Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Anxiety can be debilitating, from sleepless nights, to that constant nauseating feeling in your stomach, resulting in avoiding any anxiety provoking situation. Your life becomes limited at this point. Anxiety & stress can lead to an array of health problems if left ignored.
Chronic Stress & Anxiety Damage Your Body
Chronic high levels of stress hormones — particularly cortisol — wreak havoc everywhere, with consequences that include:
The ever growing popularity of CBD products as an anti-anxiety supplement is backed with plenty of convincing research. CBD has shown usefulness for the following conditions:
Generalized anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How CBD Can Combat Anxiety & Stress
Generalized Social Anxiety is one of the most common anxiety conditions and it can affect human beings in many aspects of life, including health, productivity and social life. CBD has shown great potential as a anxiolytic-like compound, which means it can decrease anxiety and panic attacks.
CBD activates 5-HT1A, a serotonin sub-type that binds to the neurotransmitter serotonin which gives it an anti-anxiety effect.
Research has shown that CBD relieves OCD and other anxious behaviors by acting on the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in processing and forgetting our fears — vital for extinction learning.
Research has also shown that CBD can potentially reduce neuron atrophy and death in the hippocampus (an area of the brain that is responsible for learning, memory and emotion).
Human Trial Study On CBD For Anxiety
In 2011 at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil a simulation public speaking test was conducted on patients with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) who either received a single dose of CBD or a placebo, 1 hour and a half before the test. A total of 24 never treated patients with SAD ( social anxiety disorder) took part in this test. The test was measured on visual analogue scale, negative self-statement scale and physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate and conductance).
The results showed that patients who were given the CBD had significantly reduced their anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. The placebo group experienced higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort throughout the test.
**Note: CBD use/dosage is subjective to each body- factors like composition, diet, fitness & environment can affect your experience. Always start small and increase your dosage until you find your desired effects.
If you, like many others are tired of dealing with anxiety or chronic stress, it might be time for a change. Try incorporating CBD into your daily routine and your anxiety-free future could be right around the corner.