More CBD = Less Anxiety
The variety of CBD’s health benefits is amazing.
Truly amazing, in fact, so much so that it can be easy to get lost in them. You’ve heard that CBD does A, B, and even C within the human body. But will it work for you? Will it work specifically for the health condition you need it to?
In the sea of information that’s out there, you may not have gotten the right answer. In addition, you have lots of options for how you want to take CBD. It can be overwhelming.
We wrote this article to address exactly that. In it, we’ll go over what CBD does for anxiety - for your anxiety, specifically.
So, will CBD work for you and your anxiety?
The short answer is yes.
The longer answer is also yes; CBD is likely to alleviate your anxiety by addressing the neurotransmitter imbalances that might be causing it.
And though we can’t make any definitive health claims, we at King CBD Company are confident that CBD is one of the most effective, most natural things you can take for anxiety and mental health. After reading this article, we think you’ll be confident of that, too!
CBD’s anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects are one of the first things most people notice when initially taking CBD oil - whether they have anxiety or not. Usually this calmness happens alongside a subtle shift in one’s sense of well being. Some people feel more hopeful about the future; others feel more free to enjoy the present moment. It may even seem like reality has shifted just a little bit.
While this might sound pretty mystical, it’s not. And keep in mind we’re not talking about CBD making anyone high - it definitely doesn’t do that. Actually, CBD’s ability to instill calmness is established science at this point.
The way it initiates this calmness is interesting. One thing present in most cases of anxiety is a skewed serotonin:dopamine ratio, one where serotonin is too low. It’s called the “feel-good hormone” for a good reason! CBD is able to gently bring serotonin levels back up.
The only thing is, impacting serotonin usually comes with some side effects. Most of the brain’s serotonin receptors are considered psychedelic, so ‘hitting’ them with a new chemical messenger (in this case CBD) can produce all sorts of weird mental side effects. Just look at SSRI’s, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They don’t always work, and they aren’t always predictable.
Amazingly, CBD manages to hit receptors without doing any of this. It actually encourages a certain type of serotonin receptor, the 5-HT1A variety, to join forces with other receptors. These other receptors? They’re the Endocannabinoid System’s CB2 receptors, and when this bond is formed it allows one's mood to be lifted without an psychoactive stuff going on.
And while it’s well known that serotonin is critical to mood, it’s less well known that this important neurotransmitter is produced mostly in the gut, not in the brain. It’s there that immune cells and gut microbes help convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin’s active form.
If this process doesn’t go smoothly, it begins to show up in the body. Low serotonin in the GI tract has been linked to IBS, cardiovascular issues, and even osteoporosis. Once you take time to appreciate the gut-brain connection, it’s no wonder that IBS and anxiety tend to go hand in hand.
Thankfully, CBD improves gut health through several different mechanisms. It improves what’s called intestinal motility, meaning it helps the intestinal tract keep good stuff in and bad stuff out. This trait is especially promising to those with ‘leaky gut’ or Celiac disease, but it’s a general-health plus for nearly anyone.
These improvements in gut health tends to impact different people in different ways. For some they lead to increased immune strength; for others less inflammation; for some others, reduced allergies. Some people even report having less food intolerances after taking CBD - this is why. For those with anxiety, this improvement in gut health likely helps boost serotonin, too.
To summarize, CBD reduces anxiety directly (via changing serotonin receptors) and indirectly (via improved gut health). Pretty impressive!
CBD Dosing For Anxiety
The benefits are undeniable - and thanks to the last decade’s research efforts, pretty well understood. The path to reducing anxiety, however, is still equal parts art and science.
That’s because CBD dosing is highly individualized. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution; what works for one person may be less than ideal for another. Unlike pharmaceutical medicine, CBD can’t be precisely prescribed, either, leaving the journey to optimal dosing up to you.
That said, there are some dosing guidelines that tend to work well for those with anxiety. Within these guidelines there’s room for personal experimentation, so feel free to test different dosing strategies out!
Guideline 1: Microdose
Most people with anxiety do best taking small amounts of CBD often. Think 3-5 small dosings, spread evenly throughout the day. Research shows that the ideal anxiolytic dose, even in very stressful situations, isn’t all that high.
Do this and you’ll make adapting to a new normal - a better normal - easier for your endocannabinoid system and body as a whole.
Guideline 2: Full Spectrum
This one’s important. Those with anxiety do better with full spectrum extracts than they do with CBD isolate. That’s because the terpenes in full spectrum stuff counterbalance its other effects. Lower dosing requirements are made possible this way, too, which is good for the reasons mentioned in Guideline 1!
Guideline 3: Immediate Relief
While a full spectrum CBD oil is your best bet to ensure consistent dosing, there are times when more immediate relief is needed. In the circumstance of acute anxiety, a CBD vape might just be your best friend. Vaporizing CBD carries with it a much different pharmacology than ingesting it does; for one, it’s absorbed much faster. That’s helpful here for obvious reasons!
Use the two products together, and you’ll raise the baseline health of your ECS and reduce the risk of situational panic attacks - all at the same time. That’s a winning combo.
If you’re ready to get started on the path towards an anxiety-free life, we have CBD products you can trust.