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CBD For Anxiety

Most people find that CBD is very subtle at treating anxiety and is an excellent alternative to prescription medications because its effectiveness & the lack of side effects.

CBD Benefits for Anxiety

  • Calming
  • Relaxing
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sleep
  • Less distracting thoughts
  • Improved sense of well being
  • Reduced need (or complete cessation) for prescription anti-anxiety medication

How CBD works for Anxiety & PTSD

Based on the current evidence, researchers believe that CBD’s anti-anxiety effects are a result of its action on the 5-HT1A receptors of the serotonergic system. At high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an anti-anxiety effect.

How to use CBD for Anxiety

Most people like to either vape CBD or use a tincture for anxiety. For vaping, people usually figure out the best dose for themselves through trial and error. You can just do one inhalation at a time and you will find what works best for you.

For tinctures, we always recommend you start with a low dose and work your way up slowly. Start with as little as 5 mg and work your way up from there. Some people find that 20 – 25 mg of CBD is a good daily dose for their anxiety symptoms.

CBD capsules are also effective but take longer to go into affect.

Research on CBD & Anxiety

  • In a study on public speaking anxiety, CBD worked just as well as Valium but without any side effects.
  • In multiple studies with animals using specific experiments for anxiety/depression, results suggest that CBD exhibited an anti-anxiety and antidepressant effect on the animals in the tests.
  • In a study of 10 treatment-naïve patients with SAD (social anxiety disorder), CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety, relative to placebo.
  • In a study on 10 healthy male subjects, CBD decreased subjective anxiety and increased mental sedation, relative to placebo.


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