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Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. However, many studies have confirmed that CBD might have various benefits for treating anxiety-related disorders. Furthermore, cannabidiol has been studied as a treatment for many conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and anxiety. Read on and learn more about the potential benefits of CBD oil for anxiety, and whether it could be a treatment option for you if you are dealing with this type of disorder.
For generalized anxiety
For generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) claims that CBD has been shown to significantly reduce stress in animals such as rats. Participants in the study were observed as having lower behavioral signs of anxiety. Interestingly, their symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate improved as well. As much as CBD use for various disorders is rapidly increasing, more research needs to be done, especially on humans and GAD.
For other forms of anxiety
CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As some research suggests, it may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well.
Not so long ago, a study conducted research on CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Study participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Participants who received CBD showed overall reduced anxiety levels.
Moreover, many other studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms. Some of them include symptoms such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These particular studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).
How should I consume CBD for anxiety?
Education is the key if you’re curious about using CBD oil to help manage your anxiety. Understanding the pros and cons of the various ingestion methods can help you determine which form of treatment best suits your needs.
- Tinctures and oils
CBD tinctures and oils symbolize a very quick, easy, and accurate way to consume CBD. Most tinctures contain CBD in an alcohol base. Moreover, CBD oils contain CBD extracts infused into a carrier oil, such as coconut or hemp seed oil.
Another great thing about them is the fact that tinctures and oils are taken using a dropper, which allows you to easily measure intake. The cannabinoid rapidly enters the bloodstream. So, when taken sublingually, its results can kick in as quickly as ten minutes and last up to a couple of hours.
- CBD vape oils
CBD can be vaped using a special pen that vaporizes the oil. Recently, the safety of vaping has come under intense scrutiny. A serious lung condition is known as VAPI, or EVALI has hospitalized more than 2,000 people and led to the deaths of more than forty people. Furthermore, the federal Centers for Disease Control has found that most cases have been linked to the use of illicit-market THC vape cartridges tainted with vitamin E oil.
CBD vape cartridges purchased in legal state-licensed cannabis stores are highly regulated. On the contrary, CBD cartridges purchased from other sources are completely unregulated. Always make sure to proceed with caution when considering any vaping product in an unregulated environment.
Before you use a product that contains CBD, be sure to have a conversation with your health care provider. Also, be open-minded and discuss other possible treatment options for anxiety, too. In many cases, a type of psychotherapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy, along with anti-anxiety medication, can reduce anxiety symptoms significantly.