Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most promising and powerful natural gifts ever discovered. The uses of this amazing substance are only now being fully explored.
One of the most established uses for CBD oil is anxiety. Since its discovery, including for thousands of years of the use of cannabis, it has been an important ingredient for helping those who have anxiety.
In this article, we’ll look at the scientific evidence that shows that this 100% natural derivative of hemp and marijuana is an excellent protection against anxiety.
What is CBD?
CBD is an oil derived from hemp and marijuana, both of which are cannabis. There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis, which is the proper name for the plant that is both marijuana and hemp. While many of these cannabinoids haven’t been explored yet, CBD has been extensively studied as a treatment for everything from joint pain to more serious diseases, like cancer.
CBD, as it is currently available in most of the US, is derived from industrial hemp. It contains little or no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the cannabinoid that gets you “high”.
At Sweet Drop, we offer CBD oil that is in MCT (medium-chain triglycerides), an oil made from coconut oil that has been shown to have a positive effect on the heart.
CBD for Anxiety
No one is entirely sure how CBD reduces anxiety. If that sounds scary, watch any drug commercial for medicines for depression, etc. There’s usually a caveat at the bottom that says that no one is sure how those powerful drugs work either.
“A small 2010 study found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of social anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.” - Medical News Today
The Medical News Today article goes on to discuss several other studies, both in humans and animals.
“A 2015 analysis of previous studies concluded that CBD oil is a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” - Medical News Today
Because CBD research has been closely attached with marijuana, most research that might have occurred has been stifled. In the US and even globally, both marijuana and industrial hemp were not allowed to be grown or studied.
In short, there is significant evidence from clinical studies that shows that CBD is likely to be very helpful for anxiety and related disorders.
How to Use CBD for Anxiety
Anxiety in most people tends to rise and fall based on the situation. For some folks, it’s a generalized anxiety that is ever present. For other people, anxiety is related to specific events, like public speaking, flying, or heights.
To use CBD oil for anxiety, first ascertain what the source of your anxiety is. Then take the smallest amount of CBD you can. Give yourself two weeks before increasing the dose slightly. Once you’ve found a dose that works, you can stop there! You can always increase or decrease if you need to later.
There is clinical evidence that CBD oil can help with anxiety, both stimulus-induced, such as a fear of heights, and general anxiety. It doesn’t have the side effects that many narcotic treatments do and is generally well-tolerated.
If you have anxiety of any kind, CBD might be just what you need to calm the upset.