Common Mistakes People Make When Using CBD for Anxiety
In the last couple of years, the cannabis market has boomed, and this powerful plant is finally starting to become more accepted in mainstream culture. This increase in acceptance has to do, in part, with the sale of CBD-only products.
Because they’re touted as a non-psychoactive way to receive the benefits of cannabis, more people feel comfortable using these products on a regular basis.
CBD oils and other products are great for treating a variety of conditions, especially mental health issues like anxiety.
However, because they’re fairly new, many people with anxiety are not using CBD products in the best way — i.e., the way that will yield the best results. Because they’re not seeing dramatic improvements, some people are writing CBD off and saying it’s ineffective. In reality, though, the problem is not necessarily the CBD, but the way they used it.
If you’ve tried CBD for anxiety before and didn’t find it effective — or if you’re just on the fence about trying it — read on to learn to learn about the common mistakes you should avoid to get the most out of your CBD products and really see the benefits.
1. Not Buying a Quality Product
As with just about any other product out there, not all CBD products are created equal. What’s more, the cannabis industry, at this point, is largely unregulated. That means there’s plenty of room for less-than-reputable brands to swoop in and market products that are of poor quality.
In order to see the best results from your CBD oil or other products, it’s important to make sure the ones you’re buying are of a high quality. But, how do you determine which products are high-quality ones?
Listed below are some general guidelines that can help you separate the wheat from the chaff as you shop for CBD products:
- Pay attention to sourcing — look for products that are made with CBD that was extracted from locally sourced, organic hemp. This will help you avoid buying a product that is contaminated with pesticides or poor-quality soil.
- Choose petroleum-free processing — petroleum solvents leave toxic petroleum-based residue behind. Instead, look for products that are made with a chemical-free CO2 extraction method (it’s safer and produces a more pure, potent product).
- Look for third-party testing — Independent labs test for hundreds of different chemicals and microbiological contaminants. If the manufacturer is willing to pay a lab to screen their product, they’re probably putting out one that is of a high quality.
It can be hard at first to weed (no pun intended) through all the different manufacturers and find the one that meets these guidelines. It’ll be worth it after you do, though, to get a product that will actually help minimize your anxiety and other symptoms.
2. Not Using the Right Dosage
If you’ve tried using CBD for anxiety (or any other condition) before and felt like it wasn’t effective, the issue may have been the dosage.
Everybody is different and needs a different amount of CBD to see results. The effective dose of CBD can range all the way from 40 milligrams to 600 milligrams. As you can see, there’s a lot of room for error, so you need to be patient and do some experimenting to figure out which dose is right for you.
If you’re just getting started and aren’t sure how much to use, keep these general guidelines in mind:
- Start low — to begin with, use the smallest amount possible (remember, it’s easier to add more later than it is to try to undo the effects of taking too much)
- Increase dosage slowly — if you’re not noticing effects, don’t immediately try to double or triple your dosage. Increase it slowly after a few days, then wait a couple more days before making another change.
- Try microdosing — if taking a larger dose doesn’t work for you, you may want to consider microdosing, or taking smaller amounts, throughout the day. This can be a good option for people who are trying to maintain general health or just want to keep anxiety symptoms at bay.
It’s also important to pay attention to the amount of CBD in the products you’re buying. Many CBD products — especially edibles — contain a very small amount of CBD. The low dosage in the product combined with the slow digestion process (more on that below) could be setting you up for a less-than-ideal CBD experience.
3. Not Using a Full Spectrum Product
When you’re shopping for CBD oil and other products, pay attention to whether the product contains CBD isolate or full-spectrum CBD. One is not necessarily better than the other, but their differences are definitely worth noting.
CBD isolate products contain just pure CBD. Full-spectrum CBD products, on the other hand, contain other parts of the hemp or cannabis plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, sugars, and secondary cannabinoids.
CBD, on its own, has a fairly low absorption rate compared to a full-spectrum product. The presence of other cannabinoids and other parts of the plant help the body absorb CBD more effectively.
If you’ve used a CBD isolate product in the past and haven’t seen good results, consider switching to a full-spectrum option instead.
4. Waiting Too Long
CBD can be used to treat acute anxiety flare-ups. But, it’s most effective when used as a preventative measure to manage and maintain anxiety long-term.
To see best results when using CBD for anxiety, make sure you’re taking it consistently. This might mean taking a dropper full of CBD oil or a few CBD capsules every morning, whether you’re feeling anxious or not.
You can use more when feelings of anxiety first start to creep up, of course. But, taking CBD regularly may help prevent those feelings from showing up in the first place.
When you do take CBD at the onset of anxiety, consider vaping it instead of taking it orally. It’s easier for the body to absorb CBD when it’s vaped since it goes straight through the lungs to the blood vessels. When you take it orally, it has to go through the digestive tract, which can take anywhere from thirty minutes to a couple of hours — not good when you’re feeling anxious right now.
CBD products can be a great remedy for anxiety and other disorders. But, it’s important to make sure you’re using it properly. If you’ve never tried CBD before or didn’t find it effective the last time you tried, make sure you’re not making any of these common mistakes — some simple changes could make all the difference when it comes to managing your anxiety effectively.