The information provided here is not a replacement for medical help. I am not offering medical advice. I am giving you my opinion based on my own experience.
CBD for Anxiety
If you have ever had a panic attack, you know it’s a feeling you will never forget. Your heart is beating so fast that it feels like it could burst at any second. You are trying to breathe, but the air isn’t enough. All you want is to feel safe and okay, but that’s not possible.
Over 40 million Americans are impacted by anxiety disorders each year according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
As of 2018, anxiety has become the most common form of mental illness in the United States. This statistic surpasses depression. Although, many people with an Anxiety disorder also develop depression as well. Sadly, most people do not receive proper treatment.
Anxiety and panic attacks aren’t as simple as fearing the unknown, or a big job. It’s an actual chemical imbalance that has driven people to extremes trying to find a way to live normally.
Variations of Anxiety
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)
This debilitating condition is stepping out of the darkness; people are starting to talk about their experiences and sharing their stories, and seeking out new treatment options besides taking more drugs.
Many medical doctors are quick to prescribe anti-anxiety drugs, some with very harmful side-effects. Sometimes overlooking simple medical issues when a patient comes in complaining of chest pain or dizziness.
Still, many people do see some reduction in their symptoms with anti-anxiety medications.
How does CBD Oil work for anxiety?
CBD Oil has calming excess signaling and activity in the brain’s endocannabinoid system
Anxiety and Depression can sometimes be treated with medications that block the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain. This makes more serotonin available to use when you are stressed.
Your brain cells transmit more serotonin to reduce anxiety and boost your mood.
CBD is thought to boost that serotonin through the brain and helps you to feel better fast.
It is believed, that it might even help to regenerate neurons and heal your brain by stimulating the brain to produce new neurons in the hippocampus. This regrowth has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. However, much more research is needed to be sure.
Repeatedly, CBD has demonstrated that it can produce anxiolytic or anxiety-reducing effects. This calming effect.
Researchers are working on human trials now and showing positive results.
One test published in Neuropsychopharmacology (1) in 2011, 24 people diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) were given either CBD or a placebo after which they were asked to perform a simulated public speaking test. According to the trial, just some of CBD’s effects on anxiety included “significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.
The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alert levels when compared with the control group.”
What CBD should I use for anxiety?
There are many ways to use CBD. However, you should be sure that if you are trying to treat anxiety or depression, that your product contains no THC or is very low in the ratio. THC has psychoactive chemicals that can aggravate anxiety and make it worse.
For anxiety, you should seek out a hemp-based CBD that contains little or no THC. Hemp plants naturally produce high quantities of CBD and negligible levels of THC.
How much should I take?
Always start with a minimal amount. You can take it slow and work your way up to where you feel the most comfortable. You don’t want this to interfere with your life and usual activities.
A low dose of CBD through a CBD vape cartridge works well. Vaping sends the effects to the brain much faster and longer than edibles or tinctures.
Edibles do work but usually take 30-45 minutes to take effect and last about an hour or more, depending on your metabolism.
If you are having a panic attack, using a CBD pen vape will quickly inhibit the serotonin absorption, and you will feel better faster. This will also help the body aches and tension that many people have with anxiety.
Regular use will help to regulate your brain and can help with PTSD and panic attacks.
Look for products that:
- Certified Organic – No pesticides
- The United States Only – Grown and made in USA for quality control
- Third party lab testing – Look for the Certificate of Analysis and a Certificate of Quality Assurance confirmed by third-party labs
- Consistency –Make sure the hemp comes from the same strain and goes through the same extraction process
- Pharmaceutical grade – Look for products manufactured in a GMP-certified facility that conforms to FDA guidelines.
Is this legal?
Even though CBD made from cannabis is still illegal because it contains THC and is oil is legal in only 8 states.
Hemp CBD is legal almost everywhere in the world and legal in all 50 states. Companies like Joy Organics will ship directly to you in discreet packaging.
Talk to your support group.
I feel strongly that everyone going through a mental illness or chronic illness should have a support group. Maybe it's your family, a group of friends, or even your doctors. It is important to have people that know what you are going through and who can help you get through the hard times.
If you need some recommendation, please reach out to me and let's find you someplace to find your support people. You are not alone.