Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that CBD can be effective in treating a variety of anxiety disorders.
Anxiety related disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States. Studies have shown CBD to be safe, well-tolerated and beneficial to treat a number of anxiety-related disorders, including:
- Panic disorder
- Social phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Mild to moderate depression
CBD appears to affect the brain like anti-anxiety medications do.
In 2016, a study showed that CBD can produce a fast-acting antidepressant and anti-anxiety effect by stimulating serotonin in the brain.
Brazilian researchers conducted a small double-blind study of patients with generalized social anxiety. After consuming CBD, participants reported a significant decrease in anxiety. Researchers validated patients reports by performing brain scans showing cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect.
In a review of scientific literature by researchers from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, scientists found that studies “clearly suggest an anxiolytic-like effect of CBD.”
In another study, researchers had Social Anxiety Disorder patients perform a public speaking test. Of the 57 volunteers, 15 took 150mg of CBD, 15 took 300mg of CBD, 12 took 600mg of CBD, and the remaining 15 were given the placebo. The results showed 300mg of CBD provided a significant decrease in anxiety compared to the placebo.
Data was measured by volunteers completing the Visual Analogue Mood Scale assessment while blood pressure and heart rate were also recorded.
Researchers concluded that CBD significantly reduced anxiety and discomfort in their speech performance.
There’s plenty of evidence and reviews from consumers to show CBD is effective in treating anxiety, making it a viable alternative to currently available pharmaceuticals.
Celebrities Using CBD For Anxiety
Actress Kristen Bell, known for her role on TV series “Veronica Mars,” uses CBD oil daily for her anxiety. She said she “really believes” in the healing properties of CBD and encouraged people to be critical about their views on CBD.
Bell joins a growing number of celebrities who are vocal about their CBD use. Other celebrities who use CBD are Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Wilde, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael J. Fox, Mike Tyson and Rihanna to name a few.
How Much CBD Oil Is Best For Anxiety?
A question that is often asked by new users is how much CBD oil should I take?
Ideally, starting with a low dose and building up is the way forward for most new users. As there are no official guidelines set in stone yet, time and patience are the keys to determining the most effective dose for you.
Here are some points to keep in mind…
Slowly increase your dosage until you notice any visible reduction in your anxiety symptoms. It will take time for CBD to affect you, so changes can take a while to notice. Before increasing your dose, stick with the same amount of CBD for at least a few days.
Separate your dosage into smaller doses throughout the day. This may enhance the absorption rate and efficacy of the CBD oil.
From research and information published online, doses between 300mg and 600mg seem most effective. However, other studies have found that lower doses are also effective in diminishing the symptoms of anxiety.
If you are on medication, read this article before you take CBD oil.