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. I know we have anxiety is real and one I have suffered with for a long time, but now I have CBD oil to help me with this, and I am so glad I do. My hope by you reading this is that it will help you or a loved one.
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.
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.
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
This is all very encouraging to read especially for those of you looking for a relief from that constant chest tightness that anxiety produces.
CBD reduces learned fears and helps with phobias
We are born 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 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.
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.
And even though we explored just five benefits of CBD in this post, you can expect much more in real life. It all depends on your previous treatment, your condition and the mindset you have.