Anxiety is the Most Common Condition: The World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked anxiety as the most common mental health disorder worldwide. For those living with anxiety, finding a safe method for managing symptoms is a critical concern.
Quick-acting anti-anxiety medication, such as Xanax and Valium, may offer instant relief, but can become addictive. Long-range anxiety medications, such as Prozac, may help reduce symptoms over time, but don’t work for everyone.
CBD is Natural: A more natural solution is CBD as an alternative or complementary treatment for anxiety.
Clinical Studies: There have been two recent studies (2019) that seem to prove the efficacy of CBD for anxiety. In one study it was concluded that the anti-anxiety properties of CBD reduced symptoms aligned with Anxiety Disorder, providing relief comparable to Paroxetine, a drug commonly used to treat the condition.
In a second Retrospective study that reviewed outpatients at a mental health facility it was determined that after one month, 79.2% of the patients given CBD experienced an improvement in anxiety. After two months, 78.1% of the patients reported even further improvement over the previous month.
Dosing CBD: There is no accepted average dose advised for most CBD products. Of the two studies sited above, one gave participants 300 mg of CBD daily whereas the other one gave participants only 25 mg daily.
Studies on Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): It was concluded in a 2015 analysis of previous studies from 2011 to 2014 that the use of CBD oil was at a minimum a “promising treatment” for SAD as well as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
CBD is “Bidirectional:” It has different effects at different doses. One thing we know is that CBD stimulates our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). But, overstimulation may cause the exacerbation of symptoms rather than alleviating them. Therefore, you should “titrate” your dose. This means starting with a smaller dose and building it up gradually to see for yourself what the effects are. There is no danger of overdosing CBD. Doses of over 600 mg daily have been proven to be safe.