Anxiety and stress disorders are a huge and increasing problem nowadays. While they’re often treated using heavy medication; these pharmaceuticals unfortunately offer the necessary concerns in terms of safety and efficacy. Luckily, research shows us that nature has it’s own safe anti-anxiety medication: hemp! These are 3x hemp derived CBD oil products that might help you battle anxiety and stress:
What is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, which is one of the many phytocannabinoids (phyto = vegetal) found in hemp plants. Together with a number of other substances from hemp, cannabinoids like CBD appear able to support our health in many ways. They do so by interacting with our body’s own endocannabinoid system (endo = body’s own) or ECS.
The ECS is the largest communication network in the human body. With receptors spread all over the body - including the brain - where they regulate a large number of different processes. Each and every one of them being essential to our survival. Something cannabinoids appear especially effective for, is treating anxiety issues and stress-related disorders, for instance.
How CBD helps treat anxiety and stress
The reason why hemp products like CBD appear to be effective against anxiety-issues, remains a bit of a mystery. Obviously one of the reasons behind this is the great lack of research into the matter. Though what we do know, is that it probably has to do with Cannabidiol’s impact on the levels of endocannabinoids and other neurotransmitters in our body. Including but not limited to serotonin and dopamine, and our ‘happiness-molecules’ anandamide and 2-AG.
Serotonin - like some of the other substances named above - is a neurotransmitter our body's should produce naturally. Its job is to help regulate our mood, sleep, digestive issues and behavior; amongst other things. And as studies suggests, serotonin-levels in the body play a major role in your experience of anxiety and depression. The lower your serotonin-levels are, the worse it gets.
That’s why most anxiety-medication focuses on regulating the sertonin-concentration. Though unfortunately, this type of heavy medication might have serious side-effects which are not to be overlooked. Hence why an increasing number of people prefer to use natural remedies like CBD oil over pharmaceuticals to battle anxiety and stress.
Research on CBD oil and anxiety
Because research shows that CBD interacts with the CB1-receptor and the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor. Along with a number of other cannabinoids in the brain; responsible for regulating fearful and anxiety-based behavior. Moreover, this 2015 review provides preclinical and clinical evidence, proving CBD’s efficacy in treating a number of anxiety disorders, such as:
- - Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- - Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- - Panic disorder (PD)
- - Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- - Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
How effective CBD is in treating social anxiety, is proven by a study where patients dealing with the disorder were asked to speak in public. A terrible challenge to most, to say the least… For the experiment, some of the patients were given a 600mg dose of CBD before going on stage; while others received a placebo. All participants were asked to judge their anxiety-levels with and without using CBD before speaking in public.
Their results prove that the CBD treatment greatly reduced feelings of anxiety and awkwardness; and improved cognitive functioning. While the placebo-group showed heightened levels of anxiety and stress, cognitive disorders and awkwardness judged using the Visual Analogue Mood Scale (VAMS).
Another more recent research paper from 2020, reviewed eight studies on CBD’s efficacy in treating a variety of anxiety-related disorders. Providing evidence which supports CBD oil as an effective therapy for generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, these studies show a large difference in terms of dosage. With provided doses ranging from 6-600mg.
Which CBD product is best for treating anxiety?
Admittedly, the quantity of Cannabidiol in the oil is not the only thing that matters when you’re trying to find an effective CBD product to treat anxiety. Because sometimes it’s about what ingredients support the cannabinoid’s entourage-effect and increase the effectiveness of the plant substance. That’s why our valued customers have reviewed the following products as some of the most effective against anxiety-related issues:
1. CBD Oil 8%
One of the first products that comes to mind when we talk CBD, is our signature 8% CBD oil . An interesting blend carrying 825mg of Cannabidiol per 10ml. Supported by a wide range of other cannabinoids, terpenes and terpenoids for the best possible entourage effect. With ±3,5mg CBD per drop, this product is ideal for precise and lower dosing. Proven as an accessible product for first timers and possibly effective against light anxiety- or stress-related issues. Though in more serious cases, this 8% might not completely cut it.
That’s where our unique CBDactive+ formula enters the stage. With this unique technique, we’ve been able to increase the bioavailability of full-spectrum CBD up to 100 percent. That is about 10x higher than that of regular hemp oil products. This is due to the fact that the special formula turns lipophilic cannabinoids (fat-soluble) into hydrophilic substances (water-soluble). So the 8mg of hydrophilic Cannabidiol you get per pump out from our CBDactive+ 10ml, is comparable to 80mg of a lipophilic product! Moreover, CBDactive+ ensures faster onset of action and a more cerebral effect. Supported by a number of other cannabinoids, terpenes and even Curcumin and Vitamin E for the best possible effects on the brain.
3. CBG Oil 3% (with CBD)
Last - but not least - on the list is a product you might not expect when we’re talking about CBD: CBG Oil. A product containing a 1:1 blend of CBD and CBG. Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp, much like Cannabidiol. Though where CBD focuses on receptors that interact with neurotransmitters like serotonin and anandamide; CBG oil on the other hand inhibits the breakdown of GABA. In short, this is an amino acid we naturally produce as well; mainly responsible for taming certain stimuli in the brain. For example, GABA helps regulate mobility, eyesight and a number of emotional responses; like anxiety and stress.
According to research, CBG might also help regulate the fight- or flight reaction. A natural reaction, which the human body activates in stressful situations. So that we can adequately respond to danger when needed. Although in some cases, the body activates this stress mechanism unnecessarily - possibly causing (chronic) stress and anxiety disorders as a result. Luckily, Cannabigerol is able to modulate the α2-adrenergicreceptor. This reduces the release of the arousing neurotransmitter norepinephrin or noradrenalin that causes the stress. In other words, CBG oil could calm the body and mind with its unique effect on these receptors of the ECS.
Select your favorite or try all three in our CBD Sample Pack PLUS: