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CBD for Anxiety - What You Need to Know

Posted by Bee Woodcock on


Many people visit our stores and ask “Can CBD help with my anxiety?” Anxiety is a common reaction to normal life stressors, but anxiety disorders can disrupt an individual's daily routine and make it difficult to deal with everyday situations According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 31 percent of adults in the United States experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives. 


Many U.S adults are turning to natural alternatives, like CBD, in order to help calm their anxiety symptoms. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Busy Phillips use CBD for anxiety relief, and publicly broadcasting their success using the products. CBD Kratom wants to ensure you know what you need if you are considering taking CBD for anxiety.  


What is CBD?

CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found naturally in cannabis plants such as marijuana or hemp. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties and does not cause any feelings of intoxication or “high”. Products are available in either full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or THC free depending on how the CBD is extracted. 


What types of anxiety can CBD help with?

Not all anxiety is the same, but several studies show that CBD has benefits in assisting with anxiety in a variety of forms. The topmost diagnosed anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and CBD

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the uncontrollable persistent and excessive worrying about daily lifestyle events. People with GAD cannot stop the worry cycle even if they usually realize that their anxiety is causing the situation to seem more intense than reality. GAD affects 6.8 million adults in the US, with women being twice as likely to be affected. In a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CBD helped lower behavioral and physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, irritability, and restlessness.


Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and CBD

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), also known as social phobia, is the intense anxiety or fear of interacting, being judged, or rejected in a social setting. Approximately 15 million adults in the United States are affected by social anxiety, making it the second most commonly diagnosed anxiety disorder. In a study on CBD’s effects on SAD in young adults, results revealed that pretreating SAD symptoms with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in participants. 


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and CBD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, can occur in people who have experienced a serious incident or event. Those suffering from PTSD can experience flashbacks, intrusive recollections, emotional instability, and troubles sleeping. PTSD affects more than 8 million adults in the United States. A 2016 study found that when used on a regular schedule of 12mg to 25mg per day for a five-month period, CBD was effective in steadily reducing anxiety and stress-induced insomnia with minimal side effects. 


What does CBD do?

CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to regulate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin affects every part of your body's natural processes and also helps with regulating anxiety, happiness, and mood. Several studies monitored the effects of CBD on common symptoms of anxiety found that CBD in low to moderate doses has the potential to help the body cope with anxiety triggers and symptoms by interacting with serotonin receptors. In a study analyzing how to reduce generalized anxiety in patients, CBD helped to reduce anticipatory anxiety symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, feelings of apprehension, and constant rumination. 


How do I choose a product that is right for me?

CBD may be used in a variety of methods such edibles, oils, and inhalants. Each person’s preference is different and can be catered to your lifestyle and needs. CBD dosing also varies by each person based on their weight, body composition, and health status.  It is always better to start with a lower dose and increase as needed until you find what mg works best. A general guideline is 1mg - 2mg for every 10lbs of body weight. Always talk with your doctor to discuss the effects of CBD with any current medication. 


Where can I find quality products?

CBD Kratom offers more than 450 CBD products, including edibles, pain creams, tinctures, oils, skincare, and pet treats, all grown naturally in Colorado and Oregon. Most consumers reported using cartridges, sublinguals like oils and tinctures, or edibles when taking CBD to help with symptoms of anxiety. To see our extensive line of premium CBD products check out our online shop or visit a location near you for a personalized one-on-one experience. For more information, visit https://cbdkratomshops.com/

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