Anxiety can affect us all in different ways, sometimes it can be a small worry that fades away easily. But for some, it can be a a paralysing doubt that escalated until we cannot function. When people suffer from anxiety, a small worry can turn in to a highly stressful event, and it can occur frequently, and interfere with daily life. Anxiety like this can be triggered by social events, like meeting new people, a phobia of some kind, a past traumatic experience or even something in everyday life that triggers an anxious, stressful response. This is why people are turning to CBD oil for anxiety in an attempt to find a natural remedy.

Anxiety, however inconvenient and distressing, is a necessary emotion in some extreme circumstances, but nowadays it can be a massive burden on people’s lives, if they experience panic attacks or constantly feeling overwhelmed from stimuli that are not objectively threatening to their life. More research has gone into more natural ways of treating those diagnosed with anxiety. A chronic state of anxiety can be detrimental to our health, as the constant stress on the body can leave muscles feeling tight and over worked, and can also lower immunity and make us more susceptible to illness, which will then lead to more things to worry about. An endless, worsening cycle.

CBD oil is becoming more popular for people seeking an alternative to their normal anti-anxiety medication because of the new research and case studies suggesting that CBD could be as effective, if not more, than the mainstream drugs available at the moment.

How can CBD oil help anxiety?

CBD, is able to bind to many different receptors, some of which can affect serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter associated with our mood, a happy, calm mood to be exact.

Low levels of serotonin have been identified many times by scientists, as a potential cause of anxiety and depression, and many of the drugs used to treat these conditions aim to increase serotonin levels.

One drawback to these drugs is that we are not sure whether they can change serotonin levels in the brain, as it is only possible to measure serotonin in the blood. Another drawback is that they do not specifically increase serotonin to the optimum level, the drugs only aim is to increase levels, and too much serotonin can lead to side effects such as shivering and diarrhoea, or to more severe side effects such as fever and seizures.

CBD can be considered to have a “balancing” action. It makes up part of a wider “endocannabinoid system”. This systems main aim, is to bring us “back to normal, optimum levels”. This state of balance in the body is called homeostasis. CBD through this mechanism of balance, can help control serotonin levels, without pushing them too high so as to cause nasty side effects.

CBD is also has a “calming effect”, helping people with sleep, and in The Mayfair Clinic, we have seen first hand how this can benefit patients anecdotally. Helping patients sleep better, who normally have their anxiety kick in at bed time, preventing a restful night sleep. Like many in the wider population, anxiety all too often leads to sleepless nights, this in turn means the brain and body is not able to rest and refresh properly which can be draining.

Lack of sleep, whether caused by anxiety or otherwise, can lead to a build up of toxins (free-radicals) in the body. CBD however, has also been shown to boost antioxidant systems in the body, having a positive impact on the immune system which can be particularly beneficial for those who’s immune system has been dampened by chronic anxiety and a lack of restful sleep.

Can I take CBD if I’m already taking anti-anxiety medication?

There has been research with regards to CBD’s interaction with anxiety drugs, and whether the two are safe to take together, because CBD can affect the enzyme system, P450 cytochrome, that breaks down the drugs.

Some studies have said that it can be a beneficial interaction, and CBD can be used as a means of lowering the dosage of the drugs and therefore taking away the risk of side effects.

In any case, always consult the doctor who prescribed the medication before you start taking CBD oil, as they may advise on the doses of your current drug.

How should I take CBD oil if i suffer with Anxiety.

First of all, we cannot advise you on how to take CBD as a supplement, and you should always consult your Doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you’re taking medications (as previously mentioned).

That said, we have heard from patients that it is particularly helpful taking the CBD oil before bed. Generally there is better absorption on an empty stomach too. We know that Liposomal CBD oil gives by far the best absorption and a few tips on how to take it are as follows:

  1. Approximately 10-20 minutes before bedtime
  2. Take CBD on an empty stomach (minimum of 30 minutes after eating)
  3. Swill the CBD oil around your mouth for 90 seconds
  4. Swallow the residue
  5. Wash down with a glass of water

We hope you found this article helpful, and for more information on the research mentioned in this article, see the links here & here.

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