As more and more people suffer higher levels of occasiona anxiety and stress than ever before, mental health and wellness have gained attention in these historic times. Hemplus One is dedicated to promoting others' health, and we have faith in Mother Nature's healing abilities, particularly when it comes to mental health.
Does CBD help occasional anxiety and stress?
For many years, CBD has been researched for its interactions with anxiety reduction. The majority of studies are pre-clinical or animal studies, but human studies of CBD and anxiety have increased in recent years, and the evidence is positive. (1) A CBD study conducted in 2015 concluded that CBD has significant potential to help with daily or occasional anxiety (2)
Furthermore, in 2011, a randomized controlled study recreated a situation that is likely to cause anxiety in most people. Participants engaged in public speaking, and were randomly assigned to either a CBD or a placebo group. They were assessed for situational anxiety using both subjective self-report and objective physiological measures (e.g., heart rate). When compared to the placebo group, the CBD group experienced significantly less anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort when performing public speaking. (7)
Does hemp oil help with anxiety or stress that is occasional?
Full-spectrum CBD extracts, such as hemp oil, have been shown to help patients control their stress levels with much lower doses of CBD than patients who consumed CBD isolate. (8) This is because full-spectrum extracts contain beneficial terpenes and cannabinoids, such as CBN and CBG, that CBD isolates do not. This is known as the entourage effect.
CBD dosage recommendations for Anxiety and related symptoms
It is almost entirely up to you and your preferences how you consume full spectrum hemp extract containing CBD. Placing CBD oil directly under your tongue before swallowing has been shown to be one of the more effective methods of ingesting CBD, because you can easily tailor the amount you consume to your needs. It all boils down to your personal preferences.
We recommend that you begin with a small serving size, such as half a dropper per day, and gradually increase until you achieve the desired results. Once you've found the serving size that works best for you and your lifestyle, there's not much point in taking more or less than that amount. We all have a personal "sweet spot" based on our own body chemistry, and finding it is the foundation of a beneficial CBD wellness routine.
CBD vs CBG for General Anxiety
While we cannot say which cannabinoid—CBD or CBG—is superior for anxiety, we can say that patients have found success managing their stress when they combined those two cannabinoids with the 80+ additional cannabinoids found in hemp using a full spectrum hemp extract.(8) Full spectrum hemp extracts enable the numerous beneficial cannabinoids found in hemp to work together to support good health even further. This phenomenon is known as the "entourage effect" and refers to the phytocompounds from hemp cooperating within the body. While CBD receives a lot of attention, an extract containing other valuable phytocompounds like CBG and CBN can help CBD do its job better.
Can CBD give you anxiety?
No. In contrast to THC, the cannabinoid responsible for marijuana's "high," which can cause anxiety, CBD has been shown to do the opposite and reduce patients' occasional anxiety. A 2015 scientific review published in the Journal of Neuropathics, for example, concluded that CBD has significant potential to help with everyday or occasional anxiety. (2)
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