Cannabis has been used to treat anxiety for thousands of years and has been one of the most common uses of the plant throughout various cultures from ancient civilizations to modern day. While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering compound of the plant, can increase anxiety in some individuals, both animal and human studies indicate another common cannabis compound, cannabidiol (CBD), which is not intoxicating, consistently reduces anxiety.
Anxiety and fear are ways humans and other animals cope with threats to survival. But excessive or persistent fear may be harmful and disabling. Symptoms related to excessive fear and anxiety occur in a number of disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). These anxiety-related disorders are associated with a lower sense of well-being, higher rates of unemployment, and a higher suicide risk. Together, anxiety-related disorders affect almost 30% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Evidence from human studies support using CBD for the treatment of GAD, SAD, PD, OCD, and PTSD. In addition, the same studies suggest that CBD has an added advantage of not causing more anxiety at higher doses, unlike some drugs.
How much CBD oil should you use for anxiety? There is no official dose for CBD oil because everyone reacts differently to it. With the help of your healthcare professional, start at the lower end of the dosage range (5-10 mg) and gradually increase your dose every 3-7 days until your anxiety has improved. Typically, you’ll notice the positive benefits of CBD within 30–60 minutes of taking it and will last about 4–6 hours, depending on the dosage. If you have other needs, you may benefit from taking a dose every six hours or so, but again check with your healthcare professional before doing so.
Current research indicates CBD has just a few mild side effects, if any. Also, a “tolerance” for CBD does not seem to occur, so once you find the right dose, you should not have to increase it in order to maintain its benefits. And CBD will not make you feel “high.”
There are many CBD products on the market, so shop carefully. Use only a CBD oil product that is tested for contaminants and compares the CBD vs. the levels of other compounds in the oil. And look for a product that has received a certificate of analysis (COA) which ensures that it has been tested and has met laboratory standards.
It’s also highly recommended that you use an organic CBD oil. The hemp plant is a “bioaccumulator,” which means that it tends to absorb toxic substances from the air, soil, and water. So using an organic CBD product will ensure that you aren’t also ingesting toxic substances.
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