Okay, we know that CBD gets credited with helping with a seemingly endless list of health conditions, but there is some solid science to back up some of the hype. CBD has been studied for its effectiveness in treating anxiety, anxiety related to public speaking, and even PTSD. So if you suffer from even occasional anxiety, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t, especially these days, read on to see if CBD is right for you.
Three cases for using CBD when you have anxiety:
First, this case series found that symptoms of anxiety were improved in 79% of participants. This is one of the best cases for CBD’s role in improving symptoms of anxiety, due to the fact that anxiousness decreased and stayed decreased throughout the entire three-month duration of the study. It contained great news since it used a relatively small dose of CBD, 25mg, compared to some other studies. That means that even in lower amounts, CBD may ease anxiety.
Second, for those that hate public speaking this study found that high dose CBD improves both objective and subjective measures of anxiety. That means that not only did the participants feel more chilled out, according to scientific measurements of palm sweating and heart rate, they were more chilled out.
Third, if you have PTSD, this study focused on how CBD may interfere with the brain’s ability to prioritize fear-based memories over others, offering a chance at the relief of your symptoms.
How to choose the right CBD for anxiety:
Okay, so CBD can totally help with anxiety so that means you should just buy some and give it a go right? Well, not exactly. Although it may seem like CBD is CBD, there are many different formulations out there and many ways in which to try it. First, make sure your source is legit, with an analysis certificate showing just how much CBD is actually in the bottle. CBD products are one of those where you mostly get what you pay for so it can be important to not try and skimp here. If a company has suspiciously low prices (we’ve seen bottles go for a laughable $6.99), you can be assured that company doesn’t pay for lab analysis and likely has a dodgy supplier.
If you want to be sure your CBD won’t make you even a tiny bit high, you want a product with zero THC, as some products are legally allowed to contain up to 0.3%.
Perhaps most importantly, consider bioavailability when you are looking for a CBD product to help with anxiety. Since the word ‘bioavailability’ literally means the amount of CBD that your body can use, this is an important number to consider. Most oral formulas have a maximum bioavailability of 30%, which means that more than 70% of the CBD the bottle says it contains (and that you paid for!) is simply not able to be used. Fortunately, some products use a special technology used to ensure vitamins are more available — liposomal encapsulation — to ensure a 90% bioavailability. Elevare Labs is a top-tier manufacturer of these products — plus it uses a PURE PROTEIN blend, instead of saturated fats, making it a better choice for those who don’t want to add potentially bad-for-you fats into their diets. More on that here.
So, if you have been wondering if you should try CBD for anxiety, the answer is probably yes, but make sure it’s an Elevare product so you can really relax knowing you are using a high-quality product.