CBD Oil For Anxiety
CBD Is Widely Used For Pain And An Anti-inflammatory. But Did You Know CBD Oil Is Effective On Anxiety Disorders?
Majority of research around anxiety disorders focuses on cannabis, not Hemp derived CBD. Cannabis (THC) in many cases can increase anxiety levels. A lot of the time cannabis patients need to dial in their strains and cannabinoid ratios to achieve desired results. CBD on the other hand does not have any of the psychoactive effects. CBD is very different from using cannabis. Though CBD is extracted from cannabis (or hemp), it does not lead to altered perception and cognition. So what does it do? To those that have used cannabis to get high, I sometimes try this explanation. If you have a bud of 17% THC, de-carb it and put it into a tincture you are going to get super stoned. If you have a bud of 17% CBD and virtually no THC, de carb it and put it into a tincture, you will not get super stoned. But, its still 17% (which is strong) of the sister cannabinoid to THC. Its got to do something right? It does (both physically and mentally), its just a bit more subtle. For example, many prescription drugs can be non-psychoactive and still have an effect on the brain. Check out this list of studies on Pub Med.Gov relative to CBD and Anxiety. www.projectcbd.org/anxiety
There are many legitimate studies to back up the claims we are making. I like to reference the US National Library of Medicine. Just this year a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended approval of the first pharmaceutical grade CBD, called Epidiolex to treat severe seizure disorders. If the FDA follows its advisory panel's advice and approves a pharmaceutical-grade CBD drug, that would open up a new treatment option by delivering a high-quality, consistent dose of CBD. I believe one of the major factors in approval of Epidiolex is that its derived from an extreme concentrated for of CBD, isolate. With isolate you are stripping out a lot of the other beneficial compounds, its not a full spectrum product. It will still show results, but its limited in them. But, because of its nature, its very easy to guarantee consistency. The FDA demands consistency if nothing else. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies the CBD extract as a Schedule 1 substance — the DEA's most restricted category. Thats the real crime. We sure hope the findings of studies now underway will help change that thinking about its legal classification — and its potential benefits.
CBD oil has shown results for the following anxiety disorders:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- social anxiety disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- post traumatic stress disorder
Its worth keeping in mind that most, if not all, of these studies use CBD oil acutely for research purposes. That is, they don't track the long term effect/use of people on CBD oil. I can say that from my experience those using CBD over time build up the cannabinoid in their system and have continual results. Myself being one of those people. CBD oil can be used to decrease anxiety, I've seen it first hand. Being in the medical cannabis industry for many years allowed me to participate in the results others received. The Maine community of cannabis caregivers always works well together in providing our patients what they need. Also in my experience, if you continually dose at the same mg/ml you don't need to increase over time. My suggestions (only when asked of course, haha) are that if you combine CBD with a healthy diet, exercise, some sort of meditation etc... your anxiety will dissipate over time. That said, anxiety disorders are not something to take lightly. Many need more help than previously stated. You should always consult your doctor. We are not saying CBD is for everyone for everything. But it does have its place!