With one in thirteen people around the world living with an anxiety disorder, anxiety has become the most common mental health issue on the planet. Anxiety can come in the form of social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Even those who do not have a diagnosed disorder can still be negatively impacted by everyday or acute anxiety that decreases their overall quality of life.
Many of those with anxiety never get treated for it and some self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, or other methods that can be very harmful. For those who do receive medical treatment for their anxiety, they are often prescribed drugs such as Xanax, Valium, or Prozac which can be addictive and have negative side effects.
Fortunately, CBD has become an accepted form of anxiety treatment. It works for a broad number of disorders as well as calming everyday stress and anxiety, is not habit-forming, and has few negative side effects. Here’s more on how CBD can treat anxiety.
CBD Effects on Anxiety
There have been numerous scientific studies on how CBD affects anxiety, including the one that was published in Neurotherapeutics. This study showed that CBD reduced anxiety behaviors related to a number of conditions including PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorders with no negative side effects. The study also showed there was very little sedative effect and that the safety of using CBD to treat anxiety was remarkably high.
Though scientists are still digging into the exact reasons why CBD has such a positive effect on anxiety, most agree that it has to do with the changes the human brain experiences when subjected to stress. When stress occurs, certain parts of the brain become very active while others shrink. The levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and certain endocannabinoids also change, which produces the symptoms that make up anxiety. It’s believed that CBD can counter this anxiety by increasing neural regeneration and providing stimulation to the neurotransmitter system. When the CB1 receptors in the brain are overstimulated, anxiety occurs. This is also a reason why the CB1-stimulating chemical THC can cause anxiety. CBD, on the other hand, balances the endocannabinoid system, therefore reducing the feelings of anxiety.
Is CBD legal?
In most states, the legality of CBD is a rather gray area. Some allow it if it is hemp-derived only, while others allow any form and still others allow none at all. It’s likely that this will remain in a state of flux for many years to come as advocates work to legalize marijuana and those treatments that are derived from the cannabis plan. The only guaranteed way to get CBD legally in states where medical marijuana is legal is to obtain a medical marijuana card. Once you have a card, you can purchase any type of medical marijuana product (including those that contain THC) at all licensed dispensaries in your state. If you do not live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, check your state laws to see if you can purchase CBD products.
How can I take CBD for anxiety?
There are a number of different ways to take CBD for anxiety depending on your desired results, individual preference, and lifestyle. Here are the different options:
- CBD oil–CBD oil comes in a variety of flavors and levels of potency. It is mostly taken sublingually under the tongue. Many like taking CBD in oil form because it is discreet, portable, and fast-acting.
- CBD pills–CBD can be taken in pill form, which is very convenient and discreet. You can take CBD pills no matter where you are or who is watching as they will never know what type of medication you are taking.
- Vaping–CBD can easily be inhaled through vaping devices and can be calming for some with anxiety, especially if they are currently or have been former smokers. While vaping is not as discreet or convenient as taking pills or oils, many believe it has a more potent effect on their symptoms.
- Edibles–Edibles such as gummies or treats with CBD baked into them are another popular way to take CBD. They resemble candy or vitamins in gummy form, so they are discreet, while others like to enjoy a sweet treat while taking their CBD and enjoy trying out new recipes.
How much CBD should I take to treat anxiety?
Taking the right amount of CBD to treat your anxiety is key in managing your symptoms. However, there is no right answer to how much CBD you should take as it depends on the type of CBD, your unique body chemistry and tolerance, and how severe your symptoms are. Currently, there are no recommended dosages from the Food and Drug Administration. Dosages can range anywhere from 20 to 1500 milligrams per day, which is a very large range.
If you are taking CBD under the supervision of a doctor, ask him or her what dose you should start with. If you are not, start with a smaller dosage, see how it affects you and your symptoms, then gradually increase the dose until you start seeing the results you want. Many start with 20 to 40 milligrams per day, then increase by 5 milligrams every week.
How can I obtain a card to buy CBD legally?
As mentioned above, the only way to guarantee you can legally buy CBD in states where medical marijuana is legal is to get your medical marijuana card. Fortunately, this process is simple and inexpensive and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home. MDBerry offers a teleconference option where you can schedule an appointment and ‘meet’ with a physician over the phone who can verify your symptoms and determine if medical marijuana is a good treatment option for you. Once you are approved, you will get your medical marijuana card instantly and can use it to purchase CBD from any licensed dispensary in your state for one year. Ready to find out if CBD can treat your anxiety? Schedule an appointment to get your medical marijuana card today.