If you struggle with anxiety, you aren’t alone. In fact, nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. have experienced an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetimes. While there are medications that can help, these drugs can come with a long list of unwanted side effects like feelings of apathy, a diminished sex drive, and in some cases, even depression.
To date, research has revealed promising signs for the use of cannabidiol (CBD), from CBD Tinctures to Terp Drops for easing anxiety. CBD is a type of cannabinoid, a compound naturally found in hemp plants and marijuana, but it doesn’t get you “high” like THC.
While scientific research is still ongoing, there have been multiple studies that have confirmed what many anxiety sufferers have already discovered: relief by using CBD. The National Institute on Drug Abuse looked at the use of CBD for generalized anxiety order and found that it reduced stress in animals, with subjects observed as having fewer signs of anxiety, including decreases in their heart rates.
Research conducted out of Washington State University, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders that looked at the effects of smoking cannabis on anxiety, stress and depression found that cannabis had the ability to reduce short-term levels of anxiety. Experts have also found potential benefits for disorders like social anxiety and post-traumatic stress, with some suggesting that CBD might be helpful for improving insomnia that has been triggered by anxiety.
The body has many different receptors which are protein-based compounds attached to the cells that receive signals from various stimuli. CBD is believed to work with brain receptors called CB1 and CB2 which are primarily found in the peripheral nervous system and central nervous system. While the specific way CBD affects these receptors is yet to be determined, it’s believed that it works by altering serotonin signals, a key chemical involved in mental health. When an individual has lower levels of serotonin, they’re more likely to develop conditions like anxiety or depression.
As the use of CBD for anxiety is still relatively new, it may take some experimentation to determine the right dosage as it tends to vary from one person to another and there are no official guidelines in place. There was one small study involving participants who took CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. Those who took an oral dose of 300 mg given 90 minutes before the test, experienced significantly reduced anxiety, but those who were administered 150 mg and others who received 600 mg saw little benefit.
When it comes to just about anything, including CBD,it’s always better to begin with a lower dosage. That gives the body time to adapt in order to ensure too much isn’t taken initially, although when it comes to CBD, it is generally considered safe taken at high doses. If no beneficial effects are noted then slowly increase the amount taken every few days.
*Collaborative guest post