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CBD For Anxiety – Does It Really Help?

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CBD for anxiety
Author avatar By Shelly McKay
November 03, 2020
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Anxiety is a normal, natural feeling, as familiar to most of us as joy, gratitude, dread or love. It can be helpful: a subconscious early-warning system, an alert that something isn’t right. For some, however, anxiety can be overwhelming. It can ruin relationships, destroy job prospects and, in extreme cases, lead to suicide.

Does CBD Help With Anxiety?

The medical benefits of CBD are widely known. A study on CBD and anxiety published in 2015 concluded that CBD seemed to reduce the anxiety linked to multiple disorders, including PTSD and SAD. The same study found CBD achieved this without the sedative effects of current, popular medications, showing the potential to be a far safer drug.

That said, while isolating and studying the effects of CBD and anxiety is absolutely essential, it does tend to ignore the bigger picture. Unlike pharmaceutical magic bullets with a single mechanism of action, CBD is a pharmacologic shotgun with a surprising safety profile and great therapeutic potential. 

CBD has been shown to relieve anxiety, depression, pain, seizures, psychosis, inflammation, spasm, nausea, and more. It has numerous mechanisms of action in the body, and others are likely to be discovered. Also, studies have shown that it antagonizes GPR55, alpha-1 adrenergic, and mu-opioid receptors, activates 5-HT1A serotonergic and TRPV1–2 vanilloid receptors, and inhibits the uptake of norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, GABA, and anandamide, and influences mitochondrial calcium stores, to name a few!

CBD & Terpenes – What Are The CBD Effects On Anxiety?

Cannabis doesn’t only contain cannabinoids, there are other compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids that must be taken into consideration. The ‘entourage effect’ of these chemicals is far more powerful than that of any single compound, and there are indications that certain terpenes can really boost the anti-anxiety properties of CBD. So, what terpenes should we be looking out for in our high CBD chemovars? The following have been shown to have the most anxiety-relieving potential:

  • Beta-caryophyllene
  • Alpha-pinene
  • Linalool
  • Limonene
  • Nerolidol 
  • Alpha-bisabolol

These terpenes are present in various quantities in many cannabis chemovars, although those suffering from anxiety should narrow the search to high CBD seeds, avoiding those with high THC (the psychoactive effects of THC can actually INCREASE levels of anxiety). Overall, in terms of CBD effects on anxiety, the results seem largely positive.

Best CBD strains

CBD Zkittlez
Bud from CBD Zkittlez (1:1)

As mentioned above, when choosing CBD cannabis strains for anxiety it is wise to pick a chemovar with as low a THC content as possible. The Homegrown Cannabis Co. boasts a range of high CBD low THC cannabis seeds unlike any other. From well-balanced CBD chemovars such as CBD Zkittlez (1:1), to super-high ratio seeds like CBD Sour Tangie (25:1), there’s even a CBD strain with a ratio of 30:1 CBD to THC.

The Best Way To Take CBD

Once you have selected and grown the best CBD chemovar for your needs, what can you do with your flower? Consuming CBD doesn’t have to be limited to smoking, there’s a whole range of options available, such as:

  • CBD Oil
  • CBD Topical
  • CBD Butter
  • CBD Gummies
  • CBD Tinctures
  • CBD Chocolate
  • CBD Brownies

This list is by no means exhaustive but it demonstrates that those wishing to use cannabis as a medicine, who do not want to get high and want to avoid smoking, have a number of options open to them.

Making Your Own CBD Products

While it’s true there are a huge number of CBD products on the market, you would not be here if you didn’t fancy the idea of growing and creating your own. There is no sweeter taste than the tomato plucked from your own garden, and no finer smoke than the nicely cured bud of your first successful grow. The same can be said for oils and edibles.

Another popular way to consume cannabis is to make your own CBD and THC vape juice, also CBD vape juice is widely available in shops which makes it easier to obtain, however, making your own CBD vape oil may be far more satisfying.

What are the best CBD gummies for anxiety? The ones you make yourself. What is the best CBD oil for anxiety? The one you infuse yourself. Making your own medicine is hugely rewarding. It is a project. It is a way to create a sense of pride and achievement, a solid first step on the road to beating anxiety, depression, and a whole host of other mental and emotional issues.

Grow Your Own High CBD Strains!

CBD Sour Tangie
CBD Sour Tangie plant

The best CBD for anxiety is the CBD you grow, harvest and process yourself, and the best place to buy cannabis seeds online is right here, at the Homegrown Cannabis Co.

The selection of all types of cannabis chemovars is amazing, but the choice of high and very high CBD seeds is second to none.

Happiness is here. Success is here. CBD pain relief is here. It’s time to take the first step.

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