Could CBD be an alternative for treating stress & anxiety?
CBD and cannabis supplements are currently being linked to everything from insomnia cures to potential cancer treatments. A mixture of anecdotal evidence, product marketing and genuine clinical research can make it hard to see what to take seriously. CBD in particular is being strongly linked as a potential solution for stress and anxiety. Below we’ll take a a closer look, so you can make an informed decision about using CBD and the right types of product.
What is CBD oil?
While researching CBD oil, you have probably been wondering if consuming it will make you high. Well, the answer is no. CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from the hemp plant which is a part of the cannabis family, but doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect. So don’t worry, you are going to be fine!
Technically CBD is one of over 100 compounds known as cannabinoids that can be found in the cannabis plant, many of which are present in a ‘full spectrum’ CBD oil. The CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis-hemp plant which is then diluted with another oil as a carrier. Most commonly this is hemp seed oil which has its own health benefits.
While researching CBD oil, you have probably been wondering if consuming it will make you high. Well, the answer is no.
Watch out for THC and CBD levels
What you should also be aware of is the THC content of any CBD product. This is the other key active ingredient in cannabis and is responsible for the “high”, and for many people, a subsequent take-away food & Netflix binge. THC can also increase anxiety. As we mentioned above, CBD oil sold in Europe should contain less than 0.2% THC, so won’t have you sprawled across the sofa reaching for the cookie jar or feeling edgy!
The CBD landscape is changing
On a positive note, CBD oil is rapidly being legalized all over the world which is allowing for more in-depth medical research. There are existing studies suggesting that CBD is an effective compound in reducing anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD. However, there is not enough medical evidence to suggest that CBD is the cure for all anxiety and stress related conditions.
As CBD oil and hemp oil products become more accepted in our society, medical professionals are feeling increasingly comfortable prescribing them to patients suffering from anxiety-related disorders.
What’s the best way to take CBD oil?
There are several different ways to consume CBD oil, so finding the right one for you can make a big difference:
- CBD oils and capsules: the great advantage of this method is that you can accurately measure your daily intake, and work out the amount that meets your needs. Inulin infused capsules also allow for the slow release of CBD which is great for more effective day-time use.
- Edibles: while it may sound cool to create the hottest CBD recipe and trend on Pinterest, you may want to rethink your decisions. Cooking with CBD may well reduce its effectiveness, while products such as gummies do not generally have a specified amount of CBD or THC.
- Vaporized CBD Oil: studies show that our bodies retain up to 50% of CBD when inhaled. Unfortunately, we cannot recommend this method, as there are many controversies with the vaping industry. An increasing number of users are reporting serious, long-lasting damage including lung injury, so vaping CBD oil should not be considered the best option.
CBD oil dosage?
It is always a good idea to monitor your CBD oil dosage and related benefits, to make sure you get the best & most cost-effective results
As yet there is no definitive CBD dosage, and like with other supplements or medicines it can be affected by body size or your natural sensitivity.
It’s generally suggested to start with a lower dose (between 20-40 mg per day), and then gradually increase until you feel the desired results. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to monitor dosage and related benefits, so you get the best and most cost effective results.
When it comes to addressing complex conditions such as anxiety and stress, we always recommend consulting a doctor as a first step. If you decide to try and CBD product then always start with a low dose and carefully monitor the effects.
To learn more about the wider CBD and cannabis industry, take a look at our other great content!