CBD has become the go-to anxiety treatment, from everyday worries to helping with severe anxiety. The drug once seen as a gateway to hard drugs is redeeming itself.
Anxiety is a difficult disease to live with, and it can have impacted your life in many ways, including your health! For years we have tried many remedies, including teas and exercise, to keep us calm.
An anxiety disorder can leave your hormones at abnormal levels, and sometimes teas and exercises can only do so much, and you’ll need medication to calm down. So how can CBD be used to help?
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the many compounds that are found in marijuana. However, THC is the part of the drug that is responsible for the euphoric intoxicated state felt when using marijuana.
CBD is found in both marijuana and hemp plants. It’s popular because it doesn’t give off the euphoric and intoxicating feeling like THC does. Among all of the potential health benefits, it can be used to treat anxiety.
How Does It Work?
The body has cannabinoid receptors which are part of the endocannabinoid system. This system is involved in processes like controlling your appetite, the sensation of pain, and mood.
Low levels of serotonin can result in disorders like anxiety and depression. Some of these conditions are treated with medicines that increase serotonin levels, like Zoloft.
The way CBD affects the endocannabinoid system is uncertain, but presumptions have been made, and it may have an effect on serotonin levels. Without the evidence, most research is based on research experiments.
Research shows that CBD can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Effects may vary amongst individuals; physical and behavioral symptoms like increased heart rate and nail-biting can be alleviated.
CBD can be found as oils, sublingual sprays, capsules, vapors, flowers for smoking, or edibles. The dosage of CBD is not FDA regulated, so you might find some forms of CBD don’t work as well as others.
Researchers found that at least 300 mg of CBD is needed to reduce symptoms of anxiety. That doesn’t mean that higher doses are effective either, because a 900 mg dose did not affect public speaking-related anxiety.
Without regulations, many products are also mislabelled, which means products you see online may have more THC than advertised. So if you don’t buy from a trusted source, you can get intoxicated while attempting to calm down.
If you decide to switch your anxiety medication out to try CBD products, then consult your therapist. There are side effects to discontinuing your anxiety medication that can have effects on your mental health.
Dr Saadiqah Hajat