CBD Dosage For Anxiety
It’s well known that THC products may increase anxiety in some after consuming a too-large dose, but there is thankfully very little risk of this happening with CBD products. Nevertheless, start small and work your way up, in case you don’t like the results or experience any rare adverse reactions.
Some clinical trials have identified modest doses from 25 to 75 mg for the treatment of general anxiety, trouble sleeping, PTSD, and as part of comprehensive psychiatric treatment. It’s recommended that new users start with no more than a 25 mg dose and wait around an hour before increasing their dose if needed.
However, if doses from 25 to 75 mg simply aren’t doing anything for you, even after waiting a while for full absorption, it’s safe to work your way up to a significantly larger dose until you experience beneficial effects.
In the previously referenced study into anxiety surrounding public speaking, the most effective CBD dose was identified as 300 mg. In that particular study, the 300 mg dose very interestingly outperformed both a 150 mg dose and a 600 mg dose. Other studies have demonstrated beneficial anti-anxiety effects at 600 mg and more.
In one such extensive study completed in 2019, research data showed that more than 50% of men benefited from 300-600 mg of CBD. It’s important to again note the dose an individual needs for their own anxiety depends on more than their gender – other variables include administration method, strain, and body chemistry.
Remember that not all CBD products are created equal. If you’re on a high dose of CBD tinctures and switch to edibles, for example, it would be wise to roll back your dose the first time you try the new product. Each person and each product is unique, so 300 mg of one oil could potentially hit you very differently than 300 mg of another product or different brand.
What Are The Negative Side Effects To CBD Use?
There have been very few negative side effects associated with CBD use, and there is essentially no physiological possibility of overdosing on the substance. Typically, any serious adverse reactions to CBD have been associated with combining CBD with other medications or substances. If you’re taking prescription drugs and concerned about potential interactions, have a discussion with your healthcare provider before adding CBD to your anxiety management regimen.
Other side effects are similar to those of full spectrum cannabis use and are not serious.
- Dry mouth
- Changes in appetite
How To Take CBD
A high-quality CBD product can come in various forms to accommodate your needs. For those looking for pain relief, a topical gel or lotion might make the most sense, whereas someone who is looking for relief for mental health needs, such as relief from stress and anxiety, might benefit most from a tincture you can take orally or even a daily capsule or gummy that makes dosing a no-brainer.
An oil based product can be great to add to your favorite snack or meal if you prefer dosing with food. CBD oil typically comes in a discreet dropper bottle that can be carried in a purse or pocket, and it doesn’t give off any cannabis odors or scents when you use it.
Here is how to use and consume some of the most common types of CBD products: