Can CBD Help Anxiety?
Posted on March 1st, 2023 to Uncategorized
Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Many treatments and medications for anxiety exist, but some people cannot tolerate the side effects or are unsatisfied with the results. CBD may be a natural alternative to treat anxiety.
What is CBD?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural compound in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a “high” or psychoactive effects. Instead, CBD can have a number of therapeutic benefits, including anxiety relief.
How Does CBD Work?
Researchers have found that CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex system of neurotransmitters and receptors that helps regulate a wide range of bodily functions, including mood, sleep, appetite, and pain.
Can CBD Reduce Anxiety?
CBD can help with anxiety by interacting with different parts of the brain. Research shows CBD can increase serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood, and researchers have linked low serotonin levels to anxiety and depression.
CBD may help with anxiety by reducing activity in the amygdala. The amygdala is a part of the brain involved in processing emotions such as fear and anxiety. In one study, researchers found that CBD reduced activity in the amygdala in response to negative stimuli in people with social anxiety disorder. CBD is also found to have a calming effect on the nervous system and may even help patients sleep better.
Is CBD Safe?
Most people tolerate CBD well. However, like any medication, it can produce side effects. Possible side effects include fatigue, diarrhea, or changes in appetite or weight. CBD can also interact with other medications such as blood thinners, so it’s important to talk to your doctor before using it.
Patients should ensure they are buying CBD from a reputable source. Look for products that have been third-party lab-tested for purity and potency. Lab-tested CBD products should display a certificate of analysis detailing the type and amount of cannabinoids in the product.
Want to Give it a Try?
If you want to try CBD for natural anxiety relief, Hempeutics Pharmacy offers custom formulas created by our board-certified pharmacist. We recommend CBD tinctures for anxiety. Patients can take tinctures orally or mix them into a hot drink. We recommend holding and allowing the tincture to absorb in the mouth for at least 30 seconds before swallowing, and then eating a fat-based snack and drinking water for maximum efficacy. The effects of a tincture will last from three to four hours. Patients should start with a small dose at first and increase it as needed.