Why CBD Doesn’t Work

Almost everyday, we hear from people who have had frustrating experiences with CBD. 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
  • 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 benefits 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 getting 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 THC have been removed. This may allow customers to still benefit from the entourage effect from other cannabinoids and 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 soothe 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 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 potent, 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 about how much CBD is in their products. 

This is a common issue. A 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 Works

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 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

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

How 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 results 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 relief you’re looking for. If there’s heavy metals or pesticides present, the product could be a danger to your , 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:

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 cannabinoid, 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 , 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 cannabis).

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 CBD. The following six statements will either be a treat about CBD (something that is true) or a trick (something that is not true about CBD).

TRICK or TREAT: CBD Gets You High

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 associated with cannabis is THC, which is a restricted 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 in how you can take CBD, there’s not a difference in the CBD itself, ?

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 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 natural 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.
  • : 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 should always make sure that any CBD products you buy are tested by a third-party lab, and that you have access to those results. Third-party 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 disorders. A 2015 study suggests that CBD may be able to treat a wide range of anxiety disorders without harmful side-effects. 

Another 2019 study 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 . 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 reduce 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 . 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 CBD? We’ve created a guide to help beginners navigate 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 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 cannabinoid 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 THC, CBD ’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

’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 . 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 natural 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:

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 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 look to CBD to treat 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 disorders 

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 health 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 answer your questions and make sure you get into a CBD choice that’s perfect for your needs.

CBD Oil Effects On Mental Health And Anxiety Disorders

According to recent statistics, at least 40 million Americans have 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 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 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 panic, 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 in treating anxiety disorders is the use of CBD oil. A survey conducted in 2017 demonstrated that at least 41% of Cannabis 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 medical Cannabis 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 study 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 depression. CBD products can also provide relief to chronic pain caused by diseases such as arthritis and also aid in sleeping disorders. has also officially recognized the use of CBD in the treatment of epilepsy.

Things to note about CBD use

Despite having no long-term risks 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 mental health 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 about 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 doesn’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 benefits 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 and pain.

Research has shown that CBD is as effective as traditional medicines when it comes to reducing 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 (both marijuana-derived CBD and hemp-derived CBD) naturally work with your endocannabinoid system to bring you 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 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 risks 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

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.

Can CBD Help My Anxiety and Depression?

Cannabidiol () is a component gaining interest in recent years. It is one of the cannabinoids found in . 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, , 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 testing, 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 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 , 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 extract (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 .

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

Conclusion

CBD oil is a top-rated product due to its medical claims. Many people have used CBD oil to cure health problems 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 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 , CBD for anxiety 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)

FDA 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 . 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 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 dosages of CBD (150 mg, 300 mg, and 600 mg) as well as a placebo eight years later in a 2019 study. There was no difference in anxiety reduction between the 150- and 600-milligram CBD for anxiety doses, which were compared to a placebo. More CBD doesn’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 mental 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 insomnia, sexual dysfunction, mood changes as well as irritability. CBD for anxiety hasn’t had the same .

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

Anti-Anxiety CBD Dose

A proper 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.

Risks 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.

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 health conditions, be it physical or mental. 

Cannabis may not be legal in your state but it’s crucial to understand the 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 treating physical symptoms ranging from chronic illness and pain to side effects from chemotherapy. CBD is being studied as a positive alternative treatment method for people with disorders. Anxiety is generally treated with prescription drugs such as SSRIs and benzodiazepines which have strong 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 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 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 chemicals and additives found in the 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.  CBD oil 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 alleviate symptoms. A lower 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 stress, -related problems, depression, anxiety, and pain. Capsules are a better 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

CBD (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’ 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

CBD provides positive pharmacological benefits without any unwanted psychogenic , 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 clinical evidence that CBD can help prevent and treat generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.Anxiety is one of the most relevant mental conditions today, with over 30% of American being diagnosed with anxiety or anxiety .

As Cannabis is being legalized in many states, many scientific studies are being done to discover the efficacy of CBD and cannabis in treating 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 , 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 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 condition.

How do we know what dosage 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. Vaping 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 relief 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? 

CBD and Anxiety- the plant that’s taking the health world by storm.

Cannabidiol, or CBD is a chemical compound naturally found in the Cannabis Sativa or hemp plant. CBD has been used for generations to treat symptoms of chronic illness, pain, anxiety and . THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol is CBD’s sister compound found in hemp that creates psychogenic effects or the feeling of being ‘high.’ Individuals concerned unwanted side effects or safety have experienced potent, 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 treatment 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 , 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 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 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 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 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.

Fibromyalgia sufferers taking CBD for relief

Those with have a new aid in their battle against the condition – , or Cannabidiol.

Fibromyalgia is a that in widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, , and mood issues.

Researchers now think that fibromyalgia makes painful sensations worse by affecting the way the processes pain signals. The good news for fibromyalgia sufferers is that CBD is a safe, natural pain reliever.

Common benefits associated with CBD include , relaxation, pain relief, and sleep. A recent study also indicated CBD may be good for fibromyalgia pain.

Fibromyalgia affects millions worldwide. While over 90% of those with the condition are women, it also affects men. In fact, physicians now believe the condition may be more prevalent among men than previously believed. Whether you are a woman or a man, if you have fibromyalgia pain, more and more studies are showing that CBD may be the solution you need to feel better.

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CBD vs. THC: What’s the Difference?

As the legal use of hemp and other cannabis products spreads, consumers are becoming more aware of their choices. Two natural chemicals found in plants of the Cannabis genus are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While both are cannabinoids, the two have very different effects on your body.

CBD vs THC: What’s the Difference?

are three types of Cannabis plants that are most commonly used medicinally or recreationally: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Each plant has different concentrations of CBD and THC; in fact, cannabis grown for recreational use in the U.S. is typically very low in CBD and high in THC, whereas hemp used industrially is just the opposite.

CBD has been identified as a medicinal product with zero psychoactive compounds, while THC, on the other hand, is a psychoactive chemical known to induce euphoria. Both substances have been found to have very different effects on the human body given their differing compositions, which is why the debate of CBD vs. THC rages on.

CBD VS THC: Their Chemical Structures

CBD is antipsychotic, neuroprotective, and can seizures. It counteracts the psychoactive effects of THC by blocking the pathway that allows for tetrahydrocannabinol to induce its psychomimetic effects in the brain. CBD oil has been used to treat chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety , muscle spasms, seizures, insomnia, , lack of appetite, among other things.

Ideally, CBD and THC have the same molecular structure; the only difference is that CBD has a hydroxyl group attached to its chain. THC’s hydroxyl group is replaced with a carboxylic acid ring which causes it to produce psychoactive effects that are more intense than those of CBD.

CBD and THC are similar to your body’s endocannabinoids, a type of neurotransmitter. These chemicals help regulate homeostasis in nearly every mammal. In humans, endocannabinoids affect appetite, mood, memory and pain. They’re also involved in regulating sleep, growth and development, immune function, stress management and much more.

CBD VS THC Psychoactive Properties

THC is one of the most well-known cannabinoids because it has psychoactive properties. While, CBD is not a psychoactive substance.

These two chemicals depend on several factors, but one of the most important distinctions is that THC directly engages with the ’s CB1 receptors. Because it engages with the endocannabinoid system, THC has several effects on the body. The main chemical component in marijuana is delta-8 THC, which binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. It causes a sensation of euphoria. CBD poorly binds CB1 receptors. CBD does not bind at all to CB1 receptors.

CBD VS THC Legality

CBD oil is legal in some states, whereas THC products are not federally legal. To be legally sold in all 50 states, CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC by volume, according to the 2014 Farm Bill. This bill also legalized hemp growing under certain circumstances in the U.S., which can be a source of CBD.

Different states have different laws about the legality of cannabis products with higher levels of THC. For example, in Massachusetts, any product that contains more than 0.3% trace amount of THC is considered marijuana and is therefore illegal to sell and possess. There are legal limits on how much THC can be contained in cannabis products in other states such as Colorado, Washington, and California.

CBD VS THC Medical Benefits

Although CBD and THC have been studied extensively, little research highlights their medical benefits. However, cannabis with higher levels of THC is effective in things like chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and insomnia.

Thc can help relieve symptoms like pain, inflammation (like arthritis ), stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, and epilepsy. Many doctors prescribe thc to help with nausea after chemotherapy because it can reduce vomiting. It’s often used to increase appetite in who’ve lost weight or are severely ill.

CBD is associated with several medical benefits, including treating seizures, inflammation, pain, anxiety disorders, addiction, and nausea. It has also been used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy manage psychotic disorders, and it can even help treat severe mental conditions like schizophrenia.

The Food and Drug Administration ( ) approved Epidiolex, a CBD medication, in 2018 to treat seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

CBD VS THC Side Effects

The side effects of THC are often associated with feelings of euphoria, anxiety, and trouble concentrating. CBD is not known to have these adverse side effects. CBD is known to cause side effects such as dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and fatigue.

Cannabis has been used medicinally for thousands of years. As modern research uncovers the benefits of cannabis, more people than ever before are turning to natural remedies like hemp and cannabis oils. As the legalization of cannabis spreads, more and more people will find from their ailments through its unique properties.

CBD VS THC Drug Testing

Both THC and CBD are fat-soluble. This means they are stored in the body’s fatty tissue, not water-soluble like other molecules. Over time, the body will continue to hold onto these cannabinoids regardless of whether or not a person is actively using cannabis products. Frequent use may make it difficult for people looking to pass drug tests.

It is important to note that not all drug tests have the capabilities to detect CBD. Drug testing laboratories must determine the concentration of THC metabolites in a person’s system. This is not possible for CBD due to its low concentration and non-psychoactive .

However, most drug tests will be able to detect traces of THC either in blood or urine. Frequent cannabis users may have high levels of THC in their system for a couple of weeks or more. This could result in a positive drug test even if the person has stopped using.

Conclusion

Both THC and CBD are valuable parts of the cannabis plant. They each hold medicinal benefits that can be helpful to people suffering from different medical conditions, but it is essential to understand the differences between the two compounds. The critical difference between THC and CBD is how each interacts with our bodies’ cannabinoid receptors. While THC directly engages these receptors, CBD does not. Some people prefer CBD oil to THC oil – they get all the benefits, with fewer side effects.

CBD Effects on Menopause and Andropause Symptoms

As known women are suffering from the menopause around the age of 40, less known is that men are suffering from the of andropause. A solution has been found for menopause and andropause symptoms  – .

CBD has been shown to provide natural for many of the common symptoms produced by these conditions, including fatigue, sleeplessness, aching joints, weight gain, hot flashes, and more.

A recent by BDS Analytics found that women are starting to catch on to the relief provided by CBD. In that study, women surveyed said menopause was one of the top three reasons why they were CBD for self-care. Other top reasons included menstruation and sex. Men are also starting to use CBD for symptom relief from male menopause, experts say.

One of the biggest keys to enjoying relief from menopause and andropause is to find a high-quality CBD product. Many companies are looking to earn profits from the “CBD craze” and that has led them to cut corners in the manufacturing process and to use less than the highest quality ingredients in an effort to costs and maximize profits.

Experts say if you are looking for menopause or andropause relief, you should look for a company that offers full-spectrum CBD and that pays close to both the CBD growth phase as well as the CBD extraction phase when it comes to creating their products. Finding a CBD provider with attention to detail and a commitment to excellence is vital for ensuring your .

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Improve SEX life with CBD

Could be the key to enhancing your sex life?

Many experts now say it could be! That’s , CBD isn’t just good for relaxation and and pain relief, it can also spice up your sex life. Here are five ways taking CBD could improve your sex life:

pleasure. CBD increases anandamide in the body and numerous studies have shown that an increase in anandamide sex can enhance pleasure. Taking CBD may also boost confidence and reduce , both of which could lead to enhanced feelings of pleasure.

♥ Reduce Performance Anxiety. Many men, and women, experience anxiety when it comes to sex. These feelings can limit arousal and affect performance. Taking CBD is a great way to reduce feelings of anxiety and replace them with a state of calmness so that you can perform at your best.

♥ Stop Vaginal Pain. Many women may experience pain in their vagina during sex. CBD can be a great pain reliever and preventer. Taking CBD before sex could help reduce inflammation and help women and men feel .

♥ Increase Arousal. According to experts, CBD can increase blood flow to the sexual organs resulting in heightened sexual arousal as well as an increase in orgasm intensity.

♥ Improve Erectile Dysfunction. CBD usage may also help men who suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). CBD is thought to dilate the blood vessels and promote healthier blood flow and circulation.

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CBD & Terpenes Fight COVID-19 Pandemic!

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A new study has found that plus is 2X than a corticosteroid in treating COVID-19 inflammation!

That means vaping , which offers full-spectrum CBD in a 59.7% concentration, may help provide the needed protection. Full-spectrum CBD contains, in addition to CBD, other cannabinoids and terpenes that are found in the plant.
 
In the study, it was found that CBD when combined with terpenes, which are the compounds that provide the aroma and flavor in cannabis and other plants, might outperform traditional COVID-19 inflammation treatments (including corticosteroids).
 
The Israeli researchers discovered that CBD combined with terpenes was two times more at inhibiting cytokine activity than dexamethasone, a corticosteroid.
 
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