In todays modern world more and more of us are struggling with anxiety, self esteem issues, agoraphobia and depression.
Modern life can be stressful and difficult to cope with for a lot of people.
Up until now, if you went to your doctor and told them about your anxiety they’d probably put you on medication like:
All of which are Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers known for a laundry list of nasty side-effects such as:
- Memory Loss
- Irritability & Aggression
Because of the side-effects for some people taking these anti-anxiety medications is like cutting off their arm to treat a bee sting!
So, it’s no wonder folks are looking to CBD oil for relief from their symptoms, without making them feel any worse!
Ok so my CBD gummies worked great, helped me with my anxiety in the mornings & wore off after about 2 hours...they were only 250mg so I'm sure the higher the mg the longer they'll last...I wouldn't go any higher though— NubianHairGoddess🇸🇩 (@liliworldpeace) March 8, 2020
Let’s take a look at what CBD is made of and how it works to treat anxiety.
CBD For Anxiety – What’s The Big Deal?
CBD is still a relatively new area of natural medicine but we do know that it interacts with the CBD-1 and CBD-2 receptors that exist within our bodies and researchers believe that it may help to boost serotonin levels within your brain.
Low serotonin levels are the main cause of depression and anxiety.
When your serotonin levels are normal you feel calmer, more relaxed and happier.
One study by the National Institute of Drug Abuse on CBD said:
“CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.”
They also said in regards to human studies:
“CBD has shown efficacy in small human laboratory and clinical trials. CBD reduced anxiety in patients with social anxiety subjected to a stressful public speaking task.”
And they also said that CBD can help people with PTSD to forget traumatic memories:
“In a laboratory protocol designed to model post-traumatic stress disorders, CBD improved “consolidation of extinction learning”, in other words, forgetting of traumatic memories.”
The researchers said that more research needs to be done but it appears that CBD helps reduce anxiety by altering serotonin 1a receptors.
CBD oil is made from the Cannabis sativa plant.
It’s pressed out in an extraction process and attached to a carrier oil.
CBD is the non-psychoative compound found in the Cannabis sativa strain of the cannabis plant which means it does not get you high.
Pro Tip: When it comes to anxiety, stay away from CBD oils with trace THC. Traces of THC can increase anxiety. There are many CBD products available with no THC.
CBD works to undo this by activating receptors in your brain that respond by producing:
- Dopamine: tapping into your reward center and regulating emotions.
- Glutamate: heightens control of thoughts
- Serotonin: low serotonin levels = Depression… CBD attaches to serotonin and amplifies its effects!
I bet you are thinking, that CBD sounds too good to be true right?
It may sound like it is, but many people have been turning to CBD oil as a means to treat their anxiety without having side-effects from their daily medications.
Here are some folks that have had success with CBD for their anxiety:
Addy says that CBD has been good for his anxiety!
it's been so good for my daily anxiety stuff tbh ;w;— addy !! | друг 💀 (@Addark) March 8, 2020
CBD, not the twitters, i think that's making things worse LMAO
And Katherine says that it’s helping with her dog Maggies anxiety too!
Amazing how 4-Paws works!— Katharine | KJensifyme Healthy (@kjensifyme) December 4, 2018
Maggie loves her 4Paws CBD oil. No more anxiety. She’s calm even when we leave the house without her. Love 💕 4Paws and so does Maggie.#4paws… https://t.co/B1D6JejJU0
Lori says that CBD is helping with her anxiety, sleep and arthritis!
I enjoy my CBD & THC oils. CBD helps my anxiety, sleep and arthritis pains. THC OIL, nice buzz. Salted caramel thc chocolates, yummy feel good. 😀— LoriC (@LLoriCC) March 8, 2020
Tosha says that thanks to CBD she’s off of all her meds for seizures, migraines and anxiety!
CBD/cannabinoids really work! I'm now off all my meds and I'm seizure, migraine, and pain free. My anxiety is controlled and I'm sleeping better then I ever have. You need to have a high quality oil, though. I'd love to help you find relief.— Tosha Palmer Nielsen (@ToshaNielsen) March 7, 2020
CBD has helped Carol with her anxiety, sleep and chronic pain!
I’m a big fan of CBD’s. It’s helped my anxiety, sleep & chronic pain.— Carol 🦎 (@SourPatches2077) March 7, 2020
It’s even been helpful for a cat named ‘Captain Anxiety’ 🙂
CBD has been extremely effective for my friend's cat who we nicknamed Captain Anxiety.— Ava Adore | Chicago (@avaadorexo) March 7, 2020
Liss says that CBD is the bomb for anxiety and tension!
CBD is the bomb for anxiety... helps so much w/ tension— liss 🦋 (@uh_lisss_uh) March 7, 2020
And James was able to get off his antidepressants and anxiety meds thanks to CBD!
I feel this. I got off antidepressants and anxiety meds because of CBD, but then I gradually waived myself off of that because I knew it wouldve just been another addiction. And now because I have people that genuinely love me I’m happy and will be for as long as I can be.— James Lind (@jdlNomadic) March 7, 2020
The testimonials for CBD as a way to reduce anxiety are stacking up and because there’s no side effects it’s well worth a try if you’re suffering from anxiety and want to feel relaxed, free and happy again!
If you’re already on medication or seeing a doctor for your anxiety then I’d definitely recommend discussing CBD with them first as it’s not a good idea to go cold turkey on your meds and you might need to taper off of them.
Have you tried CBD for your anxiety? Let us know if it helped in the comments below!