Do CBD edbiles help with anxiety?
It goes without saying that anxiety is at an all-time high right now, and many people are seeking out better ways to cope with the stress of living under quarantine and trying to stay safe.
In times like these, we are often asked whether CBD edibles can help reduce stressful thoughts and ease the constant anxiety of dealing with life under COVID-19.
To get the best answers for these questions, we turned to the experts at America's leading universities and research institutes. In our opinion, some of the best research being conducted right now into the medical benefits of hemp and marijuana is being done at the MIND project, run by Dr. Staci Gruber, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Here are some of Dr. Gruber's findings on CBD from a Harvard Health Publishing report released in March of 2020:
"...surveys and laboratory and animal studies have identified several ways that CBD could produce health benefits. CBD has the potential to reduce anxiety and regulate pain perception, inflammation, sleep, and mood states. Studies are under way to find out whether CBD can help treat psychotic symptoms of mental illness, like hallucinations, that plague people with schizophrenia.
Other studies, including clinical trials, are now under way to explore the common report that CBD can reduce anxiety. However, the history of drug development is full of cases in which promising preliminary studies didn’t pan out when the medication was tested rigorously in clinical trials. In addition, without clinical trials, it is difficult to know whether CBD works better than other treatments. It is also unclear what the safe or effective dose may be and whether CBD has long-term side effects. For these reasons, a lot more research is needed."
Speaking from my own personal experience, there's no question that my own CBD edible product VELOBAR (shameless plug: order here) does indeed induce a sense of calm, well-being, and relaxation. But, to be clear, that is no more and no less than my own subjective experience. To get truly useful answers to the question of whether or not CBD edibles help with anxiety, it is clear that - as Dr. Gruber points out - more research and clinical trials are needed.
Until we start getting real answers from clinical trials, the best we can do is 1) decide whether we want to try using a substance that is still clinically unproven, at dosage levels that are still not regulated; and then, if so 2) try it for ourselves and see how it makes us feel.
Fortunately, hemp is now legal, so we can make those decisions for ourselves without having to feel like a criminal. But there are clearly still a lot of unknowns. Bottom line: at this time, until we have more information, anyone interested in CBD is going to have to do their own research, and then decide whether or not try it out for themselves.
And one more thing - if you do decide to try Velobar (or any other CBD product for that matter), please take a minute to let us know what your experience was like. The more information we get, the more we're able to share with our customers and readers alike.
Thanks, and stay safe!