CBD for Anxiety
Around 40 million U.S. adults suffer from some type of chronic anxiety. While nearly everyone experiences occasional anxiety, chronic anxiety can interfere with daily life situations. For many, this disease isn't just an inconvenience. It significantly reduces their quality of life.
Can CBD Help with Anxiety?
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animals(1) since overall signs of anxiety were reduced. An imaging study in 2015 on patients with generalized anxiety showed that CBD visibly reduced resting blood flow in the hippocampus and amygdala, our brain's anxiety centers. These centers activate when we're anxious. While good blood flow is essential for health, a high resting blood flow suggests that the area of the brain is overstimulated, while low resting blood flow is associated with a sense of well-being(2). In 2017, a meta-analysis found an apparent anti-anxiety effect on people and animals who have panic attacks(3).
An experiment in 2011 looked at people in public speaking forums. They found that participants who took CBD before speaking performed better in addition to having measurably calmer biometric readings like heart rate, sweating, and shaking(4).
Where Should I Start?
If you have panic attacks, you might try a more massive dose when you feel one coming on. But you may find a regular, lower dose more effective. For this purpose, a CBD tincture or CBD capsule works well.
How Much CBD Should I Take?
Everyone's different. Not unlike medications, your weight and body makeup could influence how you process CBD. So you may need more or less than someone else. As a general rule, you should start with around 10-25mg once to twice and day. Keep a journal of how you feel. Then increase, if needed.
Is CBD Safe for Me?
CBD does cause mild side effects in some people. And it may interact with certain medications, so you should speak with your doctor about any substances like CBD that you use. The most commonly reported side effects are diarrhea, reduced appetite, and tiredness, which may be managed by adjusting your dose.
2. Blessing EM et al.: Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Neurotherapeutics Oct 12(4):825-836, 2015.
3. Vanessa P. Soares and Alline C. Campos, Evidences for the Anti-panic Actions of Cannabidiol, Curr Neuropharmacol. Feb; 15(2): 291–299. 2017
4. Mateus M Bergamaschi et al.: Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients, Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 May; 36(6): 1219–1226