cbAnxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting at least 40 million adults. In our increasingly ever-connected world, the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and our smartphones combine to create an incredibly fertile environment for anxiety to take root. For too long, society has underestimated the true depth and impact that anxiety disorders inflict on people from all walks of life. But in the 21st century, that stigma has slowly started to erode.
It’s no surprise, then, that as a population we search desperately for things to help alleviate feelings of anxiety — the feelings of which often have no logical, attributable cause (generalized anxiety). The truth is, the best approach to treating anxiety is to combine several different treatments in a ratio that makes sense for each individual person. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, sculpture, painting, music, or pharmaceuticals, a holistic angle is the best way to escape anxiety’s clutches.
And for many people recently, CBD (cannabidiol) has become an absolutely indispensable part of their anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) regimen.
The Pharmaceutical Treatments for Anxiety
For some people, powerful pharmaceuticals that alter the brain’s chemistry can be a life-changing palliative that makes their anxiety manageable. For many people, though, they view pharmaceutical treatment as the absolute last option, preferring to seek more natural and less invasive remedies first.
Some of those medications to treat anxiety include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SSNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors). These medications are antidepressants. They work by preventing the body from breaking down serotonin and epinephrine, which alters (and hopefully balances) the amount of serotonin in the brain. Too little serotonin can result in depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders and panic attacks.
The second type of treatments are called anxiolytics. These anti-anxiety medications work quickly, but are typically prescribed for short-term use because they can be habit-forming. Anxiolytics work by decreasing the abnormal excitability in the brain and can have a sedative effect. Anxiolytic can cause drowsiness or dizziness, and the side-effects can worsen with time.
Natural Alternatives for Anxiety Treatment
The amount of side effects and drawbacks to pharmaceutical anxiety treatment has caused many to look elsewhere for treatment options. In the past several years, one exciting possibility has emerged: CBD. There is increasing evidence suggesting that Cannabidiol (a compound found in hemp and cannabis plant) may be an effective treatment for anxiety.
CBD has several potential medical applications, but its promise as an anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) option is one of the most well-researched and exciting uses. While no definitive link between CBD and anxiety reduction has been made yet (the research is still fairly young), anecdotal reports abound with individuals who have begun using CBD in various forms to self-treat their anxiety. To listen to these people tell their extremely personal stories, CBD has made an indelible and priceless contribution to their lives.
How CBD May Help with Anxiety
Your body has a complicated network of messengers and receptors called the endocannabinoid system. These messengers and receptors work together to create a subsequent response in your brain. Your body produces endocannabinoids to regulate many functions in your body. These functions include:
- Mood and emotional responses
- Sleep regulation, learning and memory
- Appetite, digestion and metabolism
- Pain perception
- Neurodevelopment and movement
- Immune system function and inflammation
- Your cardiovascular function
Believe it or not, your body already uses cannabidiol for self-regulation. The cannabidiol in CBD interacts with your natural cannabinoid receptors to create an effect in your brain. CBD has been shown to increase your body’s production of natural cannabinoids by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down. CBD also likely targets serotonin receptors, which may improve anxiety, depression and neuropathic pain. There are many similarities between cannabidiol and anti-anxiety medications.
There’s one big difference though: CBD oil is not a drug. It is sold as a dietary supplement. Since CBD has no psychogenic or intoxicating effects like other forms of cannabis, it is legal in all states and does not require a prescription.
CBD Effects on Anxiety Case Studies
Most of the documentation and studies available that show the benefits of CBD are initial or ongoing laboratory studies. That’s why no health claims or medical benefits are claimed at this time; but the results are encouraging.
One CBD anxiety study reports the results of a CBD trial on a ten-year-old suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. While she was getting partial relief from pharmaceutical treatment, she was also experiencing side effects from the medication. During a trial of a CBD anxiety treatment, her anxiety symptoms decreased and her sleep quality and quantity improved over time.
Choosing the Best CBD Products
Our CBD oil is derived from organically grown hemp and is CO2 extracted. This is the same extraction process used for a variety of essential oils. CO2 extraction allows more retention of CBD’s natural benefits.
If you’re considering talking to your physician about using CBD drops for anxiety relief, the next step is to realize that not all CBD products are created equal. Some less reputable websites have questionable extraction methods and source plant quality. This can lead to impurities in the final product at best, and harmful chemicals being ingested at worst. If you’re already considering trying CBD for social anxiety or CBD oil for panic attacks, the last thing you need is to worry that the oil you’re vaping is coming at the expense of your physical health.
At CBDfx, in addition to the aforementioned CO2 extraction method, we exhaustively vet and scrutinize every aspect of our CBD product pipeline — from the organic and sustainable farming practice used on our partner farms, to the minimalistic proprietary ingredients we use in every item.
The Right Amount of CBD for You
CBD is available in many forms, from edibles and capsules to ingestible oils and vape products. The CBD anxiety dosage will vary from person to person and is determined individually. The suggested daily dosage could be anywhere from 10-100 milligrams of CBD, depending on your needs and unique body chemistry. It is best to try a low dose first and work your way up gradually until you achieve the desired effects. You cannot overdose on CBD, but there is also no reason to take more than you need to achieve the desired effects of CBD on anxiety.