Decided to give CBD a try for generalized anxiety (suffer from occasional panic attacks as well but fairly rare), and 5 days in it seems to be having the opposite of the intended effect even though I'm only taking a very small starting dose of 5mg per day (full spectrum, sublingual).
I know there is the possibility of placebo or some other factor coming into play, but the effects seem pretty obvious – became very tired/groggy the first day of taking it (fell asleep on the couch a few hours before normal bed time which literally never happens), light headache (usually never get headaches), strange and much more vivid dreams, thirstier, increased anxiety especially at night – felt like I was on the verge of panic trying to sleep yesterday.
Is it common for this sort of thing to happen as my body adjusts to it, or perhaps CBD just doesn't sit well with me? I know with some SSRI medications people commonly feel temporarily more anxious before things settle down. Am planning to give it a couple weeks to see what happens but wondering if anyone else has experienced this.
Start with a small 5-10 mg dose of CBD and wait for a few hours to assess the effects. If you don’t notice anything, you can try a higher dose, again stopping for a few hours to see if you notice any difference.
Multiple human studies have demonstrated that pure CBD (also known as isolate) can relieve various types of anxiety:
Although research shows that pure cannabidiol (CBD) can relieve anxiety, this isn’t necessarily the case for full-spectrum CBD.
I prefer to stick to full-spectrum CBD because it’s believed to provide the greatest benefits thanks to the “entourage effect” produced by all of its cannabinoids, terpenes, and other active components working in unison (8).
For example, I’ve taken an 80 mg dose of CBDistillery’s full-spectrum CBD oil and had zero issues, whereas a 50 mg dose from Endoca made me feel slightly high.
On its own, CBD on its own is completely non-psychotropic. That’s a fancy scientific way of saying that it doesn’t get you high or cause any other mind-altering effects (including increased anxiety).
The last option is to use CBD isolate products, which contain only pure CBD and nothing else.
However, this isn’t ideal since you won’t be getting the benefits of all the minor cannabinoids and terpenes found in full and broad-spectrum hemp extracts.