Anxiety can be a crippling, chronic psychological condition; anxiety disorders can lead formerly social people to ‘drop out of life’ and avoid social situations, give up work and even stop attending to their daily needs, like grocery shopping and keeping their homes clean (hoarding behaviours, for example, are often rooted in anxiety disorders.)
The most common conventional medicine treatments for anxiety disorders are the benzodiazepine class of drugs - medications like clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). All of these medications have serious abuse and addiction potential, and withdrawing from benzodiazepines can be deadly; even withdrawal from powerful opioids (both legal and illegal painkillers, including heroin) is considered less dangerous.
Benzodiazepines also come with a host of side effects; they are notorious for causing massive weight gain and permanently slowing the metabolism, they leave some people feeling ‘drugged’ or like ‘zombies,’ and can cause impaired coordination and trembling, making the patient seem drunk and/or drugged. When combined with alcohol, they can cause death even at relatively low doses.
For millions of anxiety sufferers, the risks of ‘benzos’ just aren’t worth it; but the potential for CBD oil to help patients with anxiety without the life-threatening side effects of conventional psychoactive drugs has many people hopeful that they may finally be able to control their anxiety symptoms without risking their health (or life!)
A little about CBD Oil and how it works
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound known as a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids come specifically from cannabis plants. These include hemp, which does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid in marijuana plants which is responsible for giving people a ‘high’; CBD alone does not cause psychoactive effects (‘highs’) like marijuana does, and most CBD products will not result in you testing positive for marijuana use.
CBD products have exploded in popularity in recent years, as new research – both scientific studies and self-reports from users where CBD products are legal – have begun to reveal its many potential health benefits. Two of the most common reasons people try CBD is because some research and many anecdotal reports suggest CBD for anxiety is effective, as is CBD for anxiety and depression.
Is CBD Oil legal?
In the UK, CBD oil which contains less than 0.2% THC is totally legal. The vast majority of CBD products sold by mainstream retailers are made from hemp, not marijuana, so they don’t contain any psychoactive THC that can get you ‘high.’ You should be aware that most CBD products you’ll find for sale don’t advertise their health benefits – that would require them to be licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, which can be a long and expensive process. Instead, they’re marketed as nutritional or cosmetic supplements, and retailers rely on the fact that anyone interested in the medical use of CBD can quickly find reliable information on the benefits of CBD oil on the internet.
Does CBD Oil help with anxiety?
Because CBD OIL has only recently hit the market as a legal product in many places around the world, there aren’t years of research into its efficacy like there are for most prescription drugs. It’s fair to say that anecdotally, many users report that CBD oil helps them manage their anxiety, even when they have post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD.) Sometimes CBD Oil is all these patients need; sometimes they also combine it with more conventional medicines for anxiety.
CBD Oil dosage for anxiety
If you have a history of marijuana use, you may have developed a tolerance to CBD, and need more CBD Oil to see a therapeutic effect on your anxiety. But if you’re new to all things CBD (including cannabis and hemp), 10mg of CBD Oil under the tongue once a day is a good starting dosage of CBD for anxiety, and you should try it for at least a week before deciding you need to go higher. CBD Oil comes in different strengths – We are Kynd sells CBD Oil at 4%, 8% and 15% strengths, for example, so obviously, you should need a smaller dosage of higher-concentration CBD oil to experience the desired effect on your anxiety.
CBD for depression and anxiety
Many people who turn to CBD for anxiety are also dealing with depression. Again, official research is lagging behind what consumers are experiencing for themselves, but there is already solid evidence emerging that CBD can help reduce depression-related anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort before public speaking, as well as depression related to other conditions which may benefit from treatment with CBD, such as chronic pain.
CBD potential side effects
CBD is generally considered safe. However, some people who take CBD do experience some side effects. The most common are diarrhoea, fatigue, appetite changes, and weight changes.
CBD can also interact with other medications or supplement you’re taking, so it’s always wise to ask a doctor about starting CBD – just as you would with any other medication. The most worrisome interactions seem to be with medications, usually blood thinners, that come with a ‘grapefruit warning’ – CBD and grapefruit both interact with enzymes that are important to drug metabolism.
Most people who take CBD Oil for anxiety purchase a CBD Oil tincture, and take their CBD by administering drops of the tincture under their tongue, then holding it there for a minute for maximum absorption. CBD drops for anxiety seem to be very effective for many users, but when they have no effect/not enough effect, there are alternatives – you can vape CBD products, and even apply them as balms to your skin. We are Kynd sells a variety of CBD products to suit the needs of everyone who wishes to try CBD to help reduce their anxiety symptoms.