Welcome to our series on "Be Informed Series" on CBD aka Cannabidiol. As the CBD industry grows, we are learning as we go and want to help you learn as well. Since CBD is easily the fastest growing ingredient these days, we have no choice but to follow it with watchful eyes to make sure you do not get duped by ridiculous claims.
Some people are saying that CBD is our current “snake oil”. We do not agree with this here on Fitness Informant, however we have come across some brands making serious claims with little to no evidence to back it up.
For today’s quick hit, we will look at what looks like to be the most proven benefit from CBD. This is namely anxiety. You will see CBD companies promote their products for anxiety more than anything else. So we’ll combine a list of several studies, and let you decide for yourself if you think CBD may be worth trying for anxiety.
CBD for Anxiety, What We Can Go Off
To start, we’ll look at a study done in Brazil. The study was randomized and placebo-controlled study, and it compared the effects on 57 subjects. Doses were 150mg, 300mg, 600mg, and placebo. The subjects had to go through a simulated public speaking test, which we’re sure sounds terrifying to some of you reading. The results showed that 300mg was great for reducing anxiety, while there was no significant difference between the placebo group, 150mg group, and 600mg group.
In a rather sad case study, a young girl with PTSD has success with CBD after her other medications gave her short-term success with undesired side effects. We won’t go over her PTSD in-depth here, however it’s good to know she was able to treat her anxiety and insomnia with CBD Oil. This was done with a relatively low dose of CBD Oil (25mg) when compared to the previous study, as well as some other ingredients .
Another study we can look at, is a small one done with 10 patients. It showed anxiety reducing effects when dosed at 400mg when compared to a placebo.
One common theme you’ll notice, is that besides the case study we mentioned, it seems as if you need high amounts of CBD, around 300mg-400mg. When you look at brands on the market today (ones you can trust at least), you know that this is simply unaffordable for the vast majority of us. Most brands will provide around 25mg of Cannabinoids per serving, so if you want the studied dose of 300mg, it will cost you a pretty penny.
This does not mean that lower doses of CBD can’t be effective. Many use low doses and report benefits. We have to assume that at least several of these people aren’t simply experiencing a placebo. Either way, for now, if you’re interested in trying CBD, we say go for it and make sure you’re buying from a reputable brand. Start at a lower dose and work your way up. If you’re not noticing anything and it’s getting too expensive, CBD may not be for you. We also have to say that there are more studies we could list, and there are plenty of trials currently underway. These are just some examples of CBD we thought we’d show you.