CBDCBD for Anxiety & Depression

Let's Talk About CBD for Anxiety & Depression

There's a lot of buzz about the calming powers of CBD. We went to the experts and dug into the research. Here are the facts.

    Our Pro PanelCBD for Anxiety & Depression

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in CBD to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Junella Chin, M.D.

    Junella Chin, M.D.Chief Medical Officer at Yesterday Wellness and Integrative Medical Cannabis Physician; co-author of Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness; Board Member of American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine

    New York City
    Matthew Mintz, M.D., FACP

    Matthew Mintz, M.D.Author of Medical Cannabis and CBD: A Physician's Guide for Patients; Internal Medicine and Primary Care Doctor

    Bethesda, MD
    April Hatch, R.N.

    April Hatch, R.N.Member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association; co-founder of Cannabis Care Team

    Kansas City, MO

    Frequently Asked QuestionsCBD for Anxiety & Depression

    What does CBD do for anxiety & depression?

    Experts believe careful CBD dosing may help temper the anxiety-induced racing thoughts that can cause disrupted sleep as well as panicked awakenings during the night. While CBD may not help someone with depression directly, it may benefit in other ways that can improve their mood or their ability to manage the condition overall. For example, sleep disruption and depression are closely linked. More than 90% of depressed patients complain about difficulties falling asleep, sleep disruption, or early morning awakenings. CBD can also be used to treat parasomnias, sleep disorders like jaw grinding, sleepwalking, or nightmares, and it cuts the time it takes to fall asleep.

    How much CBD should you take for anxiety or depression?

    This is one of the great mysteries; the optimal CBD dose is not an exact science. Doctors say there isn’t one universal dosage of CBD because different people (and different animals, for that matter) respond to different dosages of CBD. What experts also agree on, however, is that CBD works best when taken on a regular basis (daily). And the best way to know what works for you is to start on a low dose and titrate up if needed. It may not take as long as for someone with mild symptoms to feel the effects as someone who is dealing with more severe anxiety or depression. The goal is to find the lowest, most effective dose, so work with your doctor and give yourself time to figure it out.

    How long does it take for CBD to work for anxiety or depression?

    Generally, it takes about 20 minutes for CBD to make its way to the bloodstream (though every person will react a little differently due to their individual biology, metabolism, and DNA, natch).

    What form of CBD is most effective for anxiety or depression?

    Experts believe the most effective form of CBD is an oil or tincture (alcohol-based solution) used sublingually (placed under the tongue). A sublingual preparation ensures the cannabinoids get distributed throughout the body. For patients who are feeling all kinds of jittery and need more immediate relief, some experts recommend vaping CBD through a dry-herb vaporizer, which heats up dried CBD flowers. These are relatively safe because they avoid the by-products produced from burning plant material and can be set to a desired temperature that allows you to get the most benefit from CBD you are consuming.

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses

    Jennifer Tzeses is a writer and content strategist specializing in health, beauty, psychology and lifestyle.