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.
If you haven’t heard of CBD, well, welcome back from Mars, hope the trip was great! The rest of us here on earth have discovered something pretty cool — cannabidiol (CBD) — and like the good people we are, have started putting it in just about everything. Remember those delicious gummy candies from when you were a kid? Yeah, those have CBD in them now. If you haven’t tried CBD yet, you may be wondering what the big deal is but that’s probably because you haven’t tried it yet.
Some of the most solid evidence for using CBD is when using it to help you sleep. Since the CDC estimates that one in three Americans has trouble sleeping, CBD has the potential to help a lot of people!
In this case series, 66% of participants reported better sleep after less than one month of taking 25mg of CBD. Also in that series, researchers noted that high dose CBD, of 160mg, helped increase the length of time spent asleep. Side note, if you’re having trouble sleeping try reading scientific literature, that may do the trick on its own!
How does CBD help you sleep?
Well, scientists don’t have a clear cut answer to this question yet but they believe it has something to do with the endocannabinoid system. A case can also be made for CBD’s role in easing an underlying problem, like pain or anxiety, thereby making it easier to catch enough zzz’s. Most CBD users report at least a slight sleepiness, no matter the reason they take it, so most manufacturers recommend taking it at night — yeah, it’s anecdotal evidence but with so much of it out there, it’s more than worth a mention.
How long should I take CBD if I have trouble sleeping?
The case series mentioned earlier had patients use CBD for three months, with over 56% of participants still using it at the end. Most sleep aids, including over-the-counter products, don’t recommend using them for the long term and advocate for getting to the root of your sleeplessness, and that is always solid advice.
Is there anything in particular I should consider if I want to try CBD?
First, make sure that CBD even has the potential to help with whatever it is you need help with. Obviously, if there are studies on it, great, but keep in mind that science hasn’t totally caught up with the CBD market yet, plus studies can take years to publish.
Second, you need to make sure you are taking a high-quality product. All legit companies will provide a certificate of analysis stating that the product actually contains what it says it does — beware of companies that can’t/won’t provide one! If you don’t want to be worried about traces of THC in your product (worry is not great for sleep after all), then make sure you choose one with zero THC.
Last, but not least, consider the issue of bioavailability — the amount of CBD in a product that your body recognizes as actually available to use. If you want another sleep aid, read “A Systematic Review on the Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Humans, where researchers note that CBD needs to be used with fats to increase absorption, and formulas with “pro-nano liposphere” formulation increased oral bioavailability by about 6-fold”. That means products like Elevare Labs tinctures, that use liposomal encapsulation (more on that here) have CBD in a form that is more easily usable by the body. After all, if you want to maximize the benefits of CBD for sleep, you’ll want the maximum amount available, otherwise, the product (and your money) is wasted!
With CBD finally enjoying its moment in pop culture (rightly so!), many people have thought “hey, CBD is totally working for my x,y,z could I give it to my pet for a similar condition?”
Most vets agree that it’s completely safe to give your pet CBD since most mammals, including dogs and cats, have the same endocannabinoid system that humans do. If you want to do a deep dive into the science, click here or here but it’s a tad too boring to get too into. Suffice to say, mammals have cannabinoid receptors throughout their brains and organs, which is why CBD (a cannabinoid) may play a part in regulating body processes like sleep, anxiety, stomach troubles, etc etc. So if it works for these things in humans (a whole bunch of research says so) it makes sense that it would work in pets and any other mammals that just so happen to eat a hemp plant.
Are there any benefits to giving CBD to my pet?
There is a fair bit of anecdotal evidence for giving CBD to your dog. Some of the most credible stories are the ones that mirror the effects we see in humans. If your dog suffers from separation anxiety or repetitive behaviors that indicate anxiety, CBD may help him chill out, just like it does with people. Many pet owners give CBD to their dogs to help with pain or to control seizures, the American Kennel Club is even sponsoring a first-of-its-kind study using CBD to treat epilepsy in dogs.
Will CBD hurt my pet?
Thanks to the endocannabinoid system, mammals have an enzyme that breaks down excess cannabinoids, which is why overdose is basically unheard of, even with the psychoactive THC. Luckily, CBD, especially real hemp-derived CBD, won’t get your pooch high, nor harm them. Maybe they’ll suffer from a bit of dry mouth, maybe a good thing for all the droolers out there, but other than that, it is considered safe for both humans and pets! Of course, if your fur baby has a health condition that you are looking to treat, ask your vet for a personalized recommendation.
What should I look for when shopping for CBD for my pet?
You should consider the same things when giving CBD to your pet that you would consider if you were taking it yourself, mostly the quality of the product. Make sure you get a zero THC blend, to minimize side effects — if you have an anxious chewer, the last thing you need to give him is the munchies! Another thing is bioavailability — how much CBD is actually available for the body to use — this is where only a few brands come out heads and shoulders above the rest. Elevare CBD for pets uses the same encapsulation technology that it uses in its other CBD products for a bioavailability rate of 90%, compare that to most other brands with a max of 25-30% and it becomes clear which one is better. If you’re jealous of your dog’s newfound chill attitude after using CBD, you can pick up the same high-quality brand for yourself here!