Welcome to the world of Hemp-Derived Cannabis Extracts. By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the powerful medicinal qualities nature has given us in this tiny cannabinoid known as CBD (cannabidiol).
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How much CBD should I take for anxiety?
What is the best CBD oil for anxiety?
How does CBD work to effect anxiety?
What are the side effects of CBD?
In this FAQ, we will answer the above questions, and walk you through the basics of using Green Flower Botanicals CBD products.
- The FDA Guidelines
- How CBD Works To Effect Anxiety – The Current Research
- Finding Your Minimum Effective Dose – How Much CBD Do I Take And How Often?
- How To Determine Dosage Based On Type of Product
- Vapes vs Oils – Which Are Best?
- CBD Side Effects and Drug Interactions
1. The FDA Guidelines Concerning The Use Of CBD
(let’s get the legal stuff out of the way first)
It is important to note that CBD products are not approved by FDA for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of any disease. We are restricted from making any claims about the efficacy of our specific CBD products to treat or cure any disease or medical condition including anxiety related disorders.
None of the products or information made available to the public is intended to be a treatment protocol for any disease state, but rather are offered to provide information and choices regarding nutritional support for various health concerns. None of the information presented is intended to be an enticement to purchase and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction.
The FDA would want us to remind you: You should always seek the advice of a physician before adding nutritional supplements to your diet.
2. How CBD Effects Anxiety – The Current Research
CBD seems to help anxiety because of its direct effect on the brain’s limbic system. The limbic system is responsible for modulating anxiety and human stress response (fight or flight). When administered, the research indicates, cannabidiol (CBD) stimulates and activates adenosine receptors to produce a calming effect. CBD also stimulates and activates 5HT1 receptors. These 5HT1 receptors bind to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is a naturally-occurring chemical in the body, and is related to our moods and feelings of well-being. CBD helps to boost serotonin levels in the brain’s limbic system helping to regulate mood and well-being. Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications (SSRI’s) are widely prescribed and work on the same principal of boosting serotonin levels.
For your convenience, and to assist you with your research, we have assembled an index of the published research in regard to the effect of CBD on anxiety. If you ‘d like to review the currently published research on using CBD (cannabidiol) to treat anxiety please visit our research page at the following link: https://greenflowerbotanicals.com/hemp-oil-cannabinoids-treatment-effects-anxiety/
3. Finding Your Minimum Effective Dose – How Much CBD Do I Take And How Often?
We are not allowed to give specific advice on how to use CBD for a particular condition such as general anxiety or other anxiety related disorders. However, the key to using CBD (cannabidiol) most effectively for any condition is by using a stepwise dosing procedure.
Stepwise dosing is a process by which you first establish a baseline dosage and then adjust the dosage incrementally over a set time frame until you find your effective dose.
It is important to recognize that everyone responds a little differently to CBD so there is no set dose for everyone or every condition. By following a stepwise dosing procedure you can find the right dosage of CBD for any condition.
The first step to finding your minimum effective dose is to establish a baseline dosage. Based on feedback from our customers, anecdotal reports and available research, many neurological conditions such as anxiety, adhd, ptsd and depression seem to respond positively to small doses of CBD.
Start with a small baseline dosage between 3-4mg 2X daily (6-8mg total).
- Maintain your baseline dosage for 7 days taking note of how the CBD interacts with your body.
- After the initial 7 days of your baseline CBD dosage, if you are not receiving the benefit you need, then increase the daily dosage by 1-2mg every 3 days until you find the dosage that works best for you.
- Once you have determined your minimum effective dose you may wish to decrease your dosage by one level to test and see if you can maintain the benefits at a slightly lower dosage.
Once you’ve completed these steps you will have found your minimum effective dose.
Important Note: Often times people decide to try CBD to treat one specific condition only to find it helps in other areas of their body. Remember, your endocannabinoid system runs throughout the entire body at a sub-cellular level. CBD is a whole-body compound. Do not be surprised if you find various benefits from your dosage.
4. How To Determine Dosage Based On A Specific Product
Each of our products have different potency levels measured in milligrams of total CBD. The following charts can be used to determine how many drops (sublingual oils) or puffs (vaporizer) you will need to reach the desired dosage in milligrams of CBD.
Sublingual CBD Oils
Example: Using the chart below, if you wanted a 3mg dose of CBD using our 100mg OG Kush Strains CBD Oil you would find the Mg CBD Per Drop for that product – in this case it is .33mg. You would then take your desired dosage of 3mg and divide by the Mg CBD Per Drop of .33mg to determine the number of drops needed – 3mg/.33mg= 9 drops
CBD Vape Cartridges
Example: Using the chart below, if you wanted a 3mg dose of CBD using our 250mg OG Kush Vapor Cartridge you would find the Mg CBD Per Puff for that product – in this case it is 1.6mg – 2.5mg based on the length of puff you take. For our example we will take the lowest number of 1.6mg to work with. Now take your desired dosage of 3mg and divide by the Mg CBD Per Puff of 1.6mg to determine the number of puffs needed – 3mg/1.6mg= 1.875 puffs. If we round that up to 2 puffs we know we will get between 3.2mg and 5mg of CBD with those 2 puffs.
5. Vapes vs Sublingual Oils – Which Are Best?
Our CBD products are available in two primary delivery methods, sublingual oils or vapor.
CBD sublingual oils are taken by placing the desired amount of drops under the tongue and holding for 10-20 secs before swallowing. CBD Vapor is taken by puffing on a vaporizer pen (vape) with the desired CBD vaporizer cartridge.
To determine which distribution method is best for your situation here are a few factors to consider:
- The absorption rate* for CBD sublingual oils is approx 40%-45%
- The absorption rate* for CBD vapor is approx 60% – 65%
- The onset** for CBD sublingual oils is approx 15-45min. The effect of CBD sublingual oil will typically last longer than the effect from CBD vapor.
- The onset** for CBD vapor is approx 30secs – 1min. The effect of CBD vapor will typically dissipate faster than the effect from CBD sublinguals.
- CBD sublingual oils are typically preferred when there is a need for high doses of CBD.
- Compared to vapes sublingually are easier to use when needing to dial in an exact dosage of CBD.
- CBD vapes are more convenient to carry on your person and are preferred for their fast onset.
*Absorption rate is the amount by percentage of actual CBD absorbed into the body
** Onset is how quickly it takes the CBD to take effect in the body.
The Power Combo
Many of our customers choose to use a CBD sublingual oil for their daily dosage and then supplement with a CBD vaporizer throughout the day to maintain effect. The power combo is a popular method among customers trying to relieve chronic pain and other conditions that typically require higher doses of CBD. See our CBD Power Combo Deals
6. Possible Side Effects Of CBD And Drug Interaction
There are multiple studies demonstrating the effectiveness of CBD in treating various conditions. Most of these studies conclude that CBD (cannabidiol) is safe and virtually free of side effects.
A review on the Safety and side effects of cannabidiol by the NCBI for example suggests that controlled CBD (cannabidiol) administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and animals. It also does not induce changes in food intake; nor does it affect physiological parameters like heart rate, body temperature or blood pressure. Also, according to this review paper, “high doses up to 1,500 mg/day of CBD are reportedly well tolerated in humans.”
There are very few known side effects of CBD, these are mostly minor but you should be informed before taking CBD:
- Inhibition of hepatic drug metabolism -CBD and other plant cannabinoids can potentially interact with some pharmaceuticals by inhibiting the activity of cytochrome P450, a family of liver enzymes. This key enzyme group is responsible for metabolizing some of the drugs we consume. At sufficient dosages, CBD will temporarily deactivate cytochrome P450 enzymes, thereby altering how we metabolize certain compounds. A 2013 report on a clinical trial using GW Pharmaceutical’s Sativex, found no interactions with CYP enzymes when approximately 40mg of CBD were administered.
GRAPEFRUIT WARNING: If your medication has a grapefruit consumption warning label then you should not take CBD without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist to see if CBD will inhibit the efficacy of your medication.
- Dry mouth- Some people have reported an unpleasant dry sensation in the mouth.
- Increased tremor with Parkinson’s at high CBD dosages- There are studies showing the potential of CBD to help alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, there have been reports of CBD increasing tremors when taken at very high dosages. Reducing intake to a smaller dosage will typically eliminate increased tremors.
- Lightheadedness- In cases where extremely high dosages of CBD are being taken some people have reported temporary lightheadedness.
- Drowsiness- Higher dosages of CBD may cause of drowsiness. If you are affected this way, you should not operate machinery or drive a vehicle. Conversely, due to its bi-phasic nature, micro-doses of CBD act as a wake-inducing agent.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking CBD if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions please check out our FAQ section for answers to the most frequently asked questions.