Does CBD really help with Anxiety and Stress? Everything you need to know!

Posted by inflamade on Mar 25th 2020

Does CBD really help with Anxiety and Stress? Everything you need to know!

Occasional feelings of anxiety are a natural human occurrence and should not be taken lightly. Some extreme cases see those suffering from anxiety disorder and frequently experiencing episodes of fear and panic about the unknown. This can trigger a panic attack or leave someone worrying aimlessly throughout the day, leading to restless nights as well. The good news though is that however severe your anxiety, there are ways to beat it, and begin thinking clearly again! Talk to your doctor first- but naturally. using small doses of Cannabidoil can also potentially help calm your mind and kick those racy thoughts!

Stress is the #1 killer in the world, so finding ways through time management and thought management to be less stressed will not only help you live a happier life, but a longer one too! The same way that CBD works within the body to help anxiety, it works immediately upon taking to help one feel relieved, calming stress. Over time, and as you take CBD nightly, your stress levels and receptors to stress will strengthen, making you more zen, naturally. Little things won’t bother you as much, you will have a peace shield that can’t be pierced. With proper dosage, you can live stress free, sleep like a baby, and manage pain all with one, all natural solution - CBD.

Stress Messes with Your Brain Chemistry.

In addition to damaging your body, chronic stress also rewires your brain. Stress hormones tell the brain to: “Focus, feel less and get ready.” Unfortunately, when this message is never turned off, your brain will make changes to tune out the message.

One in four Americans will suffer from an anxiety disorder during their lifetime — where feelings of dread, unpreparedness, and imminent danger recur more and more often, leading to racing thoughts and physical reactions. Where do these feelings come from?

Does CBD Oil really help ease Anxiety?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the hundreds of active ingredients found in cannabis plants and hemp plants alike. As mentioned before, ours comes from hemp, making it available throughout the country. Ours uses 0% THC, ensuring you cant get high or fail a drug test while ever using an Inflamade® product.

Cannabidiol has more than 65 targets throughout the body, meaning it really does work for a lot! But also tough to pinpoint where exactly it helps with stress and anxiety. Studies currently suggest that CBD counters anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration. Here’s the evidence:

CBD interacts with your CB1 and CB2 receptors within the body. These receptors are actually found everywhere in the body from the intestines to the brain. When interacting with the brain, it is thought that CBD can alter serotonin signals. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in mental health. People with low serotonin levels tend to have depression or anxiety. Zoloft and Prozac are both prescribed for people with low serotonin levels.

Serotonin: Most people associate serotonin with happiness. But as with anything in the body, the role of this neurotransmitter is extremely complex, and its effects depend on where it is and what it binds to. Serotonin has at least 14 different receptors, but CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders.

We are finding the growing evidence that we have known for years now, CBD oil may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Beyond the mounting testimonials of individuals who successfully treat their anxiety with CBD oil, there is also a growing body of scientific evidence that CBD works. Most research has been done in rodents. A recent review discusses 32 different rodent studies that tested CBD’s effects on anxiety — and only one didn’t see useful results.

For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats.

CBD may also be beneficial to people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.

In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.

Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The anti-anxiety effects of CBD oil were first investigated in animals in the 1970s and 1980s. Later studies in humans showed promising results.

In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drug containing CBD for treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy.

How to Take CBD Oil for Anxiety.

First, know that it’s understood to be most effective when used regularly. This is known as the cumulative effect. Again, you’ll feel immediate effects shortly after taking a dose of CBD, but over time after using daily is when you feel the best! It is said that within 10 days to 2 weeks of daily use your body will start to reduce inflammation levels (which is how we got our name!)

During this time something magical happens, not only are you sleeping better and waking up well rested, but your response to stressors lowers and becomes less fragile, your stamina and athletic performance boosts, and you start feeling better all over. Your body is now beginning to heal itself after removing excess inflammation.

We recommend trying 5-10mg of pure CBD as a general dosage for stress / anxiety. 

This can be enjoyed in the morning with coffee or by itself as a drop under the tongue! Sometimes, a few doses throughout the day is best for management. Everyone is different and responds differently as well, so, be mindful of where you are and how you feel after trying different mg doses!

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The optimum dose of CBD oil is highly individualized.

How much CBD oil you take per day varies depending on the type and concentration of the CBD you’re using. The best dose of CBD oil for you will depend on your age, weight, medical condition, genetics, and the result you’d like to achieve. A few points to take into consideration when beginning CBD oil use include:

Consistent dosing. Don’t start small one day and jump to the maximum the next day, again keep mind how you feel after the first 5-10mg dose, and try another should it not help within a few minutes.

Build up your dosage slowly to give your body time to become accustomed to the effects.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get immediate results. Some have reported waiting two weeks before noticing positive results (as inflammation levels reduce.)

How Much CBD Oil Should I Take?

Standard Doses:

An adult’s dosage for mild anxiety is usually maintained between 15 to 20 mg per dose. If you’ve had no experience with dosing CBD oil for anxiety, it’s usually best to start with baby steps. For most, the best way to determine optimum dosage is to start slow and gradually increase upward over time until you feel symptoms abate. The lowest effective dose is usually best.

Be sure to read the label on your CBD oil bottle in order to calculate the dosage per ml or dosage per drop. You can always look at lab tests as well. Our droppers are 25mg per full dropper, we suggest 1/4 to 1/2 dropper fulls for stress and anxiety.

Keep in mind, if you’re starting with a very small dose or you suffer from severe anxiety, you may not notice effects until you’ve built up the dosage over several days.

For those with occasional anxiety or situational anxiety, CBD can be effective on an “as needed” basis. If you suffer from chronic anxiety, a daily dosage of CBD may offer the best potential for relief.

What Types of Anxiety Can CBD Oil Help?

“Anxiety” is a catch-all phrase for a cadre of emotional states and disorders. CBD oil can help alleviate many symptoms associated with mental health issues. Cannabidiol oil is not psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t affect the mind. But it may confer some health benefits to those suffering emotional and mental difficulties.

Anxiety is an emotional state marked by internal turmoil usually accompanied by overthinking and nervous behavior. It can range from a mild state of “jitters” to an overwhelming feeling of dread. 

The major benefits of CBD lie in its anti-anxiety effects. It can help in the management of and decreasing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorders, and can also improve an individual’s ability to conquer social anxieties that prevent public interactions with others.

Aside from CBD we practice breath work and different techniques to help slow the mind and help one become more present. We have mentioned before the benefits of the Wim Hof method but here they are again. This is one we really believe in and practice daily.

Breathing and mindfulness

Health is an every day choice. It starts with a positive mindset and waking up with gratitude. The exercise is three sets of 30 deep breath’s followed by a long breath home in which some people can reach over three minutes! By over oxygenating your body, specifically the pituitary gland, and the hypothalamus, you are hacking your bodies response to stress and increasing your immune responses.

Studies have shown that this breathing method in fact does fight off viruses better than without it.

Wim Hof

Influencing the Immune System | Wim Hof Method Science

Convinced now?

Here is a link to the guided 15 min breathing exercise! 

Find a comfortable place to lay down and get to breathing!

A combination of light exercise, meditation, and CBD can be the key to managing a healthy mindset keeping you ready for anything the day throws at you!

We hope you can find some relief with Inflamade® products - try Restore, a super versatile dropper designed to help you however you need. Try 1/4 to 1/2 dropper full at a time for stress and anxiety management!