It’s sad and terrible to say, but anxiety seems to have become a topic that people have less time for. Anxiety is quickly becoming passé, as if it were some trend, like kale, fidget spinners, ‘mindfulness’ techniques or all things unicorn.
It seems like everyone had only to suddenly get over their having had, anxiety. And all this without even knowing exactly what they were meant to be suffering from or fully comprehending the fact that some 19.1 percent of American adults actually suffer with the disease on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
What’s ironic, of course, is that these same fad-seeking folks would draw similar conclusions on the topic of cannabis. Which is to say that they would quickly dismiss this mighty plant in favour of the next big thing. This is despite its proven track record in helping adolescents, adults, and aging persons combat their:
- panic disorders
- generalized anxiety disorders
- social phobias
- post-traumatic stress disorders
- obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- and separation anxiety issues
“Hold on”, you may be thinking. “Let’s unpack that last statement since you seem to be saying that my daughter and my grandma could both benefit from CBD oil for anxiety?”
Don’t take it from us until you review the following guide. It lists 4 key studies that are changing the minds of many and empowering both long-time and more recent sufferers to adopt CBD oil.
What is CBD Oil for Anxiety, or: The Science Behind the Claims
For starters, CBD isn’t like its more well-known counterpart THC (i.e., tetrahydrocannabinol) that gets you high. Unlike CBD, THC provides users with a feeling of euphoria. Or, conversely, a psychoactive experience depending on the strain and consumption history of the patient.
If you’re suffering from the following disorders, then dosing with a high-THC strain might result in a less-than zen-like experience. And sadly, only increase your anxiety and distress.
- generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- a panic-related disorder (PD)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- or a specific phobia
CBD, however, is a different story as it is a compound that acts as a natural serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI. There is no high, only the therapeutic effects.
SSRIs are precisely what Big Pharma had in mind when they developed Prozac and Zoloft in an effort to relieve anxiety by preventing the brain from reabsorbing serotonin. It should be noted, of course, that while this can work from some, many long-time sufferers constantly have to change the amount they take or switch medications when patents expire or they no longer have access to their preferred SSRI.
As studies have shown (see below), CBD can take the place of these expensive and often murky treatment options with all of their bureaucratic trappings.
Here’s an overview of 4 important CBD studies on treating anxiety.
CBD oil for anxiety: Study 1 overview
A 2019 study found that CBD not only reduced the uptake of serotonin in rats, it also helped them behave in a less anxious manner, meaning, they were able to enjoy some of the benefits of stress such as feeling more energetic and creative.
CBD oil for anxiety: Study 2 overview
A more applicable study in 2011 proved that those who did not receive a placebo of the compound but consumed CBD prior to a public speaking event, actually performed better than they would have otherwise. They experienced far less anxiety and no evidence of negative self-talk prior to taking the stage.
CBD oil for anxiety: Study 3 overview
A cross-study of various research findings also concluded that CBD use as an SSRI was an excellent means in which to combat stress, anxiety, PTSD, and GAD.
CBD oil for anxiety: Study 4 overview
One of the most heartening studies (if you can even say that considering CBD can help those returning from war or fighting crime on a nightly basis) is that the use of this compound as an SSRI has presented researchers with evidence that it not only helps the brain regenerate damaged cells, but, and in so doing, can reduce the likelihood of suicide.
With this said, here are some tips that of consuming CBD as an SSRI replacement.
3 Tips in Using CBD Oil for Anxiety and as an SSRI
1. Research what consumption methods are available
Standalone CBD (that is to say without its compadre THC) might best to be consumed as a tincture, oil, vape, or edible.
Still, and anxiety aside, it is important to recognize the side-effects of overdosing, especially when it comes to edibles, and which include dry mouth, diarrhea, and nausea.
2. Start low and go slow
No matter the reason for your taking CBD, it’s always a good idea to start low in dose and go slow. This is especially so with any orally-delivered CBD as the compound takes a great deal longer in reaching the endocannabinoid system since it must first pass through the liver.
That said, and if you act in a hurry by consuming too much CBD, don’t fret, as CBD works on cannabinoid receptors, not opioid receptors. Therefore, lethal overdoses can’t occur.
3. Add a little THC to get a more self-regulated outcome
Once you understand how your body responds to certain amounts of CBD, adding THC to the mix might be worth trying.
Both cannabinoids, taken together, can not only lift mood, but also lead to anti-depressant effects and positive, socially-interactive behaviors. Studies proving the efficacy of when they’re paired are endless.
That said, those who don’t respond well to this regimen may experience dysphoria and, accidentally, increased anxiety.
Still, sometimes the entourage effect can be a good thing…
taken one step at a time, of course!
Is CBD Oil for Anxiety the Answer or Simply Another Trend?
Millions of adolescents, adults, and aging persons suffering from anxiety-related disorders see no improvement in their condition despite years of taking SSRIs. It’s time to turn away from mass manufactured pills and, instead, consider different approaches to treatment.
Consider that nearly 40% of adolescents aged 13 to 18 report some type of anxiety-related debilitation. Clearly, encouraging responsible use of CBD oil means fewer persons dependent on pharmaceuticals. And more healthy transitions into adulthood.
Still, it is important to work with one’s general practitioner in order to select the right dose, strain, and timing. This will help you get back to living your most productive life.
Best of luck!