Is CBD an Effective Anxiety Treatment?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety.
Though there are prescribed pharmaceutical medications available, CBD has been used as a natural
alternative for anxiety treatment.

What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant. CBD is non-intoxicating and will not cause a euphoric
high. CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system, deliberately intermingling with various
receptors throughout the brain and body. This interaction is what allows CBD to treat ailments such
anxiety, depression, inflammation, and even epilepsy. CBD can also prevent the breakdown of
anandamide. Anandamide is a neuroreceptor responsible for creating mentally blissful feelings.

A small study published by Neuropsychopharmacology discovered that the effectiveness of CBD for
anxiety is tremendous.

“[CBD] significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech
performance,” whereas the placebo group experienced “higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, [and] discomfort. Because of the absence of psychoactive or cognitive effects, to its safety and tolerability
profiles, and to its broad pharmacological spectrum, CBD is possibly the cannabinoid that is most likely
to have initial findings in anxiety translated into clinical practice.”

Will CBD oil make me high?

CBD has no psycho-active properties, so there is no possible way for CBD to make an individual high. On
the other hand, THC is extracted from the marijuana plant responsible for the infamously high mental
state. THC can have a few side effects like paranoia, hunger, and mental impairment. Interestingly, CBD
can be used to regulate the unwanted side effects of THC.

Is CBD oil legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill declared CBD federally legal in all 50 states. Users should note that sometime CBD
can have a very small presence of THC (Not enough to create a high). Because marijuana is still illegal,
employees that work for corporation’s that require drug testing need to be aware of the miniscule
amount of THC content sometimes present in CBD.

Is CBD safe?

Even if plenty of CBD is consumed, there are virtually no negative side effects. However, users need to
be aware of CBD’s effect on other medications. CBD actually enhance the effectiveness of other
substances in the body. Talk to your doctor about a proper dosage of CBD prior to mixing with any
additional medications.

How much CBD should one take?

Medical professionals recommend starting out with a dosage of 15mg once or twice per day with food. Research shows that many CBD users will often self-prescribe, but working with a practitioner is highly recommended, especially if other prescriptions are used. As with any drug, dosage is dependent on body weight. Starting small and gradually increasing the amount will be the most beneficial.

CBD products will be everywhere

CBD is getting all the buzz with its new federally legal status. The market will be flooded and over
saturated with CBD products. Although this may sound like a good thing, CBD users need to be aware
that not all hemp products are created equal. If using CBD for mental health treatment, work with a
practitioner that will recommend the most high-quality product possible.

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