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CBD for Anxiety & Stress

We all know that cannabis is much more than something to get high from. While medical marijuana first made this apparent, Cannabidiol (CBD) has absolutely driven the message home in the past few years.

Today, CBD is a worthy consideration for many - from those trying to ease joint pain to those looking to mellow out. For many suffering from anxiety and stress, CBD has provided relief when vaped or ingested. While more studies are required, the connection between CBD and some mental health conditions has plenty hoping that a viable treatment option can one day be confirmed.

How Does CBD Affect the Body?

CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds found inside a cannabis plant, and is known as a cannabinoid. Like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is one of the more well-known cannabinoids in cannabis.

While THC is known for making us feel high and relaxed, CBD provides a much more subdued experience. It won’t get you high, and some don’t even feel it taking effect in the body despite it easing our anxieties. So, why is this the case?

Unlike THC, which binds to the body's CB1 and CB2 receptors, CBD has little binding capabilities and is instead an allosteric modulator. Meaning, it influences elements indirectly.

One of the more intriguing aspects of CBD is its potential to dampen receptors like CB1 and CB2. In doing so, they can actually reduce the effects of THC. In short, if you consume too much THC, CBD can help balance your high out.

While CBD won't bind well to CB1 or CB2, it can interact with other receptors. When bound to certain receptors, CBD can trigger a neural connection through the brain's synapses. Some of these effects are believed to bring about therapeutic sensations for those suffering from stress and anxiety.

“Although CBD has little binding affinity for either of the two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), cannabidiol modulates several non-cannabinoid receptors and ion channels. CBD also acts through various receptor-independent pathways—for example, by delaying the “reuptake” of endogenous neurotransmitters (such as anandamide and adenosine) and by enhancing or inhibiting the binding action of certain G-protein coupled receptors.”

— Project CBD

Scientific Data Behind CBD, Stress and Anxiety

Cannabidiol has been researched rather extensively in comparison to other cannabis subjects. The effects of CBD on stress and anxiety has been a focal point plenty of these studies - providing us with a good deal of data to examine.  

Studies have been conducted on humans and animals alike. A 2015 study delved into CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders. It found the that preclinical evidence demonstrated CBD's potential in treating a slew of conditions ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

In its conclusions, it was reported that “Human experimental findings support preclinical findings, and also suggest a lack of anxiogenic effects, minimal sedative effects, and an excellent safety profile.”

Additionally, a 2013 study of mice found that CBD may help the brain's hippocampus regenerate its neurons (only after repeated applications). Any potential for regeneration is an extremely important milestone - studies have shown that hippocampal injuries can lead to altered moods and cognitive abilities (in other words, they can ruin your life).

Studies in recent years have further examined how CBD may impact a person’s anxiety and stress levels. Cases from this year and the year prior have found that CBD my help treat anxiety disorders and depression. Meanwhile, a 2018 double blind study found that CBD may be used to treat anxiety and depression without a person's sleep being affected.

Dosing and Product Suggestions

Remember that each consumer is different. What works for you may not be right for others.

That said, it is best to consult with a medical professional before consuming anything for medicinal purposes. If you can’t speak with a medical professional, the “start low, go slow” method works. Here, start with a small dose of CBD and gradually try higher doses over the course of an hour or two.

When choosing your products, remember that CBD comes in an array of types. Those looking for pure CBD without any other plant matter or cannabinoids should purchase isolate-based products, which contain a powder form instead of oil. Consumers looking for a whole plant experience often reach for a full spectrum oil or one which offers most of the plant’s compounds. Full spectrum may have more therapeutic benefits due to the "entourage effect" - when the many components within the cannabis plant produce a stronger influence than any one of those components alone.

Meanwhile, vape cartridges offer various CBD to THC ratios. A common option is the 1:1 which offers an even balance between the two cannabinoids and is a worthy starting point for many new users. Other options like 2:1 and 3:1 CBD to THC pens give consumers a heavier dose of CBD while offering some THC. And in some cases, a dispensary may offer a 25:1 or 1:0 which features little to no THC at all.

Studies have begun to confirm that CBD has the potential to treat a number of medical conditions and symptoms. Findings have given hope to many that CBD could help ease their stress and anxiety levels. While more data and research is required, the number of studies on the subject place the discussion further along than many other cannabis subjects.

Today, consumer demand and evolving technology continue to drive CBD product development. With both medical and adult use customers benefitting from CBD, the demand only continues to grow. At TribeTokes, we are thrilled to offer CBD products in an array of types, including our full spectrum vape cartridge and CBD infused eye cream. Visit our store today to see how we can fit into your life.

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