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Using CBD Oil For Anxiety: The Big Questions

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When patients first hear about using CBD oil for anxiety, of course they have questions. These questions come in many forms and many formats, but most of them actually fall under the umbrella of one of these three big questions. 

How Does CBD Work?

If you've taken anti-anxiety medications before, they've probably been prescription products that work primarily by increasing your levels of serotonin, an excitatory neurotransmitter. Although researchers are still learning how CBD works, it appears to work in a similar way. Your brain and nerves have receptors called CBD1 and CBD2 receptors. CBD binds to these receptors, which is thought to stimulate the release of serotonin. Increased serotonin levels help ease your anxiety.

Is CBD Oil Safe?

CBD is a very safe product. Side effects are rare, and when they do occur, they tend to be mild. They include tiredness, nausea, and a reduced appetite. If you experience bothersome side effects, they should go away soon after you stop taking CBD. You should, however, check with your doctor before taking CBD alongside other medications. It may interact negatively with certain medications.

How Do You Take CBD Oil for Anxiety?

This is one of the great things about CBD oil: there are a few different ways you can take it. The easiest and most approachable method is just to place a few drops under your tongue. Hold it there for about a minute as it is absorbed through the blood vessels in the area. You can also add CBD oil to anything you're about to eat or drink. Some people like to add it to their tea or their lemonade. It will take a little longer — about 30 minutes — to kick in when you eat it in this way. You can also buy CBD liquids that can be inhaled through a vaporizer, although you should not inhale ordinary CBD oil.

How Much Should You Take?

When taking CBD oil for anxiety, you generally need to use a larger dose than people would use for other, more minor ailments. However, it can take some experimenting to find your right dose. Start by taking 30 or 40 mg. Depending on the concentration of your oil, this will be anywhere from about 3 - 8 drops. If this does not work, add a few more drops. Keep taking a little at a time until you feel the effects. It's not unusual for people with anxiety to need 100 mg or more at a time.

Now that your big questions have been answered, go try that CBD oil for anxiety. It's safe, affordable, and well worth a try.