CBD for Stress and Anxiety
CBD has been the subject of research for several anxiety and anxiety-adjacent conditions in recent years, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. While there has been evidence that it can be helpful for these types of conditions, most researchers agree that there is still more to be learned before it can become an official treatment method for any of these conditions.
How Does It Work?
There are a variety of different chemicals and receptors throughout the body that affect stress and anxiety signaling. CBD binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are part of the endocannabinoid system. CB1 receptors especially are found in high concentrations within the brain, where it is thought that they have an impact on serotonin signals.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. While it is found mostly in the digestive system, it’s function in the brain is to regulate happiness levels, anxiety levels, and any sort of mood disruptions. Not having enough serotonin can be a cause of anxiety in some people.
While the current treatments for low serotonin levels are typically selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), CBD may be able to play a part in regulating a chronically anxious brain’s serotonin levels as well.
What Are Some Ways to Take CBD?
There are a wide variety of ways for your body to absorb CBD, but the most effective for anxiety and stress are through tinctures, softgels, and gummies.
Each method has its benefits and its drawbacks, but ultimately, you have to find what works best for you and your lifestyle. If you’re particularly picky about taste, gummies are probably a good idea. If you want maximum effectiveness in the least amount of time, you should give a tincture a try. And if you’re somewhere in between, softgels might just be a good idea.
Are There Side Effects?
Generally, CBD is well-tolerated by most people. However, like everything that you put in your body, side effects and allergic reactions could occur, especially if you are using an unfamiliar product for the first time.
Always ask for the product’s Certificate of Analysis (COA) before taking it to make sure it’s potency is as advertised, and that there are no heavy metal, pesticide, or mold contaminants in the product. A COA should come from an independent lab and tell you all of the facts about the batch your CBD product came from; if the company refuses to provide a COA, then they might not be the company for you.
Some side effects to look out for when taking CBD products, especially for the first time:
Changes in appetite.
Low blood pressure.
If you feel like something is not right, or if you’re noticing side effects or an allergic reaction after taking a CBD product, talk to your doctor immediately or head to the nearest 24 hour care facility.
How Can The Good Doctor Wellness Support You?
The Good Doctor Wellness offers a variety of CBD products that are helpful for treating anxiety, ranging from tinctures to softgels to gummies. Everything we offer is vegan, organic, and non-GMO, so it’s good for you in more ways than one. And all of our CBD products are also lab tested and grown and made in the USA.