CBD For Anxiety

February 16, 2021

Many of us are now hearing about CBD as a possible tool to help reduce anxiety. Given how stressful circumstances have become in the last year and how prevalent anxiety is among society these days it is no wonder people are searching for ways to help take the edge off. CBD for many could be the right natural anxiety reliever.

Does CBD help anxiety?

It seems plausible to assume that CBD has a positive effect on anxiety given that it helps to regulate our endocannabinoid system (ECS) – the system that helps regulate pain, mood, immune system, sleep, and memory. Many users around the world are spending millions of pounds on the substance for that very reason. Their testimonials alone can be convincing enough for some, but their subjectivity make others sceptical. Luckily, there are some scientific research to back it up.

One article published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association reviewed 8 studies on the impact CBD has on a range of anxiety disorders: general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and the anxiety driven component of post-traumatic stress disorder. The review concluded that CBD had a promising role as an alternative therapy because of the positive effect it had on their levels of anxiety.

Another study conducted on 72 patients who were suffering from anxiety and poor sleep observed the impact CBD had on their symptoms. Each individual was given a 25, 50 or 75mg dose of CBD depending on how well it was reacting with their system. The study found that 79.2% of the patients experienced a decrease in their anxiety symptoms and 66.7% scored higher on their sleep scores.

So, although CBD is a food supplement and nothing can be claimed of its medicinal purposes, there does seem to be some emerging evidence to go along with what users have been testifying to.

How to use CBD?

CBD products come in many forms. It is best to avoid topicals when taking CBD for anxiety as the CBD does not get absorbed by the bloodstream or digestive tract. This does not mean that topicals would not have a positive effect, it is just good to be careful and because the science is not as clear as we would like in this area. Going for an oil, capsule or edible would be the best option. Start with a low dose and increase when you feel comfortable, depending on the effect the CBD is having on your anxiety.

(1) Skelley J.W, Deas M.C, Curren Z., Ennis J., (2019). Use of cannabidiol in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 60(1), pp253-261

(2) Shannon S., Lewis N., Lee H., Hughes S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: a large case series. Perm. J. 23, 18–041. 10.7812/TPP/18-041

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