cbd for mental health

Can you use CBD for Mental Health?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, one of many compounds found naturally in cannabis plants. Some people with mental health conditions use CBD products, such as CBD oil or topical CBD creams, to help manage their symptoms. Unfortunately, due to the restrictions on testing on cannabis more research is needed to verify the mental health benefits of CBD oil, but the research on CBD products and anxiety, stress and depression has been promising. The research suggests that CBD may have a positive affect on a variety of mental health concerns, including various anxiety disorders.

CBD and Anxiety

CBD products have been products of interest in treating mental health disorders including anxiety, stress and depression. A recent clinical trial has shown that CBD can effectively reduce anxiety. The Permanente Journal published a study reporting that 79% of participants experienced a reduction in anxiety.

Even though the way CBD works to treat anxiety isn’t fully understood, it hasn’t stopped millions of people in need of symptom relief from using CBD. It is reported in a 2019 Gallup Poll that 37% of CBD users use CBD for anxiety, with participants reporting that it is highly effective. For many people struggling with social anxiety and anxiety disorders, CBD helps provide a way for them to use a natural plant extract to help them manage anxiety by utilising the natural interaction of CBD with the body. We recommend taking our CBD Oil to help manage anxiety throughout the day, you can easily drop it in your morning coffee or orange juice and don’t worry about disrupting your normal routine.

For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals such as rats. Study subjects were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved.

More research needs to be done, specifically on humans and GAD. CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well. In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. If CBD science is really your stuff, explore our CBD Knowledge Centre here.

CBD for Sleep and Mental Health

There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health. Fortunately, there is research to suggest that CBD can help with sleep issues, including insomnia.

If you live with a mental health problem, this could affect your sleep in lots of ways. For example:

Anxiety can cause racing or repetitive thoughts, and worries that keep you awake. You may also have panic attacks while you’re trying to sleep. Depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) can make you sleep more, including staying in bed for longer or sleeping more often. Depression can also cause insomnia. If you’ve gone through trauma, this can cause flashbacks, nightmares or night terrors that disturb your sleep. You might feel unsafe or uncomfortable in bed or in the dark.

Therefore taking regular CBD could help regulate sleep which in turn could help a person’s mental health.

CBD for Mental Clarity

However, CBD isn’t only beneficial for those people who suffer with mental health issues. Many people are seeing mental health benefits from taking regular CBD — and that is finding it beneficial in helping them with mental clarity. Research suggests CBD is beneficial in improving focus because (here comes the science), this compound allows more serotonin to flow to the brain, which in turn mildly sedates the receptor associated with anxiety, addiction and sleep.

In short, many of our customers report CBD is making them more alert, less distracted and more focused.

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FAQs: CBD for Mental Health

Can CBD cause mental health issues?

No. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive properties. CBD functions as an anti-anxiety agent (anxiolytic) and cannot induce hallucinations, psychosis or any other stimulus for mental health issues.

Does CBD affect mental health?

Some studies suggest CBD could lead to an improvement in mental health. The capacity for CBD to improve sleep quality and help tackle anxiety may lend to improvement mental health. To lean more check out our CBD Knowledge Centre.

Does CBD oil help depression?

CBD can help some people dealing with depression. The pain relieving properties of CBD can help to tackle an underlying cause of depression, read more here: CBD and Pain. CBD can also function as an anti-anxiety agent, helping to manage symptoms. You can read more about CBD and Anxiety here. More research is needed to fully understand how CBD can help people suffering with depression.

Is CBD legal in the UK?

CBD is legal in the UK. UK regulations state that CBD oil is legal so long as it contains no THC. Our CBD is regularly checked by third party labs to make sure our products are safe and legal. These reports are always available to view on our website, and we’re proud to be one of the first companies to have their products listed on the FSA’s new approved CBD products list. When you buy CBD from HempWell, you can rest assured that you’re receiving high quality, ethical CBD products.

Is CBD safe to use?

CBD is completely safe.Our CBD isolate has a guaranteed purity of at least 99.9%. We extract our CBD from hemp we grow ourselves, so we know exactly what it’s made of! We regularly have our oils tested by third-party labs to make sure there’s quality in every bottle. You can check out our lab reports here to see results from these tests.

Can I take CBD for mental health while on medication?

Consult your doctor if you’re thinking of taking CBD while on medication.

How long does CBD take to work?

CBD has short and long term effects. In the short term, depending on how you choose to take CBD, you will begin to feel effects from anywhere between 10 minutes and 2 hours; you can find more information on individual products here. However, CBD can also have a longer term effect on you and your body. As you continue to take CBD, some will stay in your body, and slowly build up to further help your endocannabinoid system. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you use CBD consistently for at least 2 weeks to begin to see the full effects of our products.