Are you trying to find out whether or not CBD will help your anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), or depression? Maybe you’re pregnant, looking for a solution that will help with your nausea, or maybe you just gave birth (congrats!) and are looking for a solution to help you lose weight postpartum. CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp (meaning it doesn’t get you high), and has anecdotal reports of helping with mental health issues.
If you are looking for information on how CBD can help your mental health, you’re not alone. Did you know that women are twice as likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? For a majority of this population, depression and anxiety go hand-in-hand. With the daily life stress we face, it can feel overwhelming. But don’t forget that you’re not helpless, and you haven’t run out of options.
Allow me to put a disclaimer on this blog post: we don’t guarantee or make claims on anything in this blog post. We don’t promise that CBD oil will cure, treat, or eradicate symptoms of any illness or ailment you may have. We simply believe one thing: finding scientifically based information on CBD and how it may help you should not be the hard part of your day. After all, being a woman is hard enough!
You may have heard about how CBD oil is good for anxiety from a friend or a review. Anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people buy and use CBD. In fact, HelloMD released a survey that indicated 66% of their sample use CBD to relieve their anxiety. But has there been any research to show that CBD is good for anxiety?
As a matter of fact, yes, there is! Several studies have been done on animals and humans concluding that CBD indirectly works on the brain to lessen anxiety, particularly in the parts of your brain that are directly linked with anxiety. In these studies, it was found that blood flow to the areas of your brain that deal with anxiety is reduced, suggesting that CBD oil is good for relieving anxiety symptoms.
Social anxiety in relation to CBD oil has been of particular interest to researchers, and as such there are several studies positively evaluating CBD in reducing social anxiety.
One study, for example, evaluated how participants with SAD (Social Anxiety Disorder) felt physiologically before, during, and after giving a public speech. During all phases of the experiment, the CBD group exhibited less anxious symptoms and scored closer to the group that did not have a SAD diagnosis. Although the study was small, it did have some interesting implications on how CBD can reduce the symptoms of anxiety, hyper-vigilance, cognitive impairment, and discomfort during high stress times.
This has been attributed, in part, to the reduction of blood flow in the areas of the brain that deal with social anxiety when CBD is taken. This is thought to be how CBD helps PTSD symptoms.
And we all know about those high stress times, am I right?
Really, any CBD strain is good for anxiety, as long as the CBD comes from high quality hemp plants. This means that the hemp plants are raised without pesticides and selectively chosen based on their high CBD content.
That’s another important point to mention. Be sure to choose CBD oil that has a high CBD to THC ratio. The CBD oil itself is best to be 0% THC (or close). While some prefer to take CBD with THC, others find THC intensifies anxiety, psychosis, or mania. Unless you are known to relax by escaping reality, stick to a true non-psychoactive alternative medicine – pure CBD oil (or oil that has less than 1% THC).
Canazil’s CBD oil comes from organic hemp grown in Washington. It is extracted from hemp using clean and efficient methods, and contains 0% THC. Give our CBD oil a try if you’re in the market for some brands. We can probably be found in your local vape or CBD shop, but if not, request that they carry Canazil.
The answer to this question is somewhat complicated because there is more disagreement on whether CBD can help with sleep issues like insomnia. While some report CBD oil as an effective sleep aid and swear by taking it every night before bed, research studies offer conflicting reports depending on dosage and intervals between use.
One study examined CBD as a “wake-promoting agent” with the potential of decreasing daytime drowsiness in Parkinson’s patients. However, the same study also found that CBD allows you to get a better sleep overall (both a more satisfying and longer rest).
Another study claims that CBD acts like a sedative in larger doses, which implies that CBD helps you sleep, or improves overall insomnia symptoms. Nevertheless, this seems to be only in higher doses. In lower doses, CBD oil can actually increase concentration and alertness. This shows the potential of CBD to act as both a stimulant and sedative, depending on the situation and dosage. This makes sense considering how CBD works on the endocannabinoid system.
It’s also important to note that some insomniacs have trouble sleeping due to stress, which CBD helps to alleviate. That could be the reason you’re awake in the first place, right?
How much CBD you should take to sleep depends on your personal body chemistry. Many believe that CBD works as a good sleep agent in higher doses, so you’ll want to experiment with taking slightly more CBD than what you would take during the day.
If you’re wondering what the best CBD oil is for a natural sleeping aid, it is CBD oil with a low THC concentration grown from high quality hemp plants.
When you think of depression, you probably think of sadness. But did you know depression can also cause a decreased appetite? Sure that means you lose weight, but it’s not fun to be depressed. The good news is that CBD can help depressive symptoms and aid in weight loss at the same time — the best of both worlds.
CBD is a cannabinoid, meaning that the molecule works on receptors in our endocannabinoid system to regulate stress and hormones while also helping with neurotransmitter release.
Our endocannabinoid systems are known to influence the regulation of our neurotransmitters (particularly serotonin and dopamine, the two neurotransmitters involved in happiness and reward). THC is known to work on this system as well, but since it is a psychoactive ingredient (that can cause depressive symptoms in high doses), more attention has been given to CBD.
In recent study, CBD showed promise in decreasing stress and increasing serotonin through the same mechanism that allows CBD to regulate anxiety. The conclusion is that CBD is an effective natural SSRI (antidepressant).
If you’re depressed but not stressed, CBD is still worth considering over antidepressants. And guess what? Unlike antidepressants, CBD might actually help you LOSE weight! You read that right! CBD is actually being considered as a potential natural weight loss aid.
While CBD alone probably won’t make you lose a significant amount of pounds, CBD oil is gaining traction as a potential weight loss aid. Indeed, research has found that when used correctly, CBD plays a role in how fat is stored and how insulin is produced (which could indirectly lead to fat loss).
In the body, there are different types of fat cells. White fat cells store energy, and can be identified under the microscope by large fat droplets (see illustration above). These cells comprise about 20-25% of the body weight in healthy non-overweight men and women. Brown fat cells, on the under hand, contain more mitochondria (the energy powerhouses you learned about in middle school) and have smaller fat droplets. When you are a baby, you only have brown cells. As you grow older, brown fat cells are converted to white fat cells. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could convert them back?
The CBD fat cell study examined how white fat cells are converted to brown fat cells under the influence of CBD. The study concluded that CBD oil can aid weight loss by activating genes that convert white fat cells to brown fat cells. This is on par with using CBD in lower doses to increase alertness. The increase in alertness may come from the new brown fat cells that release more energy and heat, helping you get more done in your day! This is one of the many reasons why CBD can also help with depression in addition to weight loss.
When you think antidepressants, do you think weight gain? You’re not alone. While CBD can help convert fat cells, it has to be done at the right dose. Similar to how CBD can slow the body down and get sleep in high doses, the overactivation of CB receptors can lead to an increase in appetite, metabolic dysfunction, and abdominal fat.
So, how do you use CBD oil for weight loss? The key factor is to make sure you’re micro-dosing (taking a small amount) during the day.
If you’re also trying to get some shut eye in addition to losing weight, then only take a large dose before bed.
Menstrual cramps are triggered by hormones involved in pain and inflammation. Since CBD is an anti-inflammatory, it is thought to help with cramps too. Be aware however that there haven’t been any studies completed to conclusively explore the relationship between the two. There are only anecdotal reports that CBD helpz with cramps. It’s worth a try if nothing else is helping.
CBD can help with nausea, but it depends on why you have nausea to begin with. If you ate something that upset your stomach, for example, CBD probably won’t miraculously aid your digestion. However, if you have nausea as a result of anxiety, stress, or PMS, then CBD may help. This goes back to the concept that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to destress you, while also influencing your hormone levels, thereby removing the potential stressor. For PMS nausea, CBD can help by influencing your hormones. It’s worth a shot!
This is a great question. The research on this is far and few between, and with it being a very delicate subject to begin with, we don’t recommend taking CBD during pregnancy. Although the little research out available suggests that the fetus does have its own endocannabinoid system, we can’t conclude that the fetus will safely metabolize cannabidiol.
To be on the safe side, we don’t recommend you take CBD when you’re pregnant.
CBD is the non-psychoactive and non-habit forming phytocannabinoid found in hemp that is known to help with stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Since women are twice as likely than men to suffer from these mental issues as a result of daily life stress, CBD oil may help.
Canazil’s CBD oil is refined with MCT Oil (Coconut Oil) that intensifies its health benefits. Coconut Oil is known to maximize CBD absorption into the bloodstream while also lowering cholesterol, aiding in weight loss, moisturizing skin, and promoting productivity. But please remember that we don’t promise our CBD oil will help cure, treat, or eradicate any of your symptoms. We just want to help make CBD a more accessible option to those who can’t afford costly (and potentially habit forming) medicine from Big Pharma.
If you’re not pregnant, there’s really no reason not to try CBD oil. Look for our Canazil CBD oil at your local vape or CBD shop. And if they don’t carry it, be sure to request it!