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Using CBD to Treat Anxiety 101

Living with Anxiety

A pounding heart, sweaty palms, racing thoughts: For those living with an anxiety disorder, these unwelcome symptoms can make everyday life feel debilitating.

One in 13 people around the world live with an anxiety disorder, making them the most common mental health disorder worldwide. For those living with anxiety, finding a safe method for managing symptoms is a critical concern.

Quick-acting anti-anxiety medication, such as Xanax and Valium, may offer instant relief but can become addictive with severe side effects. Long-range anxiety medications, such as Prozac, may help reduce symptoms over time, but don’t work for everyone.

Enter cannabidiol, better known as CBD. CBD has recently captured the spotlight as an alternative or complementary treatment for anxiety.

CBD: Snake oil or powerful anxiety treatment?

According to the authors of one 2015 review, CBD interacts with receptors in the brain that regulate fear and anxiety-induced behaviours.

The authors of the review also found evidence that established CBD as an effective treatment for numerous types of anxiety disorders, including:

  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • panic disorder (PD)

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • social anxiety disorder (SAD)

1 in 13 people around the world live with an anxiety disorder, making them the most common mental health disorder worldwide.

In a double-blind study from 2019, 37 Japanese teenagers with social anxiety disorder (SAD) received 300 mg of CBD oil or a placebo every day for four weeks. The anti-anxiety properties of CBD reduced symptoms aligned with the disorder, providing relief comparable to Paroxetine, a drug commonly used to treat the condition.

A 2019 retrospective case study reviewed outpatients at a mental health clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado. Forty-seven of the patients sampled had expressed concerns about anxiety. Over three months, the majority of patients were given 25 mg of CBD daily in addition to treatment. 90% of patients reported a significant decrease in anxiety after taking CBD for a week.

How should I consume CBD for anxiety?

According to the CBD oil usage guide, you should do these things:

  • Brush your teeth before taking CBD oil so that it has a chance to be fully absorbed.

  • Shake the bottle well.

  • Fill your dropper to the appropriate amount (1/2 to 1 full dropper for 1500mg Oil)

  • Put the CBD oil under your tongue and hold it there for 30-90 seconds. Then swallow.

  • Take one dose in the morning and one at night.

Other CBD Oil Tips:

Take your CBD oil right after brushing your teeth in the morning and evening. This way, you’re sure to remember to take it.

Dosing CBD for anxiety

There is no universally recommended dosage for CBD, and, to date, there haven’t been any large-scale clinical trials to inform dosage guidelines.

Below is a crowd sourced CBD dosage calculator which you can use to find a rough guideline:

Dosage Calculator

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