Using CBD for anxiety is a great, natural way to reduce the annoying anxiety symptoms that destroy the lives of so many. Here’s how it works.
I am writing this post firstly because I’ve experienced, firsthand, the effects of CBD for social anxiety. The calm feeling floods your mind but you don’t get high at all and there are literally little-to-no side effects if you get your dosage right.
The surge of positivity hits you like a towing truck and you’re off about your regular day, like nothing has ever troubled you before.
The only downside is that you have to re-medicate every couple of hours.
Or is that a downside?
When it comes to using marijuana for treating anxiety, the good news doesn’t end just there, because CBD has this same effect on all anxiety disorders, from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), to PTSD and specific phobias.
As you can see, I am very passionate about promoting CBD as a cure for many diseases but I will not use my own subjective opinion to pitch you this natural compound.
In fact, I analyzed every single CBD study as well as hundreds of user experiences in order to compile all available information into 5 bite sized chunks that will help you make an objective decision for your treatment.
Check it out below.
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Here’s how CBD battles anxiety…
Anxiety is one of the worst disorders of the modern world, just because its symptoms significantly reduce patient’s quality of life. Since you’re reading this, you or someone you know is probably going through some tough times.
When it comes to medicinal application of cannabis, there is an ever-constant debate of whether you should focus on THC or CBD rich strains when treating certain conditions.
As we’ve discussed in our THC or CBD article there is a synergistic relationship happening between these two cannabinoids, which does wonders for many diseases.
When it comes to anxiety however, CBD seems to be much more helpful…
First of all, it does not produce psychoactive effects so you won’t get high out of your mind and even paranoid.
Second, it is superior to THC when it comes to medicinal application in just the sheer volume of diseases and conditions it helps with.
Finally, it regulates many physiological processes such as sleep, inflammation, appetite and tranquilization, all of which boosts life quality for anxiety sufferers.
Let’s check out the main 5 benefits of CBD for anxiety and depression, from the infographic.
CBD relieves physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety is not just in the mind — it also produces a wide variety of physical symptoms, all of which are extremely debilitating. Many people have reported CBD’s positive effects on physical symptoms of anxiety, ranging from life-improving to life-changing.
In fact, CBD:
- Relaxes muscles and relieves tension
- Relieves nausea and bowel problems caused by severe anxiety disorders
- Relieves headaches and tingling
While researching for this article, I stumbled upon this Reddit thread and found some pretty convincing user testimonials, like this one:
And this one…
This is all very encouraging to read especially for those of you looking for a relief from that constant chest tightness that anxiety produces.
After all, these people are not selling anything.
CBD reduces learned fears and helps with phobias
We are born (by we, I mean humans — if you’re a capybara then what are you even doing here?) with only two fears: fear of falling and fear of loud noises.
Every other fear?
We learn it. And this includes thousands of phobias that people are struggling with.
Someone would say “it’s all in the head” but sometimes you just can’t cope with a traumatic experience. In these cases, CBD will help immensely.
According to a report published in 2017 by the British Pharmacological Society, several studies have confirmed that CBD reduces learned fear response in ways that are relevant to patients suffering from phobias and PTSD.
As you might know, both phobias and PTSD are marked by fear-related memories, so it makes sense that cannabidiol relieves this particular range of symptoms.
One study in particular, goes into detail on how CBD relieves fear response. They stated that CBD helps in 3 ways:
- It acutely decreases fear expression
- It disrupts memory reconsolidation
- It enhances extinction
All of these might sound too complicated to explain, but they all point out to this:
CBD can and will help with reducing the impact of learned fears, whether you are suffering from phobias, PTSD or other life-changing traumatic experiences.
CBD makes public speaking a walk in the park
There are many dimensions to anxiety disorders (and their management) and the fear of public speaking is one of the most common ones.
You’ve probably been there yourself:
The limelight hits your face like a beacon of hopelessness and you suddenly feel there is a knot in your stomach. It doesn’t take long before you completely lose your grip with reality.
I’ve experienced this myself on many occasions and I am not joking when I say it can have detrimental effects to your future public performance. In fact, I am confident that this causes social anxiety afterwards.
In moments like these, CBD is a life saver, as it relieves all symptoms of GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), one of which is the fear of speaking in front of people.
A study done in 2010 explored this issue in more detail:
They took two groups — one was given placebo and the other was given a single dose (600 mg) of CBD oil.
About 1,5 hours later, they ran both groups through a public speaking simulation and noticed this:
“Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.”
So to round this up:
If you’re suffering from social anxiety and you’re afraid of speaking in front of unknown people, take a dose of CBD oil 1.5-2 hours before your appearance.
CBD improves mood while relieving anxiety symptoms
The hard truth about most anxiety disorders is that they make you bummed out, even in your downtime.
Especially in your downtime.
CBD, when combined with THC, also has antidepressant properties, which regulate your emotional response and the general way of thinking.
There are two ways for that to happen:
When ingested, CBD activates 5-HT1A receptors. By doing so, it enables the brain to send more serotonin signals, thus reducing the anxiety and boosting your general mood.
Another way is by stimulating hippocampal neurogenesis — a process through which a person’s hippocampus basically regenerates. This is very important because people who suffer from depression and anxiety often have underdeveloped hippocampus.
CBD prevents nervous breakdowns and panic attacks
According to Mental Health Daily, CBD has the ability to completely reset the nervous system after a traumatic experience.
Let me explain:
Whenever we get that fight or flight feeling, our autonomic nervous system gets altered — the sympathetic branch becomes more active than parasympathetic.
When we administer CBD shortly before or after that traumatic event, our nervous system gets reset, which relieves current tension and prevents a full blown nervous breakdown.
This, coupled with CBD’s neuroprotective properties, ensures that both your nervous system, as well as hippocampus remain solid and healthy for a long time to come.
Bonus tip: you can use CBD oil for panic attacks, as well.
Is CBD the right choice for you then?
Regardless of your particular anxiety disorder, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that points in the direction of CBD as a valid treatment option.
We explored just five benefits of CBD for anxiety in this post but you can find 17 more in this awesome CBD study roundup. As you can see, the success of CBD supplementation depends on your previous medical treatment, your condition and the mindset you have.
Whatever the case is, I have just one more thing to say:
Good luck and I hope this helped you out.