Will CBD oil help with anxiety?
If you’ve got anxiety, you’re in good company – 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Blame it on our stressful modern world – plus evolutionary programming that helped us escape from hungry predators – that anxiety is everywhere.
Though there are many different pharmaceutical and lifestyle changes that can help soothe the symptoms of anxiety, people who want a natural solution are asking “Will CBD oil help with anxiety?”
The research is promising, but not concrete – yet
Studies have shown that cannabidiol – one of more than 100 substances found in CBD oil - has the potential to help manage symptoms of anxiety. At this time, most of the research on CBD’s effects are from small studies, laboratory tests and animal studies. Though these show promising uses for CBD, more large-scale testing is needed to confirm the findings.
A 2018 survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research stated that nearly 62 percent of CBD users take it to treat a medical condition. One of the top three conditions participants mentioned was anxiety.
In a report titled “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders,” published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, scientists analyzed research and concluded that CBD oil shows promise in treating a number of mental conditions such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, OCD, and PTSD.
A small study published in Neuropsychopharmacology reported that CBD may help alleviate social anxiety. In this study, participants with social anxiety disorder received either 600mg of CBD, a placebo, or no treatment 90 minutes before they performed a public speaking test. Results showed that participants who had ingested the CBD reported significantly reduced anxiety, discomfort and cognitive impairment while delivering their speeches.
How does CBD oil help with anxiety?
Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is thought to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate several processes in the body. Large-scale studies are going to be needed to specifically pinpoint how CBD works within the endocannabinoid system. For now, small studies and anecdotal evidence that support CBD’s beneficial effects on anxiety are driving CBD’s popularity as an anxiety reducer.
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