Why CBD Doesn’t Work

Almost everyday, we hear from people who have had frustrating experiences with . Maybe you’ve had similar experiences, especially if you:

  • Took CBD as an oil, gummy, or other edible
  • Tried a generic CBD formula
  • Quickly stopped using CBD after not seeing fast results
  • Chose a cheap, low-quality CBD brand

If that sounds familiar to your experience, you’re in luck! These are common pitfalls that CBD customers often fall into, but there are ways to avoid these issues entirely. Below, we’ll discuss these issues (and more) in detail, why they prevent a fully satisfying CBD experience, and what you can do to make sure you get the full that CBD has to offer.

Problem #1: Using CBD Products with Low Bioavailability 

The biggest problem customers face when trying to use CBD products is the lack of bioavailability. In short, bioavailability refers to how easily medicine or other substances  (including CBD) can be absorbed into your body. If you’re using a CBD product with low bioavailability, then you may not have had enough CBD absorbed into your body to feel the active effects.

Factors that Affect Bioavailability

Not sure what impacts CBD’s bioavailability? There are several factors that can increase, or decrease, CBD’s ability to absorb into your bloodstream:

  • Method of Use: Patches or inhaled forms of CBD usually have higher levels of bioavailability because in this delivery method, the CBD avoids the digestive system. Ingestible forms of CBD, like oils or capsules, usually have low levels of bioavailability, since your digestive system destroys most of the CBD.
  • Product Purity: If your CBD product has ingredient fillers or contaminants, you’re not going to get the levels of absorption you would with pure CBD products.
  • Product Design: Certain CBD products may be specifically designed from the beginning to increase bioavailability (like PhenoLife). This is especially important for ingestible forms of CBD, since it has to survive harsh stomach acids. 

Problem #2: Using the Wrong CBD Formula

Another common issue we see customers face is the wrong kind of CBD formula. If you don’t get a CBD formula that’s a good match for your challenge, then you may not get the results you were hoping for. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of CBD formulas that you’ll commonly see on the market.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is the same as full-spectrum CBD, except the trace amounts of have been removed. This may allow customers to still benefit from the entourage effect from other cannabinoids and terpenes present in the products while avoiding THC.

CBD-Isolate

Products made with CBD-isolate will contain only CBD. None of the other cannabinoids or terpenes present in the sourced hemp will be present. This means customers won’t be able to benefit from the entourage effect, and customers will generally pay a premium price, since isolating CBD requires extensive processing.

Catered Formulas

Many CBD brands create CBD formulas that include other active ingredients to help target specific health challenges. Choosing a CBD product that’s targeted to help anxiety when you’re looking to manage chronic pain might not give you the results you were hoping for. 

If you are trying to hone in on a targeted health challenge, a catered, full-spectrum CBD formula is the best choice for maximum results.

Problem #3: Inconsistent or Improper CBD Dosing

This is one of the most common problems we see with customers that say that they felt some effects from CBD but never got the results they were looking for. It’s a confusing issue because most customers will feel CBD the very first time they take it, but they won’t get the best results on the first dose

To start, your first dose is not likely to be the amount of CBD you take forever. Regardless of what CBD product you use, we usually recommend our customers start with low doses and slowly work their way up as they understand how a specific product will make them feel. Starting with a huge CBD dose can cause uncomfortable side-effects.

CBD Needs Consistent Dosing To Work

Not only do you need to work up to your ideal dose of CBD, but you need to regularly take it to begin to feel the best effects. Usually, this takes up around 10 days of daily CBD dosing of any product you choose. We’ve noticed many customers take CBD for just a few days and quit without giving the CBD enough time to fully saturate the body. 

Give yourself time to find the ideal dose and then consistently take that dose for the best effects.

Problem #4: Choosing the Wrong Delivery System

As we mentioned in the previous point, different forms of CBD offer different advantages for customers. Certain delivery methods of CBD are better for helping to manage certain health challenges, and a delivery mismatch can make it feel like CBD isn’t offering the benefits it’s supposed to. Here’s a quick overview of the primary kinds of CBD and what to expect during use:

Inhalable Forms of CBD

Forms of CBD that you can inhale will enter your bloodstream the fastest, and since it bypasses your digestive system, the bioavailability of inhaled CBD is generally high (around 30%). This form of CBD is great for sudden, unexpected problems, like acute pain or a panic attack, but the effects don’t last very long compared to ingestible forms of CBD or transdermal patches.

Transdermal CBD Patches

Transdermal CBD patches allow for consistent CBD dosing for up to 8 hours, and with bioavailability levels at 80%, they are perfect for consistent, long-term dosing. However, it can take a while for the CBD to absorb through your skin and reach your bloodstream, which makes patches a poor choice for sudden, unexpected issues. 

Also, transdermal patches are not the same as topical CBD lotions. Topical lotions may provide some local relief directly where applied, but they are not designed to deliver CBD into the bloodstream. That means using lotions to help with widespread pain or anxiety will never provide the results you want.

Ingestible Forms of CBD

Finally, ingestible forms of CBD, while popular, have notoriously low bioavailability levels. Most ingestible forms only have 6% bioavailability, which means products like oils, tinctures, or capsules need extra , consistent doses to be effective. Ingestible CBD tends to have longer effects than inhalable forms of CBD and will usually take effect faster than transdermal patches.

Problem #5: Fraudulent CBD Products

In the UK, the CBD isn’t regulated by a formal government body. That means it’s up to CBD brands to police themselves to provide pure, high-grade products. Some less reputable brands will add fillers to their CBD products (and not disclose it), or they may be lying how much CBD is in their products. 

This is a common issue. A study performed by the National Institute of Health showed that, from their sampling of CBD products, 26% contained less CBD than advertised, while 43% contained more CBD than advertised. This same study also showed that 21% of these products also contained THC levels above the legal limit, which was “enough to intoxicate children.”

Your CBD product may not have worked because it didn’t have the amount of CBD as advertised.

How PhenoLife Makes CBD That

If you think that you’re ready to give CBD another try, then take a look at how PhenoLife resolves these common problems with CBD

PhenoLife Products Offer Superior Bioavailability

We have crafted our products specifically to increase bioavailability. First, our products like the PhenoPen and the PhenoPatch have naturally high rates of absorption. Next, our PhenoGel capsules use advanced microencapsulation technology to offer superior bioavailability to traditional CBD ingestible products. 

PhenoGel capsules are made with a protective coating that prevents CBD from being destroyed by your stomach acid (and that protective coating is dissolved from a specific enzyme released from the pancreas). Then, the microbead technology releases our CBD formula in a controlled dose, which gives your body a chance to absorb more CBD (while also helping the effects last longer).

PhenoLife Uses Full-Spectrum, Targeted Formulas For Superior Results

PhenoLife uses full-spectrum CBD in all of our products, since we want our products to provide the best results possible. We’ve also created targeted formulas for the three most common health challenges that CBD has the potential to help manage: 

  • Body for managing pain 
  • Mind for soothing anxiety 
  • Sleep for encouraging a full night of sleep

All three of our formulas are available with PhenoPen, PhenoGel, and PhenoPatch.

PhenoLife Offers the Best CBD Delivery Systems

PhenoLife has developed three primary methods of taking CBD, each that have their own pros and cons of use:

PhenoPen

PhenoPen creates a vapor that is inhaled by users, which quickly delivers CBD into the bloodstream. This form of CBD is ideal for fast-acting relief for acute, onset challenges (like unexpected pain or an anxiety attack). However, the effects are short-lived, which may present an issue for customers looking for a longer-lasting option (like for help sleeping).

PhenoPatch

PhenoPatch is a transdermal patch that is applied directly onto your skin to deliver a slow, controlled dose of CBD. The patch lasts up to 8 hours, which makes it a great choice for customers wanting to use CBD to help get a good night’s rest, or for customers that want an all-day CBD solution. 

However, it can take 45 minutes to an hour for customers to feel the effects of the PhenoPatch, which makes it a less optimal choice for trying to manage acute pain or a bout of unexpected .

PhenoGel

PhenoGel is a slow-release gel capsule specifically designed to enhance CBD absorption. The effects of the capsules take longer than the PhenoPen, but the effects will last longer than inhaling vapor. PhenoGel capsules will begin to take effect faster than the PhenoPatch, but the effects last a few hours less than the patches. 

PhenoGel shines as a convenient way to take CBD regardless of where you are. If you want a discrete, easy way to take CBD (without having to manage a patch), then PhenoGel may be your ideal choice.

Combined Solutions

We encourage customers to combine PhenoLife products if there doesn’t seem to be a single product that meets their needs. This is a common practice for customers who struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep, who want to manage chronic pain consistently but also experience acute pain spikes, or who want to keep general anxiety low while also being prone to panic attacks.

PhenoLife Takes CBD Seriously

We want our customers to trust us, but we understand that trust has to be earned. That’s why we perform third-party lab testing on all of our products, which demonstrates:

  • The amount of CBD labeled on products is accurate
  • The amount of other labeled cannabinoids is accurate
  • The lack of contamination from heavy metals

We also work to educate customers on the best way to take CBD, including ideal initial doses, how to step up to more potent doses, and techniques to follow if the desired results aren’t being experienced.

Contact Us to Learn More

PhenoLife loves helping customers learn the most effective ways to use CBD. If you have more questions about what stops CBD from working, feel free to reach out to us with questions. If you’re ready to give CBD another try, and want to start with PhenoLife, then take a look at our online store to see what we offer. 

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you find CBD that works!

How CBD Lab Testing Works & Why It’s Important

When customers start shopping for ideal CBD products, they’re often overwhelmed by the enormous amount of products and brands to choose from. While we encourage customers to find CBD products that fit their lifestyle, is one quality that should never be compromised on: third party lab tests. 

Independent, 3rd party tests are the first thing you should look for in any CBD product.

Let’s discuss how for CBD products, and why it’s so to make sure any CBD product you buy has been tested.

How CBD Testing Works: The Process

The process of testing CBD is simple. A brand will send a sample to an independent, 3rd party lab, and that lab will run a test to see all the compounds or impurities that might be in the product. For CBD products, a lab result will show:

  • All cannabinoids and terpenes naturally present in the sourced hemp
  • Any impurities present, like heavy metals or pesticides

Most brands have lab available on their website for easy viewing, while others will have information on where to see lab results on their product packaging. Often, brands may incorporate both to make sure that customers have easy access to lab reports.

What is 3rd Party Testing

Third party testing means that the lab that is testing the CBD products is not affiliated with the brand or the CBD industry in any way. The separation of the lab from the entire CBD industry helps remove any potential conflict of interests, and customers can fully trust the results from the lab.

The Importance of Testing

Third party testing is crucially important to making sure your CBD product is pure and safe. Most countries (including the USA and the UK), don’t regulate the CBD industry, which means there’s no legal consequence for a brand to lie how pure their product is. 

If your CBD product isn’t pure, you’ll run into issues with trying to get the best results. If there’s simply less CBD in the product than claimed, you’ll run into issues with absorption and getting the you’re looking for. If there’s heavy metals or pesticides present, the product could be a danger to your health, and could even exacerbate the health issues you’re trying to manage.

What Companies Test & Why

  • To confirm purity: This is the primary reason for third party testing. It confirms that there is only hemp-derived materials in the product (or the only ingredients present are the ones advertised). It also confirms the concentration of CBD, which can be helpful for dosing. 
  • To avoid heavy metals and pesticides: The presence of heavy metals and pesticides can be harmful, and it also indicates a fundamental problem in the manufacturing process. 

Lab Testing: What to Look For

There are a lot of different kinds of third party tests a brand may conduct. Depending on what you want to avoid (or what you want to make sure you have), you may want to make sure that a specific brand conducts a specific kind of test:

Liquid Chromatography (or LC)

Liquid chromatography (or high-performance liquid chromatography, shortened to LC or HPLC respectively), is the test that is conducted to show what kinds of cannabinoids are present in a CBD product and what concentrations they have. 

This test is important if you are trying to use certain kinds of cannabinoids (for example, if a brand claims to have an added concentration of a minor , LC will prove that the cannabinoid is present at those higher concentrations). LC will also show which cannabinoids are lacking (which is important if you are buying CBD isolate, which only contains CBD).

Polymerase Chain Reactions (PCR)

Polymerase chain reactions (or PCR) tests are used to make sure there isn’t contamination of bacteria, fungus, or other foreign biological substance. This test won’t tell you anything about what kinds of cannabinoids are present, but it will help to ensure there aren’t any harmful biological contaminants that you should avoid. 

For CBD products, the PCR test makes sure that the hemp was harvested and stored safely (mold can be a significant issue with harvested ).

Mass Spectrometry (MS)

Finally, mass spectrometry, or MS, testing is used to confirm that there are no heavy metals present in your CBD product. Poor manufacturing standards are what most commonly cause heavy metal contamination, and heavy metal poisoning can cause severe health issues. 

Some brands may use MS testing to determine what cannabinoids are present, similar to LC. This is another common use for MS testing, though using both LC and MS testing will provide the most accurate cannabinoid profiles.

Who Doesn’t Do it & Why

Since testing is so important, it may be confusing why a brand would skip the testing process. 

  • Testing costs money and is optional: Since the market is unregulated, brands don’t have to test their products. So, if one is interested in trying to make as much money as possible instead of providing a consistently pure, high-quality product, they may skip the testing phase. 
  • New to market: A brand may be brand-new to the market and not yet able to get tests back on their products. This could be an innocent mistake (maybe the brand is still learning how to best safeguard the purity of their product). Regardless, this is not a good reason to skip lab testing.
  • Communication : It’s very possible that a brand does conduct third party testing, but they don’t offer the lab results on their site. This is a frequent occurrence, especially for brands that may not rely heavily on online sales. If you come across a brand that looks great, but you can’t find the lab tests, ask! Almost any brand will provide lab results when requested (if they are getting lab tests to begin with).

If you come across a brand that seems suspiciously inexpensive, check to see if they offer third-party lab results. If they don’t, that’s likely why they can offer such cheap prices, and you should choose a more trustworthy brand.

PhenoLife: Third Party Tested with Certificate of Analysis

Our primary focus is to make sure that PhenoLife products are pure, safe, and easy to absorb. That means we take third party testing seriously, and we have performed it on all of our products since our inception. 

Customers can look at our certificate of analysis (or COA) which shows the results of third party lab reports we request. You’ll be able to see:

  • The full cannabinoid profile of our products
  • The concentrations of each cannabinoid present
  • Results showing no biological contamination 
  • Results showing no heavy metal contamination

If you have questions about our COA, the kinds of lab tests we request, or anything regarding the purity of our products, please ask! We’ll make sure that you can confidently buy knowing that PhenoLife is provably pure and safe.

Trick or Treat: The CBD facts (or myths) explained.

In the spirit of Halloween, the experts at PhenoLife want to dive into the tricks or treats of using . The following six statements will either be a treat CBD (something that is true) or a trick (something that is not true about CBD).

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Gets You High

There can be a lot of confusion about how CBD affects you. After all, it comes from cannabis (which is famous for people high), and many customers are concerned that using CBD will get them unexpectedly or uncomfortably high. 

So, is this a trick or a treat?

CBD Gets Your High: Trick

This is a trick. While CBD is found in cannabis, it is not intoxicating. The compound responsible for the traditional high with cannabis is THC, which is a restricted substance in most countries. However, CBD is unrestricted in most countries, largely in part to the fact that it doesn’t make you high. 

However, just because CBD doesn’t get you high doesn’t mean you won’t feel it. CBD can make you sleep and can affect your mood, and there’s a small percentage of people who won’t tolerate the effects of CBD well. However, the vast majority of customers that use CBD will avoid some of the uncomfortable side-effects, especially if they start with low, comfortable doses.

TRICK or TREAT: All CBD Products is the Same

The market is full of CBD choices, and while there’s a difference in how you can take CBD, there’s not a difference in the CBD itself, right?

All CBD is the Same: Trick

This is a huge trick. There are enormous differences between CBD products (aside from products being oils, capsules, etc.). First, the kind of CBD used can be different. Customers are often surprised (and a bit confused), when they discover that there are three kinds of CBD:

  • Full-spectrum CBD: This is the least processed form of CBD. It contains all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp, which may help the CBD product be more effective. PhenoLife products use full-spectrum CBD in all of their products. 
  • Broad-spectrum CBD: This form of CBD is slightly more processed. It still contains many of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp, with the noticeable lack of THC. Some customers may want to avoid THC, even legal, trace amounts, but also take advantage of the other natural cannabinoids and terpenes present in the hemp.
  • CBD isolate: This is the most processed form of CBD. It contains only CBD (so no other cannabinoids or terpenes).This form of CBD is usually the most expensive, since it requires far more effort to make sure that only CBD is present. 

In addition to the different kinds of CBD, there’s a difference between the same kinds of CBD. Most countries don’t regulate the CBD industry at all, which means companies can lie about what kind of CBD is in their product, how much CBD is in their product, and whether or not there’s something else in their product besides CBD.

This is why you always make sure that any CBD products you buy are tested by a third-party lab, and that you have access to those . Third-party testing is a common practice by high-end CBD brands, and it’s the only way you can know for sure what is and is not in your CBD product.

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Helps with Anxiety

Anxiety can be difficult to manage for many people. Some may have trouble getting access to healthcare to get prescriptions, while others may struggle to handle the side-effects of anti-anxiety medications like Zoloft or Prozac. Even medications for acute anxiety, like Xanax, are hard to use while you need to go about your normal day. 

So, can CBD help with anxiety?

CBD Helps with Anxiety: Treat

Treat! While the research into CBD is still pretty early, the research that we have strongly suggests that CBD can help to manage all kinds of anxiety . A 2015 study suggests that CBD may be able to treat a wide range of anxiety disorders without harmful side-effects. 

Another 2019 showed that 79% of participants reported lower anxiety in the first month of using CBD, and those positive results continued to be reported the months that the study was conducted. If you have anxiety problems, and you want to stop taking traditional anti-anxiety medications (or you can’t take them or don’t have access to them) CBD could be an option.

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Helps When You’ve Gotten Too High

If you have legal access to THC products, you may have experienced a situation when you’ve gotten “too high.” While this won’t create a medical emergency, it can still be an uncomfortable experience that lasts for hours. 

There’s several purported home remedies (like sucking on a lemon or chewing peppercorns), but several people have begun to say that CBD might be able to help, too. So, can CBD help when you’ve gotten too high?

CBD Helps When You’ve Gotten Too High: Treat

Treat! There’s some early research that suggests CBD can help you from getting too high and can soothe a high that is too strong. Since THC and CBD interact with your endocannabinoid receptors the same way, if CBD attaches first, it will block THC from attaching, so you won’t get as high or for as long. 

CBD can also help soothe the negative side-effects of THC, especially increasing anxiety or stress. As we’ve already mentioned CBD can help to anxiety, so it can help to level out your high if you begin to feel stressed or panicked. 

Research into how THC and CBD interact is still early, but if you have legal access to THC and accidentally get too high, then CBD might be able to help!

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Can Be Absorbed Through Your Skin

Most people know that you can inhale or ingest CBD to get results, but there are several different kinds of products that are now available on the market.. There are CBD-infused bath bombs, lotions, and even patches, all claiming to be able to deliver CBD into the bloodstream. It’s natural to be skeptical about this claim, so can CBD be absorbed through your skin?

CBD Can Be Absorbed Through the Skin: Treat

Treat! CBD can be absorbed through the skin, but there’s a bit of nuance that customers should be aware of. Topical products, or products like creams that are placed on the skin, will not pass into your bloodstream. They can provide relief where they are placed (for example, rubbing a CBD lotion on sore muscles), but you won’t get the benefits that you would from inhaling or ingesting. 

However, if you look at transdermal products, the story changes. Transdermal means that a substance passes through the skin into the bloodstream. Transdermal CBD products are usually patches (like the PhenoPatch), and they deliver CBD into your bloodstream like ingesting or inhaling. 

Transdermal CBD products have an enormous advantage in absorption. Since they stay on your skin for hours, and the CBD will completely bypass your digestive system, your body has the time to absorb the vast majority of the CBD present. For example, the PhenoPatch has 80% bioavailability, the highest of PhenoLife’s CBD products. 

CBD can be absorbed through the skin, but if you’re looking to get the same effects as ingesting or inhaling CBD, make sure you get transdermal CBD products, not topical.

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Is Addicting

There’s a lot of people that still don’t know much about CBD or cannabis, which can lead to some confusion about how CBD impacts the body. A common question (or belief) is that CBD is addicting, so let’s take a look! Is CBD addicting?

CBD Is Addicting: Trick!

There is no research to indicate that CBD is addicting. In fact, it’s possible that CBD may help resolve addiction to other harmful substances. Regardless, you can rest assured knowing that CBD is not addictive, nor is there currently evidence of harm due to long-term use.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to learn about CBD, and a lot of easy ways to get confused about what CBD really does. To wrap up some our tricks and treats, we learned that CBD:

  • Doesn’t get you high
  • Exists in several forms and may vary in quality and purity from brand to brand
  • May help to manage anxiety
  • Might help soothe intense highs caused by THC
  • Can be absorbed through the skin via transdermal patches
  • Is not addicting

Choosing the right CBD product from a trustworthy brand is important. If you have questions about how to choose the right CBD product for you, then ask the experts at PhenoLife! We love answering questions from customers and making sure that they get a CBD solution that is a perfect fit for the health challenges they are facing. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

A CBD Beginner’s Guide

New to ? We’ve created a guide to help beginners navigate using CBD for the first time.

We’ll discuss what CBD is, the different ways you can take CBD, how to choose quality CBD products, and what to expect when you start to use CBD products. 

Getting Started with CBD

Before you dive into taking CBD, it’s good to understand what CBD actually is, where it comes from, and the different options you have to take it.

What is CBD

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a naturally found in cannabis. Specifically, CBD is found in high concentrations in hemp, which is a type of cannabis that readily grows in a variety of different conditions.

Unlike other well-known cannabinoids, like , CBD doesn’t have an intoxicating effect on the user. It won’t make you high like marijuana (another kind of cannabis) will, because it doesn’t have high enough concentrations of THC and other cannabinoids that can create the classic “stoned” effect marijuana is famous for.

Ways to Take CBD

There’s a lot of different ways to take CBD, and each style of CBD offers unique benefits:

Topicals (creams)

CBD can be absorbed through the skin, which means it can be directly applied to areas of inflammation for pain relief. CBD creams are common for this reason and are often used to relieve  aching muscles or joint pain related to conditions like arthritis.

Inhaler

CBD inhalers (or vaporizers) are a common way to use CBD. With this method, cartridges in the device are connected to batteries, which heat the CBD oil inside. This vaporizes the oil, which can then be inhaled by the user. Inhaling CBD creates a fast effect, but the effect doesn’t last as long as ingesting CBD through capsules or oils.

Capsules

CBD capsules are another common choice to take CBD. With capsules, all you have to do is swallow your preferred dose like you would a vitamin. Since the CBD is more concentrated, the effects will last much longer than the CBD you inhale. However, since it has to work its way through your digestive system before it hits your bloodstream, it will take longer to feel the effects. 

Unlike oils, capsules are pre-doses and tasteless, which may appeal to customers looking for a hassle-free way to take CBD.  

Oils

CBD oils were one of the earliest ways to take CBD, and they continue to be a popular choice. To use them, an eyedropper is used to pull out the oil (and the dropper is sometimes marked with measurements), and then the desired dose is dropped underneath the tongue. Oils, like capsules, offer a potent CBD experience, though they also take longer than inhaling CBD.

Unlike capsules, oils have a few roadblocks that may not appeal to some customers. First, the taste of oils can be strong, and the flavor of cannabis may not be appealing to some customers. Even when flavors are added, many customers don’t enjoy the taste. Also, it is difficult to precisely measure doses with oils, especially if your eyedropper doesn’t have measurements marked.

Patches

CBD patches are an easy way to get controlled, sustained doses of CBD. Since the CBD will pass through your skin, customers enjoy high levels of bioavailability, and patches can easily be worn during the day or through the night. Patches can take up to an hour to start taking effect, so other product forms will be a better choice for fast-acting relief.

CBD Quality

CBD is unregulated by most governments, including the U.S. and the U.K.) which means there’s no legal enforcement of purity or quality standards. This can make it difficult for beginners to find a quality product (and beginners who end up with subpar CBD products can be turned off from using CBD entirely). 

Fortunately, there’s a few quality markers to look for when shopping for a CBD product, which can help new and veteran customers alike find a high-quality, reliable brand:

Testing

Any trustworthy CBD brand will provide 3rd party lab results of their products. This is the only reliable way to know if the CBD product is pure. If a brand doesn’t offer independent 3rd party lab results, then we encourage you to continue looking for a brand that is willing to be transparent and honest about the product they’re selling.

Bioavailability

Another hallmark to look for in CBD is bioavailability. CBD bioavailability refers to how much of the CBD ends up making it to your bloodstream before it’s destroyed by your digestive system or otherwise removed by the body. Bioavailability is because it allows lower doses of CBD to be more effective, which means you can take less CBD at a time, saving you money. 

Not all brands will talk about the bioavailability of their products (even high-quality brands). To help set you on the right track, we’ve ranked the common forms of CBD by their level of bioavailability, starting with the styles with the easiest absorption:

  1. Topicals (creams/patches) (up to 80% bioavailability)
  2. Inhaled forms of CBD (up to 35% bioavailability)
  3. Capsules (6% bioavailability, if not specifically formulated for absorption, like PhenoGel)
  4. Oils (6% bioavailability)

Choosing a brand that focuses on bioavailability is important to get the most out of the CBD you use. PhenoLife has made bioavailability a top priority among our products, creating formulas that are easily absorbed and are slowly released into your bloodstream.

How it Works

CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating functions like appetite, mood, and sleep. It also works as an anti-inflammatory, which is why some people look to CBD to certain kinds of pain (more on that in a few sections below).

Time it Takes

When customers ask about how long it takes for CBD products to work, there’s really two answers to that question. When you first take CBD, you’ll feel some of the effects within 15 minutes – 1hr (depending on which form you take). Customers may feel relaxed, calm, sleepy, as well as some pain-relief effects.

However, for major results, it’ll take at least a few days (and usually around a week) for enough CBD to build up in your system to feel the true effects. Below, you’ll see a graph specifically for PhenoLife products that shows the timeline you can expect for the full results to be felt:

Impact on Body

Research also suggests that CBD may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, This means it may be able to help relieve inflammatory pain with conditions like:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory joint issues
  • Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory digestive issues
  • Any pain associated with inflammation 

The antioxidative properties may help to manage or prevent diseases associated with oxidative stress, which would include:

  • Alzheimer’s 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Inflammatory  

More research is needed to make any concrete claims about managing inflammation or diseases associated with oxidative stress, but the current research that is available is very promising for CBD.

Impact on Mind

Research suggests that CBD can help to manage a variety of anxiety disorders. If anxiety or stress is impacting your daily life, making it hard to focus on hobbies or work, or if it’s impacting your sleep, then CBD may end up being a great option for you.

Unlike other traditional anti-anxiety medications, like Xanax or Zoloft, CBD has very mild side-effects, and the vast majority of customers are able to tolerate CBD with no issues at all.

Impact on Sleep

Finally, CBD may help customers fall asleep and stay asleep in several ways. First, if you struggle to sleep due to chronic pain or anxiety, and CBD helps to relieve those issues, then your quality of sleep may improve. CBD also has the potential to help manage sleep disorders not induced by pain or anxiety, especially in high doses. 

Unlike prescription medication sleep aids, CBD does not come with any significant negative side-effects (like extreme sedation, erratic behavior, or heavy grogginess the following day).

Conclusion

CBD offers an excellent route for customers who want to tackle challenges that have been difficult to resolve. However, different methods of CBD can be more or less effective, as well as different formulas that contain CBD.

If you have questions about how to choose the best CBD product for you, let us know! We’re happy to your questions and make sure you get into a CBD choice that’s perfect for your needs.

No Smoking Day | Smoking OUT – Inhale IN

Time to discover the real difference between smoking, ,

and PhenoPen inhaler.

“No Smoking Day” 2022 takes place on 9th March. As part of our vision as a company to increase awareness for a healthier life, we thought you may find this article interesting.

We’re no stranger to the dangers of smoking. Most had their first cigarette under 18, likely due to peer pressure, and haven’t stopped since. The tingling, burning sensation in the throat felt by first-time smokers is the body reacting to foreign and dangerous substances.

Tobacco contains toxic chemicals like nicotine and cyanide, which are lethal in large doses. Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are toxins found in coal, oils, and gasoline. PAHs are emitted during the combustion process of lighting a cigarette, creating problems with secondhand smoke. Short-term effects of smoking might be bad breath, asthma and increased risk of illness and injury. Lung damage, stroke, cancer, gum disease, skin problems, pulmonary and heart disease are some of the debilitating long-term effects of chronic smoking.

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E-Cigarettes – What you’re friends don’t know, but should

A common misconception is that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco and similar to vapes. However, is very little research on the long-term safety of E-cigarettes. A meta-analysis of 800 studies from the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that e-cigarettes emit several toxic substances such as acetaldehyde, acrolein, and formaldehyde.
These chemicals may cause asthma, coughing, and wheezing in young and increase the risk of serious disease in the long term. Secondhand smoke inhalation from E-cigarettes contains emissions found in engine exhaust and heavy metals. There is also no FDA evidence that using e-cigarettes can help individuals quit smoking.

Vaping – What’s in the extract?

A lot of vape extracts contain additives like PG, VG, and artificial flavors to avoid the bitter taste of hemp. Propylene glycol () is a petroleum-based, sugar alcohol found in a wide range of medical and beauty products, toiletries, and pet food. PG is colorless, odorless, and easily absorbs nicotine and flavoring, making it an ideal base for vape pens. (VG) is the sweet-tasting, oil-based chemical responsible for creating big ‘clouds of smoke’ due to its density.
VG is smoother compared to PG, which leaves a gruff sensation on the throat. PG and VG are typically mixed in equal proportion and enhanced with nicotine, CBD, THC, and artificial flavorings for consistency and taste. PG and VG are relatively safe but long-term effects are unknown, and other problematic ingredients like Vitamin E acetate have been known to make their way into vape solutions. An alternative, healthier oil called MCT (coconut oil) can be used in place of PG and VG, but these products are harder to find.

Is CBD Safe to Smoke?

Inhalation is the most efficient way to consume CBD since it enters the lungs instantly and is easily absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD alone is not toxic, but lighting a CBD cigarette stimulates combustion and releases PAHs, leading to the same respiratory concerns as smoking tobacco. Vaping is a better alternative to CBD flowers and is also more cost-effective since only a small dose is needed for a powerful effect. But not all vape devices are created equal. The best way to avoid harsh or unfamiliar chemicals is to use 100% pure hemp-based inhalation devices. These contain no PG, VG, solvents, toxic metals, or additives. The CBD is absorbed just as fast without any burning or combustion process.

What is so special about the PhenoPen inhaler?

PhenoPen may be the best solution for those who are looking for a 100% pure hemp extract with zero additives, solvents, and chemicals. Our potent formula contains 75% total cannabinoids and is cost-effective compared to other methods.
How so? Our PhenoPen utilizes an inhalation-by-evaporation method, so unlike cigarettes, the PhenoPen does not require a combustion process. This means no harsh chemicals are released and more CBD is conserved since no burning takes place. The temperature is much lower and targeted to preserve the active ingredients over time and maximize bioavailability, the amount of CBD absorbed by the body. 
The is purer, more durable, and economical since evaporation requires the use of less CBD in order to have the same effect.

Our highly concentrated solution is naturally hemp flavored and since CBD fumes are odorless, the device can be used in enclosed spaces. If you’re looking to finally kick the habit, anxietypaininsomnia, or simply unwind when you get home – this device is for you!

The Verdict

For those wanting to vape medicinal elements of cannabis and hemp, it’s worth looking out for CBD products that are made from 100% extract. Avoid using nicotine, tobacco, or any delivery method that includes a burning process. Look out for any additives in your extract to make sure you’re the best CBD without any unwanted short or long-term effects.

Whichever CBD products you’re looking into, we’re happy to check its contents to ensure you have a safe, positive experience. Just ask!

CBD Oil Effects On Mental Health And Anxiety Disorders

According to recent statistics, at least 40 million Americans have mental health disorders, with 19.1% of the total population having anxiety disorders. Typically, females are more affected than males.

who experience anxiety disorders can have mild, moderate, or severe . At least 43.5% experience mild anxiety disorders, 33.7%, and 22.8% experience moderate and severe anxiety disorders, respectively.

A least 36.4% of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders receive medical care. So, where does the rest of the population diagnosed with this manageable and treatable medical condition do?

So, if you can’t help but ask what are the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) oil on mental health and anxiety disorders?’ Then read on as we got you covered through this article. We will help you understand in depth what anxiety is. We will also provide you with a straightforward answer on whether CBD oil can effectively help in alleviating anxiety-related symptoms and disorders.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can be viewed as a normal physiological process in which one’s body adjusts to stressful conditions. However, when these emotions keep recurring to the extent that it affects an individual’s daily activities and cause them to experience physical changes like increased blood pressure or sweating, then this individual is considered to be experiencing an anxiety disorder.

People experiencing anxiety disorders can experience bouts of , agoraphobia (irrational fear of being trapped in a place), specific phobias, social stress, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and separation anxiety.

The telltale signs that you may be experiencing anxiety disorders include difficulty sleeping without an explanatory reason, intensified bouts of worrying, increased and irrational irritability, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating.

Is CBD oil in the treatment of anxiety disorders?

With the significant health impacts mental health disorders have on the general population, studies and research have been carried out to find an effective way of curbing these disorders. One method that’s yielding positive results in treating anxiety disorders is the use of CBD oil. A survey conducted in 2017 demonstrated that at least 41% of users had substituted their prescription anxiety drugs with Cannabis.

And 40% confirmed that the use of CBD was more effective in alleviating symptoms caused by medical conditions such as anxiety disorders. It’s a known fact that the cost of medical treatment in the USA prompts many people who have anxiety to hesitate in seeking the proper anxiety treatment.

For instance, it may cost you around $100-$120 to fully benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapies in the USA. This means that for an average American citizen to afford a single therapy session, it will necessitate them to work several jobs. This consequentially means lack of enough sleep more stress on how to get the jobs. Which in turn intensify their anxiety symptoms. Healthcare insurers also don’t help make this situation better for people experiencing anxiety disorders, as they only cover specific medications and health services offered to their subscribers.

All these factors necessitate people experiencing anxiety disorders to use CBD oil for the alleviation of their symptoms rather than incur high costs of anxiety prescription drugs or cognitive therapies. When the use of CBD oil to treat anxiety was at its infancy, many health officials deemed it to be unsafe due to the THC active compound present in Cannabis that gives one the ‘high’ feeling once this therapeutic compound was consumed.

However, after extensive research, CBD has proven to be more therapeutically beneficial than most of us thought it could be 10 years ago. Many countries have resorted to tapping the medicinal properties CBD has to offer to patients.

This has seen CBD-based medications produced on large scales over the years. It’s even possible and legal in some states in America and other countries to get a license, which helps you gain access to buying CBD products from accredited and certified CBD vendors.

Can CBD effectively treat mental health disorders?

Yes, CBD can effectively treat mental health disorders. This affirmative answer was concluded after a clinical trial demonstrated positive results in treating mental health disorders by the use of CBD. Another which was published in the Permanente Journal, also showed that at least 79% of individuals who used CBD had their anxiety symptoms reduced significantly.

All these promising results have substantially influenced most health advocates on the possibility of using CBD as an anti-anxiety remedy. It has not yet been established how CBD to treat or manage anxiety, but given the substantial research and emphasis being put on CBD use, we are optimistic that soon we will have a complete understanding of the science behind this life-enhancing compound.

A 2019 Gallup poll revealed that at least 14% of Americans used CBD. And according to another poll, at least 37% of Americans use CBD to relieve their anxiety disorders symptoms. Advancements in how CBD is used have evolved over the past years.

People no longer consume it directly. Reputable CBD brands make CBD products in the form of tinctures, creams, oils, patches. This makes it easy and convenient for people to use when treating different ailments.

This medically significant compound has also shown positive results in treating many ailments such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, and . CBD products can also provide relief to chronic pain caused by diseases such as arthritis and also aid in sleeping disorders. FDA has also officially recognized the use of CBD in the treatment of epilepsy.

Things to note about CBD use

Despite having no long-term associated with the use of CBD for mental health disorders, it’s important to note that there is a need in more research needs to be conducted to determine any long-term side effects or complications that may be associated with continual and prolonged CBD use.

Rarely do people experience side effects associated with CBD use. And when they do, it’s usually caused by using CBD products that do not have the levels labeled on these products.

Before using any CBD product, please make sure that you first consult your doctor since there is a chance that when taken simultaneously with prescription mental drugs, there may be an unwanted reaction between the two.

How to use CBD for Anxiety

Anxiety is a serious condition that negatively impacts physical and emotional wellbeing. It can be caused by different factors that include stress, environmental triggers, or genetics.

No matter the cause, Anxiety is not something to take lightly. It’s one of the most common mental illnesses in America. CBD can positively impact your anxiety symptoms because it contains compounds that naturally work with your endocannabinoid system. Learn more CBD today and how it can help you feel less anxious tomorrow!

What is CBD?

CBD is a compound that can be taken as an oil, a tincture, or edible. It’s extracted from plants and ’t contain the psychoactive chemical found in THC. CBD is known for helping to reduce anxiety and stress levels.

It’s to note that CBD does not have any intoxicating effects like other medications with psychoactive properties.

How does CBD work?

It’s essential to understand how CBD works with your endocannabinoid system. When you take CBD, it stimulates receptors throughout your body to create a sense of balance. This is called the “endocannabinoid system.” Your endocannabinoid system regulates things like mood and appetite. Many people think that CBD helps them feel less anxious because it balances their hormones.

What are the of CBD for Anxiety?

There are many benefits of CBD for Anxiety. CBD has a calming effect on the body, which can help reduce feelings of nervousness, fear, and general unease. It can also help promote better sleep and alleviate pain.

Research has shown that CBD is as effective as traditional medicines when it comes to anxiety symptoms. This is likely because it interacts with your endocannabinoid system–a system in your body that helps regulate mood and stress responses. The compounds in cannabis (both marijuana-derived CBD and hemp-derived CBD) naturally work with your endocannabinoid system to bring you relief from your anxious feelings.

Learn more about how CBD can be an effective treatment option for you!

Why choose CBD for Anxiety?

CBD is an all-natural substance that works with your endocannabinoid system to help it function more optimally. This can positively impact many aspects of your health, including a reduction in anxiety symptoms. CBD is always a good choice for people who don’t want the side effects of prescription medications that are often used to treat Anxiety. With CBD, you get relief from Anxiety and all the benefits of this hemp extract without the adverse side effects and risk of addiction that come with pharmaceuticals.

**Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or anxious for no reason; it’s a serious mental health condition that negatively impacts one’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Dosage considerations

CBD can have a positive impact on your anxiety symptoms. But, the correct dosage is key to success.

The recommended starting dose for CBD is one drop of CBD tincture under the tongue, two times daily. Slowly work your way up to higher doses if necessary. For example, you can start with two drops three times a day and gradually increase as needed until you find the perfect amount that helps alleviate your anxiety symptoms.

CBD has no known side effects, but it’s essential to remember that everyone reacts differently to CBD.

Side effects and of CBD for Anxiety

Although CBD is generally considered safe, there are some potential side effects, including dry mouth and diarrhea. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid using CBD.

CBD can also interact with certain medications because it affects the levels of certain chemicals in your body. You must consult your doctor before making any changes to your current medication routine if you’re taking prescription drugs.

Another risk of using CBD for Anxiety is that it might not work for everyone. Some people find that CBD has a calming effect, while others might experience the opposite and feel anxious when they take it. The difference in how we all react to CBD is due to our endocannabinoid system and what needs it’s trying to meet.

Drug interaction with CBD

CBD is a natural supplement. It’s derived from the hemp plant and contains no psychoactive compounds. Although CBD won’t produce the same effects as traditional anxiety medications, it can help with anxiety symptoms.

However, there are still some drugs that may interact with CBD and cause negative side effects. Before taking any drug, speak to your doctor about what you plan to do. If you want to take CBD oil for your anxiety, talk to your doctor about how it might affect your current medication or health condition.

CBD interacts in different ways with different drugs and supplements. For example, heart problems or diabetes could affect what kind of CBD product you take (or don’t take).

Although many people use CBD oil for Anxiety without problems, it’s essential to talk to a doctor before beginning a treatment regimen or adding any other supplements or medications into your routine.

Risk for addiction

Reports show that people who use CBD to manage their Anxiety are less likely to develop an addiction than those who take prescriptions like Xanax. However, there’s still a risk of developing an addiction to CBD because it comes from the cannabis plant. People with a history of addiction may want to consult their doctor before starting on any medication or supplement.

How should I consume CBD for Anxiety?

CBD can be consumed in many different ways. The most popular way is to use CBD oil tinctures taken orally with a dropper. You can also consume CBD through edibles, topicals, or vaping. The effects will take hours to kick in when you consume CBD orally. However, when you use it topically or through vaping, it should take effect within minutes.

To find the best way to help relieve your anxiety symptoms, experiment with different consumption methods until you find what works best for you.

Conclusion

If you’re anxious, there are many natural ways to help you feel better. CBD is a natural solution that may help reduce your anxiety symptoms. CBD is a natural substance in hemp and marijuana plants that can help reduce Anxiety.

CBD is a non-psychoactive substance and doesn’t cause a high. The benefits of CBD for Anxiety may include:

  • Reducing the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks
  • Eliminating or decreasing social Anxiety
  • Increasing the relaxation response
  • Reducing pain and inflammation
  • Lowering blood sugar levels
  • Reducing symptoms of psychosis
  • Improving memory function

Helping with seizures and other neurological disorders

One of the most popular ways to use CBD for Anxiety is hemp oil tinctures. Hemp oil contains significant amounts of CBD that are easily digestible. These are available in many different strengths. CBD for Anxiety can also be consumed in topical treatments and edibles.

It is essential to consult a physician before using CBD for Anxiety if you have a pre-existing mental health condition. Taking CBD for Anxiety could trigger symptoms of an existing mental health condition or cause a new one.

CBD Oil for Panic Attacks: Can It Help Treating This Disorder?

The incidence of anxiety disorders in today’s society is disturbing. In recent years, the number of books on anxiety has increased by 25%, and the illness affects roughly 284 million individuals worldwide.

It is known that panic attacks occur due to a specific serotonin receptor in the brain; however, these episodes can be caused by other factors as well. To completely control anxiety, doctors have been prescribing medications that only treat the illness’s .

This is where CBD oil for panic attacks may help those who suffer from this disorder.

What do you need to know Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is an intense feeling of fear and anxiety that causes one to have a hard time breathing, shaking the body, excessive sweating, and other unpleasant side . These attacks occur due to the brain sending signals which provoke fear responses even though there isn’t any danger at hand. The part of the brain that regulates such responses is called the amygdala, and it is responsible for sending signals that cause fear to take over.

In most cases, panic attacks are caused by a specific serotonin receptor in the brain known as 5-HT1A. It was found out that CBD oil for panic attacks works best when this receptor is activated.

Common Symptoms of Panic Attacks Include:

  • Feeling lightheaded, faint, or dizzy
  • Trouble breathing or hyperventilation
  • Choking sensation or smothering feeling
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Nausea or stomach distress
  • Headache, tingling in the body, shortness of breath, turning red or hot flush

Other Specific Symptoms of Panic Attacks include:

Agoraphobia is the fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult. It is a type of anxiety disorder that has a greater effect on women than men.

Anticipatory anxiety is the future fear of situations or events that may be likely to happen; however, this is chronic and does not seem like anxiety at all in some individuals.

Phobic avoidance is the most common anxiety disorder characterized by an intense fear of situations or events that avoid them. A person suffering from phobic avoidance feels anxious for any cause, and it can lead to extreme changes in lifestyle.

What Causes Panic Disorder?

Doctors believe that both hereditary and environmental factors contribute to panic disorder. They claim that certain people could trigger the episodes by exposing the patient to stressful situations or provoking negative emotions.

Some of the primary causes of panic disorders include; withdrawal from certain drugs, stressful life events like the death of a loved one, and major changes in lifestyle such as moving to another country.

How does CBD Oil for Panic Attacks Works?

CBD oil for panic attacks is helpful because it can target the serotonin receptors responsible for sending signals that provoke fear. The substances present in CBD oil also help regulate stress hormones and neurotransmitters that cause feelings of anxiety and fear.

According to a report, CBD oil for panic attacks activates 5-HT1A receptors which promote parasympathetic responses in the body. These are normally induced during relaxation or states. It also reduces the response of the brain’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis by decreasing the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can trigger “fight or flight” responses.

In addition to this, CBD oil reduces the insula and anterior cingulate gyrus activity, which are brain regions associated with panic disorder. It also activates CB1 receptors, which provide a calming effect on both the mind and body and reduce the release of histamines which trigger allergic responses.

How to Use CBD Oil for Panic Attacks?

CBD oil for panic attacks can be used in different ways. it as a suppository is highly recommended because this method allows the substance to target the part of the brain responsible for triggering fear and anxiety. The other methods include;

  • CBD capsules
  • CBD tincture
  • oil
  • CBD wax or dabs
  • CBD edibles or candies

Latest Studies on the Effects of CBD for Panic Attacks

A published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics examined the effects of CBD on anxiety and compared its effects and those caused by – THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The participants were divided into three groups. One group was given normal saline, another group was given a 2 mg dose of CBD, and the last group was given a higher dose of 10 mg of CBD.

The results showed that anxiety levels were reduced in all the participants, but those who received the higher dose reported being less anxious than those given a placebo. They found no difference between the two cannabinoids on comparing it with THC.

Another study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology revealed that CBD oil for panic attacks helps reduce anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in public speaking. The study also concluded that CBD does not increase or decrease anxiety levels when given to people suffering from social anxiety disorder with panic attacks.

How to Use CBD for Panic Attacks

CBD Oil for Panic Attacks

CBD oil for panic attacks is helpful because it can target the serotonin receptors responsible for sending signals that provoke fear. The substances present in CBD oil also help regulate stress hormones and neurotransmitters that cause feelings of anxiety and fear.

CBD Capsules for Panic Attacks

Cannabidiol capsules and edibles (e.g., gummies) are taken via the mouth. They must pass through the digestive system before being released into circulation. As a result, taking CBD capsules and edibles might take up to 90 minutes.

CBD Vape for Panic Attacks

Cannabidiol vape oil can be used in a vaporizer. They are absorbed faster than CBD capsules and edibles, so they take effect sooner.

CBD Dosage for Panic Attacks

CBD oil dosage varies depending on the individual and their needs. Always consult your physician or a medical professional before trying CBD for the first time.

Here are some general guidelines:

  • Vaping CBD oil is preferable for treating anxiety, panic attacks, and other similar conditions.
  • The dosage of CBD vape oil starts from around 40 to 80 mg per day. However, it would be best to start with the smallest possible amount to assess how much your body can tolerate.
  • Capsules are usually available in 10 or 25 mg, and you can start with one or two capsules after breakfast.
  • CBD edibles such as candies, gummies, and other products are usually available in 5 to 20 mg dosage. It is advisable to start with a small amount of the edible and then increase the dosage if necessary.

CBD VS. Traditional Medicine for Panic Attacks

CBD oil for panic attacks is not a sedative and does not cause drowsiness. Unlike the traditional antidepressants, it does not interfere with your daily activities such as driving or working. Also, CBD oil does not have side effects usually associated with most common anti-anxiety medications. However, some users have reported mild side effects such as dry mouth or diarrhea.

Which Substances should you Avoid during Panic Attacks?

A panic attack is the result of an excessive release of stress hormones. These substances are released by your body to prepare itself for a “fight or flight” response, which you may have noticed during intense physical activity.

However, these hormones can be harmful when secreted in excess, so it is advisable to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulatory substances such as nicotine.

Conclusion

CBD oil for panic attacks is and has shown positive results in the intensity of anxiety and discomfort caused by this disorder. The potential side effects are mild, and CBD edibles like candies, gummies, and other products can be taken regularly without causing any problems.

Although CBD oil might not work for everyone, it can help treat panic attacks. The results vary depending on the person and the dosage used. Consult your physician before trying this method to understand which form is right for you.

Can CBD Help My Anxiety and Depression?

Cannabidiol () is a component gaining interest in recent years. It is one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis. Here are some frequently asked CBD questions addressed by two mental health practitioners who specialize in this field:

What is CBD?

 Is it the same as Cannabis, Hemp, or Marijuana? Cannabidiol is the term for CBD. It’s one of about 200 cannabinoids found in marijuana plants.

CBD isn’t psychotropic, and it has a distinct pharmacological profile from other psychoactive cannabinoids. Both marijuana plants and hemp contain CBD.

 Is CBD (and its derivatives) safe to use?

 If a product has gone through sufficient safety , it will be deemed safe. However, due to the increased popularity of CBD products, this is no longer the case. The FDA has sent numerous warning letters to firms marketing unapproved new drugs that purportedly include cannabidiol. When reviewing any CBD product ensure that it has a certificate of analysis which is prepared by an independent laboratory.

The FDA has conducted analyses of some cannabis-derived chemicals to ensure that they meet the agency’s standards, and many were found to fall short. It’s worth noting that the FDA does not authorize these items for use as a diagnostic, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention tool for any illness. Consumers should be wary of using and purchasing any untested CBD products.

CBD appears to be appearing in a variety of items (shampoos, cosmetics, oils, bath salts, etc.). Most manufacturers are selling various CBD products in the market claiming to have various therapeutic uses.

Is it true that CBD aids when used in products?

There’s no evidence that CBD has any advantages when used with other ingredients. Furthermore, the amount of CBD present in each of these goods is unknown.

CBD Oil for Depression

Is it possible that, when taken continuously over a long time, cannabidiol (CBD) might help with anxiety and depression?

There is some evidence that CBD may be beneficial in treating a variety of medical issues. However, there is considerably less data on the use of CBD to treat depression. There is only pre-clinical evidence for most indications, with a sprinkling of limited clinical evidence.

 CBD’s effectiveness in treating various ailments is consistent with its neuroprotective, antiepileptic, hypoxia-ischemia, anxiolytic, antipsychotic, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties of this product.

 There is presently insufficient scientific evidence to suggest that CBD oil is an treatment for depression or anxiety. That does not imply it would not assist, but there haven’t been adequately controlled clinical trials to suggest whether CBD may be used to treat anxiety or depression.

Considerably more study is needed to determine if CBD has the potential to be used in treating depression and anxiety.

There are several active clinical trials underway to examine the potential advantages of CBD for a range of diseases, including alcohol use disorder, pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other conditions. Most of these studies are being done in the United States, although some other countries throughout the world are involved.

A synthetic form of cannabidiol (CBD) is also under investigation in conjunction with THC (the primary psychoactive component of Cannabis). Sativex, a CBD+THC combination product, is licensed for cancer pain and spasticity in Europe and Asia.

Is CBD legal in the United States?

The FDA authorized GW Pharmaceuticals’ purified CBD (Schedule 5 compound) in 2018 as a treatment for Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two forms of epilepsy. Epidiolex is the brand name of the medication.

Thus it is essential to note that other CBD drugs are not FDA approved for use to manage various medical conditions. When using such products, ensure that you consult your doctor, who will advise you on their effectiveness and risks.

Are there any cost restrictions for CBD?

Only for an FDA-approved drug

Look for scientific evidence to back up any claims, such as controlled trials or proof that a reliable source has assayed the product to verify chemical components. Talk with your doctor. The American Academy of Clinical Assessors (ADAA) offers a free online search engine to locate mental health professionals in the ADAA membership.

What are the Various Forms of CBD?

CBD is available in various forms, including oil, capsules, sprays, and topicals. It can be inhaled or ingested as a tea or food product.

CBD Oils are Available in Different Strengths.

CBD oils are available with a concentration of CBD ranging from 2%-10%. These concentrations may be increased or decreased if you’re using an oil that has been previously used (for example, after it has been taken by someone else). CBD is determined using milligrams (mg) on the bottle, and the label will contain instructions on the recommended daily dose.

CBD Capsules are other forms that are taken orally. These capsules are typically CBD isolates derived from hemp, a plant in the cannabis family.

CBD Topicals may include balms, lotions, salves, and lip balm. They’re typically applied to the skin on areas such as the hands or elbows for localized relief of pain or inflammation.

CBD edibles such as gummies, chocolates, and ice creams are available for those who prefer to enjoy their CBD in a sweet treat. The FDA prohibits adding CBD to alcoholic beverages because it’s an unapproved drug, although the agency has indicated that it will consider allowing for CBD-infused drinks in the future.

CBD -inhaling vaporized CBD oil -is another option. “Vaping is less harmful than because you don’t have the by-products of combustion.

Conclusion

CBD oil is a top-rated product due to its medical claims. Many have used CBD oil to cure health that affect the body differently. One needs to know all about CBD oil before using it, just like everyone should know, and everything about any product they intend to take.

Ensure that you consult your doctor before taking any CBD oil for anxiety or CBD oil for depression. The legal status of CBD oil may vary depending on how its produced, where it’s made, and the components in it. It is important to note that more research is required to back up the medical claims of CBD.

How to use CBD to help alleviate anxiety

Unlike THC, for can be used to anxiety, despite its reputation for being intoxicating and anxiety-inducing. CBD for anxiety has been shown to have a favorable effect on a variety of anxiety disorders, according to several studies. Anxiolytic, or a drug for relieving anxiety, is a term that has not yet been legally assigned to CBD. Consequently, it’s your responsibility and the responsibility of an expert doctor in the field of cannabis administration-to establish whether CBD is a safe treatment for anxiety for yourself.

Anxiety Relief with Cannabidiol (CBD)

has not approved any CBD-based drugs for anxiety treatment. Several scientific investigations have found that the drug can help alleviate anxiety. In the treatment of anxiety, cannabidiol (CBD) may play a new role because of its activities on the endocannabinoid system. To assess the current data on the safety and efficacy of CBD in anxiety and anxiety-related diseases, a systematic review was conducted in the study under investigation.

CBD for Symptoms of General Anxiety

Using the popular anxiety test known as the SPST, a small 2011 study examined the effects of CBD for anxiety on people with a generalized social anxiety disorder (SAD) and healthy control patients. Participants with SAD reported less anxiety and discomfort with CBD when compared to a placebo. They experienced a reduction in anxiety on par with the controls.

Men receiving the SPST were given three different dosages of CBD (150 mg, 300 mg, and 600 mg) as well as a placebo eight years later in a 2019 study. was no difference in anxiety reduction between the 150- and 600-milligram CBD for anxiety doses, which were compared to a placebo. More CBD ’t always equate to better benefits, as these findings demonstrate.

In contrast, a 2019 study investigated CBD is far lower dosages than typical clinical studies-some individuals consumed 25 milligrams a day, while others consumed 50 milligrams or 75 milligrams a day. To keep costs down, researchers opted for lower doses, believing that participants would be able to sustain them in their everyday lives. Most participants’ anxiety levels dropped within the first month and stayed low thereafter. Though it fluctuated a lot more than anxiety’s, sleep quality has also improved. There were just three recorded side effects among the individuals.

Antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects of CBD

At various doses of CBD oil, 397 people were studied in 2020 for their benefits on a range of conditions. Non-cancer pain sufferers and those with health issues reported substantial reductions in symptoms of anxiety and sadness and an increase in their capacity to carry out their normal activities. These groups also reported significant pain alleviation from CBD oil consumption.

For the most part, antidepressant medicines don’t act for days or even weeks after they’re prescribed. This is contrary to the findings of a recent animal study, which indicated that CBD for anxiety has an immediate and long-lasting antidepressant-like effect. Compared to antidepressant medicine, CBD may have fewer negative side effects. Side effects of antidepressants include , sexual dysfunction, mood changes as well as irritability. CBD for anxiety hasn’t had the same problems.

CBD for the treatment of PTSD and phobias

PTSD symptom intensity was reduced when CBD for anxiety was taken orally and delivered in conjunction with standard psychiatric care in a small 2019 research of just 11 patients. When THC is ingested alongside CBD, it has been shown to alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Together, THC and CBD for anxiety have what’s known as the entourage effect, where THC amplifies the benefits of CBD while CBD for anxiety reduces the effects of THC. Exposure therapy, which helps patients dissociate particular stimuli with a fear reaction, and cognitive behavioral therapy have both been shown to benefit from the use of CBD for anxiety.

CBD for Anxiety, how to Use It

Because of the lack of FDA advice, the best way to utilize CBD for anxiety is different for everyone. The strategy that works best for one person may not work for the other. CBD for anxiety can be consumed in a variety of ways, including:

  • · Dropper bottles of oils and tinctures for oral consumption
  • · Gummies are sweet, chewable candies, generally flavored with fruit.
  • · Bottled sprays that are applied to the lips or mouth via a nozzle
  • · Taken by mouth as a pill in the form of capsules, soft gels, or tablets
  • · Inhalable vapors are produced by heating CBD oil without igniting it.
  • · Creams and gels are applied to the skin to deliver CBD for anxiety to specific areas of the body, as opposed to smoking dried hemp plants.

To find the most treatment for your anxiety, you may need to try a few different approaches. Concerning CBD for anxiety absorption, vaping and smoking are more effective than edibles like gummy bears.

Anti-Anxiety CBD Dose

A proper dosage of CBD for your anxiety is also necessary. Experts advise beginning slowly and increasing the intensity as your body adapts. High doses are often the first thing tested in clinical trials. CBD for anxiety-relieving dosages that have been tested include:

  • · Patients with SAD were given 600 mg of the drug during a speech simulation.
  • · In a speech simulation, 300 milligrams were administered to male patients.

In some studies, however, lesser doses appear to be just as beneficial in reducing anxiety as the more commonly used ones.

  • · For generalized anxiety and/or sleep issues, dosages of 25 to 75 mg are recommended.
  • · In addition to regular psychiatric treatment, 33 to 49 mg a day is recommended for PTSD.

Further evidence for the premise that CBD for anxiety dosage varies greatly, depending on a person’s symptoms and physiology is provided by another study that involved hundreds of patients and found benefits with doses ranging from 40 to 300 milligrams per day.

and Effects that Might Occur

CBD is considered a safe and well-tolerated drug by the World Health Organization (WHO). There are extremely few reported side effects if any. Taken with other drugs, CBD for anxiety may increase the chance of side effects such as weight gain, sleepiness, nausea, and changes in appetite, all of which can be dangerous, therefore we will recommend consulting your doctor before using CBD.

Treating Anxiety with CBD Oil

Treating with CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular among anxious in the United States. Some people use CBD oil as a way to alleviate their daily anxieties and stresses. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the more serious illnesses for which it is used.

The plant contains cannabidiol as one of its constituent compounds. As more states legalize marijuana, its availability is increasing. Cannabidiol differs from THC in several ways (THC). This additional cannabinoid molecule causes euphoria. Treating anxiety with CBD oil does not have this effect because it does not contain THC.

An increasing number of companies are producing CBD oil-based supplements, salves, and more. These products are frequently promoted as natural cures for a variety of ailments, including anxiety and pain. This page explains why people are treating anxiety with CBD oil, as well as the possible adverse effects. Additionally, it provides an overview of some of the exciting research that has already taken place.

Uses

At least 18% of American people age 18 and older have some form of an anxiety condition, according to the Anxiety & Association of America (ADAA).

 Only 37% of people seek treatment for these diseases, despite the ADAA’s claim that they are very durable. Psychotherapy, medicine, or a mix of the two are all viable treatment choices. Treating anxiety with CBD oil is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to more conventional treatments.

In a Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research survey, 62% of cannabidiol users said they use CBD to alleviate pain, anxiety, and sadness. They’re essentially taking a risk. Anxiety and other diseases may benefit from further of CBD oil, scientists suggest.

In-Depth Examinations

Animal and laboratory research has so far yielded much of the evidence supporting treating anxiety with CBD’s ability to reduce anxiety. It does, however, appear to have some potential. If you’re suffering from generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, OCD, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), CBD oil may be able to help.

Research on Social Anxiety

There is some evidence that treating anxiety with CBD oil may aid with social anxiety, according to a small study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The ADAA describes social anxiety disorder as extreme anxiety or dread of being judged, adversely assessed, or rejected in a social or performance context.

As many as 7% of the population suffers from social anxiety at some point in their lives. Men and women alike are affected by the condition. As part of the study, 24 patients with social anxiety disorder were given either 600 mg of CBD or a placebo 90 minutes before they were required to speak in front of a group of strangers.

With no CBD medication, 12 persons with social anxiety disorder took the same test. Treating anxiety with CBD pre-treatment dramatically decreased participants’ anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort when they delivered their speeches, according to the study’s findings.

Dose-Response Analysis

Scientifically known as a dose-response curve, CBD’s effectiveness to ease anxiety may be dependent on how much it is consumed. The link between dose size and response is depicted graphically by the curve. The curvature also has a bell-like form.

For the first time, researchers have found a link between the use of cannabis and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. indicates the anxiety- effects of CBD increase in direct proportion to the CBD dosage.

Before a test of public speaking, subjects received CBD in various quantities from the researchers. A 300 mg dose of treating anxiety with CBD oil reduced subjective anxiety, according to the researchers. Both the 100 and 900 mg doses of CBD did not cause this decline. You may make a bell out of this result by graphing it on paper with 100 and 900 on either end. Because of this, the pharmacological concept’s name takes on a concrete form.

A Study of the Paranoid Personality Trait

However, it does not appear that treating anxiety with CBD oil eases paranoia. People with strong paranoid tendencies were studied in a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. CBD did not affect anxiety, heart rate, or cortisol levels, according to this study. The fight or flight hormone, cortisol, is responsible for the body’s response to stress.

As with systolic blood pressure, treating anxiety with CBD oil did not affect it, and neither did it affect persecutory ideation. Anxiety that someone is injuring you or will in the future is the underlying cause of this feeling.

Healthy Participants’ Anxiety in a Research Study

According to a study published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, cannabidiol does not appear to alleviate anxiety in healthy . Researchers came to this conclusion after examining how oral CBD affected individuals’ reactions to unpleasant images, statements, and menacing faces.

Safety

It is possible that CBD oil will result in a variety of unwanted side effects. Ironically, anxiousness can be one of these negative effects.

Other possibilities are:

  • ·Anxiety-induced drooling
  • ·Diabetic hypotension
  • ·Nausea
  • ·Vomiting
  • ·Changes in one’s appetite.
  • ·An ever-changing state of mind
  • ·Diarrhea
  • ·Dizziness
  • ·Drowsiness

The heart rate increases somewhat at 900 mg of cannabidiol. CBD oil may also raise levels of liver enzymes, according to certain studies. This is a sign of liver disease and should be taken seriously.

Recognizing and Defining Inaccuracy

Because it is mostly unregulated, treating anxiety with CBD oil labels may be erroneous, and this should be made clear to customers. However, according to a JAMA study, approximately 70 percent of all CBD drugs offered online have been incorrectly identified. In addition, a few of the items had enough THC to elicit symptoms such as an elevated heart rate, making them potentially dangerous. 10 CBD products can exacerbate anxiety in this way.

what is CBD oil

To put it another way, CBD is a cannabinoid, which means it affects the entire body, including areas of the brain. Treating anxiety with CBD oil is gaining in popularity as a health supplement for this reason. Cannabis-derived tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is what gives marijuana its euphoric high, while hemp-derived CBD appears to be devoid of that effect, and some researchers believe it has the potential to be beneficial for health and well-being. Bioavailability is improved by diluting the cannabis extract with an oil, such as olive or coconut.

Summary

Anxiety is a common complaint among those who use CBD oil. Some types of anxiety disorders may benefit from it, but not others, according to the research. And there’s a good chance that there will be a wide range of negative consequences. If you’re unsure whether or not CBD oil is right for you, talk to your doctor first. Even if your doctor is unable to recommend a specific brand, he or she may be able to alert you to a potentially dangerous brand.

A Few Words from Verywell

Consult your doctor right away if you’re suffering symptoms like restlessness, difficulty concentrating, irritation, muscle tightness, exhaustion, and an inability to regulate your worry. Working together, you can find the best anxiety treatment approach. Anxiety disorders can harm your quality of life if left untreated.

 As a side effect, it might cause with the digestive system. Consider consulting with your doctor to see whether CBD oil will help you cope with your anxiety instead of self-medicating. A doctor is the best person to tell you how much medication you should take.

How CBD oil can help soothe anxiety

Let’s have a look at just what CBD oil can do for you and your . According to research from Our World in Data, done in 2017, almost 4% of the world’s popular have experienced anxiety. That means not only is it common, but chances are we all know someone who’s been affected by it. The influence of depression on society is well known but according to this survey, anxiety was even more common. There are common prescriptions to help with both of these conditions, but more and more people wish to try CBD products as an alternative .

Anxiety and CBD

A recent study found that around 40% of anxiety sufferers would choose to swap their prescription medicine for cannabis products, with the report suggesting that users found cannabis a more effective way to relieve their symptoms.

In countries like the US, treatment prices are often very high and therapy such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can cost as much as one hundred dollars per hour. Not everyone can afford this or has insurance that will cover it. If determined, your average hourly paid employee might have to take on a second job to afford sessions. Even when insurance does cover a condition, not every insurer will pay for every treatment or medication, and this may be one of the reasons why CBD based treatments are appealing.

One of the things that always stood against the use of CBD-based therapies is that it had been considered unsafe due to psychotropic effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a key ingredient of cannabis. However, after thorough research, these fears have been shown to be unfounded and the therapeutic abilities of CBD have slowly been embraced.

This may explain why CBD medications have become more common and more easily available in countries throughout the world. It’s gaining a reputation as a versatile and inexpensive treatment; even countries that have shown hesitancy have started offering cannabis licenses to allow people with verified need to buy products from legal vendors.

Just how good is CBD at improving disorders?

Research has suggested that CBD can help reduce symptoms for a surprising range of conditions such as MS, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Last but not least is depression and, of course, anxiety. Due to this, CBD is increasingly used in a variety of applications like patches, tinctures and creams and these methods of delivery have become popular because they don’t require direct consumption of cannabis in the traditional way.

The even approved the use of cannabidiol under certain circumstances when epilepsy, and clinical trials are starting to show clear indications that CBD can be a useful treatment for anxiety. For example, in a recent trial by a publication called The Permanente Journal, it was found that almost eighty percent of participants in a CBD trial reported reduced anxiety.

It’s not even completely clear why CBD is effective, although it hasn’t stopped many from turning to it to relieve their symptoms and scientific research is ongoing. As many as 14% of Americans admit to using CBD products, and 37% of those cite anxiety as their prime reason and report it as an effective treatment. That’s why it’s fast becoming associated as a and holistic way to ameliorate anxiety disorders.

The scientific case for more research

There’s a need for more research so that we can really be sure of the long-term effectiveness and safety of CBD with regard to mental health. So far, the look good, but it’s always to make sure. While significant side-effects are rare, reports of CBD sensitivity are not uncommon which can result in fatigue or diarrhea when using CBD products. As well as research on long-term safety, more work needs to be done to understand how it works. It’s also important to remember that CBD isn’t a replacement for pharmaceuticals and that users should follow the instructions of their healthcare providers.

Pills, Caps or inhale? The Different Types of CBD and How They Can Help Your Anxiety

Cannabis is growing tremendously popular across the globe. Campaigns to legalize marijuana are taking the world by storm and it’s the latest hot button topic for individuals suffering from chronic or acute conditions, be it physical or mental. 

Cannabis may not be legal in your state but it’s crucial to understand the different types of hemp and their components before writing it off. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is found in specific strains of the hemp plant at variable concentrations. THC is psychoactive and creates a ‘high’ that some enjoy and others want to stay far away from, for legal or personal reasons. That’s where Cannabidiol or CBD joins the discussion. 

CBD is a similar compound found in hemp that provides similar medicinal benefits to THC without the high or unwanted side effects. CBD has been found effective in physical symptoms ranging from chronic illness and pain to side effects from chemotherapy. CBD is being studied as a positive alternative method for people with anxiety disorders. Anxiety is generally treated with prescription drugs such as SSRIs and benzodiazepines which have side effects and can be easily misused and abused. 

Recent research has highlighted CBD’s ability to relieve symptoms of anxiety and improve well-being. CBD-derived hemp contains small, insignificant amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) deeming it legal in many, if not all states. Researchers and psychiatrists have applauded the evidence suggesting that CBD may be a solid intervention for anxiety and drug addiction, though many more long-term clinical trials are needed to reaffirm the evidence. Studies so far include research on animals and small-scale human studies which highlight the anti-inflammatory and anxiety-reducing properties of CBD. These are important factors in managing pain, illnesses, and mental health disorders.

CBD is available in many different forms, from pills and oils to sprays, lotions, and soaps. The best way to take CBD is highly specific to the individual using it and the condition being treated. It’s crucial to understand the mechanism of action and what will likely work best for you and your symptoms. Let’s take a look at three popular methods of using CBD.

inhaling is a popular choice among those looking for quick relief. Jessie Gill is an avid cannabis advocate and RN (registered nurse.) Jessie began using cannabis to treat pain from a debilitating spinal injury and found it helpful in managing her day-to-day anxiety. Inhaling vaporized CBD with a vaping device (or pen) is the quickest way to find immediate relief from acute bouts of anxiety. Using a low THC, high CBD formula, Jesse inhaled a small dose in the morning and before bed, with small but frequent top-ups during the day. This method, called micro-dosing, allowed her to treat symptoms frequently without getting high. Combining high-CBD and high-THC oils can counteract the anxiety caused by THC while addressing high levels of pain and more serious medical conditions.

Drawbacks to vaping include the high cost of certain vaporized strains depending on the state. The long-term safety of vaping has been called into question due to concerns about chemicals and additives found in the liquid and the hot coils inside the pen. Additionally, it is unknown whether vaping may cause damage to the lungs, and individuals concerned about these factors may opt for oral CBD instead.

CBD oils and sublingial sprays are becoming a widely popular choice for customers.  is placed under the tongue using a pre-measured dropper or mixed with a beverage like juice or tea. CBD oil penetrates the membranes in the skin, traveling across millions of tiny capillaries lining the mucosa where it’s quickly and directly absorbed into the bloodstream. CBD oil is best taken once or twice a day but can be used at intervals to symptoms. A lower dosage may begin at 25 mg for anxiety and climb upwards to 75 or 100 mg for moderate to severe pain. CBD oils are a prime choice for individuals who dislike the taste of capsules or can’t swallow pills. Oils may emit a strong odor or cannabis-like taste, but many oils out there today are infused with natural flavors and aromas to offset unfavorable smells or tastes. Some oils are mixed into an ointment or lotion and can be rubbed into the skin. 

CBD pills and capsules are soft gels that are swallowed like any other pill. Capsules are predosed and more precise than oils, and generally tasteless. Capsules are slower to absorb and produce results because of the ‘first-pass effect,’ whereby the outer coating dissolves and the capsule is partially broken down while traveling through the digestive system and liver. Capsules have been used to improve , sleep-related , depression, anxiety, and pain. Capsules are a option when seeking full-body, slow but steady effects. If you’re seeking treatment for localized pain or tension, topical cream or ointment may be a better choice.

In conclusion- CBD may be a great treatment option for your anxiety. Keep in mind many products are not approved by the and it’s important to do diligent research to ensure the quality, ingredients, and concentration of the CBD used in each product is appropriate for your needs. Make sure to speak with your healthcare provider before stopping or changing any medications you’re currently on and to clarify how to best incorporate CBD into your medical regimen.

Everything You Need To Know About Using CBD For Anxiety

(Cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The Cannabis plant contains hundreds of these compounds, the most famous being CBD and THC, tetrahydrocannabinol which creates the ‘high’ associated with weed. CBD and THC attach to specialized receptors in the brain to stimulate the natural endocannabinoid system, which helps maintain homeostasis in the body and provides a plethora of health benefits. 

CBD provides positive pharmacological benefits without any unwanted psychogenic effects, making it a great choice to treat chronic illness, anxiety, and other health conditions. CBD reduces the inflammatory response by acting on enzymes which trigger inflammation in the body. Additionally, CBD attaches to serotonin specific receptors which regulate behaviors associated with anxiety and fear. There is strong clinical evidence that CBD can help prevent and treat generalized anxiety , panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.Anxiety is one of the most relevant conditions today, with over 30% of American adults being diagnosed with anxiety or anxiety disorders.

As Cannabis is being legalized in many states, many scientific studies are being done to discover the efficacy of CBD and cannabis in a wide variety of conditions.A 2020 literature review confirmed CBD to decrease seizures in individuals with Dravet’s syndrome, a form of epilepsy that is largely resistant to drug treatments. A group of New Zealand patients given CBD for cancer related symptoms, neurological and mental health disorders reported significant improvements in their quality of life, pain levels and ability to perform day to day activities within just three weeks of trying CBD. 70% of participants felt satisfied to some degree with their treatment regimen and less than 10% experienced side effects like sedation or dreams. 

Another study evaluated effects of CBD treatment in a group of adults with anxiety and sleep problems. Most participants were given a single 25 mg capsule of CBD per day, with a minority receiving higher doses. Within two months of treatment, almost 80% noticed improvements in their symptoms with the remaining 15-20% experiencing negative side effects or worsening of the .

How do we know what to take? Researchers suggest anywhere between 300-600 mg of CBD is effective to reduce anxiety, depending on individual factors, the specific product used and its method of administration. In extreme cases, up to 1500 mg/day could be tolerated but there is not enough data on the long term safety of CBD, especially when received at high concentrations. The significant variation in the dosage of CBD administered to participants in these studies highlights the need for larger scale, controlled clinical trials to determine better guidelines and standardized dosing for use of CBD as a complementary or stand-alone treatment. The most pronounced side effects caused by CBD include appetite changes, weight loss, drowsiness and diarrhea. 

CBD is available in various formats such as oil, capsules, gummies or edible cannabis flowers, oral spray and vape. How quickly the CBD enters  the bloodstream and takes effect will depend on the method of administration. CBD taken orally begins to work within 30 minutes to two hours. It takes time to pass through the digestive system but typically lasts longer. or edible buds provide immediate but shorter lasting effects.  Oral products are best taken daily at a set time such as in the morning, with food but can be taken throughout the day to relieve symptoms of anxiety. or vaping is fast acting and can provide quick prior to high stress situations like public speaking or travel.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) does not currently regulate CBD as a treatment for anxiety mental health disorders. It is imperative to speak with your healthcare provider prior to using CBD and discuss any other medications and supplements you are currently taking. Buy products from well known distributors, learn how to read product labels and opt for brands who undergo clinical laboratory testing. A plethora of research indicates that with supervision, CBD can be used alone or as part of a broader treatment plan to manage, prevent and alleviate anxiety.

Huff, Puff and Inhale Your Worries Away…Can CBD Treat Anxiety? 

and - the plant that’s taking the mental world by storm.

Cannabidiol, or CBD is a chemical compound naturally found in the Cannabis Sativa or plant. CBD has been used for generations to of chronic illness, pain, anxiety and insomnia. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is CBD’s sister compound found in hemp that creates psychogenic or the feeling of being ‘high.’ Individuals concerned unwanted side effects or safety have experienced potent, effective relief from CBD interventions without any compromise on safety. Current research indicates CBD is quickly taking its place in the medical spotlight as a promising, safe substance to aid in the and prevention of various medical conditions.

So how does CBD actually work in our bodies? Attached to our cells are multiple receptors, chemical structures made up of proteins that receive and transmit various signals to stimulate reactions within the body. CBD binds to receptors CB1 and CB2 in our central and peripheral nervous system. While the exact mechanism is not fully understood, CBD interacts with receptor activity and can change serotonin signaling patterns.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain, composed of the amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin is responsible for mood regulation, sleep patterns, appetite and behavior changes. Low levels of serotonin are often found in individuals suffering from depression and anxiety. Typically, these mood disorders are treated with prescription SSRI’s- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like zoloft and prozac. With proper medical supervision, CBD is becoming an alternative option to help manage anxiety and mental disorders.

Studies involving mice indicated improvements in behavioral and physiological symptoms of anxiety when given CBD. Another 2011 study on individuals with social anxiety (SAD) found that adults given 400 mg of CBD experienced lower levels of anxiety compared to the group receiving a placebo. CBD, either on its own or combined with interventions such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and medication may be highly effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety induced insomnia.

 A recent study found CBD may have antipsychotic effects in schizophrenic adults, without the negative side effects of antipsychotic medications. More in-depth, controlled studies are needed to determine CBD’s ability to manage and treat mental disorders. In the meantime, discuss alternative options with your healthcare provider before adding or changing your current medication regimen.

Finding the correct dose may be a challenge. Experts claim that most commercial CBD products do not contain anywhere near the concentration necessary to achieve a clinical effect. The few dosage studies performed on adults with anxiety concluded that participants receiving a dose too high (600 mg) or too low (150 mg) did not feel therapeutic effects. The ‘sweet spot’ seemed to be approximately 300 mg, but the correct dosage will vary based on the individual and must be discussed with a doctor.

CBD is very safe and generally causes little to no side effects. However, some individuals may experience changes in weight/appetite, fatigue and diarrhea. CBD may also negatively interact with dietary supplements and medications such as blood thinners. Any medication with a ‘grapefruit’ label should not be taken alongside CBD. CBD and grapefruit act on the same enzymes involving drug metabolism, and CBD may inhibit the medication’s absorption or effectiveness inside the body. Never cease medications you take regularly before consulting a doctor. Doing so may result in withdrawal, with symptoms including nausea, dizziness, irritability and brain fog.

How can you obtain CBD? Depends where you live! Hemp based CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are federally legal, but may be illegal in specific states. In some areas, CBD is allowed only to treat medical conditions like epilepsy and you would have to obtain a license from your physician to buy CBD oil. If you live in a cannabis friendly state, CBD can be purchased online or in cannabis dispensaries and clinics. 

Overall, studies so far may lack some credibility but are overall very promising. With supervision and a proper care plan, CBD may be an excellent supplement or alternative to treat anxiety. As research highlighting CBD’s health benefits continues to surface, we’re likely to see CBD become legalized and readily available in many more parts of the USA and across the globe.

What Dosage of CBD Should You Take?

Those searching for a natural approach to their wellbeing will have more than likely heard CBD. However, the many formulations available mean it can be difficult for some to find the right fit for the condition they’re attempting to .

Recent research has shown CBD to be a popular choice for several conditions and disorders, and are plenty of options available when yielding its potential benefits. However, it should also be noted the sensation can differ.

As the does not govern CBD, there are no set dosage guidelines, so many find it difficult to determine the right amount.

Regardless of whether you want to use CBD for anxiety, depression, or any other ailment, it is crucial to understand what CBD is, as well as the variations available. From here, those trying CBD for the first time can manage their CBD intake.

What Is CBD?

Cannabidiol is the second most active ingredient in cannabis. CBD does not contain the psychoactive elements found in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) despite deriving from the same plant. As such, it can be used without the concern of high sensation.

What Type of CBD Should You Take?

Those trying CBD for the first time may be surprised to learn there are three variants of CBD available. Although all iterations can potentially benefit users, knowing the types makes finding the right fit easier.

Isolate

As the name suggests, the isolate variation does not contain cannabinoids.

Broad-Spectrum

Broad-spectrum contains CBD as well as other cannabinoids, minus THC.

Full-Spectrum

Full-spectrum contains CBD, THC, and several other cannabinoids.

The Potential Benefits of CBD

CBD has the potential to treat a series of conditions. The following is an overview of the studies undertaken regarding the potential benefits cannabidiol can provide.

Helps with Depression

Depression is a complex illness that can involve various treatments to manage. Although CBD will not be the perfect treatment in every instance, studies show potential benefits when using cannabidiol to treat depression.

Can Be Used to Reduce Anxiety

Like depression, anxiety can be challenging to manage, especially among those searching for a natural option. Although medical advice needs to be sought first, those who feel a natural treatment is best will find CBD can reduce anxiety in many instances.

Research has shown CBD to be beneficial in treating several anxiety-based conditions, including OCD and social anxiety.

Determining the Right Dose

The first thing those trying CBD need to consider is there is no agreed dosage when treating different conditions, rather guidance. Although people can experience many of the same sensations as others, some may be unique to them.

As such, it is recommended to start with a small dose when trying CBD for the first time.

The studies carried out regarding CBD were done so using the following dosages.

  • Anxiety: Between 300 mg and 600 mg daily.
  • Bowel Disease: 10 mg dosage daily.
  • Cancer-Related Pain Management: Between 75 mg and 300 mg daily.
  • Disorders: 25 mg daily.

As advised, some people may require less or more than the guidance provided, so starting small and monitoring its is advisable when trying CBD for the first time.

Can You Take Too Much CBD?

When experimenting with CBD, some people are understandably concerned about the potential of taking too much. In the past, dosages as high as 1,500mg have been used with no detrimental outcome. However, simply taking a high dosage is not recommended, and in most instances, smaller doses will be just as effective.

How Should I Consume CBD?

The great thing about CBD is that it is available in several forms, so finding the right fit should never be a problem. The following is an overview of some of the options available regarding CBD treatments.

Inhalation

The inhalation of CBD can be carried out in one of two ways. Some may choose to use CBD concentrate, while others may prefer to vape CBD oil. Both offer an effective way of delivering CBD into the body but can be harsh on the lungs.

Topical Application

The topical application of CBD means applying lotions, balms, and creams. Using topical applications can be ideal for those suffering from joint pain or skin conditions.

However, those who do require higher doses of CBD could find many applications need to be made to feel the effects. Furthermore, topical applications’ results can be short-lived compared to other methods.

Ingestion

Ingestion of CBD means consuming food infused with CBD. Thanks to the choice available, edibles have bridged the gap between topical applications and inhalations.

As well as CBD-infused gummies, those wanting to ingest CBD can also enjoy cookies and protein bars. The ingestion approach is often preferred by those who use CBD for anxiety due to its discreet .

Are There Side Effects Associated With CBD?

When trying any form of treatment for the first time, potential side effects can be a concern.

As with the potential benefits of CBD, the side effects can vary. This is another reason why it is essential to start with small doses. The following is an overview of some of the possible side effects that can be experienced when consuming CBD.

  • Change in Appetite
  • Upset Stomach
  • Diarrhea and Nausea
  • Change in Weight

The side effects are not common but are something to be mindful of when considering the different options available.

Finding the correct dosage can be an overwhelming endeavor at times. Still, there is a lot of advice available when making a purchase, and many find that they can ascertain the correct dose within a reasonably quick time frame.

Those who plan to use CBD for anxiety can benefit from a calmer state of mind, whereas those with muscles and joint pain can find their lifestyle more enjoyable. However, it is important to remember that CBD is not the right fit for everyone.

Despite the potential benefits that CBD can provide, any conditions must be discussed with a medical professional first. This ensures that CBD consumption does not affect other medications or planned treatments.

PhenoLife understands the concerns that many can have regarding CBD but taking small steps until you find a method that for you will always work better than attempting to ingest considerable amounts.

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