5 Principles On CBD And Anxiety

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April Norris By April Norris | Editor

The Cannabis Plant Family

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural cannabinoid contained in the plants of the cannabis family. Both hemp and marijuana belong to this same cannabis plant family. However, they are two distinct plants (technically, not taxonomically) with different CBD content.

At low levels (1-20mg), CBD makes you feel relaxed, and it takes the edge off the day without making you feel sedated. At higher levels (20mg+) you will feel very relaxed, and possibly sleepy. Each person responds differently, so it's best to start low and work up in serving size when it comes to CBD and anxiety.

1THC And CBD

Marijuana contains both CBD and quite a bit of THC. THC is an illegal substance in most states and countries. This is because it causes an addictive high and has a potent psychoactive effect.

Industrial hemp, on the other hand, contains very little THC and a lot more CBD. Patients who want the combined effects of THC and CBD to medicate their symptoms prefer high-CBD marijuana strains. On the other hand, patients who want to medicate only with the non-psychoactive CBD prefer high-CBD hemp oil.

2Efficacy Of CBD

CBD generally can take from a few minutes to a couple of hours to work properly. It depends on the dosage, the method of consumption, and the symptom you want to combat. Vaping your hemp oil is one of the fastest ways to make it act. Applying CBD products topically leads to relatively slow and uniform absorption, ensuring that the skin remains moisturized and receives CBD's benefits over a longer period of time.

Eating it as-is (like in chocolate or high-CBD hemp oil) takes longer, from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on how much you ate before and how long ago your last meal was; it is best to take CBD oil on an empty stomach for faster effect. If you put your CBD oil in a drink or food, you have to wait longer for the effects, but you are also safe from side effects like headaches and dysphoria. The strength of the effect depends on how much of a dosage you take and what you want to medicate. Everybody is different and reacts differently to CBD oils. The only way to know for sure how fast and how strong CBD works for you is to experiment.

3Benefits Of Using CBD Oil

CBD has many of the same beneficial medicinal effects as THC. Studies on CBD and THC as medicine are quite recent, but there is already enough evidence to support that CBD can reduce nausea which helps people who undergo chemotherapy. It also improves appetite, relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and reduces stress and anxiety.

There is also a lot of research currently done on the effects of CBD on cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and asthma. So far, results have not been conclusive. Anti-cancer effects of CBD were seen in mice whose tumors were injected with the substance.

4High-Quality CBD Oil

Always remember to start with low dosages first. Only then, can you start to work yourself up slowly. Let your physician know before you start taking CBD, especially if you suffer from chronic illness and take medication.

It is safest to stick to CBD-only vendors who invest in third-party lab tests and provide only reputable, US-manufactured products. Hemp oil is expensive to produce with purity and quality, so you should steer clear from any suspiciously cheap offers and products, as they may contain substances you don't want to ingest.

5Proper Dosage Of CBD

Depending on your ailment, you'll need a different cannabidiol dosage depending on your symptoms. Also, each body reacts differently to CBD. Some people are extremely sensitive and need very little while, in rare cases, some don't feel effects even with powerful dosages. Each person is unique, and you need to find your own sweet spot. Still, there are some average numbers that can help you determine how much CBD you might want to start with.

Doses are best measured as pure mg of CBD because each bottle has a different concentration. It is safest to always start low (2mg to 3mg) and work yourself up to the recommended dosage. As soon as your symptoms are gone, you need to stop increasing the dose; if your symptoms worsen, discontinue use or lower your dose. And as usual, if you have a serious health issue, it is recommended that you see your doctor to get recommendations from them for CBD and anxiety.