CBD Oil For Anxiety
CBD Oil contains CBD (Cannabidiol) which is one of over one hundred compounds found in marijuana. Whereas THC is the ingredient most popular for producing mind-altering effects in its users, CBD is the major non-psychotropic component of cannabis.
South Africa is becoming more aware of the benefits of using CBD. When looking at the successes it has shown when used for pain relief and reducing nausea, it is especially promising. These benefits are no secret and people are raving about CBD oil on a daily basis.
So what about using CBD oil for anxiety?
CBD For Anxiety
There are many benefits to using CBD oil, anxiety treatment being one of them. Anxiety is described as acute and persistent worry about everyday situations.
Anxiety affects more people than is made public knowledge. It can manifest itself in people differently. From mild heart palpitations, nausea and lack of appetite to crippling panic attacks that make it impossible to function in your day to day life.
Anti-anxiety medicines, such as antidepressants and anxiety-reducing drugs, are used to reduce the symptoms of anxiety disorders – all having with their own side effects.
And then there was CBD oil! An anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety compound. The positive impact CBD oil can have on anxiety can no longer be ignored. Studies have found that CBD oil is a natural anxiolytic and has proven itself to be effective for treating anxiety, social anxiety especially.
CBD has the ability to calm its users naturally without the risk of potential side effects, unlike pharmaceutical anti-anxiety medications.
CBD Effects On Anxiety
THC, being the psychoactive part of cannabis, can really aggravate anxiety in some people – not in all people though. This has caused a hype where people are sceptical of using marijuana products.
CBD oil for anxiety however, is different in that it contains such a little amount of THC – that it will not cause the anxiety and paranoia that some people do experience when using THC products.
CBD has the ability to interact with your body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This system manages your body’s capacities such as appetite, memory, sleeping patterns, mood and feelings towards different types of pain.
The effects of CBD include a decrease in anxiety, calming the sensory system, assisting with your body’s ability to rest as well as relaxing tense muscles.
Can You Get High On CBD Oil?
CBD is a compound in the marijuana plant known for its medical benefits and low (0.3 % or less) THC content (which is the psychoactive ingredient).
So basically what that means is that if you are using CBD oil on its own, then it will not make you high.
How To Use CBD Oil For Anxiety
So, exactly how much CBD oil for anxiety, you say? Well this is a difficult question to answer as the CBD dosage for anxiety varies from person to person – like most things.
With a lack of definite guidelines, it is going to be up to you to find the right CBD oil dosage for yourself. You will need to start off slow and gradually build up to a dosage you are comfortable with and that is working to successfully ease your anxiety.
When starting off, take a single dose of CBD oil in the morning on an empty stomach. If you struggle with sleeping – take another dose half an hour before getting into bed. CBD is best absorbed when dropped under the tongue.
Starting off with a low dose and increasing it slowly is the best way to go – this way your body is introduced to the CBD oil gradually. On day one, drop 5-10 drops of CBD oil under your tongue in the morning on an empty stomach. On day 4 you can increase this amount gradually (maybe by 5 more drops). You can do this until you reach a point where you feel the CBD is benefitting you in the desired way.
Excessive amounts of CBD could be unnecessary and expensive, so it is important to consider how much oil you should take.
Successful CBD doses generally fall within the 40 mg to 600 mg range when treating different variations of anxiety and depression. To give you an idea of what this would look like: 8 mg is roughly 4 drops, therefore 16 mg would be 8 drops. If you are using a dropper, then there are roughly 20 drops in one ml.
CBD Pros And Cons
Pros include various health benefits used to treat depression, hair growth, anxiety, cancer (symptoms and pain), pain caused by various illnesses (such as endometriosis), reduce seizures and combat insomnia – the list is extremely long.
The list of cons, however, is not so long – CBD oil may not work for everyone and that is truly a pity, but unfortunately it is the truth.
CBD For Anxiety And Depression
As we mentioned at the start of this article, CBD oil can be an effective method in treating anxiety. The same can be said for using CBD oil for depression.
Depression is not just feeling sad on occasion – although many people will explain this as depression. We all go through periods of sadness for one reason or another.
Depression is a prolonged period of depressed mood, possible lack of energy, mood swings, anxiety or loss of interest in things you once enjoyed.
CBD oil causes receptor 5-HT1A, which releases serotonin, to increase and stabilize the amounts being produced. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain, impacting various parts of our body such as our emotions and motor skills – it is a natural mood stabilizer that helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.
CBD Oil For Panic Attacks
Like with treating anxiety and depression, according to this study, CBD has proven to be a promising drug for the treatment of panic attacks too.
Personally, we are extremely excited with the steps people are taking towards trying out more natural treatments for anxiety and depression, as well as the symptoms of them. Instead of just accepting that pharmaceutical medicines are the only way.
We have spoken to many people that continue to use CBD oil and the benefits they describe are really amazing.
Why not try it out? With little to no side effects – if it doesn’t work for you, you can always stop using the CBD oil and try something else.