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Does CBD Oil Help With Anxiety?

Anxiety is one of the top mental illnesses on the planet. In fact, anxiety disorders are statistically the most common mental illness in the United States alone. Nearly 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population suffer from anxiety. This is likely a conservative number, considering not everyone asked for professional help.  There is a large number of people who simply employ natural remedies to help control anxiety. These might include things like herbal remedies such as chamomile, kava kava, lemon balm, and passionflower.

CBD oil is also a prevalent source for the relief of many ailments since it is more available and better research has come on the scene. This oil is extracted from the cannabis plant, in most cases, without any THC (the compound that gives you the feeling of being high). CBD oil has been found to have a number of potential benefits including relieving pain and potentially clearing up acne.

Can it also be used to fight anxiety?

There’s research to suggest that it can change the way the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin, which could indeed have a calming effect on the central nervous system. Many users claim that it makes them feel calmer and helps them have a better night’s sleep. 

My personal experience with CBD is positive, as I have been able to control mild anxiety for months during an illness. I really didn’t know how much it was doing until I ran out and didn’t have it for a couple of days. My symptoms returned and subsided when I resumed the CBD. This was a time that I was coming off of some other anxiety meds, so it’s a specific situation that would not necessarily happen for everyone.

Side Effects and Responses

While cannabis is known to make some people feel paranoid, this tends to be caused by the THC content and not the CBD extract itself. There are cases in which some people have taken CBD oil and felt anxious, but such symptoms are extremely rare.

The calming effects of CBD oil may be dependant on unique ingredients found in the oil. Studies show that different terpenes – natural compounds responsible for smell, color, and flavor – can have an impact. For instance, the terpene Linalool is commonly recognized for having calming effects.

The infographic below offers more information on these terpenes. By looking for oils containing specific terpenes, you may be able to select an oil catered specifically to your needs.

Infographic designed by Remedy Review

I recommend that you try various brands and types until you find something that works for you. Because we are all different, it’s hard to say what might help someone’s anxiety. You can also play with dosing and how often you take it to individualize the therapeutic effect. Do also let your healthcare provider know your intention to try CBD oil.

**** This post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Women’s lifelink, it’s owners, administrators, contributors, affiliates, vendors, authors and editors do not claim that this information will diagnose, treat, or improve any condition or disease.

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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