Does CBD Oil Help with Anxiety? We Answer Your FAQs

In Alaska, where the lack of sun is prominent 6 months out of the year, some people may have issues with their health. Couple that with the chaos in the world with Covid-19 and there should be no surprise that there are more anxious people than ever before. If you’ve ever had high anxiety, you know how terrible it felt and that you would do anything to stop the feeling. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders have significantly increased in the last few years, and for those who deal with it daily, you just want relief since the symptoms can be quite scary or alarming. 

Nevertheless, anxiety is a normal reaction to what the brain perceives to be scary or a danger. Just because you experience anxiety doesn’t mean there is impeding doom. Likely, it’s your brain that picked up on some trigger (an experience that affected you) and it immediately went into overdrive, thinking the trigger will cause harm now, as it did back then. 

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Facts About Anxiety and CBD Oil

Anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms, due to adrenaline being released throughout your body. These symptoms can be uncomfortable to downright terrifying if they’re allowed to escalate into a panic attack. Depending on the severity, anxiety can affect your daily life to a degree that it can cause major lifestyle changes. An estimated 264 million people worldwide have some form of anxiety disorder, with around 40 million residing within the U.S, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

There are many treatment options for anxiety, with CBD oil showing great promise. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical in the Cannabis sativa plant, otherwise known as hemp. Over 80 chemicals make up the plant, and just like with any anxiety treatment, it’s important to understand the logistics of it, including the properties of CBD oil and how they work on the brain to calm anxiety. Scroll down where we answer your FAQs in whether CBD can help with anxiety.

CBD Oil for Anxiety FAQs 

The properties in CBD oil show they can have a therapeutic effect on certain health conditions, as well as for mental health disorders, anxiety being one of them. Below is an FAQ that will hopefully give you informative content to decide what you feel is right.

Q: What conditions does CBD oil treat?

A:  Along with anxiety, CBD oil can help with other conditions, including chronic pain, seizures, and other health issues, but because it’s not FDA approved, there aren’t a lot of studies done on the effects it can have on the body and brain. And because results differ from person-to-person, it’s best to speak to your doctor about your situation.

Q: What properties of CBD oil make it beneficial for anxiety?

A: Our brains are comprised of an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that includes fatty ligands called endocannabinoids, which binds to a vast network of cannabinoid receptor sites (CB1 and CB2). These are found throughout the brain, central nervous system, immune system, and organs. The ECS works wonderfully to ensure all our physiological systems stay in homeostasis. (balance) When CB1 receptors become activated in your central nervous system and brain, it’s been discovered, they calm the symptoms of anxiety. However, when THC (the main psychoactive compound in cannabis) isn’t removed, it can result in increased anxiety. When CBD is consumed, it can protect against and treat anxiety disorders.

Q: Are there side effects to using CBD oil for anxiety?

A: Just as with anything you consume, whether it’s made from nature or from a chemical compound, your body may experience side effects. The main effect is a calming feeling, and since your body is already experiencing a vast array of symptoms, it will help calm down your nervous system. Still, there are some side effects to watch out for—mainly dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. If you’re using the oil with a carrier oil, such as coconut or olive oil, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue; however, if you’re applying it to the skin, watch for any skin irritation and contact your doctor if the side effects become more than bothersome.

Q: Will CBD oil cause a euphoric or high feeling?

A: It shouldn’t, because the products we carry only contain <0.3% THC—yet it can build up in your body over time, so to be cautious, consider one of our CBD Only or broad-spectrum THC-free options. This makes it appealing to people who would rather get relief without the mind-altering effects of THC. 

Q: Is there a difference between hemp and marijuana?

A: Yes! Although they both come from the same plant, they are legally recognized as two different plants because of the amount of THC they contain. Marijuana plants contain much more THC than industrial hemp does and results in the feeling of intoxication or a high feeling. It also causes someone to fail a drug test. At Red Raven, we only use industrial hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC.

Q: Is CBD made from hemp legal? 

A: Yes, it is federally legal in the U.S., but depending on where you live, the law may change. We are fully compliant with the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill, and are registered with the Alaska Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, License #20-4R-0051. For more information on the legislation, please visit ProjectCBD.org.

Q: How do I use your products?

A: To get the most benefit from our CBD oil products, take sublingually by placing a few drops under your tongue. You can also add it to coffee or food. Apply our moisturizing pain cream topically to affected areas. Regarding pets, squirt a few drops into their mouth, or mix it with food. Using our gummies as needed throughout the day is best to achieve consistent micro dosing. 

Q: Where is your CBD derived from?

A: Our CBD and whole plant extracts come exclusively from pesticide-free, non-GMO industrial hemp. We only partner with natural farming practices within the U.S. Our manufacturing comes from family-run farms that grow organic hemp; they are dedicated to the quality of the soil and process it and refine themselves. This allows us to keep costs low, but be accessible to the rest of the country, keeping our mission of supporting small businesses in Alaska.

Contact Red Raven for Help

CBD oil can have a profound effect on anxiety and anxiety disorders, so if you struggle with anxiety and want a natural treatment, please get in touch with us. Hopefully we answered your questions, but if you still have some, please contact our helpful and friendly customer service, tel:907-385-2673.

Based in Fairbanks, Alaska, Red Raven started with the idea that it should be easy to access CBD without needing to visit a dispensary, hence we were born. You can rest assure that all our products are lab-tested and go through stringent tests by a private lab to ensure the best in quality and purity. As a community supporter, Red Raven donates a portion from every sale to causes that directly advocate and affect Alaskans.

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*CBD is not FDA approved for most conditions, so we do not claim it as a cure-all treatment. Contact your doctor for a consultation.

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