Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder worldwide, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Anti-anxiety medication such as Valium, Zolok, Xanax and Prozac (SSRIs) may give short-term relief but are very addictive, have numerous harmful side effects, and don’t work for everyone.
CBD is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative treatment for anxiety due to accumulating research pointing to its therapeutic potential.
CBD indirectly activates the 5 HTP1- receptor, which is involved in how the brain interacts with serotonin – one of four main molecules in the brain related to happiness and well being. Existing clinical evidence support CBD as a remedy for several anxiety related conditions, including:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder – when you fear situations like meeting a lot of new people or having to do public speaking.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
- PTSD. CBD has even demonstrated to be involved in fear memories due to PTSD
- Acute Anxiety – studies have found CBD to be particularly effective in treating acute anxiety which comes on when you know something potentially frightening or uncomfortable is about to happen, like taking an exam.
People using CBD have confirmed what the studies have shown. They typically say they feel less anxious, have fewer of the thoughts that raises anxiety, no more panic attacks or they are much less severe.
- In a double blind study from 2019, 37 Japanese teenagers with social anxiety disorder (SAD) received 300 mg of CBD oil or a placebo every day for 4 weeks. The study showed that the anti-anxiety properties of CBD reduced symptoms aligned with SAD significantly more than the medication commonly used to treat the condition.
- A retrospective case study in 2019 reviewed 47 outpatients at a mental health clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado. Over three months, they were using 25 mg of CBD daily. After two months, 78.1 % of the patients reported improvement compared with the previous month.
In the studies above, you will notice that dosing varied significantly. The teenager in Japan received 300 mg while the outpatients in Colorado received 25 mg. Scientists have still not determined a universal recommended dosage of CBD for anxiety. However, what is agreed upon, is that CBD is remarkably safe even at very high dosages.
Our recommendation at MELS is to start low and increase until you find the correct dosage that gives you relief.