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How CBD can help reduce stress and anxiety

Rachael Rapinoe

June 06, 2022 11 min read

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How CBD can help reduce stress and anxiety

In this article we will explain the science of CBD, how to use CBD oil and other products, the benefits of CBD oil for stress and anxiety relief, and how often and how much CBD oil to use. We are providing an in depth review of the science of what makes Mendi's CBD products the best for stress and anxiety relief, as well as diving into CBD use for depression symptoms. Our goal is to provide you with the basic understanding of the variety of ways to use hemp oil for stress and anxiety, empowering you with the right tools to decide which Mendi CBD stress relief products will have the most effective results given your personalized needs. 

    Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid found in cannabis-derived plants. Our bodies naturally make endocannabinoids, but oftentimes we need to supplement with phytocannabinoids– plant compounds found in hemp and marijuana plants. CBD has anti-inflammatory and pain relief  properties, butstudies also show it can have a positive effect to help relieve stress and anxiety, and some depression related symptoms.  

    Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another compound in cannabis, CBD is non intoxicating andnon-psychoactive. This means it won’t get you “high.” As you’ve probably seen, CBD oil can be featured in many different types of products, including CBD massage oil, salve, lotions, bath salts, gummies, capsules, oil tinctures and beverages. 

    People who are looking for natural alternatives for stress relief or who suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression use topical and ingestible products, specifically with CBD oil or hemp oil infused into the rest of the ingredients, to manage their symptoms and increase their overall quality of life. There is a lot of promising research to support the positive effects CBD products have, specifically for stress and anxiety relief. CBD has also been shown to be an antioxidant and neuro-protective, indicating hemp oil and cannabidiol CBD are being evaluated in numerous ways beyond any scientific study focusing only on how cannabis oil might provide alternative wellness benefits. 

    CBD oil is most known to reduce symptoms from stress,pain relief, inflammation relief, and promote better sleep. However, it is also known to help with discomforts from a variety of mental health symptoms without as many potential side effects. These discomforts have included: 

    • Depression
    • Generalized anxiety disorder
    • Panic disorder
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Society anxiety disorder 
    • General full body wellness
    • Increased mood 

    Not every CBD oil meets the same standards for purity and quality because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)doesn’t currently regulate CBD products the same way it regulates dietary supplements and drugs. Mendi’s CBD products meet the most advanced third-party testing specifications in the industry with purity tests of potency, heavy metals, pesticides, microbials and solvents.

    When you’re comparing purity, efficacy and all of the other hemp oil products in the market, finding the right CBD oil for stress and anxiety relief can be confusing. We’re excited to introduce you to our favorite CBD products to help reduce the stress and anxiety you might be feeling on a daily or weekly basis, along with a dosage guide for measuring mg of CBD per serving size in addition to all our No THC and Full Spectrum Cannabidiol hemp products.

    Below are a few tips to help you get started understanding CBD oil and using our CBD products to experience the powerful anxiety relieving effects of the hemp oil and the other all-natural ingredients we blend into our products for maximum results. We want you to get the most out of your CBD use, whether its’ choosing Full Spectrum or No THC hemp cbd products.

    What is CBD Oil?

    Hemp and marijuana are two different varieties of the cannabis plant. Some people refer to hemp as the sister plant to marijuana. They both contain the same plant compounds, or phytocannabinoids, however at different levels. The most important distinction between both full spectrum and No THC CBD oil that is extracted from hemp in our products, is that they both are derived from hemp plants that have <.3% THC based on dry weight. Our full spectrum products technically have traces of THC, which is why we recommend for those concerned about the possibility of failing any stringed testing protocols with their employer, that they choose our No THC line for ingestibles.

    How the plant is bred affects the level of CBD found in the plant. Most CBD oil comes from industrial hemp, which is usually bred to have higher CBD content than marijuana. Hemp is also federally legal, whereas marijuana is regulated state by state. THC levels in hemp naturally begin to increase over harvesting seasons making that <.3% THC level per dry weight the benchmark for testing and delineating from marijuana or the recreational cannabis plant. When hemp crosses this threshold it is no longer considered hemp and can be referred to as ‘hot hemp’.

    This is why 3rd party testing is so important, so that CBD stress and anxiety relief products derived from hemp are able to be sold online and at retail stores nationwide. Otherwise, any products exceeding the 0.3% THC threshold would need to be sold in a recreational market dispensary where other cannabis oil products for stress management are sold. CBD oil products from hemp can be found in dispensaries, but not the other way around. Hemp CBD products grown from recreational marijuana plants cannot be sold in an online CBD marketplace. Regardless of whether or not those CBD oil products contain no mg of THC at all.

    Manufacturers of CBD oil use different methods to extract the compound. The extract is then added to a carrier oil, which is known as CBD oil. CBD oil comes in many different strengths and people use it in many different ways. 

    How CBD works 

    CBD and all other phytocannabinoids– plant cannabinoids in the hemp and marijuana plants– produce effects that positively support a natural, sell-signaling system in the human body known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS helps to keep the body in balance or in homeostasis. CBD and other cannabinoids help to regulate functions like reducing stress and anxiety, pain relief, reduce inflammation and promote better sleep. Research shows that CBD links with this system by interacting with many tiny cells throughout the body known as CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.  

    CBD supports your existing ECS by interacting with the enzyme (FAAH) that breaks down anandamide. Anandamide is a natural endocannabinoid found in the body that helps with pain relief and anxiety relief. Endocannabinoids (naturally occurring) and phytocannabinoids (plant compounds) are two different types of cannabinoids that both integrate into our ECS to keep it working properly. The more anandamide that is produced in our bodies the less pain and anxiety symptoms we will feel.The exact way CBD interacts with CB1 receptors in the brain is not fully understood, however it is known that CBD binds to a receptor that triggers serotonin release in our brains, resulting in less stress, anxiety and a more balanced mood. 

    CBD for stress and anxiety 

    Serotonin is a neurotransmitter found in our brain that plays a critical role in mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with depression or mood imbalances. Not having enough serotonin can also cause anxiety related symptoms. 

    Oftentimes, our ECS becomes fatigued due to external and internal imbalances. Supplementing our ECS with naturally occurring cannabinoids, like CBD, help bring our body and mind back to balance. Many studies indicate that CBD is effective in managing stress and anxiety symptoms instead of conventional medications, however it’s important to talk to your doctor before making changes to any treatment plans. 

    CBD for depression

    It’s important to understand the research around CBD for depression is limited, however there’s convincing data showing the benefits of CBD for depression particularly when dealing with anxiety, cognitive impairment and social discomfort. THC and CBD are known to be helpful natural alternatives for conditions related to depression, such as chronic pain. 

    Experts believe that CBD has a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain by affecting how our brain interacts with these chemical receptors already in our system.Another animal study found that CBD played a role in the effects of their brains producing both antidepressant and anti-anxiety receptors. 

    A later study in 2018, found that CBD has anti-stress effects which can reduce depression related symptoms. 

    How to use CBD

    The FDA does not regulate CBD for most conditions. As a result, dosages are very open to interpretation and many customers are left to their own devices to determine the CBD dosage, frequency and application to treat stress and anxiety. Anyone who wishes to start using CBD oil should consult with their doctor, especially if they are taking other medications. 

    The stress and anxiety relieving effects of CBD oil ingestibles such as gummies, gel capsules, oil tinctures and CBD infused beverages can help people with many symptoms of chronic and acute stress, anxiety, depression-related symptoms and other neurological disorders. CBD oil ingestibles do get into the bloodstream, so the effects are felt from head to toe due to the many CB1 and CB2 receptors the phytocannabinoids are interacting with throughout the human body. 

    CBD oils or CBD tinctures are the most effective way to use hemp products because they get into the bloodstream most effectively through the sublingual glands under your tongue. CBD oil tinctures are very concentrated and you can dose specifically to suit your needs. The effects can be felt almost immediately, within 15-20 minutes, lasting up to 4-6 hours. CBD oil tinctures are the most versatile and effective way to use CBD for immediate stress relief, usually felt within 15-30 minutes when taken sublingually or dropped under your tongue and can last approximately 2-4 hours. This is the most efficient and time tested way of using CBD oil for the best results.Check out the 5 reasons to try CBD oil tinctures article here. 

    CBD gummies are ingested orally as well, entering the bloodstream and providing full body pain relief, stress and anxiety relief, reduce full body inflammation and can to promote better sleep. CBD gummies are a scientifically proven delivery method for CBD. CBD gummies can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours. 

    CBD capsules are also ingested orally, entering the bloodstream and providing full body pain relief, stress and anxiety relief, reduce inflammation and can help to promote better sleep. CBD capsules are a great option if you don’t want to taste the hemp plant, and want a quick, flavorless delivery method for CBD oil.  CBD capsules can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours. It is always recommended to go low and slow with CBD ingestibles, building up your dosage as needed.  

    Topicals such as CBD salve, CBD massage oil and CBD bath salts are a great way to to experience the powerful healing effects of CBD for localized, targeted relief, however you won’t experience stress and anxiety relief in the same way as an ingestible since the hemp oil does not get into the bloodstream. Hence, CBD topical products won’t have a full body relief component in the same way taking a CBD ingestible will. 

    How to choose the right CBD products for stress and anxiety

    Before using CBD oil for stress and anxiety relief, it’s important to understand that quality is going to greatly affect the degree to which you will feel the desired benefit. Mendi CBD products go through the strictest criteria to ensure safety, quality, transparency and maximum results to help relieve stress and anxiety relief, as well as acute and chronic pain relief. 

    You will find the below list of criteria with all Mendi CBD products: 

    • There is proof of our advancedthird-party testing specifications on every product page, tested for pesticides, microbrials, molds, heavy metals and CBD oil potency
    • Oregon sourced hemp, USA grown essential oils
    • Review every certificate of analysis (COA)here
    • High dosage of CBD oil to ensure the best results for stress and anxiety relief
    • Supporting all-natural ingredients to further aid the desired benefit

    More studies are needed to uncover more details about our ECS, receptors and cannabinoid science, however products that undergo our testing specifications above should be safe to use to relieve the daily or weekly stress and anxiety symptoms you might be feeling. 

    CBD products come in several different forms including: 

    • Oils and tinctures 
    • Gummies
    • Gel capsules
    • Drinks
    • Salve
    • Bath salts
    • Massage oil 

    When using CBD oil products, the best relief will come from the high quality CBD oil that is infused with other all-natural ingredients targeted for stress and anxiety relief. Mendi’s proprietary stress blend includes all-natural ingredient stacking such as: 

    • Ashwagandha mushroom extract -a powerful natural adaptogen that helps relieve stress and balances energy levels which improves concentration. It aids in controlling mediators of stress including cortisol, also known as the stress hormone.
    • GABA -an inhibitory neurotransmitter that acts as a natural brain relaxant. GABA counteracts our fight-or-flight response by helping decrease beta waves and increase alpha waves in our brain, which causes feelings of calm and relaxation.
    • 5-HTP -works in the brain and central nervous system by increasing the production of serotonin. Balanced serotonin levels help regulate your mood.
    • Omega 3 fatty acid from algal oil (vegan) -balance dopamine and serotonin levels, which regulates amygdala activity resulting in less anxiety
    • Vitamin D3 -several studies show that there is a link between anxiety and low levels of calcidiol, which is a byproduct of vitamin D breakdown in the body
    • Limonene -a powerful terpene found in citrus fruits that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-stress properties
    • Medium chain triglycerides - coconut and palm kernal oil to promote gut health and regulate metabolism 

    How much CBD oil to use for stress and anxiety

    A natural approach is the best way to keep the stress and other discomforts away. Mendi CBD products are formulated with scientifically provenall-natural ingredients to provide anxiety relief and help reduce the stress-related symptoms throughout the day and week.

    CBD gummies, capsules and oil tinctures are ingested orally (CBD oil tinctures should be used sublingually by dropping the oil under your tongue), we recommend starting with a baseline dose of 15-25mg of CBD per serving size, then gradually increasing your dosage as necessary for your stress and anxiety CBD routine. CBD gummies and CBD capsules can be felt within 30-45 minutes and can last up to 4-6 hours.. 

    CBD oils or CBD tinctures are highly concentrated oil blends that you can dose specifically to suit your needs. Take a serving size (10-60mg of CBD) dropper, drop under your tongue, let it sit for 30 seconds or up to 2 minutes, then swallow. The effects can be felt almost immediately, within 15-20 minutes, lasting up to 4-6 hours. Concentrated CBD oil blends are a powerful way to help with pain relief, inflammation relief and stress relief to help you start thriving naturally.

     It is always recommended to go low and slow with CBD ingestibles, building up your dosage as needed. Please consult with your doctor if you are taking other medications, prescriptions or have more in depth questions regarding the interactions of CBD with your body or symptoms you are feeling. 

    The difference between full spectrum, broad spectrum and Isolate hemp CBD oils 

    CBD is one of 100+ active compounds found in the hemp plant known as cannabinoids. CBD is one of the naturally occurring essential oils extracted from the hemp plant and it works to reduce pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and can promote better sleep. 

    There are three different ways to extract CBD oil from the hemp plant during the process of making CBD products; full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolated oils. 

    Full spectrum hemp CBD products keep all 100+ cannabinoids in tact, have less than 0.3% THC (not nearly enough to get you high) and are truly full plant power. This form of CBD oil utilizes the entourage effects of all the cannabinoids working together in harmony to feed your endocannabinoid system (ECS) for the best stress and anxiety relieving results. 

    Broad spectrum hemp CBD products contain all the compounds of full spectrum, but with unnoticeable amounts of THC. Broad spectrum CBD products are marketed as no thc products and also work together in harmony for great results. 

    Isolated CBD or other cannabinoid products is an extraction process that isolates the desired cannabinoid. This can be really effective if you’re looking for zero traces of thc or other cannabinoids, or if you want a product with an extremely high concentration of CBD oil. 

     Establish a routine

    To ensure you are getting the most out of your CBD oil products, we recommendestablishing a regular routine of using it. This routine will allow you to feed your endocannabinoid system on a regular basis and all of its tiny receptors so you can get the full stress and anxiety relief benefits of CBD oil. A regular routine will also help you understand if you’re needing to increase or decrease your dose, based on your desired effects.

    CBD risks and side effects 

    Research shows there aren’t many harmful or negative side effects from using CBD for stress and anxiety relief or other discomforts, however some people have experienced tiredness, diarrhea, changes in appetite or weight changes with CBD use. More severe side effects include potentially negative interactions with alcohol or certain  over-the-counter or prescription medications. 

    We recommend always consulting your doctor before using CBD, especially if you are on other medications or treatment plans. 

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