug interactions are pretty uncommon, especially at low doses, but can occur with some commonly used ones, such as SSRIs and blood thinners.) Plus, with smaller doses, you’ll avoid stressing out your liver.

“There’s some evidence out there that CBD can adversely affect a damaged liver, and there’s other evidence that shows it can be helpful—it seems to depend on the underlying cause of liver damage,” Capano adds. If you already have liver issues, talk with your doc, keep a close eye on your dosage, and be sure to monitor hepatic enzymes every three months.

What drugs should I not combine with CBD?

The bad news: Your body metabolizes CBD through a pathway in your liver known as CYP 450, where enzymes break up potentially harmful compounds—and it’s the same pathway in your liver that metabolizes most common prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, says Capano.

The good news: You likely aren’t taking a high enough dose of CBD that it will cause an adverse reaction with any other medications you might be taking. To lower your risk even more, make sure the CBD you’re using is a full-spectrum product rather than an isolate, so you can get the same benefits at a lower dose. Also, opt for a product that’s not oral, as capsules involve a first pass through the liver that tinctures and other products don’t.

“Most people using full-spectrum CBD are taking no more than 40 to 60 mg a day, and we haven’t demonstrated drug interactions at those levels,” says Capano; you’d likely need to use upwards of 20 mg per kilogram of your bodyweight before seeing interactions. But talk with your doctor before combining CBD with any drugs you’re already on, especially if you take blood thinners or antidepressants, advises Capano.

How long does CBD take to work?

How fast your CBD takes effect totally depends on what form you’re using. Need to kick an acute ache, like a migraine, ASAP? Try vaping, suggests Capano. Vaporizing CBD has the fastest delivery—you should feel the effects set in within mere minutes.

If your needs are not quite so urgent, you might opt for a tincture; you’ll still feel the effects soon—usually within 20 minutes to an hour—since the liquid quickly absorbs into your bloodstream after you drop it under your tongue. This usage allows the CBD to bypass a first pass through your liver that capsules require before you feel their effects.

If you use CBD daily for preventative reasons and don’t need quick relief, an oral product might be for you. They take the longest to onset (read: at least an hour or two), but, says Capano, “they’re a good option for people who don’t like the taste of tinctures and want the convenience of capsules.”

Will CBD help my skin?

You bet. CBD can help clear up and calm down your skin in a few ways. For one, it works by relieving stress, which happens whether you take CBD orally or topically, says Capano: “We know that mood, especially stress, can influence skin irritation—so this is kind of a one-two punch.”

It also helps cell turnover, which can improve acne prone skin and brighten your complexion. Plus, because of its potent inflammatory properties, CBD can even lessen overactive sebum production and breakouts, and can reduce the frequency and severity of eczema and psoriasis flares.

You can even use it in place of hand sanitizer in a pinch. CBD is naturally antimicrobial and can help kill some nasty germs. Ananda Hemp’s oil has shown 99.9 percent antimicrobial effectiveness against staph and MRSA in tests. How well a CBD product kills germs does depend on how concentrated it is, so check with the manufacturer before relying on it. Also, keep in mind that CBD has only been shown to protect against gram positive bacteria, such as staph and strep—not against gram negative bacteria, like E. coli, notes Capano. So you shouldn’t rely on it for keeping you totally bug-free. “It’s better than nothing, but CBD isn’t a substitute for hand soap,” she says.

Can CBD lower my anxiety?

Nixing your nerves is one of the top reasons people are turning to CBD products (along with lessening pain and help sleeping). There’s still research to be done on how exactly it works to calm anxiety, but one thing we do know is that it blocks an enzyme called FAAH, which works to lower a fatty-acid neurotransmitter called anandamide, explains Capano.

For the non-scientists among us, by blocking FAAH, CBD can help increase your level of anandamide. And that’s a big deal when you’re looking for a mood boost. This neurotransmitter (the same one that leads to the elusive runner’s high) is named after the Sanskrit word for joy, bliss, or happiness. Basically, says Capano, “CBD makes our natural bliss molecule work better for us.”

Bonus: If CBD is easing your aches or increasing your ZZZs, that might in turn leave you feeling even more relaxed.

Does CBD relieve pain?

Get ready to kiss that nagging knee or back pain goodbye. Along with improvements in sleep and mood, chronic aches are the main reason people are turning to CBD. That’s because cannabidiol is an anti-inflammatory agent. In other words, it helps reduce the inflammation causing the pain, rather than reducing your perception of pain. “Percocet will just make you feel like you don’t have pain while CBD will get at the root cause,” explains Capano. CBD also helps nix pain because it’s an antioxidant itself, increases our own natural antioxidants, and works on serotonin receptors.

While all that combines to mean CBD has magical pain-slashing properties for certain aches, it’s not ideal for every kind. It’s a great, effective therapeutic option for chronic pain and pain prevention (e.g. frequent headaches, ongoing back pain that’s lasted more than a week), says Capano. “But if you have an acute injury, like a broken bone, CBD is not going to be a substitute for morphine in the hospital; those really strong narcotic painkillers have their place.”

That said, if you’re dealing with chronic pain and are already on medication for it, talk with your doctor about combining those traditional meds with CBD. More than 50 percent of long-term opioid users who added CBD to their treatment were able to reduce their opioid use and 90 percent of them had better quality of life within two months, according to research Capano recently conducted, which is pending publication. “We know that CBD is effective with pain and it’s safe to use with opioids—plus, it can help with withdrawal symptoms as you lower opioid use,” she says. “There’s pretty good data that CBD can be a treatment for substance abuse disorders. We should be motivated to use something that’s safer and doesn’t have the risk of dependency or overdose.”

Where can I buy CBD?

If you’re in a big city, you’ve likely seen CBD all over—from chic pop-up shops to your corner bodega. If you’re in a small town, you can probably find it in a brick-and-mortar shop too, as lots of small, independent pharmacies are carrying CBD products now. But if you do have trouble tracking it down in person, you can easily order online and have it shipped to any state (since U.S.-grown CBD is legal nationwide per the Farm Bill). But keep in mind: “There are so many online retailers, you have to do your homework,” says Capano.

To make sure you’re getting a legit product, research the brand before purchasing from it and find out where it sources its CBD. If you can find a company that’s vertically integrated—meaning they have control over the growth of their plants—that’s ideal, notes Capano. (It’s not essential, though, and might be difficult to find a vertically integrated brand, as only a handful of companies in the U.S. are.)

You should also ask if the brand does third-party testing, what level of actives are in the product, whether it contains any microbial contaminants or pesticides. Not only should any reputable company make this info readily available, but they also should include a batch number with every product, so you can see a lab analysis. Don’t be afraid to push for all these details, says Capano: “The more we demand transparency that as consumers, the better the industry will get.”

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Anxiety is a blanket term used to describe a variety of different symptoms. It’s not uncommon to feel butterflies or jitters before an important oral presentation or when meeting someone new on a first date. But for people who deal with anxiety on a more regular basis, even when facing mundane tasks, it can make life feel a lot harder to deal with.

Sometimes anxiety manifests as a physical sensation that turns your stomach into knots and makes you nauseous, even on an empty stomach. Sometimes it causes repetitive thoughts of worst-case scenarios that limit your mental capacity for more fruitful ideas. Often, restlessness and agitation accompany anxiety, particularly when you feel like no one around you understands this invisible condition. And when all is said and done, at the end of the day you may be so fatigued that you can’t find time to engage in activities you enjoy. Despite the tiredness that results from excessively tensed muscles and a mind that won’t get quiet, you may still have trouble getting to sleep! Anxiety shows no mercy.

A life riddled with anxiety can feel extremely limited and along with practicing breathing exercises and calming stretches, you could also benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) to help combat the seemingly endless list of symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. This chemical naturally occurs in the hemp plant and early research is showing just how promising it is when it comes to relieving anxiety.

While some prescription medications may also be helping to treat anxiety, often people feel dissociated and subdued, which limits their ability to enjoy the fullness of all the gifts life has to offer. If you’re looking to try a natural supplement to gain relief from general anxiety disorders or help with specific conditions like post traumatic stress disorder, CBD may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. Below we share our top 10 favorite brands that offer CBD oil – we took our time vetting them and hope you find a product that catches your eye in the details we share below!

Top 10 List of CBD Oils for Anxiety

    – Best for Anxiety (Includes CBN) GHP Cannabis Awards Winner – Best Dose Packed with Vitamins D3 and B12 – Full Spectrum CBD Benefits with Unique Flavor Profiles – Top-Rated CBD Isolate – Ideal for Experienced CBD Users – Best Water Soluble, Customizable CBD Oil – Pharmacist-Formulated Full Spectrum CBD Oil – Best Lavender Tincture for Relaxation

How Did We Decide Our Top CBD Oils to Help Anxiety Disorders?

We established a framework that focuses on four primary elements in order to compile this list of our 10 preferred companies for CBD oil for anxiety. Our objective is to present you with an educational article that covers various brands and CBD oils so that you can make an educated purchasing decision when you’re ready to try a natural product for combating the effects of anxiety disorders. We’ve identified and examined some clear variables and have explained them below for clarity:

  • We included the opinions and reviews of CBD industry specialists. Third-party testing confirms the quality, potency, and purity of all CBD flower strains. When brands implement their commitment to responsibility, their customers gain confidence and become loyal.
  • We took the opportunity to validate that the brand’s own descriptions correlate with the user experience described directly by verified shoppers, whether they’re discovered on their official site or on social media pages.
  • Firsthand accounts from our in-house team. While there is a wealth of information available on the internet, nothing beats checking goods out for ourselves and sharing our results with you.
  • We gave ourselves the time to digest all of the information in the product pages. Reputable brands provide data about the potency of their CBD oil and other CBD products, as well as extra information like typical experiences and reactions, and flavor and effectiveness descriptors.

Our Top CBD Oils for Anxiety Reviewed

1. CBDistillery – Best for Anxiety (Includes CBN)

Pros:

  • 20% off your orders when you subscribe
  • Extra strength formula for better results
  • CBD + the benefits of CBN
  • 60-day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • Natural hemp flavor may taste slightly unpleasant for some users

Product: Extra Strength CBN + CBD Sleep Tincture 1:3 (300MG of CBN + 900MG of CBD)

If ever you’ve struggled with getting enough sleep through the night, you know just how much you need a good night’s rest to function well in your day to day and handle all your responsibilities with focused attention. When you’re tired, your regular responsibilities feel more daunting and more confusing, whereas when you wake from a good night’s sleep, you can tackle whatever comes your way with ease.

This extra strength formula developed by CBDistillery helps you get to sleep and stay asleep so you can be your best self throughout your waking hours. Whether you’ve been dealing with insomnia for a long time now or you’ve found yourself stuck in a cycle of poor sleep recently, this tincture can help you regulate your sleep cycle.

2. Absolute Nature – GHP Cannabis Awards Winner

Pros:

  • Certified USDA organic
  • Three concentrations available
  • Made in the USA
  • Non-GMO Hemp

Cons:

  • Limited product variety

Product: Absolute Nature CBG & CBD Oil Drops

When stress has become a regular part of your life and tension has built up in your muscles, it’s time for some soothing relief. These organic CBD oil drops are ideal when you’re ready to invest in yourself and revel in fast, natural stress relief. This 1000MG full spectrum tincture stands out among other brands as a pure, nature-intended option.

3. CBDfx – Best High Dose

Pros:

  • Made in the USA
  • Solvent free
  • 60-day money back guarantee
  • CBN infused for stronger effects

Cons:

  • Consumers have requested a flavored version

Product: CBD + CBN Oil Calming Tincture (500 – 6000MG of CBD)

When your mind needs a break, this CBD + CBN tincture can give you a floating feeling unlike no other. CBN is known as the “relaxation cannabinoid”, and when combined with CBDfx’s special terpene combination, you’ll feel as though you’ve fallen into a bed full of pillows that envelop you with warmth and unconditional care.

CBN is a minor cannabinoid and a cousin of THC that many hemp consumers are unaware of – to keep it simple, THC transforms into CBN as it matures. CBN is a non-psychoactive chemical component that has been shown to have a relaxing impact on both the body and the mind. One of the key reasons why CBN is swiftly becoming one of the most popular cannabinoids for sleep is because of its ability to promote extreme relaxation.

Choose from five concentrations of CBD oil: 500MH, 1000MG, 2000MG, 4000MG, up to 6000MG to experience unparalleled relaxation. These tinctures are vegan and gluten-free and their potency is verified by third party labs.

4. Sunday Scaries – Packed with Vitamins D3 and B12

Pros:

  • Free shipping on orders over $59
  • Cancel your subscription anytime without hassle
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Tasty fruit punch flavor

Cons:

  • Free shipping applies to US customers only

Product: Unwind CBD Oil

Sunday Scaries is committed to giving you reasons to smile, and their CBD oils help you do just that with 100% gluten and GMO free CBD that’s carefully combined with 400 IU of Vitamin D3 and 11mcg of Vitamin B12 to relax your body and move you into a super chill mindset. If you could do without the earthy, natural flavor of many CBD oil options, you’re in luck because Sunday Scaries offers their product in a palatable fruity format.

5. Five CBD – Full Spectrum CBD Benefits with Unique Flavor Profiles

Pros:

  • Three flavors available
  • Multiple extra strength concentrations to select from
  • Save 30% when you subscribe
  • 100% natural ingredients

Cons:

  • Unflavored option not available

Product: Full Spectrum CBD+THC Oil

Five CBD offers unique tinctures that combine CBD oil extracted from hemp (not hemp seed oil which is a different animal) with organic MCT oil to create a potent combo. Natural extracts are used to bring fun flavors into their specialized formulas, which makes dosing fun and easy. You can take one dropper full at any time of the day to enjoy the benefits of their 5:1 formula. Consume with a meal to increase bioavailability, and if you feel like you could do with a stronger dose for more noticeable effects, you can take up to three servings of this CBD oil in one full day.

You can pick from three CBD concentrations: 1500MG, 3000MG, or 6000MG. And you also have the freedom to choose between three tasty flavors: lavender, mint chocolate, or citrus. They carefully covered a wide variety of flavor profiles so you could have a product that’s easy to administer and easy to love.

6. Extract Labs – Top-Rated CBD Isolate

Pros:

  • THC-free
  • American grown hemp
  • Lab tested by a third party to confirm quality
  • High concentration of CBD (66 MG per mL)
  • 60-day money back guarantee

Cons:

  • Their pure CBD isolate product does not come in other flavors

Product: Pure CBD Isolate Tincture (2000 MG of CBD per 20 mL bottle)

This powerful CBD isolate contains only pure CBD, without any THC traces and is mixed with organic coconut oil to make absorption easy. Extract Labs has a simple goal: to make high-quality tinctures affordable and available for anyone seeking the therapeutic effects of CBD oil. Each one of their formulas is carefully put together, and you can rest assured this CBD Isolate Tincture is free of preservatives, fillers, and artificial colors.

7. Charlotte’s Web – Ideal for Experienced CBD Users

Pros:

  • Supports a calm mood
  • Assists with sleep cycles
  • Reduces exercise-induced inflammation
  • USA grown hemp

Cons:

  • Unflavored option is not available

Product: CBD Oil: 60MG of CBD per 1 ML

Charlotte’s Web offers several CBD oil tinctures, but nothing quite like this high serving size option. This formula contains the most CBD per serving they offer, and they’ve made it available in three flavors for your choosing. You can either indulge with a mint chocolate flavor, a lemon twist flavor, or an orange blossom flavor. Not only do you get to choose how your high CBD serving product should taste, but you’re also able to decide if you’d prefer a standard amount of 30 mL or if you’d like to commit to a full 100 mL right off the bat.

These high CBD servings aren’t exactly recommended for beginners – you should probably have some previous experience with CBD products before you venture further into these high CBD products. But when you’re ready, Charlotte’s Web can deliver. For best results, take this supplement regularly and be sure you store it at room temperature in a dark place. Plus, enjoy the freedom of use – some may be able to drop the CBD oil right into their mouths while others prefer to mix the oil with their morning drink or breakfast item.

8. CBD American Shaman – Best Water Soluble, Customizable CBD Oil

Pros:

  • Easily choose THC content
  • Extra strength and water soluble
  • Batch tested for potency and purity
  • Fast acting delivery system

Cons:

  • Special promotions and discounts not currently available

Product: CBD Extra Strength Water Soluble

CBD American Shaman has created a water soluble CBD hemp oil supplement that’s not only extra strength, but that can also be easily added to any beverage and is extremely fast acting – all thanks to their ultra-performance convergence chromatography. You can pick between two sizes – a 15 mL bottle or a 40 mL bottle and can also designate your preferred THC content. Most brands either make their tinctures with a full spectrum CBD or isolate CBD for zero THC content. CBD American Shaman gives you the power to decide what you’d prefer within this water soluble formula – this customization process sets them apart from other brands and makes them even more competitive within the CBD oil market.

9. Green Roads – Pharmacist-Formulated Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Pros:

  • American grown hemp
  • Gluten free and vegan friendly
  • Full spectrum CBD oil (up to 0.3% THC)
  • Independent lab certified

Cons:

  • Flavored options not available; expect product to have a natural taste

Product: Full Spectrum CBD oil (750MG or 1500MG of CBD)

This full-spectrum CBD oil promotes overall health and wellness. It contains up to 0.3% THC as permitted by federal law and is synthesized from a variety of therapeutic compounds found in hemp plants. You can either take 1 mL increments, which contain roughly 50mg of CBD or you can manage the amount of CBD you consume by lowering or increasing the recommended dose using the provided dropper. This blend contains MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and other beneficial ingredients. Their full-spectrum CBD oil is tested for quality by an outside lab, and you can view the test results easily by locating the QR code on the packaging and scanning it for access.

Green Roads has made their mark within the CBD industry because their products are made with premium CBD that’s carefully formulated using the knowledge and input of a pharmacist. The two full spectrum options they offer are both hot sellers and can be described as either moderate or mighty in terms of strength. Consumers report the taste is significantly more pleasant than other CBD oils on the market today.

10. Receptra Naturals – Best Lavender Tincture for Relaxation

Pros:

  • Three sizes available
  • 30-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Third party lab tested
  • Easy COA lookup

Cons:

  • Limited flavor selection

Product: Seriously Relax + Lavender Tincture (25MG of CBD per dose)

Receptra Naturals’ Seriously Relax + Lavender CBD tincture is made with a combination of naturally derived components that support good physical and mental health that set you up with a solid foundation on a daily basis.

This CBD tincture incorporates MCT oil, lavender, limonene, passionflower, lime, and ginger to help you stay positive and peaceful while also offering real protection against life’s pressures. Adulting isn’t easy and with the many critical decisions you’re constantly having to make, your brain could use a break from the overdrive state. Invite a cool, calm, and collected state into your life so you can handle whatever you’re facing with better poise and ease.

How Can CBD Oil Help with Anxiety?

First, a little background. Your body has a lot of different receptors – these receptors are attached to your cells and their job is to receive signals from different sources of stimulation. CBD is believed to communicate within both your CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are primarily located within your central nervous system – this is the system that sounds all the alarms that trigger your anxiety.

Although the exact communication between CBD and your CB1 and CB2 receptors isn’t fully understood just yet, researchers believe this communication may adjust serotonin signals. If you’re not familiar with serotonin, here’s the scoop: it’s a neurotransmitter that basically keeps you happy. When your serotonin levels are low, that’s when depression comes crashing in like an uninvited house guest. Some people swear by the best CBD oils and other CBD products, while others choose prescription medications like SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) to help them manage their mental health.

Though you should always consult with your medical provider before trying CBD to assist or treat anxiety, below we present some clinical studies that show extremely promising results for the future of some mental health treatments.

Generalized anxiety disorders are often accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, feelings of restlessness, and irritability, to name a few of the associated symptoms. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD has been studied in animals and has been confirmed to reduce their stress levels. Though more research is required, these results give hope for many.

CBD has been demonstrated in several recent studies to help with PTSD symptoms such as nightmares and repeating painful experiences via intrusive memories. CBD has been studied as a single PTSD treatment as well as an addition to established PTSD treatments, like standard medicine and cognitive behavioral therapy in these studies (CBT).

Research on CBD Oil for Anxiety

The effects of CBD on human volunteers with generalized social anxiety disorder were investigated in a 2011 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology (SAD). A simulated public speaking examination was administered to 24 participants in a double-blind study. Volunteers struggling with social anxiety disorder noted a positive effect right around the 300MG dose.

Another study conducted in 2015 sought to understand CBD’s potential as a treatment for anxiety disorders through the careful evaluation of preclinical, human experimental, and clinical studies. Researchers discovered that preclinical evidence for CBD is overwhelmingly promising and can be a helpful medicinal supplement for a variety of anxiety-related disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.

Lastly, the encouraging outcomes of a case study examining CBD as a remedy for sleep and anxiety issues was presented in a 2019 article published in The Permanente Journal. The case study comprised 47 people who went to a mental health clinic with a confirmed anxiety disorder that presented active symptoms. The bulk of the subjects were given 25MG of CBD oil in capsule form every day. Participants with more acute anxiety were given 50 or 75MG doses.

Researchers continue working with participants to discover the anxiety-relieving and neuroprotective properties of CBD – these studies are just the beginning and they have paved a solid path for the future of CBD oil as a beneficial supplement for anxiety-related symptoms.

How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety

Currently, there are no standardized dosing recommendations available for CBD oil products. However, product manufacturers provide you with their own recommendations, depending on how potent the CBD oil is they’ve formulated. Plus, the way you administer the CBD oil also affects how quickly the effects come through.

Within 30 minutes to 2 hours, the benefits of orally taken CBD, such as oils under the tongue or mixed in with drinks or food begin to work. Oral CBD oils can be used to alleviate anxiety at different times throughout the day, so long as you don’t exceed the recommended maximum dose. If you do, you’ll probably experience a bit of stomach upset and maybe some drowsiness – these side effects serve as signs for you to be more mindful with your next dose.

How Much Shall I Take?

Your best bet is to follow the instructions on the packaging. You may look at a recommended dose and think it’s not enough and you can handle more, but don’t deceive yourself. Start slow and easy and let your body adjust to a new CBD supplement. Until you allow yourself a trial period, you won’t know what dose is best for you.

Some people are extremely sensitive to CBD, which means they require a much lower dose and may be prone to experiencing the side effects most people don’t notice. On the other hand, some may not feel even a tinge of difference after a recommended dose and may need to increase the dose to almost double what they thought they needed.

Does CBD Help with Depression?

CBD may assist with depression, according to some studies. However, there haven’t been many human investigations. To be certain of CBDs possibilities when it comes to depression, more investigation is required. CBD may relieve depression and anxiety by modifying serotonin levels, which makes it a promising alternative to existing treatments. Although CBD may be safe to combine with some antidepressants, you should consult your doctor first to be sure.

Are There Side Effects to CBD?

CBD oils and other CBD products do have some reported side effects but they’re rare and when experienced are relatively minor. You may experience some drowsiness, depending on the dose you’re taking. Double check labels because if you’re taking a CBD product meant to promote better sleep, then you’re likely going to feel your eyes closing while your bed tries to call you closer.

Some users may also experience changes to their appetite and for those with sensitive stomachs, CBD oil may cause diarrhea or digestive discomfort. If this sounds like you, just eat a small meal with healthy fats and complex carbs before you dose. That should prevent any uncomfortable side effects.

Also, if you’re taking any kind of psychiatric medication to help with treating anxiety symptoms, you should first consult your doctor, as drug interactions may occur with some antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and antipsychotics.

Can You Take CBD If You’re Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

The effects of CBD on pregnant and breastfeeding women are currently unclear, and studies are needed to evaluate whether using CBD products is safe for women who may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Does CBD Produce a High or Inebriated Feeling?

So long as you’re consuming CBD products with 0.3% or less of THC, you should not experience any kind of high or feelings of impairment. Sensitive users may notice some drowsiness and unless that’s an intended outcome, the dose should be reduced to avoid this feeling.

Why is CBD Oil the Most Optimal Solution for Alleviating Anxiety Symptoms?

Since it is so unobtrusive, taking CBD oil is one of the most ideal ways to get a daily dose of CBD. You can put a dropper full directly into your mouth for maximum absorption. Or if you want to get creative, you can easily mix the CBD oil with your favorite drink or snack.

The best part is how discreet CBD is. This makes it ideal for those who want to seek healing without alerting others to the fact that they are trying a new, medicinal supplement.

Does CBD Show Up on a Drug Test?

This is highly dependent on the amount of THC in the CBD you’re taking. THC is detected in the majority of drug tests and you will get a positive result if the concentration in your system exceeds the test’s cutoff. However, these tests do not look for CBD. You should be alright if the stuff you’re using is of good quality and pure. Even if the product contains trace levels of THC, as many of them do, they are very unlikely to cause you to fail a drug test.

Can You Become Addicted to CBD?

CBD oil is not addictive in any way. This is because CBD oil, unlike THC, does not activate the cannabinoid receptors in your brain. It’s these cannabinoid receptors that produce the high that keeps people chasing the original high or sensation. CBD oil isn’t addictive because it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects.

Conclusion

The symptoms of anxiety, when left untreated, can manifest into more physical symptoms like digestive issues and can impact your relationships with friends and loved ones, may cause you to isolate and avoid triggers altogether, and slowly rob you of a fulfilled, connected life you’re meant to and deserve to experience.

CBD supplements should not replace the plans with your medical provider for treating anxiety, and you should consult with your doctor if you’re interested in trying CBD to ease the symptoms related to anxiety. Though CBD is easy to find and also easy to purchase, you should always do your research to be sure you’re purchasing the best CBD oils possible. Follow the guidelines we outlined above to secure your chance of finding a reputable brand and a product you’ll love.

Dealing with anxiety is difficult. When you need support, stop at nothing to find it. If you’ve never tried CBD, you may find its effects life changing. If you’re already enjoying the benefits of CBD, you know what makes a good CBD oil for anxiety. Stick with your favorites or try new brands – and don’t forget to leave an honest review! People like you are looking to active users to help them make a decision – guide them by detailing your experience.

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