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Comparing CBD to THC For Helping Treat Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern, affecting 40 million adults in the United States. While many turn to cannabis for relief, the plant’s effects on anxiety can vary depending on the relative levels of its two main active compounds: THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component that causes the “high” associated with marijuana use, while CBD is a non-psychoactive compound that has been gaining attention for its potential therapeutic benefits, including anxiety reduction. A recent study directly compared the effects of THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, and balanced THC-CBD cannabis on anxiety symptoms, shedding new light on the optimal composition of cannabis for treating anxiety.

Is CBD or THC Better for Anxiety? Study Compares Effects

A recent study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research compared the effects of THC-dominant, CBD-dominant, and balanced THC-CBD cannabis on anxiety symptoms. The study included 300 participants divided into three cannabis groups plus a non-user control group.

The CBD-dominant group (24% CBD, 1% THC) showed the most significant reduction in anxiety. They felt less tense immediately after use but did not feel impaired or paranoid like the other cannabis groups. The THC-dominant group (24% THC, 1% CBD) did not have significant anti-anxiety effects. The 1:1 ratio group (12% THC, 12% CBD) fell in the middle.

These results suggest CBD may have potent short-term anti-anxiety properties and be more effective than THC for reducing anxiety. However, more research is needed as there are still many unresolved questions about using CBD for mental health.


CBD vs THC: Understanding Key Differences for Anxiety Relief

While both CBD and THC come from Cannabis sativa plants, they have distinct effects relevant for anxiety:

  • CBD (cannabidiol) is non-psychoactive and may reduce anxiety without causing a “high”
  • THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is psychoactive and can potentially worsen anxiety and cause paranoia
  • CBD can counteract some of THC’s effects when taken together
  • CBD is typically sourced from hemp (cannabis with <0.3% THC), while THC comes from marijuana

So CBD and low THC:CBD ratios may be preferable to THC-dominant products for anti-anxiety effects without psychoactive side effects. However, CBD products are largely unregulated with inconsistent labeling, so consulting a doctor is advised.

Challenges in Researching CBD and THC for Anxiety Disorders

While anxiety disorders affect 40 million U.S. adults, research on using cannabis to treat anxiety is lacking. Legal issues make controlled studies difficult:

  • Researchers can’t administer cannabis products, only assess real-world use
  • Most dosing information is based on oral CBD oil, not inhaled flower
  • Long-term safety and efficacy data is limited, especially for smoked/vaped CBD

Large-scale clinical trials are needed to determine the optimal dose, frequency, and administration route of CBD and THC for anxiety. At this time, there’s insufficient evidence to broadly recommend CBD as an anxiety treatment for extreme cases of anxiety. For mild to moderate cases of anxiety occurring, some people may find CBD products effective. A conservative approach under medical supervision is warranted.

Which CBD Product is Good for Anxiety? New Phase Blends Offers Quality Options

If you’re considering using CBD for anxiety, it’s important to choose high-quality products from a reputable source. New Phase Blends offers a range of CBD options that may help alleviate anxiety symptoms. Their CBD oil tinctures come in two potent concentrations: 1000mg and 2000mg of CBD per bottle. These tinctures are easy to use and allow for customizable dosing. Simply place a few drops under your tongue for fast absorption into the bloodstream. The higher strength 2000mg option may be ideal for those with more severe anxiety.

For a tasty and convenient option, New Phase Blends also offers CBD gummies. Each gummy contains a hefty 45mg of CBD, with 30 gummies per bottle. These gummies are perfect for on-the-go anxiety relief or for those who prefer not to use oil tinctures. All New Phase Blends products are made with naturally grown, CBD-rich hemp sourced from high-quality U.S. farms. They use sustainable farming practices and clean extraction methods to ensure a pure, potent, and safe final product.

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When choosing a CBD product for anxiety, look for a trusted brand like New Phase Blends that offers transparent labeling, third-party lab testing, and a range of strengths to meet your individual needs. As with any supplement, consult your healthcare provider before adding CBD to your anxiety management routine.

In summary, preliminary data suggests CBD, especially when dominant to THC, may help reduce anxiety. However, more research is required to establish its safety and efficacy. Understanding the differences between CBD and THC is important for therapeutic potential. Consulting a doctor is advised before using cannabis products to alleviate anxiety symptoms.

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About the Author - CBD Expert Dale Hewett

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Dale Hewett

Dale Hewett is the owner and founder of New Phase Blends. He discovered his passion for CBD use after suffering from injuries sustained while on Active Duty in the US Army. His number one priority is introducing the same CBD products that he himself uses for relief to others who can benefit from them.

Dale holds a Master Degree of Science, and is the inventor of the popular, CBD-based sleep aid known as ‘Sleep.’ He’s given multiple lectures on CBD to institutions such as Cornell’s MBA student program, and Wharton’s School of Business.

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