Can CBD oil help with anxiety problems?

The use of CBD to treat anxiety is still under research. However, there are several studies that show evidence to support that cbd oil is good for treating anxiety disorders like: PTSD, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Still, several large scale research must be done to determine the effective doses for specific conditions.

What is anxiety?

Unlike what many people may think, anxiety is a normal reaction of the human body. Is a response to a dangerous situation. Humans have developed this healthy reaction as a protective mechanism against other predators. This reaction can generate a variety of physical reactions, such as: rush of adrenaline, seating, sensitivity to environmental triggers, and increased heartbeat. 

Many people can experience anxiety from time to time, and it is absolutely normal. However, when these physical reactions are exaggerated in comparison with the situation that triggered them, it is probably that the anxiety has turned into an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders can get to a point where the person’s mental health and daily function can be seriously affected.

Nowadays, with the pressure of modern times on peoples shoulders, more and more individuals are experiencing anxiety on a daily basis, even though there are no life-threatening dangers involved.

Most common types of anxiety disorders and symptoms

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There are four main types: Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder.

The symptoms that people experiencing anxiety feels are: dry mouth, dizziness, inability to stay calm, heart palpitations,  panic, feelings of insecurity, sleep problems, tense muscles, and somatic complaints.

CBD oil: a possible treatment for anxiety

Many plants and herbs have great relaxing properties, and cannabis plants are no exception. They seem to be really helpful in decreasing symptoms of anxiety and other disorders.

Dealing with anxiety is hard. First of all, conventional treatments tend to be very expensive, moreover, most drugs that are prescribed to deal with anxiety have a wide range of negative side effects. 

The contraindications or possible negative reactions listed on the leaflet of the medication are worse than the original problem the drug is trying to solve. It is important to clarify, we are not saying people should stop taking their prescribed medication for their anxiety; if it works and they feel no side effects they shouldn’t change the treatment. However, there are many people with anxiety problems who couldn’t find relief in such drugs, therefore, they decided to turn to natural resources, like 3% cbd oil.

As we mentioned before, even though there is no large-scale research, and that studies are still being carried out, there is plenty of evidence to support that CBD oil could be a great alternative to treat anxiety. Even better than pills and shots, for it has lower risks and only a few possible side effects (diarrhea, fatigue, changes in weight or appetite).

Of course, it needs to be taken in the right doses, which should be prescribed by a specialist. Always talk to a healthcare provider before trying CBD oil to treat anxiety. Moreover if you are taking other medications, as the CBD may interact with them.

How to use CBD

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CBD oils and tinctures are better taken sublingually. Squeeze the right amount of drops with the dropper under your tongue; then hold the liquid for 20 seconds approximately, before swallowing.

The total amount of CBD an oil can contain is listed in the bottle label. If you are trying CBD for the first time, start with a small dose to evaluate how it affects you, then you can adjust the dose until you feel the treatment is working. Remember to always consult with a cannabis clinician or specialist to help you figure out a starting dosage suitable for you.

In a study carried out in 2018, male participants received CBD before having to speak in public. The results showed that a 300 mg dose, administered 90 minutes before the test, helped to significantly reduce the participant´s anxiety. The participants who received a 150 mg dose did not experience much benefit, as well as the participants who were administered placebos or the ones that received the 600 mg dose. 

More studies need to be carried out to determine the right doses for every different treatment.