Relieving Anxiety With CBD Oil
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the US and are the most common mental disorder. Less than 40% of people who suffer actually get treated for it and it’s more common among women than men. 25% of teenagers suffer with anxiety and when untreated often leads to doing poorly in school, a decrease in social life and can lead to substance abuse.
The most common treatment of anxiety is therapy and medication but research shows that complementary and alternative medicine is helpful as well. With the insane list of side effects that go along with most of the anxiety medications it’s no wonder that many people are seeking a natural option.
Common side effects of medications for anxiety include:
Nausea, nervousness, dizziness, low libido, drowsiness, constipation, weight gain, fatigue, trouble sleeping, headaches and more.
As an Acupuncture Physician and Functional Medicine Practitioner I see patients almost daily suffering with anxiety that are desperate to get off their medication and I love being able to provide all natural solutions! CBD oil is proving to be a great natural option for those seeking help with anxiety and we love hearing how much better it’s making people feel!
So How Does It Work?
CBD or cannabidiol is a cannabinoid that works on one of your brain’s receptors called CB1 and it’s believed that it can alter serotonin signals like many of the anti-anxiety drugs but without the side effects! It also has an effect on GABA which messages the body to relax and lessen anxiety and calms the sensory system. It can help with rest and relaxation of muscles too.
In one study CBD was found to help the hippocampus regenerate neurons in the brain. Scientists were also able to see the cerebral blood flow patterns in patients with anxiety who took CBD, these patterns were consistent with anti anxiety effects.
In a study on Social Anxiety Disorder researchers found that those who took CBD showed less anxiety and markers like heart rate and blood pressure readings validated that as well.
The effectiveness and the lack of major side effects make CBD a great natural option for anxiety. If you or someone you love are suffering with any type of anxiety we really encourage you to give CBD a try.
We recommend and use CBD Biocare with our patients because they are committed to creating a product that is Full Spectrum, Organic, 3rd Party Tested, and grown in a federally registered facility in the US. Most people begin with the 750 mg or 1000 mg and we always recommend starting with a low serving size and gradually increasing until you find your perfect dose. Most people begin taking 4 drops 2 x a day and then working up from there.
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For those who like to read research, here is a small list of studies on CBD for anxiety: