Using CBD to Treat Anxiety
08 / 14 / 19

Using CBD to Treat Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting over 18% of the population every year. Some anxiety treatment medications have side effects like memory loss, dry mouth, hypersomnia and diarrhea. Some medications are highly addictive and people develop a tolerance to them, having to take more and more to get the same effect. Luckily, with the help of CBD, anxiety can be treated safely, effectively and naturally.

The Role of Endocannabinoid Receptors

Cannabis is a plant made up of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. One of the most well-known of these is cannabidiol, or CBD. The word "cannabis" sparks negative emotions is some people, but our brains and bodies are designed to process cannabinoids. In fact, our body makes its own cannabinoids.

The endocannabinoid system in our body plays a major role in protecting our immune system. The system in our brain is crucial for maintaining homeostasis, regulating everything from hunger and mood to stress and anxiety.

Types of Anxiety Treated

Research has shown that CBD is effective for treating several types of anxiety. These include generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Research has shown that CBD oil is effective in the treatment of social anxiety if taken 90 minutes before public speaking. This is not surprising, because CBD affects the serotonin receptors in your brain. While serotonin is well-known for regulating mood and happiness, it is less commonly known that adequate serotonin levels regulate feelings of anxiety.

The most notable result from the study was the bell shaped relationship between dosage and efficacy. Put simply, people who received a 300 mg dose of CBD before public speaking found their anxiety, cortisol levels, systolic blood pressure and pulse to be reduced. On the other hand, those receiving a dose of 100 mg or 900 mg did not find an improvement in their anxiety, cognitive impairment or discomfort.

How to Take CBD

The ideal method for consuming CBD to treat your anxiety depends on your unique needs. Come in for a consultation at Marijuana Doctor Now. We can help come up with a specialized plan to treat anxiety you are facing with CBD.

When deciding what CBD oil to use, our team considers the terpene and cannabinoid profiles of the Cannabis or hemp-based CBD oils with what we are looking to treat. A CBD oil used to treat anxiety could be different from a CBD oil used to treat pain.

For instance, terpenes like linalool play an important role in anxiety treatment. At Marijuana Dcotor Now, our Point Plus hemp-based CBD has a good terpene profile for treating anxiety. Here are a couple of CBD methods we recommend for our patients:

Vaping

If you suffer from panic attacks, vaping CBD will be your best bet. This method acts the fastest and, depending on your metabolism and dose, has fairly long-lasting effects.

Tinctures

Just as vaping is ideal for acute anxiety or panic attacks, tinctures are ideal for chronic anxiety. Do you wake up in the middle of the night terrified? Do you feel a sense of constant dread and impending doom throughout the day? If this sounds like you, CBD tinctures or oral sprays may be the perfect solution.

Simply place a drop of oil under your tongue and hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds until it is absorbed. Because your mucous membranes are filled with capillaries, the CBD oil is quickly absorbed directly into your bloodstream. However, the body does not metabolize the CBD as quickly as with vaping, so the effects last longer.

To manage chronic anxiety, start with a 25 mg dose. If that proves to be ineffective, increase your dose by 5 mg and wait another six hours. Repeat this system until you find the dose that works for you.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation

If you struggle with anxiety, know there is a holistic plan out there for you. Our doctors can help navigate you toward the right dosage and a custom treatment plan for CBD oil. Of course, CBD oil is not the only effective cannabis treatment for anxiety. There are many cannabinoid and terpene profiles of medical marijuana, which when used in the right dosages can have a tremendous impact on treating anxiety. To learn more about this safe, effective, all-natural anxiety treatment, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Marijuana Doctor Now, conveniently located in Sarasota, FL, is a state-approved marijuana doctor. Our mission is to educate people on how marijuana and CBD can enhance their quality of life. Once you come in for your consultation, we will tailor a CBD treatment plan to treat your specific type of anxiety using the most effective dosage, schedule and delivery method.