Anxiety, both in the form of disorders and generalized emotion, are at an all-time high in our society.
There are a lot of factors at play that could potentially explain this – from diet, to the existential threat of climate change, to anxiety simply becoming more socially accepted, and therefore discussed more openly.
Whatever the reason, anxiety is on the rise – and so too are remedies for it.
But some among us (like myself, for example) are avoiding pharmaceuticals in favor of more natural solutions.
There are lots of reasons why you might want to avoid pharmaceutical anxiety medication – they can be habit-forming, they can be expensive, they can cause memory loss, they interact badly with alcohol, the list goes on.
So what do you do when you’re feeling anxious, but you don’t want to pop a Xanax?
More and more people are turning to CBD gummies for anxiety – to help manage their stress and anxious moods. But how does it work? What kind (and how much) should you take?
Let’s take a look:
Do CBD gummies help with anxiety?
While we still need more research to say with conclusive, one-hundred-percent certainty, more and more studies are pointing to the effectiveness of CBD edibles and gummies as a tool for managing anxiety.
A recent study published in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry had some promising results for those who hope to treat anxiety with CBD. They said: “Studies using animal models of anxiety and involving healthy volunteers clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD. Moreover, CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder.”
So, while research is ongoing, we’re seeing more and more promising results in research on CBD gummies and anxiety.
So, why are gummies the CBD product of choice when addressing anxiety?
The truth is that the nature of your anxiety will determine which type of product you should choose.
For those who experience regular, daily anxiety, gummies are definitely your #1 choice – they release CBD slowly, and the measurements are exact, so you can take the same amount every day at the same time. Consistency is key when it comes to preventative measures.
But if you’re looking to address anxiety situationally, on a case-by-case basis when you need it, a CBD oil or tincture may be better suited to help out – taking CBD sublingually tends to have a faster onset. So if you’re in the middle of an anxiety attack, CBD oil may be preferable to a CBD edible.
What does the science say?
Here’s the interesting part – lots of studies are suggesting that CBD does reduce anxiety. For example, in a double-blind test, researchers found that “CBD has anxiolytic properties in human volunteers submitted to a stressful situation.” So at this point, we’re pretty sure that CBD reduces stress and anxiety.
The part we’re unclear on?
How it reduces it.
Study after study shows that CBD has anxiolytic effects. But the mechanism by which it creates that effect is still unknown.
There are theories, of course – some believe that CBD works by triggering the release of naturally-produced cannabinoids in your body. Some others think it binds to cannabinoid receptors the same way THC does (though this appears to be largely disproven).
Anecdotally, lots of people (myself included) will tell you how miraculously CBD works for anxiety, along with a host of other benefits.
To be 100% sure it works for you, the only way to find out is to try it for yourself.
How many gummies should I take?
Serving sizes for CBD range pretty widely. Some people report feeling the effects with as little as 5mg. In the study we referenced earlier, subjects were given a whopping 300mg.
Your sweet spot is probably somewhere in the middle.
With any CBD product, we recommend starting low and going slow.
So start with the smallest serving you can find, which is probably 10mg, and start increasing it day by day until you’ve found the right serving for the effect you’re seeking. Once you’ve found that sweet spot, we don’t recommend increasing your serving – you could end up creating a tolerance, which would make you require more CBD for the same effect.