How does CBD oil work for anxiety?

“Constant anxiety and occasional full-blown panic attacks have been part of my life longer than I’d like to admit. I’m interested in exploring CBD oil for anxiety. What do I need to know?”

Chico V.


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The first thing you should know is that you’re not alone. More than 40 million Americans cope with various degrees of anxiety, ranging from mild symptoms to completely debilitating ones. Taking CBD for anxiety daily can go a long way to helping sufferers. The types of anxiety disorders can include panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and separation anxiety disorder. And CBD oil may have other related benefits, such as helping with sleep and increasing focus and wellbeing. CBD oil for anxiety works by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This is a system of receptors found in most places in the body, regulating a wide variety of conditions and body processes such as pain perception and anxiety.

CBD may also work well at reducing anxiety, some scientists believe, because of the way it interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain (low serotonin levels may be a principal cause of anxiety and depression. CBD can serve to block the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain (like prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). This makes serotonin more available in the synaptic space (the space between neurons in the brain), increasing serotonin signaling and helping to alleviate anxiety and other mood disorders.

Peter G.


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You also have a variety of consumption methods when it comes to taking CBD oil for anxiety. If you want immediate relief, vaporizers and sublingual options are good choices. They are rapid-onset options that start working within minutes and can stay with you for a few hours. If you want something that stays in your systems longer, then it is worth looking into edibles. While they may last longer, it also takes them longer to kick in, perhaps an hour or two. While more research needs to be done on how well CBD oil reduces anxiety, there have been some promising studies to date. One done in 2011, for example, showed that CBD helped reduce anxiety in people facing one of the most dreaded activities—public speaking. Not only did the participants in the simulated public speaking experiment experience significantly lowered anxiety levels, but they had also reduced cognitive impairment, discomfort in their speech, and feelings of anticipatory alertness.

As far as CBD products to help you de-stress, one good choice is Vertly Relief Lotion. Applied topically to sore and tense areas in the body, it’s silky smooth, absorbs quickly, and its smell of citrus and lavender is subtle yet calming. It has a unique blend of 500 mg Hemp+ magnesium, which targets your aches and pains while “nourishing shea butter leaves your skin soft and supple.” Or if you want an effective vaping option, try the Wildflower line of rechargeable vaporizers. The high-quality, calming CBD oil they use is supplemented with added ingredients, such as mint and rosemary oil.

Heidi S.

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