Table of Contents
- What is anxiety
- CBD impact on anxiety
- CBD anxiety dosing
- Success stories from anxiety patients
- Scientific CBD studies & results
- Best CBD oil for Anxiety
- Other medical conditions
National Alliance on Mental Illness writes:
Most people develop symptoms of anxiety disorders before the age of 21 and women are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men.
Rates appear to be higher in the United States and Europe and they are on the rise for dogs as well. Good to know that dog CBD oil works just like with humans and many dog owners report a great improvement in the emotional condition of their beloved furry companions.
What is anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of unease caused by worrying or fear. These feelings, however, are normal when they occur occasionally, for example, when we have stressful or worrisome events in our lives like exams, job interviews etc. So, almost any adult will have felt at least once or twice these feelings of anxiety.
We speak however of an anxiety disorder when someone has this ‘pre-exam’ feeling constantly for a longer period of time and more severe than just being worried. Anxiety is usually not caused by a single event but has a complex pallet of causes:
- Events in our life
- Brain chemistry
Did you know that anxiety effects aproximately 30% of adults in the United States, a number that recently has gone up from 18%, as indicted on the website of the Anxiety Centre?
Variations of Anxiety
There are several variations of anxiety of which we list the most common ones:
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- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Specific Phobias
Physical symptoms of Anxiety
Some of the physical effects that can be caused by anxiety are:
- Increased heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
CBD impact on anxiety
Besides pain relief and many other positive effects on medical issues, studies and reports from patients indicate that as little as a single dose of CBD can drastically reduce social anxiety and related symptoms, such as cognitive impairment, difficulties in speech delivery, and frantic, anticipatory speech.
Effects of CBD on anxiety
Due to the natural working on our endocannabinoid system, many patients have reported a reduction of their anxiety symptoms already after their first dose of CBD. Studies also show that anxiety further steadily decreases over time with daily dosings. Some tests and studies that have been carried out and published, we have gathered below.
The Brittish Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) in 2010 published the results of a test that proved that cannabidiol (CBD) reduced the symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD). The patients reported feeling better after taking cannabidiol, and brain scans showed that CBD changed the way their brain responded to anxiety. The regions of the brain linked to anxiety showed changes in blood flow on these brain scans.
Neuropsychopharmacology in 2011 published the results of tests with CBD, showing that social anxiety disorder in relation to public speaking was greatly reduced.
In 2014 the Institute of Psychiatry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, performed tests on animals, proving that cannabidiol had antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects on the tested animals.
The American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics reviewed in 2015 the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety-related disorders. They came to the conclusion that cannabidiol reduces multiple anxiety disorders such as SAD (social anxiety disorder), GAD (general anxiety disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and PD (Panic Disorder).
The Cannabinoid Research Institute, directed by Philip Robson, MD, published in 2016 a case study on the effectiveness of CBD oil for pediatric anxiety and insomnia, related to PTSD. The outcome of this case study was that the child’s anxiety and insomnia due to post-traumatic stress disorder were significantly reduced.
CBD anxiety dosing
The recommended CBD anxiety treatment dosing is usually mentioned on the CBD product itself. If not, generally take the SOL CBD tincture 1 to 3 times daily. That’s 5 mg of CBD per serving. Start with 1 drop, up to 3 under the tongue for 60 seconds and then swallow.
Alternatively, if pills are your preferred method of intake, take 1 to 3 water-soluble CBD capsules daily. Taking more CBD anxiety treatment is not harmful so you should experiment to find your ideal dose as everyone is different.
You can start with the above-recommended dosage and increase the dose if you don’t experience an adequate level of relief. Dr. Al Frankel, M.D., of Greenbridge Medical, a California-based cannabis medical therapy practice has experience treating hundreds of patients with CBD anxiety treatment. He maintains that very low doses of high-quality cannabis flower extracted CBD, as small as 2mg, are often effective at treating anxiety. Dr. Frankel writes:
For CBD anxiety treatment, I generally start with 4 mg three times daily and in most cases this is enough. If not, I will increase the CBD and sometimes add THC to the cannabinoid regimen.
Alternatively, you can start with a high dose for the first 3-4 days which will show you what ‘full relief’ from anxiety should feel like. Some patients reported the need for larger doses of CBD (~30 – 37.5mg), for the first 3-4 days, to help them find relief from severe anxiety. Taking a large dose helps saturate the brain’s cannabinoid receptors and fat cells with CBD. After experiencing a calm mind, you can reduce to the lowest dose of CBD anxiety treatment that gives you an adequate level of relief.
A CBD anxiety treatment overdose is practically impossible as it’s known to be non-toxic even at extreme doses of 1500 mg per day. For over thousands of years, not a single death has been recorded associated with cannabis use. Years of research on the topic have shown there is no fatal overdose level with cannabis use.
Since CBD anxiety treatment is non-psychoactive compared to THC, it is even safer as you don’t have to deal with the side effects mostly caused by the THC cannabinoid, because there are only minor CBD side effects. It is said that CBD counteracts the THC’s being high or stoned feeling, however, from personal experience, I found it actually increases the high.
Personally, I would not advice THC use for anxiety but you are free to experiment if it can benefit you. THC is, however, very effective in cancer treatment, along with CBD. For more information read our article on RSO dosage.
Success stories from anxiety patients
There is an increasing number of reports from anxiety patients who benefited from CBD anxiety treatment in practice and as such confirm the scientific studies & results. Some get widespread media coverage, others are reports from patients done on blogs, social media, and videos.
Scientific CBD studies & results
Below is a compilation of scientific research on CBD and anxiety disorders. The articles are primarily from highly technical scientific journals such as PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine). If you ever wondered how does CBD help seizures, check out the studies below.
- Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients
- Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
- Antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol: a chemical compound of Cannabis sativa
- Cannabinoid-related agents in the treatment of anxiety disorders: current knowledge and future perspectives
- Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an anxiolytic drug
- Central anandamide deficiency predicts stress-induced anxiety: behavioral reversal through endocannabinoid augmentation
- Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report
- Effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on regional cerebral blood flow
- The anxiolytic-like effects of cannabidiol injected into the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis are mediated by 5-HT1A receptors
- The anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol on chronically stressed mice depends on hippocampal neurogenesis: involvement of the endocannabinoid system
- Plant-based medicines for anxiety disorders, part 2: a review of clinical studies with supporting preclinical evidence
- A Systematic Review of Plant-Derived Natural Compounds for Anxiety Disorders