CBD Oil – a Cure for Anxiety?

anxiety womanEverybody faces stressful situations in their daily life, and feeling irritated, insecure or frustrated is a normal part of our day, with anxiety coming and going on a regular basis. In fact, this disorder even has a protective function as we have involved to have this response in order to protect us from harm or danger.

However, for some people, anxiety gets out of control and takes over their everyday life leading to distress and ongoing negative thoughts which can impact negatively on their quality of life.

Anxiety disorders are a recognised mental illness and may include problems such as phobias and panic attacks as well as a generalised anxiety disorder with no obvious trigger.

While it is known that this disorder may be caused by environmental factors, it can also be the result of a dysfunctional process inside the brain.

How is Anxiety Treated

There are several methods used by patients who suffer from this disorder to treat their symptoms.

Some of these include changes to their lifestyle by taking more exercise or changing their diet, adopting relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga, taking medication or undergoing therapies such as psychotherapy or CBT.

However one of the newest and most innovative ways of treating anxiety today is the use of CBD oil.

CBD oil is one of the active compounds found in the cannabis plant, but unlike the other major compound, THC, it does not cause a high or lead to addictions. It is therefore ideal for medicinal purposes.

How Does CBD Oil Help Anxiety Patients?

woman in sunset illustrationCBD (cannabidiol) oil is known to have an anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effect on humans.

By stimulating the CB1, CB2 and adenosine receptors in the brain, cannabidiol benefits the function of the immune and nervous systems by releasing glutamate and dopamine.

CBD can activate the body’s serotonin receptors reducing nausea, pain and depression while improving mood swings and sleep quality.

CBD oil is also known to be an antipsychotic, making it a good treatment for patients with schizophrenia-related anxiety.

CBD is known to have a positive effect on a number of types of anxiety including PTSD, OCD, panic attacks, social phobia and generalised anxiety disorder.

How Much CBD Oil is Required to Benefit Anxiety Patients?

Studies have shown that around 600 mg of CBD oil taken orally is effective at treating anxiety in most patients.

It is gentle on the stomach and can be well tolerated by the body, even at high dosages of up to 1500 mg per day. The side effects of CBD are very minimal and tend to be restricted to dryness in the mouth caused by inhibition to saliva secretion by this drug.

The effects of cannabidiol are felt very quickly by the patient, within the first 30 to 60 minutes, and there are no withdrawal effects.

Some CBD oil products are now being made with additional flavours which make them even easier to take.

Overall, it is clear that there is a positive connection between the use of CBD oil and the improvement of the symptoms of anxiety, and therefore it is now being adopted more frequently as one of the most innovative treatments for the condition.