Cannabis and CBD Oil

Using CBD Oil for Anxiety: Does It Work?

Cannabidiol is a compound derived from cannabis plants that has been shown to help treat anxiety with few or no negative side effects. Let’s look at how it may help reduce anxiety symptoms.

CBD Oil for Anxiety

CBD may benefit people with forms of anxiety such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as anxiety-induced insomia.

In fact, according to Healthline, a 2011 study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.

In addition, multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

Another review of 6 randomised control studies on cannabidiol and anxiety found CBD has a promising role as an alternative therapy in the management of anxiety disorders. These studies used dosages between 6-400mg with anxiety assessment scales and found CBD did demonstrate improved clinicial outcomes among the patients.

A human study looking at the effects of CBD on anxiety using neuroimaging concluded that the administration of CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety and increased mental sedation. In addition, an analysis indicated CBD was associated with significantly decreased anxiety at cannula insertion.

Risk Of Taking CBD Oil

There’s not much risk in taking CBD oil but a some high doses, some people may experience fatigue and sedation, which is why it is often recommended in the evening to help with sleep.,

CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.

It is best to talk to a doctor who has experience with CBD oil to determine the right dosage.

Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.

Ron Goedeke

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