Which CBD is best for anxiety?
All our Oral CBD Oils are great for calming the nervous system and helping a busy brain focus. And the ones we’ve curated here are all excellent. You can also try our CBD Infused Teas, a luxurious treat which is very effective on creating calm and deepening sleep.
Why are our CBD Oils more effective than any other? We use organically grown plants, processing the oil from the entire plant to ensure the greatest quality and therefore the fullest efficacy (known as the entourage affect), and we always use the most clean (and most expensive!) form of extraction using high pressure and low temperatures, retaining the plants purity. I still come across CBD oils on the market now that are full of solvents left over from the inferior extraction methods.
Does CBD Oil work for anxiety?
CBD Oil has proved very effective in helping people lower anxiety levels and manage stress by calming the nervous system. This in turn can help with sleep, an issue which often goes hand in hand with anxiety. You can read more in our blog here.
How does CBD Oil help with anxiety and stress?
It helps in 2 main ways:
Increases Serotonin Levels – Incredibly, the effects of CBD alone are far-reaching. It directly activates serotonin receptors (an action which increases serotonin levels) – something which is understood to provide mood boosting effects, among many others. Prescriptions medications called SSRIs, commonly offered to patients suffering from depression and anxiety, also elevate serotonin, but sometimes alongside unpleasant side effects.
Encourages the Production of Endocannabinoids – Cannabidiol also (perhaps most famously) has a unique interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) – a physiological system made up of receptors and neurotransmitters called ‘endocannabinoids’, which works to keep all bodily processes in balance. While CBD doesn’t directly activate the ECS (THC and CBG do), it does support it, by inhibiting the enzyme that’s released to break down endocannabinoids. This results in higher levels of endocannabinoids in the body, which is associated with feelings of ‘bliss’ and helps the body regain or maintain equilibrium.
One of these endocannabinoids, Anandamide (affectionately known as the bliss molecule) is vitally important when it comes to keeping stress at bay. Unfortunately, world renowned cannabis researcher, Dr Ethan Russo, and many other cannabinoid experts, believe that chronic stress can deplete our naturally produced endocannabinoids to the point where it’s possible to suffer from an ‘endocannabinoid deficiency’. When our endocannabinoids are depleted, just about anything can go wrong in the body, compounded by the fact that Anandamide acts sort of like a gate-keeper for stress. When Anandamide levels are healthy, it can relay information to the brain, letting it know that there’s no need for the fight or flight response. Without it, there’s nothing to prevent that cascade and the fallout that ensues. While levels remain low, there’s nothing to stop that process and so on and on it goes.
Fortunately, one of the many benefits of CBD is that, through supporting the ECS, it can help bring those levels back up. Once they’re up, stress is much more easily managed.
What to look for when choosing a CBD Oil for anxiety?
- Start with a low to mid concentration like 3% to 8% and 1 to 2 doses a day. You should be looking at 6mg to 12mg a dose at first
- Look for full spectrum ideally to ensure the entourage effect, but for more economical forms of CBD, Broad Spectrum or CBD Isolate will still help with anxiety – look at our 8% Classic CBD Oil, 4% Water Soluble CBD or our CBD Patches
- You need to get a CBD that’s taken orally or transdermal, as opposed to topical forms like creams and balms
CBD Oil dosage for anxiety
When it comes to CBD dosage for anxiety, we are all unique and respond slightly differently to CBD than the next person, so it’s essential to trust in the ‘start low and slow’ dosage theory.
We always recommend you start with 1 to 2 doses (around 12 to 24mg CBD) a day and work up gradually ONLY if you feel you need to. Because of the quality of our oils you may find that 12 to 24mg a day is plenty.
Which are the side effects of CBD Oil for anxiety?
There might be very few side effects from taking CBD. It’s very rare, but in a handful of cases people have experienced increased anxiety with CBD – the trick here is to actually increase your dosage for a short time until this settles. If after 2 or 3 days your system will have settled and be responding well to the CBD, and a sense of calm will be achieved. If not, get in touch – we will help you on your journey.
As with most situations, the better the quality the better the result. Full Spectrum CBD Oil is best for anxiety and works out much more cost effective in the long run.
CBD Oil for anxiety reviews
“I bought the 4% water soluble and the cleansing blossom tea, which is delicious and soothing. Both products are helping take the edge off my anxiety and helping me sleep better.” – Fiona
“WOW !!…these products are truly amazing, after suffering from anxiety for some years I was willing to try anything, along with the tools I learned from CBT, and a little shot of 8% water soluble CBD, my thoughts are definitely more realistic, the serum helps with my painful knees and I love to end my day with a cup of the CBD tea. Such kind and honest girls who are always in hand to help with any questions I may have, I just can’t rate this company enough” – Debs
“The Tonic products are outstanding quality as is the customer care which is second to none. I use a variety of the products – 8% water soluble to help with general anxiety, low mood and to help dropping off to sleep. I use the patches for localised lower back pain as it’s been particularly bad just recently. And I regularly enjoy a cup of CBD tea, as a treat and again to help with mood issues. All the items I use work really well. They have made such a difference to the quality of my life and I now class them as essential to day-to-day living. Don’t know how I managed before” – Liz
What to consider when choosing CBD for anxiety
Any good quality CBD oil will help with anxiety – it’s one of the main super powers of CBD. Always make sure you check the legitimacy of the brand, check for lab reports and if in doubt call them up and speak to someone for advice. The most effective, and in turn cost effective CBD, is always full spectrum. Because of the wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavinoids working in synergy, you get a much greater effect with less oil than you would with broad spectrum or CBD Isolates (usually oils made by mixing the 1 cannabinoid ‘cannabidiol’ with a carrying oil like MCT oil. Pointless if you ask me!)
What does it mean to take CBD oil for anxiety sublingually?
Taking CBD Sublingually means taking the oil by dropping or spraying beneath your tongue, rather than swallowing straight down. This is the ensure maximum absorption. You have a sublingual membrane beneath your tongue through which the CBD can travel directly into your blood stream.
If you just swallow a traditional CBD oil you will only absorb 4% to 20% of the CBD oil.
Water Soluble CBD is different and designed to be ingested so you can take our 4% or 8% Water Soluble CBD any which way and still absorb almost 100% of the CBD content.