What are Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is a state of internal turmoil, nervousness. Who hasn’t had a little anxiety at some point in their lives? But what happens when anxiety becomes a predominant state of being for an individual? What happens when a person develops a panic disorder, a generalized anxiety disorder, or worse–agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or separation anxiety disorder? These are just some of the many (clinical) forms anxiety can take. We take a look at one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the US today (around 30% of Americans will experience anxiety at some point in their lives) and ask the question: Should we use CBD for Anxiety, one of the most common psychiatric conditions?
CBD for Anxiety: What do we know?
A recent 2020 study reviewed eight scientific articles concerning the use of CBD for anxiety-related treatments. The researchers found that, in general, the use of CBD for anxiety suggested improved clinical outcomes by way of improved scores on assessments of anxiety and; that CBD was mostly well-tolerated by the test group, with the worst adverse effects reported being feelings of sedation and fatigue. With limited side effects and improved clinical outcomes, it seems, from this one review at least, that CBD for anxiety-related disorders could be quite effective.
A different study involving 72 human subjects who presented with primary concerns of anxiety or poor sleeping patterns had a remarkably similar set of findings. Two months into the study, approximately 79% of the test subjects reported an improvement in their anxiety symptoms to the researchers, with approximately 20% of the subjects reporting a worsening of symptoms. This research also showed a healthy tolerance for CBD in the group, with only 9% (around seven people of the original 72 subjects) reporting adverse effects, with less than 1% of the subjects reporting a worsening of these side effects.
Preclinical evidence conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, including PTSD, GAD, PD, OCD, and SAD.
The Blessing study from 2015, had similar results and indicated in their conclusion that “Preclinical evidence conclusively demonstrates CBD’s efficacy in reducing anxiety behaviors relevant to multiple disorders, including [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] PTSD, [Generalized Anxiety Disorder] GAD, [Panic Disorder] PD, [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder] OCD, and [Social Anxiety Disorder] SAD.”
This research all seems to have one thing in common–they report that anxiety appears to respond favorably to CBD treatment in clinical studies with few side effects and a general improvement in symptoms from the test groups. This bodes well for future research into using CBD for anxiety treatment, as well as supporting the anecdotal evidence where CBD users have claimed improved results from using CBD for their anxiety.
Using CBD for Anxiety Disorders
One stumbling block along the path to general acceptance of using CBD for anxiety is that there doesn’t seem to be much consensus among researchers about the best method of ingesting the CBD doses they use in their studies. At present, there are multiple methods of CBD ingestion utilized in these studies, including:
- Edible CBD foodstuffs (e.g., gummies)
- CBD tinctures or oils taken sublingually
- CBD sprays, also sublingual
- CBD capsules (pill form)
- CBD oil which is vaporized (smoked)
- CBD from cannabis flowers (also smoked)
This creates some clinical issues around appropriate dosing and methods of ingestion, which will surely be ironed out in future research; suffice to say, the clinical evidence remains thin on this particular issue at this early stage. However, with this said, one 2019 study did find that a dose of between 300 and 600mg of CBD (the experiment used powdered CBD mixed in corn oil) proved to be effective in reducing anxiety before a simulated public speaking event.
All this to say, the evidence seems to be slowly emerging in support of the use of CBD for anxiety-related disorders and symptoms. Although not conclusive, these early findings are a real boon for CBD proponents and should lead to future research in this area. Soulsome cold-pressed CBD oil recommends that you discuss whether CBD is right for you with your doctor or healthcare practitioner before trying it to get professional assistance and night into your medical history as well as the correct dosing and use of CBD for your specific case. Medical guidance for and management of anxiety cannot be overstated, and a great place to start is at your healthcare practitioner’s office.