What Exactly Is CBD Oil & How Can It Fight Anxiety?

You’re seeing it in supplements, beauty products, and even chocolate bars, but what the heck is CBD oil, and what is all the fuss about? You know it has something to do with marijuana, so is the wellness world just a bunch of potheads? Well, not exactly.

 

The basics of CBD oil: hemp vs. marijuana.

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid compound that is found in hemp and marijuana. Both hemp and marijuana are part of the plant family known as Cannabis. The main difference between marijuana and hemp is the level of THC in each. THC, like CBD, is a cannabinoid compound. There are 60 different known cannabinoids, but THC is the most well-known—the Beyoncé of cannabinoids, if you will. The reason THC is so famous is because it’s associated with the psychoactive high that people experience after smoking or ingesting weed.

The definitions of hemp and marijuana can get pretty confusing, but for basic purposes, marijuana contains high levels of THC, and hemp contains low levels of THC. The ratios of CBD to THC in hemp oil can vary, depending on the product and the specific plant the oil was extracted from. CBD oil, a concentrated version of the cannabidiol compound, is typically derived from hemp but can be extracted from marijuana as well. CBD oil products on the market have varying levels of CBD and THC. Many have little to no THC, while some contain small amounts.

The health benefits of CBD oil.

OK, so CBD oil won’t get you high, turn you into a drug addict, or give you the munchies, so why is everyone talking about it? If THC is the Beyoncé of cannabinoids, then CBD is the Adele: Both you and your grandma will love it. CBD is just as talented as THC but safe for the whole family. CBD oil can provide amazing health benefits naturally, and there is a growing body of research to support it.

While there are many different pathways driving the positive health benefits of CBD, the center of its awesome abilities seems to be that CBD is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation is really the commonality between most (and by most, I mean basically all) chronic health problems that we face today as a modern society. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, digestive issues, and hormonal problems are all inflammatory in nature. What the heck, right?

Despite this, it’s important to know that inflammation is not inherently bad; in fact, it’s a brilliant aspect of our immune system. When balanced, inflammation heals wounds and fights off infections. The problem with inflammation arises when it increases and never calms down. Like a forest fire burning on in perpetuity, people get hurt. Same goes with the fiery squall of insidious, chronic inflammation. As a natural anti-inflammatory, CBD can help quell the flame and fight chronic inflammation.

CBD oil, inflammation, and anxiety.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. An estimated 30 percent of adults in the United States (that’s 66 million people) and an estimated 25 percent of teenagers and preteens are affected by anxiety. As a functional medicine practitioner, I see many people who struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, and from these statistics, it should be no surprise. But just because something is common doesn’t make it normal. Fortunately, new insights into the cause of anxiety may help with the development of more effective treatment options.

Most people do not associate cognitive health issues like anxiety, depression, brain fog, ADD, ADHD, and autism with inflammation, but it turns out that is exactly what the research is finding. There is actually a whole field of research known as the cytokine model of cognitive function studying how inflammation messes with our brains and may cause anxiety disorders. One finding is that elevated levels of NF kappa B (NFkB), an inflammatory bad guy, is associated with anxiety while people with lower levels of NFkB often have lower rates of anxiety.

Enter CBD oil: an anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety compound. I have seen in my own life, and many of my patients’ lives, the positive impact CBD oil can have on anxiety. Studies have found that CBD oil is a natural anxiolytic (anxiety calmer) and is effective in treating social anxiety. CBD calms anxiety naturally without the potential side effects of pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications.

In addition to fighting inflammation in the body, CBD oil may reduce anxiety by directly affecting the brain. Studies have found that CBD actually lowers activity in the amygdala and increases prefrontal cortex activation, two parts of the brain involved in anxiety. There is also evidence that CBD is able to activate hippocampus neurogenesis, aka regenerate new neurons! This activates CB1 receptors, which has a positive balancing impact on GABA and glutamate levels, associated with reducing anxiety.

CBD Oil: How much should you take?

The studies done on CBD oil have a pretty wide dose range (anywhere from a few milligrams to hundreds of milligrams). I suggest starting at the lower end (around 10 milligrams) and slowly increasing over a few weeks or months to see what works for you. Some people also do well with splitting the dosage throughout the day instead of taking the dose all at once. As with everything, it is always a good idea to talk with your prescribing doctor if you are on any medications. CBD is generally very safe, but there are some pharmaceutical medications CBD oil could potentially interact with and increase or decrease the pharmaceutical drugs’ effectiveness.

There are a growing number of quality CBD oils on the market. Just make sure the product you buy is getting third-party tested for quality and potency—and that the hemp was organically grown.

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How to Take CBD Oil For Maximum Effects, According to an Expert

You may have heard about the purported health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), including relieving anxiety and pain, reducing seizures, and getting better sleep. CBD is derived from the marijuana plant, but it doesn’t contain THC, the compound that makes you feel “high.”

If you’re interested in trying CBD for yourself, one of the most common ways is with CBD, or hemp, oils. Unfortunately, many of these products don’t come with instructions on the best way to take it, so we asked neuroscientist and cannabis expert Josh Kaplan, PhD, about the best way to consume your CBD oil. Dr. Kaplan said there are two ways to take CBD oil: under your tongue (“sublingually”) or swallowing it immediately (whether by itself or mixed with food). The method in which you take CBD oil depends on the results you are looking for.

 

The Best Way For Fast Relief

In the sublingual method, you put a drop or dropper of oil (depending on the suggested serving size) under your tongue and wait a minute or so before swallowing. Dr. Kaplan says this way is best for quick relief.

“Once the CBD passes through the skin under your tongue to the blood, it rapidly makes its way to the brain and the rest of the body, where it can start having effects,” he told POPSUGAR. “These effects are therefore felt within minutes and can last for a few hours.” So if you’re looking for a fast relief from pain, migraine, or acute stress, that may be the way to go.

“Plus, it allows you to easily titrate the dose,” he said. “That is, you get relatively rapid feedback and can take another dose if necessary.”

 

If You Want It to Last Longer

You can also drop CBD oil directly in your mouth and swallow it as is or mix with your favorite food or beverage. Dr. Kaplan suggests this way works best if you are seeking long-lasting relief because the effects last longer when taken orally.

“The downside is that they take longer to kick in because it gets absorbed through your digestive tract, which is slower,” he explained. “While it may take an hour or two before the effects are noticed, they may last longer than the sublingual method of consumption.”

He noted that if your oil also has THC (found in some cannabis oils), taking it orally may maximize the effects of the THC, since the byproduct of it being processed by the liver is a stronger compound than THC. But CBD oils, including hemp-derived varieties, don’t typically contain any THC. And if they do, it’s in very small amounts that aren’t enough to have any effects.

 

The Final Verdict

It all depends on your desired results; both ways have their advantages. If you want your CBD to work quickly, then taking a dosage under your tongue, waiting a minute to 90 seconds, and then swallowing will be the way to go. If you’re looking for the effects to last longer, then you may want to take it orally.

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Not Feeling the Magic of CBD? It Could Be Because of This

You’ve read numerous stories about how CBD has changed people’s lives. You’ve heard it referred to as “nature’s Xanax.” You’ve done your due diligence and devoured articles about how CBD can help relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, and even help your workouts. So you decided to try it and experience the magic for yourself. And then . . . nothing happened. If you’ve tried CBD and it didn’t work for you, several factors could be at play. POPSUGAR spoke to experts to find out common reasons CBD doesn’t work for people.

A quick refresher: CBD (cannabidiol) is an active compound found in hemp, but it’s nonpsychoactive. Read: it doesn’t get you high. In addition to its antianxiety and anti-inflammation benefits, there’s evidence that it can treat issues like IBD and epilepsy.

You’re Not Taking the Right Dose

“There is plenty of science behind CBD oil,” said Dr. Elaine Burns, founder of the Southwest Medical Marijuana Evaluation Centers in Phoenix and CEO of DrBurns’ ReLeaf products. “If it isn’t working for someone, it is either low-quality or the dosing is incorrect. Usually it’s a combination of both.” She went on to explain that since everyone has the same chemical receptors, if someone isn’t responding to CBD, that typically leads her to believe either the product is inferior or the dosage is off.

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Finding the correct dosage of CBD is complicated. “CBD at the tiny doses that people are taking (10 to 40 milligrams) is simply not effective,” said Jordan Tishler, MD, a Harvard physician, cannabis therapeutics specialist, and the CEO/CMO at InhaleMD. He pointed out studies on CBD that show that doses need to be much, much higher — think 600 to 1,200 mg.

However, Dr. Burns told POPSUGAR that “there is no magic number because every condition is different. Dosing depends on the severity and chronic nature of a condition. There’s an art and science to all of this, so there is no blanket one-answer-fits-all dosage.” She starts her patients at a low dose and gradually increases the dosage. (POPSUGAR spoke to several doctors about how to find the right CBD dose here.)

Another factor: “It depends on what they are trying to treat and the bioavailability of the product,” said Jordan Dorn, the cofounder of LionCura, a wholesale CBD supplier to restaurants and health markets in Los Angeles. Bioavailability is how easily your body can absorb the product, he explained.

Your Product Isn’t High-Quality

Todd Mitchem, managing partner and cannabis expert at DacorumStrategies.com, told POPSUGAR that one of the biggest issues is the lack of regulation in mail-order and over-the-counter CBD products. “If the consumer lives in a state with legal cannabis, we always recommend they go there first since the regulated products are far safer and of better quality.”

If you don’t live in a state with legal cannabis, you’re not totally out of luck — you just need to do your research on the products you’re buying. “Unfortunately, some products could have a very low concentration or even no CBD at all,” said Joel Stanley, cofounder and chairman of CW Hemp. “Sadly, when the FDA tested CBD products and released the results to the public, many of the products contained fractional to no CBD. It’s important to look for a trusted brand and reputable manufacturer.” He said to find out if it controls the manufacturing process “from seed to shelf,” to ask where its raw materials are sourced from, and to see if it does the CBD extraction itself. “A consumer should be able to request batch testing that shows purity and potency,” he added.

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You May Need a Blend of Cannabinoids

“If a person purchases a high-quality CBD product, the key is that they know what CBD does and does not do,” said Mitchem. “CBD is one of over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. You may in fact need a more complex cannabinoid profile in the plant for it to be effective,” he explained. High-quality CBD can help with ailments like depression, and highly concentrated topical CBD can also be very effective for pain, he explained. If you want to use CBD to treat chronic ailments like Crohn’s disease, he said you would benefit more from a blend of CBD and another cannabinoid, like THC. But THC is a psychoactive compound, so these formulations would only be available in states where marijuana is legal.

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You Haven’t Been Using It Long Enough

“The longer-term effects of CBD, such as the anti-inflammatory properties, require daily use, and the benefits can be felt after two to four weeks,” said Dorn. “CBD over time interacts with the cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system and the immune system to trigger a response from your cells, thus creating the painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects.” In regular-person speak, this means that it takes a bit of time for it to start working.

“Even though some consumers have quick success, this is a dietary supplement,” Stanley said. “It takes time for some of us to experience something as simple as balance in our body. Balance can appear in very different ways for different people. Also, it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label.”

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Can CBD Lead to Better Sex?

Now, no one is suggesting for a moment that you might have problems with your sex drive. We assume everything is humming along nicely. But it’s always nice to get a bit of an extra boost, shall we say, from time to time. CBD may be just the thing to give you the extra pep in your step.

Extracts from the marijuana plant like CBD have been used for thousands of years to treat various illness and help people deal with different ailments. It’s also great for adding a sense of balance to our physical well-being. Studies are appearing more and more that demonstrate the powerful effect CBD can have on our bodies.

What Can CBD Do for Your Sex Life

There is still a lot of mystery and debate surrounding CBD and the effects it can have on our body. A lot of the mystery comes down to our own individual biology, the dosages we use, as well as environmental factors. With CBD it’s important to mix, match, and experiment to discover what works best for you as an individual.

Unlike its often maligned cousin THC, CBD offers users a clear head and relaxed feeling without becoming too “spaced” out after. Sometimes the reason you’re having bad sex is simply that you can’t relax. If you can’t relax, your partner can’t relax, and then everyone just ends up having a bad time.

Erectile Dysfunction

It has happened to most guys at least once in their lives (even if they won’t admit it). If it hasn’t occurred already it may never happen, and that’s awesome. We think it’s always best to make sure you put yourself in the most optimal position for life. Erectile dysfunction has been linked by some researchers to a toxin named dioxin. CBD, as luck would have it, can kick that dioxin right out of your system and prevent it from forming again.

Discomfort for Women

Just as men have experience with erectile dysfunction there are probably no shortage of women out there who’ve had pain or discomfort during sex. CBD can help those women, too. CBD increases blood flow and natural lubrication for an easier and more enjoyable time. There’s no need to use regular pharmaceuticals or other stimulants. CBD can do the job for you.

Continuing Research

There is work being done in the CBD community all the time to provide everyone with the most up-to-date information. The best thing for anyone to do is try it for themselves and see how they can improve their sex lives. The most important thing is to find what works best for you. CBD has different effects on each person and what could be more personal than our sex lives.

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