While more research needs to be done, the evidence is starting to suggest that CBD can alleviate anxiety with little to no side effects. Learn more here about the potential benefits for alleviating anxiety with CBD and whether it could be an option for you.
What is CBD oil?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is extracted from the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is also extracted from cannabis and both TCH and CBD interact in different ways with the receptors in the endocannabinoid system in the human body. CBD doesn’t get you high like THC.
Hemp is a type of cannabis plant but it isn’t bred to produce high levels of THC. CBD from hemp contains 0.3% of THC, only a trace element that doesn’t have any psychoactive effect.
CBD products derived from marijuana are illegal federally but legal under the laws of various states. With the passing of the 2018 farm bill in the United States, CBD products derived from hemp that have a THC content lower than 0.3% are legal on a federal level.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is one of the most common behavioral and emotional problems confronting society today. World Health Organization data suggests that over 260 million people in the world are living with anxiety.
Anxiety comes in many different forms with countless symptoms. It can severely hamper people’s ability to function in all aspects of their lives. Researchers and healthcare workers are constantly looking for new ways to help people suffering from anxiety.
When anxiety affects people so severely that they can’t leave their houses, therapy alone is unlike to be sufficient and they are usually treated with drugs called anxiolytics, many of which have serious side effects.
This is why so many have turned to CBD to reduce their symptoms of anxiety. They often share their stories about how much it has helped them, which encourages others to try it too.
What does research say about CBD and anxiety?
There are few studies specifically relating to CBD and anxiety but the preliminary research looks promising.
A small study in 2010 found that CBD reduced symptoms of social anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder. Brain scans showed changes in blood flow to brain regions linked to anxiety. A 2011 study corroborated these findings, looking specifically at the use of CBD to prevent anxiety that comes with having to speak in public.
In 2015, an analysis of previous studies found that CBD oil is promising in the treatment of various forms of anxiety, from generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder to panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder.
It appears that CBD has a direct impact on the CB1 receptors in the body, thus affecting serotonin levels. By bringing serotonin to normal levels, CBD can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
How safe is using CBD to treat anxiety?
Studies into CBD have found few or no negative side effects. It may be a suitable option for those who can’t tolerate other medications for anxiety. You may be worried that it is addictive but it is not. In 2018, the World Health Organization issued a report that clearly states that no public health problems have been associated with the use of pure CBD.
What is the right dosage for anxiety?
There is no standard dosage because dosage depends on numerous factors, including your age, weight, intensity of symptoms, the type of product you’re using etc.
It is always better to start off with a low dosage and increase it gradually. You’re unlikely to experience any side effects this way. You don’t have to worry about overdosing and if you do start to feel a little nauseous or dizzy, you just need to lower your dose and they’re likely to go away.
CBD comes in many forms – capsules, hemp oil, pure CBD oil or edibles – all of which have different reaction times. For example, if you use capsules or edibles, they have to go through your digestive system before they go into your bloodstream so it takes longer for you to feel the effects. Inhale CBD and you will feel the effects almost immediately.
You should always consult your doctor, especially if you’re taking other medication, before you start using CBD for anxiety.