Millions of people suffer from anxiety in the United States. Anxiety is a feeling that something bad is about to happen. In many cases, people with anxiety have trouble getting things done because they worry all the time about things that haven’t happened. Their anxiety is not based in reality and is about things they can’t change. It leads to a lot of other problems like sleeplessness, obsessive thoughts, muscle tension, nervousness and even panic attacks. When you have anxiety, you can’t stay calm or focus on what you are doing. Anxiety is one of the most common mood-related problems in the U.S.
As early as 2010, those in the medical world saw there were early signs CBD can be an effective treatment for anxiety. A study in 2010 showed that cannabidoil affected the blood flow to parts of the brain that are linked to anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder. The people in the study felt better and their brains responded differently to social situations that normally caused them anxiety.(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20829306)
In the medical journal Neurotherapeutics, an October 2015 article stated, “We found that existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely…Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/)
Research continues into the effect of CBD on anxiety and the results are promising.
There are many stories by people with anxiety who felt less worried and more relaxed after using CBD in some form. Harling Ross, an online author and writer for ManRepeller.com, sings the praises of CBD oil because it greatly decreases her anxiety. Read her account here.
Another user, Nicole Richter, related her experience with CBD oil for anxiety in August 2018. She states, “In terms of effects, I’ll go ahead and put it very bluntly – the oil did help, without a doubt. It was kind of strange in a way, though, because you notice absolutely zero bodily or cerebral effects other than the anxiety just slowly melting away over time.” She also says the effect lasts for hours each day and takes effect quickly (45 minutes to an hour after taking it). You can read more about her experience here.
Why CDB Oil is Replacing Drugs for Anxiety
CBD oil acts in much the same way prescriptions antidepressants work. It stalls the brain’s ability to absorb serotonin so it can stay in your system longer and keep your mood balanced. It also increases mood regulators that promote calm. CBD also promotes growth of brain cells in the hippocampus, which shrinks in response to repeated bouts of anxiety.
The problem with most antidepressants is their many side effects. Most antidepressants have a long list of side effects ranging from minor (dry mouth, headache, rashes) to major (weight gain, decreased sexual desire, dizziness, restlessness, thoughts of suicide, bowel problems, organ damage). CBD oil has very few side effects and none of them are serious. The rare CBD user who experiences side effects might have lightheadedness, lower blood pressure and mild drowsiness. Fortunately, these side effects are usually only short-term. In most cases, there are no side effects at all.
How to Use CBD Oil to Treat Anxiety
There are many ways you can use CBCD to treat anxiety. You can eat CBD in edibles or use a vaping pen to inhale the CBD, but by far the most common way is to take CBD oil. CBD oil is easy to take anywhere and you can control the dosage more easily than you can with other ways. If you want to try CBD oil for your anxiety, talk to your doctor first. If you are on any kind of prescription drug for anxiety (benzodiazepines, SSRIs, etc.), you should not stop taking it without supervision by your doctor. If you have been on a drug for a long time, withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Your doctor can help you slowly taper off them as you begin using CBD oil to treat your anxiety.
Dosing CBD Oil for Anxiety
You should always start with a low dose of CBD oil. In the case of anxiety, the effective range is wide, anywhere from 40mg to 600mg per day. The dose that’s right for you will depend on a few factors:
- Your weight and age
- How your body responds to CBD
- The severity of your anxiety
- The concentration of CDB in the oil you choose
By starting with a low dose, you allow your body time to adjust to the CBD oil and its effects. Stay at the lowest dosage for a few days to see whether it is helping your anxiety. If not, you can slowly increase the dosage until you feel your anxiety is under control. Each time you increase the dosage, stay at that level for at least a week to see if it is working for you. If you end up taking a large dose, it is best to split it up and take it a few times a day. For instance, if you are taking 75mg daily, you may want to take 15mg in the morning, 15mg in the afternoon and 15mg before bed to increase its effectiveness and keep levels steady in your system.
If your level of anxiety is very high and is interfering with your daily living, you can opt to start at a higher CDB dose for a few days until your anxiety subsides. This can be helpful if you are having panic attacks or other acute symptoms. After you feel calmer, you can slowly reduce the dose until you reach the lowest one that works for you. It is always best to adjust how much CBD oil you take so that you are taking the most effective dose without taking more than you need. Taking more than you need doesn’t make the cannabidiol any more effective against anxiety.
Treating anxiety is just one of the many health benefits that you can receive from CBD Oil and other CBD related products.